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Economics and Business Educators of NSW

From the President

10  March 2014

Dear EBE NSW Members,

Welcome to the March 2014 edition of the EBE NSW e-newsletter. We wish those HSC Business Studies, HSC Economics and HSC Legal Studies students completing their mid-year examinations this term every success. Past EBE NSW HSC trial examination papers for Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies are available and can be ordered at special member rates via the order form on the EBE NSW website – practice makes success!

EBE NSW Membership Renewals for 2014 due now

Membership renewal forms for 2014 have been sent to all members. 2014 membership forms are also available on the EBE NSW website. Membership rates have not changed for 2014. The EBE NSW Board has made a decision to expand the concessional membership category for 2014. This category now includes casual/temporary teachers and retirees, in addition to student teachers. The membership fee for this category is $48.40. Members who have not renewed their membership for 2014 have been sent a letter dated 26 February 2014, reminding them to renew their membership for 2014. If we do not hear from you by 26 March 2014, your membership to EBE NSW will end. Renew your membership now in order to stay connected with your subject association!

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) releases the Australian Curriculum Economics and Business and Civics and Citizenship

ACARA  released  the Australian Curriculum Economics and Business (Years 5-10) and Civics and Citizenship ( Years 3-10)  on 18 February 2014. These curriculum documents are available on the ACARA website. States and territories and education authorities will determine implementation timelines for schools. Be sure to attend the 2014 EBE NSW Annual Conference and the 2014 Business Educators Australasia Biennial National Conference to learn more about these significant curriculum documents and what they mean for the subject matter we teach. See below for more details on both these conferences.

EBE NSW makes a submission to the Federal Government Review of the Australian Curriculum

EBE NSW has made a submission to the 2014 Federal Government Review of the Australian Curriculum (part of the Coalition’s Students First policy)  in the context of the Australian Curriculum in Economics and Business and the Australian Curriculum in Civics and Citizenship. To read our submission, click here. To make a submission, visit Closing date for submissions is 14 March 2014 (Please note that the public consultation period of the review has been extended).

Year 11 Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies teachers benefit from the EBE NSW “Teaching the Preliminary course (Year 11) in Business Studies, Economics or Legal Studies for the first time?” PD course

Participants at the EBE NSW PD event 24 February 2014Our annual “Teaching the Preliminary course (Year 11) in Business Studies, Economics or Legal Studies for the first time?” PD course held this year on Monday 24 February 2014  was an outstanding success with 74 participants  coming together to network and hear from experienced subject experts. EBE NSW Vice President Kate Dally presented the Business Studies session, EBE NSW Director Andrew Athavle presented the Economics session and I presented the Legal Studies session.  Participants were teachers beginning to teach the current BOSTES NSW Preliminary Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies courses. The event was also open to teachers who wanted a refresher course. Participants were able to hear about effective teaching and learning strategies designed to engage students, current developments in their subject area and assessment procedures and techniques, and receive some teaching and learning resources to take back to their classroom. Some feedback received from participants included:
- “Learnt a lot.”
- “Great resources provided – much appreciated.”
- “Amazing.”
- “It was good to see and hear how other teachers and schools are teaching this subject.”
- “Great speaker, presented some good ideas and approaches to teaching content and breaking it down for students.”
- “Liked the networking session over afternoon tea.”

Participants network at the EBE NSW PD event 24 February 2014Engineers tell us that 50% of construction is in the foundation stages. Effective teaching and learning also depends on the quality of the teaching and learning that has occurred in previous stages.  We are confident that this course will help teachers improve student learning outcomes in their classrooms as they teach the Preliminary foundation courses and as they build on this in term 4, when the HSC courses begin. EBE NSW will hold the HSC equivalent of this course - “Teaching HSC Course (Year 12) in Business Studies, Economics or Legal Studies Courses for the First Time? on 8 September 2014. EBE NSW thanks the following supporters of the 2014 “Teaching the Preliminary course (Year 11) in Business Studies, Economics or Legal Studies for the first time?” PD event:
- Allen and Unwin
- Createl Publishing
- Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
- Pascal Press
- Pearson
- Rule of Law Institute of Australia
- Science Press
- State Library of NSW

