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2020 HSC Examinations Countdown Clock

A countdown clock re the 2020 HSC NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) external examinations can be found here:

>> https://www.hsccountdown.com.au/

The Australian Business Economists Schools Conference - COVID: Impacts on the economy and the labour market, monetary policy responses
An event for high school students in years 10, 11 and 12 and their teachers

Date: Tuesday 27 October 2020
Time: 1.30pm - 3pm AEDT
Venue: Online via Zoom
Cost: Free

The Australian Business Economists Schools Conference - "COVID: Impacts on the economy and the labour market, monetary policy responses" will begin with a highly relevant presentation from a senior Reserve Bank official. It will follow with a panel session featuring four young and successful economists who will talk about their education journey, career and economics in the real world.

This panel session will include a focus on how the study of economics has been critical to their career success. The conference will conclude with an open discussion in which teachers and students will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Please register your interest to attend here

Program

- Welcome and introduction
Stephen Walters, ABE Chair and Chief Economist, NSW Treasury

- COVID and the economy: Local and global
Natasha Cassidy, A/g Deputy Head, Economic Analysis, Reserve Bank of Australia

- Panel: Economics in an emergency

  • Besa Deda, Chief Economist, St.George Banking Group (Moderator)
  • Elysse Morgan, Business & Finance Journalist, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Alex Joiner, Chief Economist, IFM Investors
  • Emily Blythe, Associate - Global Funding Group, Group Treasury, Westpac
  • Megan Paybody, Manager - Economics, Regulation & Policy Group, Ernst & Young

- Panel discussion with audience

- Concluding remarks and close

Australian Business Economists (ABE) aims to encourage greater understanding of economic issues by fostering debate in the financial markets, business and commercial sectors and across the community in general. Website: abe.org.au

Recording of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Student Webinar -Monetary Policy and Current Economic Conditions (12 October 2020)

The recording of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) student webinar, "Monetary Policy and Current Economic Conditions" (12 October 2020) is now available. Senior Economist, David Lancaster, provides an overview of monetary policy and current economic conditions as at 12 October 2020.

Click here for the recording:

Economics and Business Educators NSW is a member of the Reserve Bank of Australia Educators Advisory Panel:

https://www.rba.gov.au/education/about-the-program/educators-advisory-panel.html

Feedback about resources from the RBA is welcome.
Please email feedback to admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au

Competition - 2020 Suncorp Financial Basics Foundation ESSI Money Challenge

The Suncorp Financial Basics Foundation ESSI Money Challenge game goes live at 9.00am (AEST) on Monday, 17 August 2020. Students can commence play at any time after this but must complete the game along with the end-of-game quiz and survey questions and submit their score by 5.00pm (AEST) on Friday, 28 August 2020.

Students compete in one of two age brackets: 12-15 or 16-18. The three highest scores in each age category win a prize!

The top 10 scores from each age category are displayed on the Suncorp ESSI Money Challenge News and Letterhead page throughout the competition.

First prize is $1500 cash deposit into a personal Suncorp Bank Kids Savings Account and a bonus cash deposit of $1500 for the winning student’s school.

Second prize is $1000 cash deposit into a personal Suncorp Bank Kids Savings Account and third prize is $500 cash deposit into a personal Suncorp Bank Kids Savings Account.

Plus , every student that submits a valid entry goes into the draw for one of 16 X $250 EFTPOS Gift Vouchers.

>> Further details

Competition - ASX Schools Sharemarket Game - Game 2, 2020

While you teach your students about investing and the sharemarket, they can put into practice what they are learning by playing the ASX Schools Sharemarket Game. Students receive a virtual $50,000 they can invest over a 10 week period, in 220 companies listed on the ASX. The prices students buy and sell at are the same prices as they would get in the live market so this is as close to real life share trading as you can get.

