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What's the competition all about?

Become a smarter, more informed consumer

We all have to make decisions about how we spend our money—and what we buy—almost every day of our lives.

For kids and teens, some of these risks already exist. Others will start appearing as you get older and take on more responsibilities.

The Office of Fair Trading runs the Buy Smart Competition to help you learn about marketplace issues and become more informed consumers.

By becoming an informed consumer, you will have the skills and knowledge to:

The Buy Smart Competition is a way to get thinking about these issues in a fun, creative way. You also have the chance at winning a share of over $15,000!

Am I eligible to enter?

You can enter the Buy Smart Competition if your current school year is anywhere from Year 4 to Year 12. This includes if you’re not in a mainstream school, but are at a similar level.

Your entry can be as an individual or in a group of up to 6 people.

You’ll need to submit your entry through your school, club, youth group or a similar organisation. Talk to your teacher or group leader about getting involved.

Entries are lodged into 1 of 3 categories:

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

Entries for the 2019 competition are now closed. Check back to see the list of winners on 22 October 2019.

What do I need to do?

The Buy Smart Competition asks you to make a creative project, which could be just about anything you can imagine. We like to leave this up to you as much as possible!

Some of the awesome projects we’ve seen in the past include posters, brochures, board games, music videos, interactive quizzes, apps and much more.

Get started on topic ideas.

Your project will need to do these things:

  • identify an important issue related to shopping or money
  • explain the issue to a target audience of your choice
  • give your audience some hints and tips that can help them with this issue.

Read the entry criteria.

How do I enter?

Download the student entry kit (PDF, 1.7MB) for:

  • tips on developing your entry
  • conditions of entry
  • details on how to submit.