The money mistakes university employees make… and how to fix them


There are very few of us who can say we are managing our finances perfectly. Many of us take a ‘stick your head in the sand and hope it all turns out OK’ approach. For others, money is a source of genuine stress that negatively impacts on our emotional and physical health.

 According to the Australian Financial Attitudes and Behaviour Tracker1, the proportion of people who say that money is stressful and overwhelming has grown from 30 per cent in 2014 to 36 per cent in 2018. Worryingly, the same survey revealed that 41 per cent of women experienced money stress, compared with 28 per cent of men.

 On top of the financial challenges many of us experience – buying a house, having children, going through a separation or divorce, or a period of serious illness – university staff can have the additional challenge of managing their finances as casual or sessional employees.


To help Macquarie staff achieve greater financial wellbeing, the University is partnering with UniSuper for a special four-part Financial Wellbeing Program. The seminar-based series – part of the University’s ‘Better you at MQ’ staff wellbeing program – is free of charge and will provide staff with the knowledge and tools they need to take charge of their financial future.

The sessions will cover four of the most common financial challenges Macquarie staff seek advice on:

Part 1: Saving in a world of spending
Noon ­­– 1pm, Wednesday 24 July
Room 220, 4 Western Road

Part 2: Creating wealth – investing inside and outside super
Noon ­­– 1pm, Thursday 29 August
MUSE Conference Room A

Part 3: Protecting wealth – insurance and estate planning
Noon ­­– 1pm, Thursday 26 September
MUSE Conference Room A

Part 4: Your super – take control for the retirement you want
Noon ­­– 1pm, Thursday 31 October
MUSE Conference Room A

Sessions can be booked individually on the UniSuper website. Sessions are expected to be popular, so make sure you book early.


If you can’t make it to the seminars, you can make an appointment with Macquarie’s on-campus UniSuper consultant Andrew Syarief, who will help you cut through the complexities of your superannuation.  You can make an appointment with Andrew via

[1] Australian Financial Attitudes and Behaviour Tracker Wave 6: March 2018 (ASIC Report 481), pp. 18 & 19.





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