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Financial literacy, Aboriginal students, Aboriginal knowledge, Numeracy, Mathematics, Teaching effectiveness, Literature reviews, Evidence based practice, Curriculum materials


This research was made possible through a partnership between the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Council for Educational Research. ACER gratefully acknowledges ASIC’s contribution. More information about the Knowing Growing Showing program and resources is available here:


Throughout the world, young people are having to learn about consumer and financial literacy, especially in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis which hurt many families and communities, including young people. This global challenge naturally extends to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in Australia who are particularly vulnerable to financial stress and consumer scams.

There is not a great deal of literature directly on the topic of Indigenous financial literacy particularly as it pertains to quality teaching and learning. This paper explores Indigenous financial literacy and its wider contexts and seeks to pull three important conceptual and empirical threads together:

  1. what young people need to know about consumer and financial literacy
  2. how Indigenous learners learn, and
  3. how to best teach these particular literacies to Indigenous learners.

Place of Publication

Sydney NSW


Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)


English, English



Geographic Subject

Australia, Australia