EBE NSW Professional Development Course - Revamping and Resourcing Commerce - Monday 17 March 2014 - 4.15pm - 7.30pm

There is not much time left to register for EBE's next professional development course - "Revamping and Resourcing Commerce".
* Does your Commerce program need revamping in order to engage more of your students in the 21st century classroom?
* Do you need activity based resources which will save you time and inspire your students?
Then come along to “Revamping and Resourcing Commerce”. Presented by experienced Commerce teachers and EBE NSW Directors, participants will gain fresh insights into the Commerce syllabus and will be able to reflect on and improve their Commerce teaching strategies. The course will provide participants with opportunities for collegial discussions and the sharing of ideas and resources. This course has been registered with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). Teachers are reminded that they should be mindful of continuing to meet BOSTES requirements to ensure they do not lose accreditation to teach. Participants are asked to email a Commerce learning task or/and assessment task with marking criteria to EBE NSW ( one week before this PD event. These resources will be collated and distributed to each participant. Click here for the course program and the registration form. 

2014 EBE NSW Annual Conference 

The EBE NSW Annual Conference will be held on Friday 16 May 2014 at Burwood RSL Club, NSW. Our peak event will consist of engaging presentations which will provide an update of key knowledge in subject disciplines and classroom strategies and resources. Valuable networking opportunities will also be available at this highlight event in NSW. 
Keynote speakers include:
- Stephen Long – ABC Economics Editor
- Amy McNaughton - Corporate Affairs Manager, Coca-Cola Amatil Australia
- Dominic Thurbon – Chief Creative Officer Change Labs

The full conference program for this all day event and registration details will be available very soon.

2014 Business Educators Australasia (BEA) Biennial National Conference

BEA  (of which EBE NSW is a member) will hold its Biennial Conference in Perth, Western Australia on 2 and 3 October 2014. This is an opportunity to connect with colleagues from all over Australia and New Zealand to discuss the teaching of our subjects and plan a trip to a wonderful part of Australia. The Conference will also provide the opportunity for participants to be up-dated on the Australian Curriculum. The full conference program and registration details will be available soon. Would you like to present a paper or conduct a workshop at the conference? Click here for further details.

2014 CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition (PYOE)

We know that teachers and students are eagerly awaiting details of this year’s CPA Australia PYOE Competition. Information about this year’s competition will be available very soon.

TeachMeet - Australian Catholic University Strathfield - Friday 14 March 2014 4pm - 6.30pm

At this third TeachMeet, to be held at ACU Strathfield on Friday 14 March 2014, you can present some of your own innovative classroom practice or just come and watch and network. Click here for more details and to register.

Countdown to the Commonwealth Games

Australian Federation of Societies for Studies of Society and Environment (AFSSSE) has been awarded funding through the British Council to provide support to Australian schools to promote student awareness and understanding of the 2014 Commonwealth Games to be held 23 July–3 August 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. The initiative offers free access to teaching resources, classroom activities, online debates and competitions to mark the run-up to the Glasgow 2014 Games.  Further details here

The first event organised by AFSSSE will be held in the ACT on Thursday 20 March 2014. See the AFSSSE website for more details and to register.

Register now for the first ASX Schools Sharemarket Game of 2014

A great way for your students to have fun while they learn valuable personal finance and business skills. The Game ties in with the curriculum, encourages healthy competition, and offers fantastic real-life experience.  How does it work? Students get a virtual $50,000, and create their own portfolio, buying and selling shares in real market conditions. It’s as close to real trading as you can get! No need to be a sharemarket expert. Ready-made lesson plans and tutorial videos are provided, making it easy to teach the Game. If you’d like to receive a teachers’ resources pack, email your details to Click here for details about the Game, how to access it and testimonials from teachers and students. Two posters, “What influences the sharemarket” and “Australian share price movements” are available by emailing The Game is an excellent resource for the “Personal Finance” and “Investing” topics in Commerce. It could also form the basis for a “School-developed Option” (see page 48 in the Commerce syllabus). It is also suitable for Economics and Business Studies students. In issues 1 and 2 (2013) of “The EBE Journal” you will find articles about the student winners from the 2013 ASX Schools Sharemarket Game (see the EBE website).