As a result of playing the Game your students will:

  • Develop their knowledge of the sharemarket
  • Learn how to research companies
  • Discover the importance of wise investment decisions
  • Gain a greater knowledge of economic and world events
  • Begin to learn more about investing which is beneficial for their future

The Game can be part of a school subject or an extra-curricular activity offered to students. It is free to play and as a bonus students can win great cash prizes:

Syndicate major prize:

1st - $600
2nd - $500
3rd - $400

Syndicate state prize:

1st - $400

Students can:

  • Choose from 200+ stocks
  • Create their own watchlist
  • View company charts and the latest prices
  • Get the top 5 and bottom 5 stocks for the day
  • Play as a team or individually

Registrations are now open. Game 2, 2020 begins on 27 August 2020.

>> Further details

Recording of webinar - "The Reserve Bank's Policy Actions and Balance Sheet" with Guy Debelle, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia held on 30 June 2020 

The recording of the webinar titled "The Reserve Bank's Policy Actions and Balance Sheet" with Guy Debelle, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, held on 30 June 2020 ( to which Economics teachers and students were invited) is now available on the RBA website. The webinar can be found here:

>> https://rba.gov.au/speeches/2020/sp-dg-2020-06-30.html

Resources from the Reserve Bank of Australia to help Economics teachers discuss the May, 2020 Labour Force Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the May, 2020 Labour Force Statistics:

>> https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/6202.0?opendocument&ref=HPKI

These data provide an opportunity for rich classroom discussions about labour market concepts and current conditions. To support such engagement, the Reserve Bank (RBA) has developed a number of resources that may be incorporated into lesson plans. Please see below.

Video Explainer: The Labour Market and Unemployment
The RBA has brought to life it’s popular Explainers series with a video presented by Economist Gigi Lovicu. Gigi talks students through the groups in the labour market and types of unemployment, relating this to the current conditions in Australia.

Explainer: Unemployment: Its Measurement and Types
This Explainer outlines how the unemployment rate is measured and describes the main types of unemployment.

Video: Recent Developments in the Labour Market
In this video recording of a recent RBA teacher professional development webinar, Head of Prices, Wages and Labour, Natasha Cassidy, discusses the effect of COVID-19 on the Australian labour market as at 25 May 2020.

Nominations for the Professional Teachers' Council NSW Media Award close soon

The Professional Teachers’ Council NSW Media Award is presented to a person or persons working in the media industry for the positive portrayal of the work of teachers and schools and their recognition of the value to the community of teaching as a profession.

Nominations can be made by:

  • a member association of the Professional Teachers’ Council NSW
  • a school/ school community or parent organisation
  • an individual
  • self nomination
  • media organisations
  • other education organisations

The nomination form can be found here:

https://www.ptc.nsw.edu.au/2020-ptc-nsw-media-award/

Closing date for nominations extended to Friday 23 October 2020.

Teaching resource for primary school students from the Australian Taxation Office - "Paying It Foward"

"Paying It Forward" is a free teaching resource for primary school students from the Australian Taxation Office. It teaches about tax and superannuation by focusing on developing civic values and the financial wellbeing of students.

>> https://www.ato.gov.au/General/Education-zone/Paying-It-Forward/?=redirected_payingitforward

2019 The Sydney Morning Herald HSC Study Guide

>> See the 2019 The Sydney Morning Herald HSC Study Guide here.

>> For marking centre advice for HSC Economics, HSC Business Studies and HSC Legal Studies click here

2020 EBE NSW Trial HSC Examinations order form available  

The order form for the 2020 EBE NSW Trial HSC Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies examination papers is now available. Relevant past papers are also available for purchase. The examination papers have been designed by EBE NSW Directors and include marking guidelines. Special discount prices apply to members of EBE NSW.

>> Order form for 2020 EBE NSW Trial HSC examination papers

2020 Business Educators Australasia Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) Competition

The Business Educators Australasia Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition (PYOE) encourages secondary school students to apply their business education to a real life scenario. Working individually or in small groups, participants are asked to devise a creative enterprise idea and submit a business plan, explaining how their great idea could become a profitable business.

For teachers, the competition is a valuable tool to enhance the business education curriculum and support them as they develop the next generation of business leaders. For students, it helps to build valuable work and life skills. The competition requires business insight, practical financial skills and a creative flair for problem solving.

