Young people are a big part of the marketplace. They can face serious risks as consumers, both right now and as they become adults.
We want young people to avoid marketplace traps and become smart consumers. If you´re a parent, teacher or youth group leader, you can help them do this.
Get them involved in the Buy Smart competition for 2014.
More than 20% of under 18s have had trouble with paying their mobile phone bills.
More than 10% of Queenslanders who declare bankruptcy each year are under 25.
On average, most people are 13 years old when they start using their own mobile phones. More than 40% of scams happen over the phone (including SMS scams).
We run the Buy Smart competition to help young people learn about consumer issues. This helps them to:
- become financially literate
- avoid scams
- learn their consumer rights.
Entries are open to primary and high school students.
We have 3 categories:
- Years 4-6
- Years 7-9
- Years 10-12.
Students will need to research a consumer issue and present it to a target audience of their choice. They can be as creative as they want in how they present their issue. In the past, students have entered everything from board games to picture books to rap videos.
Entries close on Friday 12 September 2014.
Possible topics include:
- consumer rights and responsibilities
- product safety
- mobile phones
- spending wisely
- buying and running a car
We offer cash prizes of up to:
- $500 for the student
- $1500 for their school or organisation.
We love to hear how past winners have spent their Buy Smart Competition prize money. Here are some examples:
- A south-east Queensland school bought 3 tablet computers for their enrichment group.
- A school bought a video camera, boom microphone and educational robotics kit for their enrichment group.
- A regional school bought a tablet computer for students to use in their break-out space to improve learning outcomes.
- A Brisbane school bought a set of financial literacy books, some teacher resources and 6 copies of an educational board game. They also subscribed to a business magazine and sent a teacher to a conference on 21st century learning.
Buy Smart resource kit
|2014 Entry kit|
|2014 Teachers' resources|
Want an idea of where to start? Check out some of our previous winners.
Last reviewed 14/02/2014