  • Game play: 13 March 2014 – 21 May 2014
  • Registrations close on 12 March 2014.

2014 Australian Economics and Business Studies Competitions

These competitions are organised by the Australian School of Business at the University of NSW and are aimed at Business Studies and Economics school students. Both the Economics competition and the Business Studies competition consists of 40 multiple choice questions. Entries close on 28 March 2014. More information at

Writing Competition – What Matters?

What Matters? is an annual writing competition run by the Whitlam Institute. Inspired by Gough Whitlam's commitment to involving young people in the shaping of Australia's future, the competition is open to NSW and ACT school students in years 5 to 12. Responding to the simple question 'what matters?’ entrants are free to express their views on any matter they care about. The competition receives thousands of entries covering a wide range of subjects, expressed in an array of writing styles. With fantastic cash and other prizes on offer and every entrant receiving a participation certificate, this is a great competition to encourage your students to enter. Entries close 6 May 2014. Further details here.
"For the children of Australia... the answer is to involve the creative energies of our children and our youth in a creative, concerned community"
 - Gough Whitlam, 1972

Incursion idea – Commonwealth Bank Foundation StartSmart Workshops

The Commonwealth Bank Foundation was established in 2003 to improve the financial literacy of young people using its StartSmart financial literacy programs. Economics and Business Educators NSW is a contributor to the continued improvement of the StartSmart Teacher Support Program. The following free workshops related to the Commerce or Business Studies syllabuses can be conducted at your school:
- SmartEarning (Years 9-11)
- SmartSaving (Years 9 -11)
- SmartSpending (Years 9 – 11)
- SmartInvesting (Years 9 – 11)
- SmartEnterprise (Years 9 – 11) * Coming soon

The StartSmart Virtual Workshop has been created to help equip students with money management skills in regional and remote areas of Australia. Full details at

The HSC and Careers Expo 2014 

The HSC and Careers Expo 2014 will be held from 29 May 2014 – 1 June 2014 from 10am – 3pm at Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney. The following seminars related to Business Studies or Legal Studies will be available at the expo:

  • Thinking that counts – a career in business and accounting
  • HSC Business Studies – exam preparation
  • HSC Legal Studies – exam preparation
  • How you can make a difference – learn the law from lawyers
  • Working in the law

More details at

TV Resources 

1. “The Checkout”
Series two of the consumer affairs TV program, “The Checkout” is screening on ABC 1 at 8pm on Thursday nights. This is an excellent program for Business Studies, Legal Studies (“Consumers” option) and Commerce students. Why not show parts of it during your lessons on an ongoing basis in order to help you with the skill of variability when teaching?
>> Visit for more information and to watch past episodes.

2. CPA Australia – TV Program - The Bottom Line
CPA Australia’s TV program, “The Bottom Line”, screens on Channel 9 on Saturdays at 4pm and past episodes are available on the website - The program brings together iconic leaders from all walks of life to share their deep insights on success, challenge and the opportunities for all of us. The interviews are conducted by the CEO of CPA Australia, Alex Malley – from troublemaker schoolboy to CEO, Alex is one of only two Australians to be included on The Accountant magazine’s list of the world’s top 50 most influential people in the profession. Best- selling Australian author, Matthew Reilly, seems to be popular with young people. “The Bottom Line” recently interviewed Matthew Reilly, where he spoke about his business – writing books.

CPA Australia – The Naked CEO

Get your Economics and Business Studies students thinking about their future in the world of economics and business by using the resources at, brought to you by CPA Australia.

