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Economics and Business Educators of NSW

From the President

7  March 2013

Dear EBE NSW Members,

“Teaching Year 11 Preliminary Business Studies, Economics or Legal Studies for the first time in 2013?” Professional Development Event held on 25 February 2013

The above NSW Institute of Teachers’ endorsed EBE NSW PD event was an outstanding success with 42 Year 11 Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies teachers coming together to network and hear from experienced subject experts. EBE NSW Director Andrew Athavle presented the Business Studies session, EBE NSW Director and President of Business Educators Australasia, Bronwyn Hession, presented the Economics session and I presented the Legal Studies session.  Participants were teachers beginning to teach the current Board of Studies 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 included:
“Essential attendance for all teachers.”
“Fantastic coverage. Very encouraging and inspiring.”
“I found this seminar to be very thorough and helpful. I was able to leave with a better understanding of the syllabus ...”
“Good strategies that will be useful in preparing year 11 with skills (report writing, essay writing ideas etc.) before starting their HSC year.”
“These ideas will help make my lessons more engaging.”
“Fantastic resources and advice.”
Engineers 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 Year 12 HSC Business Studies, Economics or Legal Studies Courses for the first time in Term 4, 2013/2014?”) on 19 August 2013.

Next EBE NSW PD Event - HSC Business Studies Human Resources (Topic 4) Information Evening

This information evening will be held next Wednesday 13 March 2013 at The University of Sydney from 5pm – 7.30pm.  It will be presented by Will Harvey from The University of Sydney Business School. It will enable teachers of the NSW Board of Studies HSC Business Studies course to increase and update their knowledge of the Human Resources topic. Will Harvey will examine the contribution of human resource management to business performance through examining contemporary business issues and actual business case studies. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Teachers will return to their Business Studies classroom with an increased understanding of the Human Resources topic which they will be able to pass onto their students, and with new ideas and resources.
Cost: Financial EBE NSW Members 2013 No charge
Non-members/Unfinancial EBE NSW Members 2013 $20.00
>> Further details and registration

EBE NSW Annual Conference

This is the peak event for EBE NSW. This year the annual conference will be held on Friday 17 May 2013 from 9.00am – 3.00pm at Pymble Ladies College (Avon Road, Pymble). The conference program and registration details will be available shortly.

CPA Australia Career Expo 2013 – Sydney 12 March 2013

This complimentary event provides valuable information about careers based on finance and accounting skills. The Career Expo is open to educators, tertiary students and recent graduates.
Join CPA staff to:
  • gain insight on your students’ career options post-university
  • expand your professional network
  • attend panel discussions on how students can increase their chances of getting a job with a top employer
  • learn how the CPA designation can help your students improve their career prospects.
The Sydney session will be held on 12 March 2013, from 5.30pm – 8pm at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
>> Further information
>> Register

Excursion – Legal Studies at the State Library NSW Workshop

The State Library NSW (Macquarie Street Sydney) is running research workshops for Year 11 Legal Studies students. Teachers new to the teaching of Legal Studies are also welcome. The workshop will run for 75 minutes. The following are the dates and times to choose from:
Monday 18 March at 9.30am – 10.45am OR 1.30pm – 2.45pm
Tuesday 19 March at 9.30am – 10.45am OR 1.30pm – 2.45pm
Monday 25 March at 9.30 – 10.45am OR 1.30pm – 2.45pm
>> Further details

2013 ASB Economics and Business Studies Competition

The Australian School of Business at The University of New South Wales invites your students to participate in the 2013 ASB Economics Competition (9 May 2013) and the 2013 Business Studies Competition (16 May 2013).
>> Further details

Television Program – CPA Australia’s The Bottom Line – Channel 9, Saturdays, 12pm

