Vale Dr Mike Horsley

Business Educators Australasia (BEA) mourns the passing of Dr Mike Horsley, a supporter and friend to the business education community.

Mike was a former Director and President of EBE New South Wales and served on the Board of Business Educators Australasia. He was particularly involved in the development of entrepreneurship education and provided excellent advice to BEA Councillors.

He openly shared his quality research particularly in the area of teacher education and supported BEA in their submissions in relation to teachers’ standards.

Our sympathies go to his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by the education community.

Conference on Educational entrepreneurial ecosystem

25 October 2016, @ UTS Business School, Sydney

Much has been said about the need for the Australian educational system to provide more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) content. In addition, an entrepreneurial mindset is needed. Join UTS Business School for a 1 day conference that explores the educational entrepreneurial ecosystem. adopts a holistic lens to the rapidly changing entrepreneurial education sector by offering a platform for under-represented voices.

For more information and to register visit the website

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For more information download the brochure HERE

Agriculture in Education Program

Please find the link about resources that may be of interest to you.

In particular:

  • Years 7-8 – Growing Exotic Fruit – A Niche Farming Enterprise – video (5 minutes) + Teacher notes and Student activities
  • Year 9-10 – From Citrus to Almonds – video (5 minutes) + Teacher notes and Student activities

>> For more information click here

Thinking, Teaching, Doing Business – Registrations now open!

Early Bird deadline extended until Monday 1 August 2016!

The BEA Biennial Conference will be held at Wrest Point Convention Centre, Hobart, Tasmania on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 September 2016.

The conference provides a forum for the teaching and learning of economics and business education and associated studies for colleagues across Australia and New Zealand. The Conference will also provide the opportunity for participants to be updated on the Australian Curriculum.

>> For more information on the conference please visit our website.

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CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition 2016

Information regarding this years competition is now available.

Closing date for entries is Friday 2 September 2016.

>> For further information click here.

CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition 2015

The Winners of Divisions 1 and 2 for 2015 are

Division one
Name Jonathan Nagappa
School Christ Church Grammar School, Western Australia
Plan Name: SurfScout

SurfScout’s mission will be to make Australia’s surfers, swimmers and families feel safe and be safe as they enjoy Western Australia’s beaches. SurfScout will use remote controlled drones to spot and identify sharks thus preventing shark attacks.

Division two
Students: Harrison Wallace, Peter Mercado and Robert Jiang
School: The Hutchins School, Tasmania
Plan: The Tapas Truck

The Tapas Truck provides customers with great Spanish food that is affordable. The truck moves over the day to three different locations to take advantage of the moving population of Hobart. The Tapas Truck’s vision is to be the “go to” place for Spanish cuisine.

Congratulations to the students and teachers involved in this year’s Competition. We look forward to providing you with details of the 2016 Competition early next year.

Indigenous Accountants Australia

Australian accounting bodies know better than most the benefits of pursuing a career in accounting. But for Indigenous students, the benefits are even more significant — both for themselves, and their community.

Considering accounting?
Find out how you can take the first step on a career path that can take you wherever you want to go.

Employing accountants or teaching business students?
We would love to talk to you about how you could be involved and help build a brighter future. So why not get in touch.

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>> Further details

Australian Curriculum review

BEA and their affiliate associations are considering the report and responses from Curriculum Authorities. As additional material is available it will be placed on the BEA website.

>> Read the report

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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