University scholarships for disadvantaged students from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia

The Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia have university scholarships available for disadvantaged students.  If you know of a student who would benefit from, or may be dependent on, financial assistance to continue their studies, the Institute would be pleased to hear from you. They would be particularly interested in year 12 students who are considering tertiary education in 2015. Simply email the Institute and they will contact you to discuss.

Asia Education Foundation Study Programs to Asia

AEF develops and delivers programs designed for primary and secondary school teachers, school leaders and other education professionals, in partnership with education jurisdictions, teacher professional associations and education institutions across Australia. Study programs provide contemporary, cultural and historical perspectives of our Asian neighbours and include opportunities to:

  • build intercultural understanding of our nearest neighbours.
  • develop knowledge and understanding of the countries of Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.
  • link in-country experience with learning areas of the Australian Curriculum
  • strengthen professional networks amongst colleagues to support Asia literacy in schools.

Below are the upcoming study programs:
1. Cambodia: Past and Present Study Program - 29 June - 10 July 2014
2. Malaysia Unplugged Study Program - 29 June - 11 July 2014
AEF Study Programs may be tax deductible.
>> Further details and itineraries

20th European Economics Education Conference 27 – 29 August 2014 in France

The 20th European Economics Education Conference is an international meeting of teachers, teacher trainers, inspectors and researchers with a professional interest in all aspects of Economics, Social Sciences and Business Education in Europe and worldwide. It will be held in Aix-en-Provence (France). During the Association of European Economics Conference 2014 on economics education you will:
- hear some famous economists giving lectures on the economic crisis
- explore state of the art economics which addresses contemporary economic policy problems
- exchange research findings, ideas and concepts
- get international points of view
- find new ways of teaching economics
- build teacher relations and teams on a European basis
- build professional networks
- learn about and share classroom experiences, good practice examples, and reports on projects.

And most important: learn new things, be astonished, and be changed. The conference may be tax deductible.
>> More information at

The University of Sydney Free Public Lectures

“Antipoverty Transfers in the South”
When: Thursday 13 March 2014
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Venue: The University of Sydney
Cost: Free with registration required
>> More information 

Since the turn of the century, antipoverty transfers have emerged as a key area of international development policy and practice. Large scale programmes providing direct transfers to households in poverty in middle income countries have made an important contribution to the reduction of global poverty. More recently, antipoverty transfer programmes are beginning to emerge in low income countries. By 2010, conservative estimates indicate that between three quarters and one billion people in the South lived in households receiving antipoverty transfers. The expansion of antipoverty transfers in the South largely represents domestic policy responses to poverty and vulnerability. It points to the primary role of distinctive social assistance institutions in the emerging welfare regimes in the South. In countries like South Africa or Brazil, antipoverty transfers are part of a renewed social contract focused on social, economic, and political inclusion of disadvantaged groups. The paper adopts a global perspective on the growth of social assistance in developing countries, it combines a discussion of the foundations of antipoverty transfers with an assessment of current practice.

Armando BarrientosArmando Barrientos is Professor and Research Director at the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester in the UK. He is also so-Director of the International Research Initiative on Brazil and Africa. His research interests focus on the linkages existing between welfare programmes and labour markets in developing countries, and on policies addressing poverty, vulnerability, and population ageing. His work has been published widely. His most recent books are Social Protection for the Poor and Poorest (2008, edited with D. Hulme) and Just Give Money to the Poor (2010, with J. Hanlon and D. Hulme).

Webinar – Human Rights in the Australian Curriculum

The webinar on “Human Rights in the Australian Curriculum” was presented by Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission on 27 February 2014. It can be accessed at: The Australian Curriculum provides a rich opportunity for children and young people to learn about their human rights and the importance of respecting the rights and freedoms of others. The aim of the Human Rights in the Australian Curriculum Webinar was to provide an opportunity for principals and teachers to identify practical opportunities through the Australian Curriculum, to teach human rights-related content.

