Students win big $$$ in competition designed to create savvy shoppers

12 November 2020

Queensland students who took part in a competition to identify consumer awareness issues have been awarded a share of $15,000 as part of the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT’s) 2020 Buy Smart Program.

The competition, held annually for Queensland students in Years 4 to 12, is the cornerstone of the program. It involves students identifying a consumer issue, researching it, and presenting what they have learned in a creative way.

This year saw 598 entries accepted into the competition from 845 students. Entries included a Bachelorette-inspired video, board games, rap songs, calendars, comic books and TikToks.

The OFT Buy Smart program is an initiative which sees Fair Trading officers providing information and advice to school students in class to help them become savvy consumers.

In 2020, more than 6,100 students from 54 schools were involved in the program.

Fair Trading Commissioner Victoria Thomson congratulated another cohort of young creative minds learning skills that will help them for the rest of their lives.

“We are all consumers so the earlier we become aware of our consumer rights and potential pitfalls in the marketplace the better,” Ms Thomson said.

“These clever students tackled consumer issues with flair and originality, like buying a first car, avoiding scammers and navigating the online marketplace.

“The challenges presented by COVID-19 meant that a virtual competition was run this year which attracted entries from schools located across Queensland, from Mackay to Cairns, and Biloela to Noosa and the Gold Coast.”

The winners of the competition were announced via a virtual ceremony hosted by the OFT.

There were three competition categories: Years 4–6; Years 7–9 and Years 10–12. First prize in each category is $500 for the winning entry and $2,000 for their school or community group; second prize is $250 for the winning entry and $1,000 for their school or community group; and third prize is $150 for the winning entry and $500 for their school or community group.

The judges also awarded a total of nine highly commended prizes across all categories worth $50 per entry.

The Buy Smart School Champion prize of $1,500 was awarded to Parklands Christian College, which recognised its outstanding work supporting consumer awareness and financial capability in its students and their involvement with the Buy Smart program during the year.

Winners of each category:

Years 4 to 6,

First place: Claudia Rhodes and Matia Fronis, Faith Lutheran College Redlands

Second place: Zac Martin, Kedron State School

Third place: Jullienne Peres, St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School, North Lakes

Highly commended:

  • Siana Cummins and Ashlin Dolan, St Dympna’s Catholic Primary School, Aspley
  • Isabella Farr and Chloe Richardson, Kurwongbah State School, Petrie
  • Joshua Idriss and Ed Rodgers, Faith Lutheran College Redlands

Years 7 to 9

First place: Jaiden Sawtell and Noah Eacott, Wavell State High School

Second place: Aleisha Lorensen, Shantaya Roach and Hayley McHarg, Gympie State High School

Third place:Amy Finch, Parklands Christian College

Highly commended:

  • Aiden Bailey, Zoe Delroy, Samantha Dendle, Kaden Lower, Charlotte Maas and Jaymie McNamara, Redeemer Lutheran College, Biloela
  • Kate Beavis, Clayfield College
  • Jacinta Bennett, Rebecca Burain, Georgia Creed, Dakota Johnston, Ella McIntyre and Laney Siegmeier, Redeemer Lutheran College, Biloela
  • Edward John Henry Boniface, Jacques Breet and Bryson James Williams, Sheldon College
  • Amaya Mearns, St Paul’s School, Bald Hills
  • Ava Nicoll, Loreto College Coorparoo

Years 10 to 12

First place: Oscar Bailey, Home Education Unit and Shaylee Gear, Marymount College, Burleigh Waters

Second place: Gemma Casaceli and Ella Edwards, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, Corinda

Third place: Daniel Willoughby and Isaac Sibley, Aspley State High School

Further information about this year’s winning Buy Smart Competition entries is available on the OFT website at


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