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Economics and Business Educators of NSW

From the President

August 2012

Dear EBE NSW Members

ACARA draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business released
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority has released the draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business for public consultation until 12 October 2012. The draft Shape Paper proposes directions for the development of the national Economics and Business curriculum for Years 5 – 12. The draft Shape Paper proposes that the curriculum be underpinned by four overarching ideas:

  • Resource allocation and making choices;
  • Consumer and financial literacy;
  • Enterprising behaviours and capabilities; and
  • Work and business environments.

>> View the draft Economics and Business Shape Paper and give your feedback

EBE NSW will be giving members an opportunity to receive more information and offer feedback. Stay tuned. Also, be sure to attend the 2012 Business Educators Australasia Inc. Biennial Conference which will have a special focus on the Australian Curriculum for Economics and Business (see below).

Curriculum writers and Advisory Group members for the Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business

ACARA is seeking expressions of interest for Economics and Business curriculum writers and Advisory Group members. Click here for more information from the ACARA website.

Professional Development Event held on 23 July 2012 – “Teaching Year 12 HSC Business Studies, Economics or Legal Studies for the first time in Term 4, 2012/2013?”

EBE NSW runs this event each year, designed for teachers new to teaching HSC Business Studies, HSC Economics and HSC Legal Studies. It was another successful conference this year, which enabled teachers to learn about effective teaching and learning strategies from experienced teachers and HSC markers and to gather resources to use in their classrooms. Many thanks to EBE NSW Directors Andrew Athavle, Lyn Kirkby and Anne Layman who presented sessions at this  conference. Thanks also to Julianne Elliot from Legal Aid NSW who attended part of the Legal Studies session to inform teachers about the “Burn” teaching and learning resource and EBE NSW office staff Annette Davies and Alan Hearle for all their work in organising the event. EBE NSW is committed to serving the needs of teachers who are new to teaching the courses we represent through professional development events like this one. Please contact EBE NSW at if you have any ideas for future professional development events. Please continue reading for information about some professional development events which are coming up.

Professional Development Event - 2012 Business Educators Australasia Inc. Biennial Conference

The BEA Biennial Conference will be hosted by EBE NSW in Sydney this year on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th October 2012. The conference will provide a forum for the teaching and learning of Business and Economics education and associated studies for colleagues across Australia and overseas. A particular emphasis will be on the development of the Business and Economics Australian curriculum. Keynote speakers include Dr Ken Henry AC and Ross Gittins AM. This is the highlight event of Business and Economics Education and associated studies in Australia this year. Two days of top quality professional development and sharing have been planned. The conference has been endorsed by the NSW Institute of Teachers (5.5 hours for day 1 and 5.5 hours for day 2). For the program overview, please click here. Registrations are now open.

>> Details about registration
>> Details about the program

Professional Development – Board of Studies NSW Term 3 Video conference information sessions

Registration is now open for the following sessions:

  • HSC Profile of Student Achievement – Life Skills
  • HSC Assessment – A Guide to Best Practice
  • Using the Results Analysis Package (RAP 1) to enhance teaching and learning
  • Using the Results Analysis Package (RAP 2) to enhance teaching and learning

Visit the Board of Studies NSW website for more information.

Hear the NSW Education Minister at the University of Sydney

The Honourable Adrian Piccoli MP, the NSW Minister for Education, will discuss the recent report from the NSW Department of Education and Communities, “Local Schools, Local Decisions” at the University of Sydney on 22 August 2012 at 6.00pm. Click here for more information and to register for this free event. 

2012 CPA Australian Plan Your Own Business Enterprise Competition – Competition closing soon

The 2012 CPA Australia PYOE Competition is currently underway. There is no better way to teach students about business planning than through this competition. First prize is a trip to Shanghai in China for five nights with $500 spending money. The closing date for applications is 22 August 2012. More information is available on the home page of the EBE NSW website. In the current edition of The EBE Journal you will find the winning entries from last year’s competition. This year the awards presentation for this competition will be held at the 2012 Business Educators Australasia Inc. Biennial Conference (see above for more details).

ASX Schools Sharemarket Game 2012 - Game 2

Registrations are now open and the Game period is from 16 August 2012 to 24 October 2012. To find out more, visit This is one of the most engaging resources available to teachers who want to bring the sharemarket alive. Teacher resources are extensive and there is no cost. Register your students now.