Job vacancies – BOSTES 2014 HSC Marker positions for Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies

HSC marking is a very rewarding professional opportunity for suitably qualified teachers. Benefits include:

  • developing marking skills and discussing assessment and marking issues with other teachers;
  • experiencing the full range of responses from across the course candidature and contrasting different approaches to the examination;
  • opportunities to apply for positions such as senior marker and judge in the standards-setting operation;
  • the option to apply for day marking (limited subjects), evening marking, itinerant marking (practical performance subjects) or onscreen marking (specific subjects).

In 2014 the:
- Business Studies HSC Examination will be marked externally onscreen in Sydney (briefing at Homebush) and Newcastle (briefing at Hunter Valley Grammar)
- Economics HSC Examination will be marked externally onscreen in Sydney (briefing at Homebush)
- Legal Studies HSC Examination will be marked at Homebush.

Applications close Friday, 28 March 2014. More details on the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) website.

Economics and Business News Bites

1. Australian Taxation Office (ATO) sets its eyes on the illegal cash economy
Small businesses operating in the cash economy are being targeted by the ATO Credit and Debit Card Data Matching Program. The ATO will match data provided by financial institutions against tax records. The ATO will collect credit and debit card sales data. The ATO will pay particular attention to small businesses making high numbers of transactions but not reporting income to match.  The challenge for the ATO is how to catch businesses that are not registered and who do not conduct their transactions electronically. Deloitte’s tax controversy lead partner Ashley King says that the “ATO still may not find cash receipts of a small business, that always has and always will be the problem for tax administrators”.
* Reference: “Credit card data used to help catch tax cheats” by Nassim Khadem, in The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 December 2013
* Syllabus link: Board of Studies NSW Preliminary Business Studies (2010) – Topic 2 – Business Management (Management process – Ethical business behaviour)

2. “Nutrition Warehouse” – Business idea proves successful 
Grant Mayo won body-building’s top award, Mr World, before launching the first “Nutrition Warehouse” store. He found a gap in the market – “I noticed there were all these health food shops but no supplements shops”, Mr Mayo says. Today the chain has 14 leased outlets, 12 in Queensland and 2 in Sydney. The business plans to add six outlets each year. It has purchased a $1.8 million warehouse on the Gold Coast, from which all its online orders will be distributed (35% of its total sales). Staff who work in the business have to “fit the culture” and be passionate about sports training and nutrition. Each team member goes through the week-long Nutrition Warehouse training academy. The challenge has been finding suitable big warehouse retail locations which need to be at least 100 square metres, have bulky shelving and be close to gyms. 
* Reference: “Putting meat on bare bones of a concept” by Caroline James, in The Sydney Morning Herald – 2 December 2013
* Syllabus links: Board of Studies HSC Business Studies (2010) – Topic 1 – Operations and Topic 2 Marketing

3. Westpac wants to be Australia’s biggest lender to business
Westpac wants to take National Australia Bank’s no. 1 position as the biggest lender to business, as competition heats up for corporate and small to medium enterprise customers. “We believe we can significantly expand our share of the market after investing in our business arm”, says Westpac’s head of retail and business banking, Jason Yetton. Westpac is recruiting more small business bankers and has appointed its first senior executive to manage the sector.
* Reference: “Westpac beefs up business lending” by Clancy Yeates, in The Sydney Morning Herald – 9 December 2013
* Syllabus link:  Board of Studies NSW Preliminary Business Studies (2010) – Topic 3 – Business Planning (The business planning process)

