Criteria and prizes for the Buy Smart Competition

Buy Smart Competition 2018

Become a smarter, more informed consumer

Fair Trading’s Buy Smart Competition is a way to get thinking about shopping and money issues in a fun, creative way.

You also have the chance to win a share of over $15,000!

The Buy Smart Competition is now closed for 2018. Winners will be announced on Thursday 1 November. Best of luck to all of our talented entrants!

How your entry will be judged

We receive heaps of Buy Smart entries every year, and our judges constantly tell us that the job of finding the winners is getting harder and harder.

We will award the following prizes this year:

  • First, second and third place in each of the 3 categories
  • 10 highly commended awards spread across all categories
  • A School Champion prize for a school (or club) that does great work supporting the Buy Smart Competition and its goals

We get more outstanding entries than we can give prizes. For this reason, we also give out certificates of distinction for great entries that just miss out on a prize.

To decide who gets a prize, we use the following judging criteria.


  • Does the entry represent the issue in a creative and memorable way?
  • Is the format relevant to the audience?


  • Is the entry suitable for the target audience?
  • Is the entry effective in delivering its message?
  • Does the entry offer tips or solutions on how to overcome the identified consumer issue?
  • Is the topic relevant to the target audience and the language, format and design easily understood?



  • Is spelling and grammar correct?
  • Is it well presented?

What you can win

By entering the Buy Smart Competition, you could win up to $500 for yourself and $2,000 for your school.

Check out the full list of prizes in the table below.

Award type

Prize for entrant/group

Prize for school/club

1st place (in each category)



2nd place (in each category)



3rd place (in each category)



Highly commended (Max. 10 awarded across whole comp)


School Champion


If you enter as part of a group, we’ll divide your prize money equally between all members.

What will you do with your money if you win a prize?

We love to hear how past winners have spent their Buy Smart Competition prize money. Here are some examples of how winning schools and students have spent their share of prizes:


Year 9 winner Chloe put her winnings towards a new mobile phone.


Year 5 winner Grace put her winnings in the bank, as she said the competition taught her to save her money.


A regional high school bought a new set of cameras to use in its senior IT classes and to start a photography club.


A Brisbane state primary school bought a 3D printer as a resource for its students to use.