Economics and Business Educators NSW runs the competition in NSW. To enter, students need to devise a creative enterprise idea and submit a 3000 word business plan, explaining how their great idea could become a profitable business. The competition has two divisions with fantastic prizes up for grabs:

  • Division one – Open to individual student entries, submitted by students of any age, attending a registered secondary school.
  • Division two – Group entries (maximum of six students), submitted by students of any age, attending a registered secondary school.

NSW entries are due by Friday 4 September 2020. These will be marked, and finalists in both divisions will be invited to the NSW Awards Ceremony. At this awards ceremony, the winner in each division will be announced. The NSW Division One winner will receive an iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi 128GB (valued at $579). Certificates and other prizes will also be awarded.

National judging will occur after the winners in each state and territory have been determined. Winners will be advised by the end of 2020.

This competition can be incorporated into assessment tasks for both Commerce and Business Studies. Click here for a sample assessment task. Email EBE NSW if you would like a Microsoft Word version of the sample assessment task.

Amanda Ritter has developed a unit of work based on the PYOE Competition which can be accessed here. The PYOE Competition could form the content for a Commerce "school - developed option" (see pages 48 and 49 in the NSW Education Standards Authority Commerce Year 7 - 10 Syllabus).

All students who enter the competition will receive a Certificate of Participation for their job portfolios.

>> Full details are available in the 2020 PYOE competition brochure.

See the article available to EBE NSW members -  “Student2Student: How to Overcome the Pitfalls of Business Planning" by Sarah Matthias (Division 1 Winner of CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition 2016) in “The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW” – Issue 2, 2016.

There is no cost to enter the competition.

2019 EBE NSW Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition NSW Awards Ceremony – 19 September 2019

Economics and Business Educators NSW (EBE NSW) recognised the NSW Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) winners at the annual NSW awards ceremony on 19 September 2019 at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand – Level 9, 33 Erskine Street, Sydney, NSW. At the ceremony, prizes and certificates were awarded to the NSW student winners and their schools. Parents were in attendance to celebrate the success of their child, as well as teachers. Congratulations to the following winners and their teachers from NSW:

  • Division 1 (Individual entry) 
    Student: Parivash Nadeem
    School: Unity Grammar
    Business Plan: The Fruit Circus
    Teacher: Ms Khair
  • Division 2 (Group entry)
    Students: Ishwary Ramjeevan, Maddisen Strauss and Mariam Yassin
    School: MLC School
    Business Plan: ADN Tech
    Teacher: Mr Wijanto

Thank you to all the students who entered the competition this year and the teachers who inspired and encouraged their students to enter this prestigious competition. Each student who participated received a Certificate of Participation.

Thank you to the students, their families and teachers for attending the NSW Awards Ceremony.
Thank you to EBE NSW Director, Nicholas Ward, for taking on the role of PYOE NSW Coordinator in 2019 and for all his time and effort in ensuring the competition in NSW was a success.

2019 PYOE NSW Competition Finalists

Division One

Student: Tae Woo Lyoo
School: Normanhurst Boys High School
Business Plan: Carry On
Teacher: Ms Rahman

Student: Parvathi Sanjeev
School: Hornsby Girls High School
Business Plan: Cosmo
Teacher: Ms Tutty

Student: Natali Pavlovic
School: Gymea Technology High School
Business Plan: Dementia Care Technology
Teacher: Ms Polianitis

Student: Tom Irwin
School: Northern Beaches Secondary College - Manly Selective Campus
Business Plan: Go Bins
Teacher: Ms Foy

Student: Colina Zhang
School: Northern Beaches Secondary College - Manly Selective Campus
Business Plan: Inside Out Fitness and Lifestyle
Teacher: Ms Foy

Student: Han Luc
School: Keira High School
Business Plan: Miniature Home
Teacher: Ms Hrncic

Student: Raquel Mezrani
School: Inaburra School
Business Plan: Project Earthware
Teacher: Mr Langley

Student: Sereen Ali
School: Unity Grammar
Business Plan: Sunnyside Stables
Teacher: Ms El-Gashingi

Student: Parivash Nadeem
School: Unity Grammar
Business Plan: The Fruit Circus
Teacher: Ms Khair

Student: Cerise Bootsma
School: Oran Park Anglican College
Business Plan: Two Steps Ahead
Teacher: Ms Brennan

The prizes for the Division 1 NSW finalists were:

1st place - iPad Mini for the student and $200 Dymocks voucher for the school.
2nd place - $200 cash for the student.
3rd place - $150 cash for the student.

