NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today encouraged local high students to get involved in the NSW Fair Trading Money Stuff Challenge.
Mr Marshall said that students would have the opportunity to devise innovative messages about consumer rights, with the best entries in line for category prizes of $250 for individual students and $2,000 for schools.
“The Money Stuff Challenge allows students in Years 8 to 10 to learn about consumer rights by developing educational material for their peers on issues such as eligibility for refunds and avoiding scams,” Mr Marshall said.
“By tackling issues of relevance to young people such as signing mobile phone contracts, online shopping and buying your first car, the competition teaches students to become savvy consumers.”
Mr Marshall said the Money Stuff Challenge had been running for over 15 years and last year’s program saw over 1,000 NSW high students involved.
“The program encourages students to become subject experts in consumer law and to share those learning with fellow students in innovative ways,” he said.
“Entries can include short movies, websites, magazines, radio plays and more and can be submitted online via the Money Stuff website.”
The competition is run as an in-class assessment for students meeting the learning needs of the commerce syllabus.
Information packs are being distributed to schools which contain a student guide outlining entry requirements and a teacher guide for running the classroom component of the competition. A gallery of past winners can be viewed at www.moneystuff.net.au.
The $16,000 prize pool is spread across several categories, including regional and metropolitan and the People’s Choice Award category, which allows the public to have their say on the best student concepts.
Postal entries close 24 July 2015 and online entries are due by 31 July 2015 with announcements of the winners expected in September.
For more information please visit the Fair Trading website www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au or phone 13 32 20.