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Request a classroom presentation on Buy Smart topics

Helping young people to be smart consumers

Our free Buy Smart classroom presentations (or school incursion visits) give students in Years 4 to 12 the chance to hear from one of our Fair Trading officers.

We tailor an engaging and interactive presentation on a Buy Smart topic to your students’ year level(s).

Our presentations are free and available to all Queensland schools.

Fill out the form (DOCX, 1.7MB) to make a booking. Please supply up to 3 alternative dates in your order of preference.

We always try to accommodate any special requirements that you may have.

In particular, please contact us before making a booking if you:

  • are based in a rural or remote area
  • work in alternative or special-needs education
  • have any other requirements that we may need to know.

See our range of topics for:

Upper primary years (Years 4–6)

Sessions for upper primary school levels are typically 30–40 minutes long.

Going shopping and dealing with money (Year 4)

  • Observing and staying under a spending limit
  • Prioritising purchases based on order of importance
  • Working with cash, including notes and coins
  • Establishing total prices of multiple items and calculating change
  • Making consumer decisions by evaluating price and value

Advertising: how does it work? (Year 4)

  • Recognising advertising as a persuasive text
  • Considering different ways of advertising products or services
  • Exploring how promotions and competitions are used as persuasive tools
  • Understanding how advertised ‘specials’ or ‘sales’ are not necessarily the best value
  • Recognising how some advertisements may appear to be informative texts

Budgeting, saving and spending money (Year 5)

  • Associating money with work, including tasks’ relationships to monetary value
  • Evaluating spending and saving decisions and exploring reasons to save
  • Differentiating between needs and wants
  • Managing a budget, including responding to changes in circumstance
  • Shopping around to make informed consumer decisions

Advertising: what are they really saying? (Years 5–6)

  • Evaluating the function of advertising as a persuasive text
  • Exploring the persuasive function of different ways of advertising
  • Considering how methods like social media ‘influencing’ are used to persuade
  • Understanding how advertised ‘specials’ or ‘sales’ are not necessarily the best value
  • Examining the role of fine print in advertising

Making smarter choices at the shops (Year 6)

  • Recognising limits imposed by availability of resources
  • Understanding how consumer choice can impact price
  • Dealing with opportunity cost when making choices
  • Recognising hidden costs when evaluating options
  • Calculating percentage on ‘sale’ prices

Avoiding sneaky scammers (all year levels)

  • Developing scam awareness on digital platforms, including apps and games
  • Evaluating whether offers are ‘too good to be true’
  • Recognising scammer tactics, including emotional manipulation
  • Understanding why it’s important to protect your personal information
  • Evaluating legitimacy of email or social media contact

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Middle years (Years 7–9)

Sessions for middle school levels are typically 45–60 minutes long.

Shoppers, traders and ‘the marketplace’ (Year 7)

  • Exploring how consumers and businesses interact in a market economy
  • Considering ways to become a more informed consumer
  • Working with budgets and savings plans
  • Recognising factors that influence price
  • Introducing basics of marketplace regulation
  • Considering situations where a consumer may or may not legally return a product

Consumer rights and responsibilities (Years 8–9)

  • Considering how market regulation creates fairness for consumers and businesses
  • Exploring consumer protection rules around misleading and unethical sales practices
  • Separating false advertising from creative ‘puffery’
  • Introducing rules about ‘consumer guarantees’
  • Understanding when and why businesses must offer remedies for faulty products or services

Online shopping safety and digital media scams (Years 7–9)

  • Developing critical thinking tactics to be scam-aware when shopping online
  • Evaluating an online platform’s security before entering personal or financial details
  • Recognising how scammers use tactics like emotional manipulation in order to target victims
  • Evaluating the legitimacy of unsolicited email or social media contact
  • Understanding the importance of personal information security to reduce the risk of financial detriment and/or identity theft

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Senior secondary years (Years 10–12)

Sessions for senior secondary levels are typically 60–70 minutes long.

What is the Australian Consumer Law? (Years 10–12)

  • Introducing the legal context of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL)
  • Exploring how consumers can engage with the ACL when in conflict with a trader
  • Understanding the role of regulatory agencies (e.g. the Office of Fair Trading) in enforcing the ACL
  • Exploring how the ACL enforces consumer protections against illegal sales practices
  • Demonstrating how ‘consumer guarantees’ provide an avenue for resolving civil disputes

Buying your first car (Years 10–12)

  • Understanding how buying a car is a ‘major’ consumer purchase
  • Evaluating key considerations when buying from private sellers or motor dealers
  • Avoiding car-sale scams (e.g. via online ‘classified’ marketplaces)
  • Discovering how consumer protection laws apply to motor vehicle sales
  • Recognising the types of checks to do as a buyer, particularly in a private sale

Online shopping safety and digital media scams (Years 10–12)

  • Developing critical thinking tactics to be scam aware when shopping online
  • Evaluating an online platform’s security before entering personal or financial details
  • Recognising how scammers use tactics like emotional manipulation in order to target victims
  • Evaluating the legitimacy of unsolicited email or social media contact
  • Understanding the importance of personal information security to reduce the risk of financial detriment and/or identity theft

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