Legal News Bites

1. Law Reform – New NSW Government alcohol laws operating from  24 February 2014
1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks laws have now come into force across a new Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct.
The new precinct stretches from parts of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst to The Rocks, and from Kings Cross to Cockle Bay.
The new laws are part of the NSW Government's crackdown on drug and alcohol-fuelled violence and also include a NSW-wide ban on takeaway alcohol sales after 10pm.
New precinct laws include:
* Lock outs and last drinks: 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks at hotels, registered clubs, nightclubs and licenced karaoke bars. Small bars (maximum 60 people), most restaurants and tourism accommodation establishments are exempt. Venues currently licensed to stay open after 3am can do so without alcohol service.
* Temporary bans: of 48 hours for troublemakers.
* Takeaway alcohol sales: stop at 10pm for bottle shops, hotels and clubs. This law is NSW-wide.
* Liquor licenses: two year freeze on approvals for new and existing licenses.
* Revoking of Competency cards and disqualifications: (up to 12 months) for bar staff breaching responsible service of alcohol requirements.
* Licensee fines: of up to $11,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 12 months, as well as strikes under the Government's Three Strikes disciplinary scheme for failure to comply with the new laws. Free buses from Kings Cross to the CBD connect with existing NightRide services after 1am on Fridays and Saturdays. NSW Police and inspectors will be out ensuring compliance with the new measures.
Visit to read more about the new laws in detail and to access the following advertising campaigns:
* “Don’t drink and drive”
* “What are you doing to yourself?”
* “Boxer Danny Green backs new laws” (Accessed on 8 March 2014)
* Syllabus links:
- BOSTES Business Studies Preliminary Syllabus (2010) – Topic 1 – Nature of Business (Influences in the business environment)
- BOSTES Legal Studies Preliminary Syllabus (2009) – Part I – The Legal System (Law Reform)
- BOSTES Legal Studies HSC Syllabus (2009) – Part I of the core - Crime 
- BOSTES Commerce Syllabus (2003) – Law and Society and Law in Action

2. Change of name – NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)
Textbooks will need to be updated with the opening of a new “super” tribunal in NSW, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) on 29 January 2014. NCAT has taken on the workload of 22 specialist tribunals, including the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal, the Guardianship Tribunal and the Administrative Decisions Tribunal. 

“The specialist expertise and knowledge of the former tribunals has been retained – the biggest difference the community will notice is how much easier it is to access the tribunal services they are looking for” Attorney General Greg Smith SC said.
“NCAT untangles the state’s complex tribunal system and provides a single entry point for tribunal services,” Mr Smith said. 
Reference: Media Release – “New Super Tribunal Officially Opened” by Greg Smith SC MP – Attorney General and Minister for Justice 29 January 2014
* Syllabus links
-BOSTES Legal Studies Preliminary Syllabus (2009) and BOSTES Legal Studies HSC Syllabus (2009) – Topics where tribunals are covered.
-BOSTES Commerce Syllabus (2003) – Topics where tribunals are covered.

3. Australia’s youth rep. to UN announced

Laura JohnThe National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell congratulates 24-year-old Laura John on becoming Australia’s Youth Representative to the United Nations. Laura is about to embark on a five month tour of regional, remote and urban Australia, to see what issues she should take from children and young people to the UN. The volunteer position will see Laura address the UN’s General Assembly in New York in September, where she will speak on behalf of Australia’s youth. Commissioner Mitchell says the role offers a unique opportunity for children and young people to be heard on an international scale and she plans to meet with Laura and follow her progress throughout the year.
Reference: - Australian Human Rights Commission e-bulletin – 21 February 2014
* Syllabus link: - BOSTES Legal Studies HSC Syllabus (2009) – Part II of the core Human Rights

Latest issue of "The EBE Journal"

The latest issue of "The EBE Journal" (Issue 2 - 2013) is now available on the members section of the EBE NSW website.
Articles include:

  • Growth, Happiness and the Environment – Professor John Lodewijks, University of Western Sydney
  • Does demand for cigarettes create supply, or does supply create demand? And what should we do about it? – Professor Suzan Burton, University of Western Sydney
  • The Australian government’s Direct Action policy for meeting carbon emission reduction targets – Dr Neil Perry, Research Lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, School of Business, University of Western Sydney
  • Krugman on the GFC and Austerity – Professor John Lodewijks, University of Western Sydney
  • Are we moving towards a cashless society – or simply less cash? – Steve Worthington, Associate at Australian Centre for Financial Studies
  • Will your next phone be Fair Trade? – Robbie Fordyce and Luke van Ryn, The University of Melbourne.

