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Buy Smart Program guide for teachers and supervisors

Helping young people to be smart consumers

Young people are already active in the marketplace and increasingly exposed to consumer issues. They need to develop good consumer habits and responsible attitudes toward money so they can navigate the choices and pitfalls—right now and into their adult lives.

The Buy Smart Program provides tools for teachers, supervisors and other educators to help your students learn more about issues like:

  • budgeting and saving
  • avoiding scams
  • seeking a refund
  • making major purchases (such as a first car or mobile phone).

The Buy Smart Competition

The Buy Smart Competition is a hands-on learning activity that asks students to design a creative project to explain a consumer issue.

It offers a total of $15,000 in cash prizes for the winning schools and students.

Teachers or supervisors can use a Buy Smart Competition project:

  • to assess subject knowledge and comprehension, ability to research and communicate an issue and/or ability to produce a particular type of project
  • as a framework for a unit of work, an exercise within an existing unit or an extension activity for high-achieving students
  • to help students in learning support programs to learn life skills in a fun and creative way
  • as a creative activity for after-school care, holiday activity groups or youth organisations.

You can also choose to place additional restrictions on your students’ entries (such as nominating a specific topic area or project type) in order to satisfy your own needs.

Find out more about the task, judging criteria and how to enter.

School incursion sessions

One of our officers can visit your class for an engaging and interactive presentation about one of our Buy Smart topics.

Our topics are tailored to different year levels from Years 4 to 12 and cover a range of content including:

  • scam awareness
  • consumer rights and responsibilities
  • understanding advertising
  • managing money.

Learn more about our classroom presentations.

We can also present on these topics to clubs or organisations that support young people.

With the easing of restrictions around COVID-19, we are pleased to offer presentations in person again (subject to physical distancing and hygiene requirements).

We are still able to provide presentations via video conferencing. Please contact us to enquire about these options.

Pre-recorded videos of our presentations are also available through our Buy Smart Online channel.

Buy Smart Online

As part of the overall program, Buy Smart Online offers ready-made resources suitable for online learning and remote delivery for students in Years 4 to 12.

Resources include video presentations based on existing incursion topics on a range of learning areas.

Follow these links access the year-level playlist suitable for your students:

Activities, worksheets and resources

Our extensive range of teachers’ resources are available to download. They include worksheets, lesson plans, puzzles and games, and more.