Take control of your finances

Members of the Broadmeadows Historical Society were among the first consumers  to  “ test drive “  a new  financial  website aimed at making money matters easy.
The MoneySmart website, developed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) , was launched at the Hume Global Learning Village  today by Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou, Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer David Bradbury.

The launch also coincided with World Consumer Rights Day. The website is aimed at helping consumers control their own finances and to share information about different financial options.
Historical Society president Elayne Whatman said after a trial run of the Money Smart website she was impressed with the results.
“It’s easy to husband Alan and I managed to put together our budget in under  10 minutes,” Ms Whatman said.
“If I can do it, then anyone can, it’s a thumbs up for me,”
The website is the first part of the National Financial Literacy Strategy and an important step in the first stage of the Federal Government's new banking competition public awareness campaign.
The website contains 26 calculators and tools, including specially-designed mobile phone applications, to help people find the answers to their questions about money.
“Whether you are signing up for your first mobile phone contract, starting a family or saving for retirement, the MoneySmart website offers independent, unbiased guidance,” Ms Vamvakinou said. For details visit