Division Two

Students: Ishwary Ramjeevan, Maddisen Strauss and Mariam Yassin
School: MLC School Teacher
Business Plan: ADN Tech
Teacher: Mr Wijanto

Students: Annabel Harvey, Samuel Johnston, Jayden Kotevski and Zali Moore
School: Inaburra School
Business Plan: Little Organic
Teacher: Mr. Lukins

Students: Crystal Cheng and Shu-Han Lee
School: Hornsby Girls High School
Business Plan: Meraki
Teacher: Ms. Tutty

Students: Hellen Wang and Ramona Zheng
School: Hornsby Girls High School
Business Plan: POP! Galleries
Teacher: Ms. Tutty

Students: Charlotte Drury, Hannah Foote, Charlotte McCaffrey-Moors & Kate Rutledge
School: Inaburra School
Business Plan: Stick Track
Teacher: Mr. Low

The prizes for the Division 2 NSW finalists (1st, 2nd and 3rd) were:

1st Place - $150 cash per student and $200 Dymocks voucher for the school.
2nd Place - $100 cash per student.
3rd Place - $50 cash per student.

 

 

Congratulations to all the winners. Be sure to incorporate the PYOE competition into your Commerce and/or Business Studies teaching and learning program in 2020.


From left to right: Nicholas Ward (2019 PYOE NSW Coordinator), Parivash Nadeem (NSW Division 1 PYOE Competition Winner) and Joe Alvaro (EBE NSW President)


From left to right: Roset Khair (Teacher of NSW Division 1 PYOE Competition Winner) , Parivash Nadeem (NSW Division 1 PYOE Competition Winner) and Joe Alvaro (President - Economics and Business Educators NSW) at the 2019 NSW PYOE Awards Ceremony


2019 NSW PYOE Competition Finalists with 2019 PYOE NSW Coordinator Nicholas Ward (far left) and EBE NSW President Joe Alvaro (far right) at the 2019 EBE NSW PYOE NSW Awards Ceremony


2019 EBE NSW PYOE NSW Awards Ceremony


PYOE Competition finalists speaking about their business plan at the 2019 EBE NSW PYOE NSW Awards Ceremony


Networking at the 2019 EBE NSW PYOE NSW Awards Ceremony


Networking at the 2019 EBE NSW PYOE NSW Awards Ceremony
PYOE Competition finalists speaking about their business plan at the 2019 EBE NSW PYOE NSW Awards Ceremony


2019 PYOE NSW Coordinator Nicholas Ward (left) and EBE NSW President Joe Alvaro (right) at the 2019 EBE NSW PYOE NSW Awards Ceremony

2019 Business Educators Australasia (BEA)Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) Competition National Division Winners

Congratulations to the following students who are the national winners of the 2019 Business Educators Australasia (BEA) Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) Competition.

  • Division 1 (Individual entry) 
    Student: Lily Fisher
    School:St Michael’s Collegiate School, Tasmania
    Business Plan: Freycinet Bike Hire


2019 BEA PYOE Competition National Division 1 Winner – Lily Fisher

  • Division 2 (Group entry)
    Students: Hugo Hemmings and Ethan Medwin
    School: The Hutchins School, Tasmania
    Business Plan: Burr Parking


2019 BEA PYOE Competition National Division 1 Winners - Ethan Medwin (left) Hugo Hemmings (right)

EBE NSW congratulates the 2019 PYOE national winners.

Letter from the Rule of Law Institute of Australia

Please read the letter below  (dated 4 March 2019) that EBE NSW has received by Jackie Charles (Education Manager at the Rule of Law Institute of Australia) regarding "Court Visits to the Downing Centre Court Building".

>> Read letter concerning Court Visits to the Downing Centre Court Building

NSW Curriculum Review

On 13 May 2018, the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Rob Stokes announced that NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority)  will undertake a  review of the NSW curriculum to ensure it equips students to continue to contribute to Australian society into the 21st century. NESA has engaged Professor Geoff Masters, CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to lead the review.

