How to have respectful conversations about money

The Respectful Relationships & Money Conversation Kit – a booklet and seven short videos gives you the skills to talk about money with partners, family members, friends and service providers.

About the booklet

The booklet shares step-by-step tips guide to having a money conversation, including:

  • Tips for before, during and after the money conversation
  • How to recognise financial abuse
  • Tips for talking to services about money
  • Tips for talking to children about money

About the videos

The seven short videos show examples of conversations about money in situations that many people find embarrassing or stressful. Many of the videos have a ‘Take 1 and Take 2’ format – these videos show two conversations for each situation. Take 1 is the conversation where people respond to each other with irritation or judgement and a lack of consideration for the other person’s situation. Take 2 shows a conversation about the same topic where both people acknowledge the challenges of the situation and talk about how to do things fairly.

Let’s stay connected: sharing household bills

Dom and Bec discover they have very different attitudes to spending and bill payment. They negotiate the best way to pay their utility bills. Take 1 and Take 2.

Lemons are the least of my worries: buying property with family

Dina who is in her 70s talks to her son, Dimitri about how they can buy a house together and make sure that everyone’s financial interests are covered. Take 1 and Take 2.

Just logical and fair: splitting income between parents

Leila and Dimitri discuss how their financial situation will change after their baby is born and how they can equitably share work and money. Take 1 and Take 2.

Splitting the bill / splitting hairs

A group of friends have a conversation about splitting the bill at a restaurant. Take 1 and 2.

It’s a bit weird, actually: recognising financial abuse

Sofia discusses her intimate relationship with her friend Mona and realises her partner is financially abusing her.

It’s not my responsibility: rent and loans in partnerships

Sofia discovers her partner Ben has not been paying his share of the rent. The couple discuss a loan Ben wants Sofia to take out.

This  video depicts an escalating argument between a couple. For some people it is not safe to confront an abusive partner. It is important to keep your safety in mind. For more information about safety and what you can do if you are experiencing abuse, contact WIRE  (1300 134 130, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) or 1800 Respect (24/7).


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