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About the Buy Smart Competition

Buy Smart

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 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.

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.

Entries are now closed for the Buy Smart Competition 2016.

Download the Entry form (PDF, 1.1MB).

Entry details

Entries are open to primary and high school students and community groups:

  • Years 4–6
  • Years 7–9
  • Years 10–12.

Students 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.

Possible topics include:


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 past 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.

Developing your entry

Need help with putting together an entry for this year's competition? These resources can help get you started:

Entry development kit

Entry tips

2015 winners

Other consumer resources

Request a school presentation

Fair Trading officers can come to your school to talk to your students about:

  • entering the Buy Smart Competition
  • consumer rights and responsibilities
  • detecting and avoiding scams.

Please fill out the form below to request a presentation. Instructions to submit the completed form are at the bottom of the document.

Download the form

Last updated
7 October 2016

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