Nominations for the 2019 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards are now open.

Offered through a partnership between the Commonwealth Bank and national charity Schools Plus, the Awards recognise and reward great teachers who are delivering transformative and measurable outcomes for their students. Teachers who inspire curiosity, engage with their community and encourage their students to believe in themselves.

Teachers like previous award recipient Yasodai Selvakumaran from Rooty Hill High, whose redesigned Society and Culture subject contributed to doubled enrolments in that course, and students achieving above state average results over successive years.

This year, 12 outstanding teachers and school leaders will be selected to receive a $45,000 Teaching Fellowship. The Fellowships includes support for professional development as well as $30,000 for a school project that improves student outcomes. It’s a wonderful opportunity!

So if you know a teacher who’s transforming students’ lives, put them forward for the 2019 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards before nominations close on 27 September 2018.

Because great teachers do more than teach.

BEA Biennial Conference 2018
The Capital Connection: a journey of discovery

Wednesday 3 October to Friday 5 October 2018
National Library of Australia

A conference for accounting, business, economics and legal educators.
With over 30 presentations and workshops, there will be many opportunities to learn new classroom strategies, update your knowledge and skills in business education and network with colleagues.

Registration is open – click here for more information

Principal sponsor:

  • Commonwealth Bank

Contributing sponsors:

  • Australian National University
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • CPA Australia

Reserve Bank of Australia research shows that decline in enrolments for Economics in schools and universities ……A worrying trend for this country!

Over the weekend Jacqui Dwyer spoke at the Business Educators Australasia Annual Meeting. Jacqui shared some of the research that we have done on the study of economics at both the high school and university level in Australia, and discussed the broader implications of the findings. In addition, Jacqui provided an update on what the Bank is doing in support of economics education. The full speech can be found here.

Tax, Super + You Competition

Are you a high school student in Year 7–12? Are you a creative genius with an innovative way to generate buzz about tax and super? You are? Great – this competition sounds perfect for you!

You are invited to think outside the box and pitch your ideas on how you would inform  your friends about  the value of tax and super in the community. You can Write It, Make It or Film It. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a tax guru to take part!

There are two categories:

Junior Secondary (Year 7– 9)
Senior Secondary (Year 10–12)
You will not only get an insight into the value of tax and super, but you could also have the chance to win a share of more than $6,000 in prizes! Your creative idea could even be used in a national campaign.

Competition opens on Monday 2 July 2018. Entries close on Friday 2 November 2018.

More information click here

SBS TV Program – “Small Business Secrets”

Small Business Secrets is a weekly SBS program shining a light on the small business owners and innovators playing a vital role in Australia’s economic growth. Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) make up 97% of Australian businesses, making them the backbone of the Australian economy. The program uses case studies to offer tips and insights into the roller-coaster of conceiving and running a small business.

Resource for your Business Studies or Commerce class? TV viewing homework for your students?

Episodes available online – click here to access them.

“Small Business Secrets” classroom resource maps stories from the TV series to the Australian Economics and Business curriculum.

The “Small Business Secrets Teacher Notes” are structured around ten short clips from the Small Business Secrets television series. The Key Learning Area (KLA) covered by this resource is Economics and Business for Years 7 – 10 as set out in the Australian Curriculum. This resource also contains case studies and related activities for Years 11 and 12 that can be adapted to suit the various subjects offered to senior students in different states and territories.

Click here to access the teacher notes.

Social and Citizenship Education Association Conference in Ballarat from July 8-10.

If you are interested in Civics and Citizenship Education this may just be the conference for you! Click here for more information.

New Resource available – What is Economics?

Reserve Bank of Australia has produced a short video explaining What is Economics? This would be an excellent resource for students new to the subject or wanting more information for subject selection. It is available at the RBA website

Reserve Bank of Australia releases speech outlining the declining numbers of enrolments in Economics

To access the Reserve Bank of Australia’s speech, please click here.

BEA response

Please find following the response from Business Educators Australasia, President Tony Kuc to the Reserve Bank speech made at our council metting on Saturday 29 July, 2017.

Please click here.

Development of consumer and financial educational resources for teachers

The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) regulators understand the importance of developing confident young people who are aware of their consumer and financial rights. Early teaching of consumer and financial literacy develops a strong foundation for young people to go forward and engage in the real world of business and finance.

With the revision of the national curriculum, the ACL regulators saw an opportunity to work together to develop a suite of national educational resources. The resources developed are relevant and appropriate for teaching consumer and financial literacy in economics and business learning areas in Australian schools.

The resources

The resources include five ACL resources that were mapped against the curriculum for Years 5-10, which will help teachers identify how they are able to incorporate a selected number of consumer and financial literacy materials into their curriculum programs. The resources have been mapped by an experienced curriculum developer.

For each year level there are two available resources. They are the:

  • Teaching about consumer affairs’ guide: This identifies the alignment between the selected consumer literacy materials to the Content Descriptions and the General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum and the National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework.
  • Australian curriculum mapping by content descriptors and achievement standards document: This maps the selected consumer literacy materials (by Unit) to the Australian Curriculum Content Descriptions, Achievement Standards, General Capabilities and the National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework.

The resources for Years 5-10 are available on the Australian Consumer Law website.

Electoral Education Professional Learning

The AEC’s online Professional Learning module steps you through how to use the election process as a tool to make decisions in your classroom.

Through this activity your students will get hands on election experience and be empowered to use decision making to shape their world.

The course is free , takes about 60 minutes and aims to equip teachers with the skills and knowledge to conduct an election in your classroom.

Why not go online in your own time and space and improve your teaching skills with this free Professional Learning opportunity?

For more information click here.

The Reserve Bank of Australia

The Reserve Bank of Australia offers a school incursion program whereby staff visit schools to address topics such as the Roles and Functions of the Bank and Monetary Policy and the Australian Economy. While these are mainly in metropolitan areas the bank would encourage regional schools to register their interest. Go to

National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework

The new National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework was approved by  the Australian Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs Senior Officials Committee (AEEYSOC). This document is a revised version of the National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework (the Framework) originally developed in 2005. It articulates a rationale for consumer and financial education in Australian schools; describes essential consumer and financial capabilities that will support lifelong learning; and provides guidance on how consumer and financial education may be structured to support a progression of learning from Foundation Year 10. Companion resources to this Framework, being developed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), provide further guidance about integrating consumer and financial education into specific learning areas of the Australian Curriculum. These companion resources are available at:

The importance of economic literacy

With a sound knowledge of economic concepts [students] can better understand and evaluate the nature and impact of policies at all levels of government. [They] can explain the multiplier effect of increased government spending, and how it raises Australia’s level of income, output and employment.

Economics students know

  • that the national debt does not necessarily impose a burden on future generations of Australians
  •  that an economy is not run like a household the reasoning at the time of the Great Depression
  • about the role of the Reserve Bank in determining monetary policy, the concept of overnight cash rates and the policy implications of rising interest rates
  • how banks can actually create credit and money through their lending policies.

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