News archive: 2011

EBE NSW Directors have their say on financial literacy

EBE NSW Directors Joe Alvaro and Liz Criddle were interviewed by Kristie Kellahan from the Sydney Morning Herald about the importance of financial literacy in the curriculum. (SMH MyCareer-Education October 1-2, 2011). Joe explained the place of financial literacy in the Commerce curriculum and the programs he has designed to invite financial services providers into the classroom. Liz, recipient of the 2011 First State Super NSW Premier’s Financial Literacy Scholarship, spoke  in particular about the need for young women to be financially literate . Liz is looking forward to exploring global perspectives on financial literacy as part of an overseas study tour in 2012.

National Statement on Asia Literacy released

The National Statement on Asia Literacy in Australian Schools 2011-2012 (National Statement) has been provided to the Australian Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs Senior Officials Committee for noting.

Developed by the Asia Education Foundation, the National Statement supports the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians which recognises that the growing influence of India, China and other Asian nations, both globally and in Australia, is a major change in the world that impacts on the future of all young Australians.

The National Statement identifies the broad knowledge, skills and understandings required by all students to achieve Asia literacy in the context of existing policies and practices in teaching and learning and sets out six interlinked areas of action required to achieve Asia literacy and deliver on the intent of the new Australian Curriculum.

Download the Statement, order a hard copy, view video and have your say:

National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework

The ‘National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework‘ has been approved by AEEYSOC. This document is a revised version of the National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework (the Framework) originally developed in 2005. It articulates a rationale for consumer and financial education in Australian schools; describes essential consumer and financial capabilities that will support lifelong learning; and provides guidance on how consumer and financial education may be structured to support a progression of learning from Foundation–Year 10. Companion resources to this Framework, being developed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), provide further guidance about integrating consumer and financial education into specific learning areas of the Australian Curriculum. These companion resources are available at:

Outstanding Economics and Business Educator awarded NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarship

Liz Criddle, Director of Economics and Business Educators NSW has been awarded the 2011 NSW Premier’s First State Super Financial Literacy Teacher Scholarship. First State Super have funded this excellent opportunity for Liz, who teaches at Wenona School, Sydney, to undertake research overseas to investigate successful and engaging pedagogies for the teaching and learning of financial literacy. Liz and other scholarship recipients were recognised at a reception hosted by the Hon Barry O’Farrell, Premier of NSW, held on Saturday 20 August at Government House, Sydney.

EBE NSW and Business Educators Australia look forward to providing opportunities through various professional development activities for Liz to share her research findings with colleagues during 2012.

Teaching the HSC for the 1st time

Tuesday September 6th, 2011 [Note the change of date for this conference]
4pm – 7.30pm
An engaging and informative twilight meeting for teachers who are teaching the HSC course in Economics, Business Studies or Legal Studies for the first time in term 4.
Further details and registration form

BEA Biennial Conference

October 4 – 5, 2012 @ Sydney Masonic Centre
Meet colleagues from Australia and New Zealand to discuss issues regarding business, economics, legal education, accounting, commerce and financial literacy.
Advance information

Australian Curriculum: Business and Economics

The Business Educators Australasia (BEA) Council meeting for 2011/2012 was held in Melbourne June 4 and 5 and marked a significant occasion. The meeting was addressed by two senior officers from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) in what was the beginning of an important ongoing conversation with BEA as ACARA commences the development of the Australian curriculum for economics and business education.
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Other useful information
BEA position paper
Melbourne Declaration
ACARA website

EBE Trial HSC papers

Order form
Trial papers for Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies available with marking guidelines from June 10, 2011

Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition

Friday September 2nd, 2011
Sponsored by CPA Australia, this competition is a great link to the Business Planning topic of the Preliminary Business Studies Course.
Entry form

Focus on Business – A lecture for Year 12 Business Studies students June 17, 2011

The University of Sydney Business School is proud to continue its Focus on Business lecture series. This year the lecture will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 29 June, and is designed specifically for Year 12 Business Studies students. Titled “How Businesses Create Value”, the lecture will be given by the Acting Dean of the Business School, Professor Tyrone Carlin.

Registration is essential, so please encourage your students to visit:

Show me the money — lifting levels of financial literacy in Australian schools June 8, 2011

August 6th, 2011 at Sydney University further information

$15 000 Scholarships available March 23, 2011

Financial Literacy and NSW Premiers Teacher Scholarship applications now open.


EBE NSW Board of directors

President: Joe Alvaro (Marist College North Shore)
Vice Presidents:
Liz Criddle (Wenona)
Anne Layman (MLC School)
Secretary: Vacant
Treasurer: Jennifer Gibson (SCECGS Redlands Cremorne)