Consumer and financial literacy: Digital Technologies

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Digital Technologies

The Australian Curriculum: Technologies has a significant role in developing consumer and financial literacy in young people. The Digital Technologies subject supports the development of the dimensions of consumer and financial literacy as shown in the diagram below.

Approximate proportion of the dimensions addressed in Digital Technologies

Digital Technologies provides an opportunity for students to develop the skills of collecting, managing and analysing data. These skills are underpinned by the understanding students develop about data representation. The focus on computational thinking in Digital Technologies can be applied in a range of financial contexts. In particular, the skills used to analyse patterns and trends and process data equip students with capacities to make reasoned financial decisions, such as selecting investments. Students also learn to interact responsibly and safely in online environments using appropriate technical and social protocols. These skills have application in a number of real-world contexts such as internet banking and identity protection, using mobile phones and establishing the best data plan for particular needs.

Moneysmart for teachers and Tax, Super and You provide a number of interdisciplinary units and interactive activities that provide opportunities to include aspects of the Digital Technologies subject.


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Collecting, managing and analysing data

Develop techniques for acquiring, storing and validating quantitative and qualitative data from a range of sources, considering privacy and security requirements (ACTDIP036)

Analyse and visualise data to create information and address complex problems, and model processes, entities and their relationships using structured data (ACTDIP037)

Investigating and defining

Define and decompose real-world problems precisely, taking into account functional and non-functional requirements and including interviewing stakeholders to identify needs (ACTDIP038)


Evaluate critically how student solutions and existing information systems and policies, take account of future risks and sustainability and provide opportunities for innovation and enterprise (ACTDIP042)

Collaborating and managing

Create interactive solutions for sharing ideas and information online, taking into account safety, social contexts and legal responsibilities (ACTDIP043)

Plan and manage projects using an iterative and collaborative approach, identifying risks and considering safety and sustainability (ACTDIP044)