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Buy Smart teachers' kit

Helping young people to be smart consumers

Young people are already a big part of the marketplace. However, 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 marketplace issues and become more informed consumers.

Buy Smart in the classroom

The Buy Smart Competition is open to all Queensland students in Years 4 to 12. It takes the form of a creative project, making it ideal for classroom use. It supports the National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework (PDF, 690KB), and is Australian Curriculum ready.

The competition has been aligned to the curriculum in the following learning areas:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Economics and Business
  • Digital Technology
  • Media Arts

Buy Smart and the Australian Curriculum

Teachers are welcome to set a specific topic or type of project to fit their learning outcome, providing that entries still fall within the scope of the competition. As a project, it can be used as an individual or group exercise (for up to six students).
The project can be applied as any of the following:

  • an assessment piece
  • a class exercise
  • an extension task.

Teachers' resources

Teachers' kit

The teachers' kit covers a range of consumer topics. It contains:

  • suggested topics and presentation ideas for competition entries
  • classroom activities for primary and high school student levels
  • other activities which can be adapted to a variety of year levels.

Download the teachers' kit (PDF, 3MB)

Student entry development worksheet

The worksheet can help students as they prepare for the competition and create their entries. It gives a step-by-step guide through the entire process.

Download the worksheet (PDF, 1.6MB)

Classroom presentations

Would you like one of our officers to come and talk to your students? We are more than happy to arrange it. We have offices based in the following locations:

  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Gold Coast
  • Hervey Bay
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Toowoomba
  • Townsville

Please contact us to discuss options if your school is outside of these regional centres.

Request a school presentation (DOCX, 1.7KB)

Activity kits

You can download a range of activity kits, sorted into year levels and key outcome areas. These activities were designed:

  • by a qualified teacher
  • to fit into existing learning areas.

The following activity kits are available:

Activities and resources

We have a wide range of activities and resources to suit students at different year levels. These include:

  • websites
  • videos and multimedia
  • brochures
  • exercises
  • puzzles and games.

Find activities and resources

Developing your entry

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

Entry form (PDF, 1.1MB)

Entry development kit (PDF, 4.5MB)

Entry tips (PDF, 1.5MB)

Previous winners (PDF, 5.6MB)

School newsletter templates

We’ve developed templates for primary and secondary schools to include in newsletters, other school resources or promote around the school ground.

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

Curriculum connections

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has launched an online resource for teachers on the topic of consumer and financial literacy.


This resource can help you draw connections to this topic area from across the dimensions of the Australian Curriculum.

Find out more

Last updated
20 April 2017

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