This television program is about leadership in Australia. Australian icons and business leaders talk about the challenges and opportunities that we are facing in Australia and their views on effective leadership. Upcoming programs include:
9 March 2013 – Dick Smith
16 March 2013 – Jack Matthews
23 March 2013 – Don Argus
30 March 2013 – David Gonski
For further information and past episodes, see The Bottom Line | Leadership like never before

Australian curriculum for Economics and Business

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has published the final Shape paper for the Australian curriculum in Economics and Business. The draft curriculum is now being developed by a team of writers, with Dr Alex Millmow as the lead writer or ‘coach’. ACARA has published details of the timeline for further development of the curriculum and the composition of the Advisory Group for the Writing Phase includes EBE NSW Directors Professor John Lodewijks and Rhonda Thompson. In addition, BEA Councillor Mandy Hudson from WA is also a member of the group. July 2013 will be a critical time for teachers as the consultation on the draft curriculum commences. EBE NSW invites members who wish to be part of an EBE group to lead the development of EBE’s response to the draft curriculum to send an email to, providing your school contact details. Members who participated in the 2013 webinar on the draft Shape Paper will automatically be included in the group. The following news items appeared in the Australian press recently:

Premier's Teacher Scholarships

Applications are invited from teachers in Government, Catholic or Independent Schools and TAFE NSW Institutes across New South Wales for the 2013 Premier's Teacher Scholarships to undertake a five week study tour in one of the available scholarship categories. Scholarship categories include the "Premier's First State Super Financial Literacy Scholarship" ( worth $15 000). Applications close on 3 May 2013.
>> Information and the application packages

Job Vacancies

1. Would you like to mark the 2013 HSC Business Studies, Economics or Legal Studies examinations? Applications are now open and close on 2 April 2013. See the Board of Studies NSW website for more information.
2. Applications are open for the HSC Legal Studies Supervisor of Marking position (2014 HSC Examination).  Further information is available from the Markers Online section of the Board of Studies NSW website. Applications close on 15 March 2013.

Latest issue of The EBE Journal (2012 -Issue 2)

The EBE JournalIf you have still not read the latest EBE Journal (2012 - Issue 2) or if you still have more articles to read, it is available on the EBE NSW website. Current EBE members must login to read the journal. Please register to obtain a username and password if you have not done so already. Some past issues of the journal are also available. Some of the outstanding articles in the latest issue include:
  • Interview with Ross Gittins: Sydney Morning Herald Economics Editor
  • Retuning Australia’s Economic Debate – John Conroy (This article looks at the declining number of students studying Economics at school).
  • Dialogic Concept Mapping for HSC Business Studies – Cameron Esslemont
  • Rule of Law Critical to Consumer Law – Nick Clark, Rule of Law Institute of Australia
  • 2012 CPA Australia – Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition National Winner – Division One
  • Business Studies and Legal Studies Textbook Reviews.
The journal also contains an interview with Maree Gibson, a teacher at the Australian International School in Malaysia, who teaches the Board of Studies NSW Business Studies, Commerce and Legal Studies courses at the school.

Articles needed for the next issue of “The EBE Journal”

All members 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 the NSW Institute of Teachers. 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

All good wishes for a happy Easter.

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.
12 March, 1921 – Edith Cowan, 60, becomes the first woman elected to an Australian Parliament.
23 March 1922 – Queensland’s 63 year old upper house is abolished as an Act is proclaimed for one chamber of Parliament.
25 March 1988 – EFTPOS machines began operating at over 8000 retail outlets across Australia.
26 March 1987 – A dysfunctional Sydney City Council is sacked by the NSW Labor state government
30 March 1962 – Australian Aborigines won the right to vote in federal elections.

Quick statistic from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 Census
Of the employed people in Australia, 4.6% worked in School Education. Other major industries of employment included Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services 4.1%, Hospitals 3.6%, Supermarket and Grocery Stores 2.3% and Legal and Accounting Services 2.1%.

Attitude to money
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
- Henry Ford

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”
- Maria Montessori, Italian physician and educator
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