2012 EBE NSW Trial HSC Examinations

The 2012 EBE NSW Trial HSC Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies examination papers are now available. The Business Studies paper is based on the new Business Studies HSC syllabus which is being examined for the first time this year. Some past papers are also available for purchase. These examinations will help you as you focus on revision and examination technique during your final lessons with year 12 this term.
>> Order form

TV Resource

The SBS TV program “Insight” is a forum and debate type program which looks at a different topic each week.It is sure to generate discussion and bring the real world into your classroom, making syllabus dot points come alive and appear clearer to students.  Many program topics  are relevant to the courses we teach. For example, “Polygamy”, “Parental Abductions”, “Privacy”, “Tasers”, “Australian – Made” and “The Economy”. Programs are available on SBS TV and also online, with useful notes available. Click here for more details

Copies of Master of the Mall teaching resource still available

In the 2012 NSW Government  State Budget the Master of the Mall  educational program was  axed. The Master of the Mall teaching resource was developed by the NSW Department of Fair Trading in collaboration with the Curriculum K-12 Directorate of the NSW Department of Education and Communities and was based on the Commerce syllabus. If you would like to order a free copy of this resource from the remaining stock, send an email with contact details to

Bronwyn Hession  receives award for "Meritorious Contribution to the Profession"

Bronwyn Hession, Economics and Business Educators NSW Director and Business Educators Australasia Inc. Vice President, has received a national award for "Meritorious Contribution to the Profession" by the Australian Professional Teachers Association. This award recognises Bronwyn's contribution to the professional standing of teachers through her involvement in a range of activities that has highlighted the work of professional teaching associations at a local level, her roles as a mentor and facilitator for colleagues in promoting and leading professional learning activities and her significant impact on the work of teachers through their ability to creatively implement change through professional learning. Bronwyn will soon attend a ceremony to formally receive her award. Congratulations Bronwyn!

Annette Davies receives award for “15 Years Continuous Service” to EBE NSW

Annette Davies, a member of the EBE NSW office staff, has received a long service award at the “Teaching Year 12 HSC Business Studies, Economics or Legal Studies for the first time in Term 4, 2012/2013?”conference on 23 July 2012  for 15 years continuous service to EBE NSW. We were able to recognise Annette’s outstanding service to EBE NSW over the last 15 years. We are grateful to Annette for all she does to assist the EBE Board of Directors as they carry out their work. She is an asset to EBE NSW in many ways. Annette’s knowledge and skills in the areas of office management, financial management, event management and marketing are valuable, and ensure that EBE NSW runs effectively and efficiently. We are also fortunate to have the corporate memory that Annette brings to EBE NSW through her long association with the organisation. Thank you Annette and congratulations!

Board of Studies NSW Job vacancies

The Board of Studies NSW is currently advertising for the following positions which relate to the 2013 HSC Examinations:

  • Members for the Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies examination committees (applications close on 24 August 2012)
  • Assessors for the Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies examinations (applications close on 23 November 2012)

One requirement is that you will not be teaching the subject you apply for during the 2013 HSC year (e.g. you may have a situation in your faculty where teachers take turns in teaching senior courses or you may be recently retired). Full details on the Board of Studies NSW website.

Coming up – MoneySmart Week 2-8 September 2012

This is an initiative from the members of the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board, led by Paul Clitheroe AM. In relation to this national initiative Paul Clitheroe says "I encourage everyone to get involved in MoneySmart Week. It is a week when we can stop, take stock of our money and take the first steps towards a better financial life!”

>> Further details

Have you registered for the members’ only section on the EBE NSW website?

Members who have not already done so are encouraged to visit the EBE NSW website and complete the EBE NSW member registration form which will enable you to access the members only section of the website. The current issue of The EBE Journal is available in the members’ only section. Members can also access some of the back issues of The EBE Journal. The journals contain excellent professional reading in relation to the subjects we teach.

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.


All good wishes for the second half of term 3.

Joe Alvaro
President — Economics and Business Educators NSW 

Quick statistic from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 Census

Top five countries of birth in Australia — Australia, England, New Zealand, China, India.

Attitude to money
“Some clichés emerge: “you can’t take it with you” but “money does make the world go round”. So I try to spend it wisely, with the occasional indulgence.”
Ellie Comerford (The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 October 2011)

“The result of teaching small parts of a large number of subjects is the passive reception of disconnected ideas, not illumined with any spark of vitality. Let the main ideas which are introduced into a child's education be few and important.”
Alfred North Whitehead , 1916
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