>> EBE NSW has made a submission to the Review. Read the submission here.

Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies: A teacher professional learning tour of East Coast USA

Dates: 8th – 18th January, 2020 

Academy Travel, in conjunction with Economics and Business Educators NSW, is delighted to present an outstanding professional development opportunity for teachers of Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce. 

The itinerary begins in Washington DC, where teachers will tour key government organisations and significant landmarks. Continuing to New York City, participants will explore the Financial District, international law and order, and the world of commerce.

In addition, the itinerary includes a series of guided tours and site visits with experts. There is also time at leisure for sightseeing, shopping and exploring.

>> Further details, including a detailed itinerary

Submission to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) – Re 2018 NESA Draft Commerce Syllabus

EBE NSW has made a submission to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) re the 2018 NESA  Draft Commerce Syllabus.

>> Read the submission here.

NESA Draft Commerce Syllabus

The current Commerce syllabus was last revised in 2003. The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has released a draft Commerce syllabus.

>> The draft NESA Commerce syllabus can be found here

>> The “Commerce Years 7-10 draft syllabus summary of changes” can be found here

Have your say on the draft Commerce syllabus by completing a survey, attending a consultation meeting, and/or submitting a written response to the project manager. Consultation will be open from 23 July 2018 to 2 September 2018.

>> More information can be found here

Economics and Business Educators NSW will be making a submission about the draft Commerce syllabus and members are encouraged to contribute to the submission by sending their comments about the draft Commerce syllabus to admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au.

Some questions to consider:

  • What are the strengths of the syllabus?
  • What are the challenges of the syllabus?
  • Is there enough balance between economics, business, law, consumer and financial literacy and  civics and citizenship subject matter?
  • Considering the Commerce syllabus was last revised in 2003, to what extent is the current syllabus relevant to today's changing commercial environment and contemporary teaching and learning ?
  • What do you think about the content from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business and the ACARA Australian Curriculum:Civics and Citizenship to develop the draft Commerce syllabus?

EBE NSW made a submission to NESA when the review of the Commerce syllabus was    
announced in 2017.

>> Read the submission here

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) also made a submission during this period – read their submission here.

In response to the draft Commerce syllabus, the RBA has made a “Supplementary submission to NESA Review of Commerce Years 7 – 10 Syllabus”.

>> This submission can be found here

2018 Business Educators Australasia (BEA) Award of Recognition – Bronwyn Hession

Congraulations to Bronwyn Hession (EBE NSW Life Member) who was awarded the 2018 Business Educators Australasia (BEA) Award of Recognition for Outstanding Service to Business Educators Australasia and its affiliate Associations at the 2018 BEA Biennial Conference which was held in Canberra between the 3rd and 5th October 2018.

>> Award Citation

Bronwyn Hession (left) with her 2018 BEA Award of Recognition and BEA President, Tony Kuc (right)

Bronwyn Hession (left) with her 2018 BEA Award of Recognition and EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro (right)

   
  From left to right: Joe Alvaro (EBE NSW President) , Bronwyn Hession with her 2018 BEA Award of Recognition , Mai Ni Pham (EBE NSW Vice-President), Leith Thompson (EBE NSW Director) and Wendy Mockler – Giles (EBE NSW Director)  

EBE Journal Issue 2 2017Latest issue of “The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW” (Issue 2, 2017) now available

The latest issue of The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW  (Issue 2 — 2017) is now available in the members section of the website. EBE members must login to access the latest EBE Journal. Past issues of "The EBE Journal" are also in the members section.

