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Helping young people to be smart consumers

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:

Entry details

Entries are open to primary and high school students.

We have 3 categories:

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:


We offer cash prizes of up to:

We love to hear how past winners have spent their Buy Smart Competition prize money. Here are some examples:

Buy Smart resource kit

 2014 Entry kit
 2014 Teachers' resources

Previous winners

Want an idea of where to start? Check out some of our previous winners.

 2013 competition
 2012 competition

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Last reviewed 14/02/2014

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