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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Competition encourages school students to Buy Smart

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Competition encourages school students to Buy Smart

    As Term Two gets underway in Queensland, the Palaszczuk Government is reminding school teachers, parents and students about the annual Buy Smart Competition, which offers students and schools the chance to win a share in $15,000 worth of cash prizes.

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the competition taught students about consumer rights.

    “The competition was launched in February and there is still plenty of time for students in Years 4 to 12 to get involved,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “The Buy Smart Competition is a creative and fun platform for students to learn core life skills, such as money management and the consequences of consumer decisions.

    “Giving the next generation fundamental consumer and financial knowledge is essential in ensuring Queensland continues to enjoy a safe and fair marketplace into the future.”

    Mrs D’Ath said the Buy Smart Competition would get young people to think about consumer rights issues in a fun and creative way.

    “As part of the competition, students research a consumer or financial issue, think of a target audience that needs to know more about it, and make a creative project to explain the topic and give advice to the target audience,” she said.

    Cash prizes are up for grabs from a total prize pool of more than $15,000 across three categories (school Years 4–6, Years 7–9, and Years 10–12):

    • First prize – $500 for the student/group, $2,000 for the student’s school or organisation
    • Second prize – $250 for the student/group, $1,000 for the student’s school or organisation
    • Third prize – $150 for the student/group, $500 for the student’s school or organisation
    • School champion prize – $1,500 to the school judged most outstanding in consumer and financial literacy education
    • Highly commended student prizes – up to 10 $50 prizes for students/groups across all categories.

    There is a new ‘School Champion Prize’ in this year’s competition, which will award $1,500 to a school for outstanding work in consumer and financial literacy education throughout the competition period.

    Students can enter individually or as a team and have until Friday 15 September 2017 to submit their entry.

    Winners will be announced at a ceremony in late October.

    Mrs D’Ath said the competition was in line with the Australian Curriculum and that the Office of Fair Trading offered resources that allows the topic to be easily implemented within the classroom.

    She said entries would be judged on their creativity, quality, ability to communicate a consumer message and relevance to their audience.

    “Officers from the Office of Fair Trading will also be visiting schools across Queensland to give presentations on a range of consumer topics including budgeting, debt and avoiding scams,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “Schools can book a presentation for students, get competition resources and find details on how to enter at www.qld.gov.au/buysmartcomp.”

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    Media contacts:

    Attorney-General: Pam Frost 0437 696 809

    Office of Fair Trading: 07 3247 5968 or 07 3247 5965