Contents

  • President’s Report
  • EBE NSW News
  • 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference - New Frontiers: Economics and Business Education in an Era of Innovation
    - Report by Elizabeth Perry, 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference Rural Grant Recipient, The Rivers Secondary College, Richmond River High Campus
  • 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference - New Frontiers: Economics and Business Education in an Era of Innovation
    - Report by Daniel Benjamin, 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference Rural Grant Recipient, Sapphire Coast Anglican College, Bega
  • Business Case Study: Ecto Handplanes - Cheryl Brennan
  • Case Study: Nahji Chu, Queen of Rice Paper Rolls - Mai Ni Pham
  • Developing Deep, Authentic Learning Experiences in Economics - Matt Robinson
  • A student from Quilpie in South West Queensland wins National 1st in the ASX Schools Sharemarket Game (Game 2, 2017) - Amanda Mior
  • PYOE Competition 2017 – Winning NSW Division 1 entry
  • Yesterday news and Breaking news: Using media file templates to help students unpack all sorts of news - Mai Ni Pham
  • Should we do away with exams altogether? No, but we need to rethink their design and purpose - The Conversation, December 1 2016
  • Getting students to put their legal knowledge into practice to demonstrate understanding - Mai Ni Pham
  • What is race? - Olivia Bui
  • Submission to Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC): National Financial Literacy Strategy Consultation 2017 (October 2017) from Economics and Business Educators NSW
  • NSW Education Standards Authority 2017 Consultation Draft NSW Supplementary Documentation: Subject Content Knowledge Requirements (Revised) - Submission from Economics and Business Educators NSW
  • Open Letter from 25 Teacher Associations supports copyright
  • Submission to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) regarding the review of the Commerce Syllabus from Economics and Business Educators NSW
  • President’s Report to the 2017 Economics and Business - Educators NSW Annual General Meeting (11 December 2017)
  • Economics and Business Educators NSW Financial Statements for the year ended 30th June 2017
  • Economics and Business Educators NSW Financial Statements for the year ended 30th June 2016

Back issues of the "The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW" are also available in the members section of this website and contain useful teaching and learning resources.

Academic and Professional Speakers in Schools

Academics and professionals from Western Sydney University are available to speak in schools or to school groups free of charge. Many are leaders in their fields. This program gives teachers opportunities to extend and enhance their students' learning and educational aspirations, whilst increasing their own knowledge.

Check out the register for information on each speaker's area of expertise, sample topics, suggested audiences and estimated presentation times.

>> More information

>> To book a speaker download this form or book online

If you have any questions about the program, please email schoolsengagement@westernsydney.edu.au. Do NOT contact the speakers directly. This helps Western Sydney University  effectively organise and track use of the register.

Professional Teachers' Council NSW Media Release - "Celebration of Excellence" (27 October 2017)

EBE NSW congratulates all the recipients of the 2017 Professional Teachers' Council NSW Outstanding Professional Service Awards and the 2017 Professional Teachers' Council NSW Outstanding Beginning Teacher Awards. Congratulations to EBE NSW Director Nicholas Ward who has received a 2017 Professional Teachers' Council NSW Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award.

Compass: The Staffroom - Part 1, Part 2 and and Part 3 (ABC Television) has received the 2017 Professional Teachers' Council NSW Media Award.

>> Full details in  the Professional Teachers' Council NSW Media Release - Celebration of Excellence (27 October 2017) which can be accessed here.

2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference Speaker Chris Anderson (Founder of Ecto Handplanes) on "Shark Tank" this Tuesday night on Channel 10

Shark TankChris Anderson as the founder of Ecto Handplanes, the bodysurfing business, recently presented an engaging discussion at the 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference in July at UTS. As an award winning Australian-based interdisciplinary artist and designer, he spoke about innovation and how budding entrepreneurs can seek inspiration from a range of life experiences. Chris' drive and ambition serve Is a powerful example of how our curriculum in Business Studies can connect to our students through people's stories. 

Chris will appear in Tuesday's episode (19 September 2017) of Shark Tank on Channel 10 (check your TV Guide for the time), where you can follow his journey with your class. Student engagement comes from relevant and authentic learning experiences, and Chris will deliver on this. Ecto Handplanes could be used as an engaging case study in Business Studies or Commerce. Watching Shark Tank this Tuesday will prove to be a good follow up  to Chris' session at the 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference.

If your're a teacher it pays to learn what you can claim at tax time

The Australian Taxation Office has published a document titled,"If your're a teacher it pays to learn what you can claim at tax time". Read the document here.

