Get your thinking caps on, the 2023 Buy Smart competition is open

Published Thursday, 16 February, 2023 at 03:05 PM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

Do you know your consumer rights? Know how to spot a scam? Or do you have some handy budgeting tips? The Office of Fair Trading is calling on Queensland schools and students to get creative and share their knowledge by entering this year’s Buy Smart competition.

The annual Buy Smart competition is open to all Queensland school students in years four to twelve and is aimed at educating students about consumer rights and financial literacy.

This year’s Buy Smart competition was launched at Forest Lake State School which was the 2022 joint winner of the Commissioner for Fair Trading’s School Champion Prize, sharing the honour with Wadja Wadja High School in Woorabinda, Central Queensland.

In 2022, the Office of Fair Trading Buy Smart program involved over 5,800 students across Queensland. Fair Trading officers visit classrooms across the state to educate students and help them become savvy consumers.

The first prize in each category is $500 for the winning entry and $2,000 for their school; second prize is $250 for the winning entry and $1,000 for their school; and third prize is $150 for the winning entry and $500 for their school. Judges may also award a total of ten highly commended prizes across all categories worth $50 per entry.

Further information about this year’s Buy Smart competition and how to enter is available on the OFT website at

Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman:

“With the rising cost of living, Queenslanders are looking for ways to be smarter with their money."

“That’s why it’s never been more important for young Queenslanders to understand their consumer rights, learn how to budget and know how to avoid being scammed."

“The annual Buy Smart competition is an opportunity for students to identify a consumer issue, research it, and present what they have learned in an innovative way."

“Last year we saw some creative entries from students such as a board game to teach people how to be scam aware, an instructional video on budgeting and buying your first car, as well as an anime-style video focused on avoiding online gaming scams."

“This year I’m hoping to see even more entries from schools across the State.”


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