Secondary teacher resources

Consumer Affairs Victoria has developed the following curriculum resources that are aligned to the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

The materials focus on life skills that enable young people to become smart consumers. These resources are available online and can be downloaded. Print copies are not available.


Commerce resource

This resource examines how to make consumer choices, going shopping, affluenza, consumers and the marketplace, how to be a consumer detective, consumer rights and responsibilities, managing your money, and the global consumer.

Download a copy of A resource for the teaching and learning of commerce (PDF, 3.3MB).

Consuming Planet Earth resource

This resource examines environmental and sustainability issues concerning consumers, including buying 'green', the real cost of food, smarter transport options, and the consuming culture.

Download a copy of A resource for teaching and learning about consuming planet earth (PDF, 11MB).

English resource

This resource examines different types of text, the lure of advertising, informative and instructional writing on credit and shopping, making a complaint, and reading the fine print.

Download a copy of A resource for the teaching and learning of English (PDF, 2.8MB).

Health & Wellbeing resource

This resource includes curriculum material for teachers of health, home economics, food and technology, physical education, VCAL Personal Development, health and human development.

Download a copy of A resource for teaching and learning about health and wellbeing (PDF, 2MB).

Maths resource

This resource is comprised of units of work on budgeting, buying things, paying bills (such as phone bills), credit, and loans.

Download a copy of A resource for teaching and learning numeracy (PDF, 5MB).

Applied Learning Handbook

This resource is comprised of units of work that utilise activities from the other resources in an integrated format.

Download a copy of the Applied learning handbook (PDF, 1.7MB).

Online resources

Help your students learn about credit and debt, mobile phone ownership, moving out of home and other finance issues, with free online tips and tools.

MoneySmart Rookie

MoneySmart Rookie is part of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission's (ASIC) MoneySmart website. It provides engaging and interactive educational content tailored to young people under 25. The website features informative videos about mobile phone contracts, buying online, moving out of home, studying, getting your first job, understanding credit and debt, and buying a car.

Visit the MoneySmartRookie section on the MoneySmart website.

MoneySmart Teaching Program

ASIC also offers free resources for teachers on its MoneySmart Teaching Program page.

Visit the MoneySmartRookie for Educators section of the MoneySmart website.

MoneySmart Indigenous student resource

ASIC's Knowing Growing Showing is a financial literacy resource to support learning for Indigenous students.

Visit the Knowing Growing Showing section of the MoneySmart website.

School Gambling Education Program

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation's (VRGF) School Education Program supports secondary school communities to help students develop health and informed attitudes to gambling. It features a suite of curriculum-based units of work that are mapped across a variety of subject areas and written for Year 10 to Year 12 students, including VCAL.

Visit the School Education Program page on the VRGF website.

Last updated: 12/05/2017

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