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Year level F-10 Sustainability Enterprise Parents Young adults Currency Budgeting Mathematics Economics and business

Select from a range of bite-size activities – no preparation required – for use in the classroom or at home.

Teach about making informed consumer choices and personal finance, such as budgeting, saving, spending, planning, setting goals, income tax and superannuation. 

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Understanding Australian coins (Year 1)

Learn about Australian coins, their features and value.

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Understanding Australian bank notes (Year 1)

Learn about Australian bank notes, their features and value.

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Understanding needs and wants (Year 3)

Learn about needs and wants – what they mean and how they differ between people and countries. Understanding the difference between needs and wants can make us better consumers.

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The power of advertising (Year 4)

Investigate how advertisements can influence you to want or buy a product and how you can also use these techniques.

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What influences our choice of clothes? (Year 5)

Investigate the influences on 10-12-year old consumers when they reflect and share on their findings about selecting clothes and accessories. Activities include collecting data and creating data displays.

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Cost of owning a pet (Year 6)

Investigate the financial and non-financial costs of becoming a pet owner and consider other factors such as ethical considerations and external influences.

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How does income tax work? (Year 7-10)

Learn about income tax – what it is, how it works and when you have to pay it.

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What is compound interest? (Year 7-10)

Understand how compound interest works and why saving now can help you later. It may be one of the most important things you will ever learn.

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What is opportunity cost? (Year 7-10)

Learn about the true cost of buying something – or ‘opportunity cost’– What it is, why it's a helpful tool and when to use it.

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Why borrowing can cost you more (Year 7-10)

Learn how interest rates and fees affect the money you borrow and why they may be more expensive in the long run.

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Why investing can be risky (Year 7-10)

Planning to get rich quick by investing one day? Before you jump in, understand some of the risks involved with different types of investments.

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