There are two interviews with two of the teachers who won a 2013 Commonwealth Bank Foundation Teaching Award. Rowan Peterson from Norfolk Island Central School features in the "International School Teacher Profile". Teaching and learning activities include:

  • Commerce Group Assessment Task for “Global Links” – Joe Alvaro, Marist College North Shore
  • Business Management Decision-making Exercise – Louie Traikovski, Minaret College, Springvale Campus, Victoria
  • Human Resources Business Studies Activity – Kate Dally, Birrong Girls High School

There is also a report on the ASX Schools Sharemarket Game 2, 2013 as well as a profile on Crown Prosecutor, Mark Tedeschi, and much more.

Past issues of "The EBE Journal"

Some past issues of "The EBE Journal" are available on the members section of EBE NSW website and contain some useful teaching and learning resources. For example in Issue 2, 2011 there is an article by EBE NSW Director, Rhonda Thompson, titled “Providing Feedback”, which looks at how providing the right kind of feedback to students can make a significant difference to their achievement.

Do you want to get published? Do you want to help other teachers and students? -  Articles needed for the next issue of “The EBE Journal”

You are invited to submit an article for publication in the next edition of “The EBE Journal” (please email us at  Contributing to the journal is one way to demonstrate professional competence, accomplishment or leadership for the purposes of accreditation with BOSTES. It is also an effective way to engage in professional dialogue and sharing with other teachers.

EBE NSW Helpdesk

As always EBE NSW Directors are available for advice and assistance to members in relation to the teaching and learning of Business Studies, Commerce, Economics and Legal Studies. Email


Joe Alvaro
President — Economics and Business Educators NSW

Looking back

2 March 1986 – The Australia Act became law, cutting Australia’s legalities with Britain. Appeals from an Australian court to a British court are now not allowed.
7 March, 1876 – A patent is issued in the US for the telephone devised by Alexander Graham Bell.
10 March 1959 – Australia’s population reached 10 million.
18 March 2003 – Prime Minister John Howard formally pledged 2000 Australian defence personnel to a US-led attack on Iraq.
12 March 1921 – Edith Cowan, 60, becomes the first woman elected to an Australian Parliament.
14 March 1964 – Nightclub owner Jack Ruby is found guilty in Dallas, Texas of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of US President John F. Kennedy, who had been charged with the assassination of John F. Kennedy two days earlier.
15 March 44BC – Julius Caesar, dictator of the Roman Republic, is assassinated by a group of senators led by Gaius Cassius.
20 March 1990 – John Wayne Glover, who killed six elderly North Shore women, is arrested in Sydney. The “granny killer” committed suicide by hanging himself in his Lithgow jail cell in 2005. 
23 March 1922 – Queensland’s 63 year old upper house is abolished as an Act is proclaimed for one chamber of Parliament.
24 March 1977 – Don Chipp resigned from the Australian Liberal Party with the intention of forming his own party. In May of the same year, he forms the Australian Democratic Party. The Australian Democratic Party no longer has any current serving members of parliament in Australia.
25 March 1988 – EFTPOS machines began operating at over 8000 retail outlets across Australia.
26 March 1984 – The Australian $100 note went into circulation.
26 March 1987 – A dysfunctional Sydney City Council is sacked by the NSW Labor state government 
29 March 1901 – Australia’s first Federal election was held. Sir Edmund Barton was voted in as the country’s first Prime Minister.
30 March 1962 – Australian Aborigines won the right to vote in federal elections.

* Correction: In the February 2014 edition of the EBE eNewsletter it was stated in “Looking Back” section that on 11 February 1986, Joan Child, 61, became the first speaker of the House of Representatives. This should have read “the first female speaker...”.

Quick statistic from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 Census

Of occupied private dwellings in Australia, 32.1% were owned outright, 34.9% were owned with a mortgage and 29.6% were rented.

Attitude to money

"Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“We are educating the first truly global generation. The students we teach now will live, study and work all over the world and especially in Asia, more than any generation before them... it’s time  for Australian school education to move past the rhetoric and get serious  about engaging with Asia if our children are to flourish in the century ahead.”
- Dr Justin Garrick, Principal Canberra Grammar School

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