Article about the 2016 EBE NSW Legal Update Conference

The article "Legals enthrall delegates at EBE NSW event" by Sarah Duggan - 1 February 2017 (about the 2016 EBE NSW Legal Update Conference) is available here.

Economics and Business Educators NSW wins 2014 ASIC MoneySmart Week Award

Money Smart Week Award

On 2 September 2014, EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro, and EBE NSW  Director, Bronwyn Hession attended the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) MoneySmart 2014 Awards Presentation Dinner to accept a Highly Commended Award for EBE NSW in the Education category on behalf of the EBE NSW Board of Directors, staff and members. The MoneySmart Week Awards recognise the outstanding achievements in financial literacy across five categories, including education. EBE NSW is proud of its work in the area of financial literacy and it was an honour to receive this award.

The award citation and judges’ comments appear below:

Economics and Business Educators (EBE NSW) has been supporting secondary teachers of financial literacy and their students on an ongoing and sustained basis since its creation in 1968. EBE NSW specialises in providing classroom and syllabus focused professional development courses for teachers of financial literacy. Designed by practicing classroom teachers and academics, these courses encourage interaction between high quality stakeholders in financial literacy and teachers who are on the frontline, teaching financial literacy in classrooms. EBE NSW has designed, conducted and evaluated professional development events focusing on financial literacy over the years, including

  • 2014 EBE Annual Conference;
  • Revamping and Resourcing Commerce; and
  • The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW.

The EBE NSW has also been very active in advocating for the inclusion of financial literacy in the Australian Curriculum and engaging teachers with consultation processes. As financial literacy is given increased attention in the curriculum, EBE NSW will continue to design and implement effective professional development courses using the expertise and skills of its members and its connections with stakeholders in the financial literacy sector.

Judges Comment
The Judges highly commended Economics & Business Educators NSW for the great work they are doing, and the importance of their work in the community. They have been a key player for several decades and have made a major contribution to financial literacy. Economics & Business Educators NSW have played a vital role connecting the corporate and education sectors to reinvigorate secondary school subjects and hold a respected annual conference.

EBE NSW congratulates Wingham High School who was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in the education category and commends the excellent work the school is doing in the area of financial literacy. And congratulations to Enactus University of Western Australia who also won a Highly Commended Award in the education category.

>>  For more information about the awards, visit Award Year 2014 – MoneySmart Week.

EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro, receiving a 2014 ASIC MoneySmart Week Award for EBE NSW


EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro (far right), receiving a 2014 ASIC MoneySmart Week Award for EBE NSW


EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro (right) and EBE NSW Director Bronwyn Hession (left) with the 2014 ASIC MoneySmart Week Award for EBE NSW

EBE NSW Webinar on the ACARA Draft Years 5-10 Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business

On 18 June 2013 EBE NSW held a webinar on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Draft Years 5-10 Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business (the draft curriculum can be accessed on the ACARA website). Participants were able to hear from EBE NSW Director Professor John Lodewijks who gave an overview of the draft curriculum, as well ask questions and offer feedback.
>> Listen to the webinar (Requires Flash Player 10.3 or above) 

EBE NSW Webinar on the ACARA Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business

On 10 September 2012 EBE NSW held a webinar on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business ( this document can be accessed on the ACARA website).  Participants were able to hear from EBE NSW Director Professor John Lodewijks who gave an overview of the Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business. Participants were also able to ask questions, give feedback and answer poll questions. The webinar recording can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
>> Listen to the webinar (Requires Flash Player 10.3 or above) 
>> Poll questions and the results from the webinar

EBE NSW President interviewed by the Business Spectator about the declining number of students studying Economics

EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro, was interviewed for the article, "Retuning Australia's Economic Debate" by John Conroy (Business Spectator, 1 June 2012) which looked at the declining number of students studying Economics .

>> Read the full article here.

The full article was also reprinted in "The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW" ( Issue 2, 2012) which can be found in the members section of the website.

EBE NSW Directors interviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald about financial literacy

EBE NSW Directors Joe Alvaro and Liz Criddle were interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald for the article "Financial guidance on the money" (1-2 October 2011).

>> Read the full article here.

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