Tax, Super + You Competition

What's it all about?

Are you a high school student in Year 7–12? Are you a creative genius with an innovative way to generate buzz about tax and super? You are?! Great – this competition sounds perfect for you!

We want to see your creative ideas! You are invited to think outside the box and pitch your ideas on how you would encourage your friends to see the value of tax and super in the community. You can Write It, Make It or Film It. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a tax guru to take part!

There are two categories:

  • Junior Secondary (Year 7– 9)
  • Senior Secondary (Year 10–12)

You will not only get an insight into the value of tax and super, but you could also have the chance to win a share of more than $6,000 in prizes! Your creative idea could even be used in a national campaign.

Competition opens on Monday 2 July 2018. Entries close on Friday 2 November 2018.

Key dates to remember

  • Monday 02.07.2018 - Entries open
  • Friday 02.11.2018 - Entries close

How?

To enter:

  • From Monday 2 July 2018, you can submit your entry online.
  • Make a creative project that explains the value of tax and/or super to the community to other students in Year 7–12.

You can:

  • Write It - short stories, script or a marketing proposal.
  • Design It - make a series of artworks, a pitch or prototype of an app or a game.
  • Film It - a video series or snap a photo collage.

Suggested topics include:

  • Taxes collected are used to help your local sports grounds, parks and recreation centres.
  • Taxes are used to help the community meet the cost of healthcare.
  • The more super you save now will allow you to live comfortably in retirement later.
  • You can choose how actively you would like to be involved in your super account:
    • You can use a super fund or set up a self-managed super fund.
    • You can pay more into your super, access government contributions and other benefits.

There are 3 stages in this competition

Stage 1:

Submit your entry – either your own individual entry or get a team together and submit a group entry. Get your creativity going by writing short stories, scripts or a marketing proposal. You can also design and make a series of artworks, a pitch or prototype of an app or a game. Or you could film a video series or snap a photo collage - whatever works best for you! Your entry should highlight how you would encourage your friends to see the value of tax and/or super to the community.

Stage 2:

The top ten entrants will be invited to submit a short two minute video – a final pitch to the judges on why their entry should win. The panel of judges will determine the winners. The winning entries will be announced in November.

Stage 3:

People’s Choice Award – the top ten entries will also be in the running to win the People’s Choice Award. This will be an online vote open to the public, so you can support your friends.

Postal entries accepted

If you are unable to submit your entry using the online entry form, you can still enter the Tax, Super + You competition by posting in your entry saved on digital media. Postal entry file/s can be submitted in PNG, JPEG, PDF, MOV, MPEG4, AVI, WMV and FLV formats. The file is to be no larger than 4GB.

Simply download and complete the postal entry form. From Monday 2 July 2018, copy your entry file’s to a CD, DVD or USB flash drive and post it to:

Tax, Super + You Competition
Australian Taxation Office
PO BOX 9990
Moonee Ponds VIC 3039

What's in it for you?

There are more than $6,000 in cash prizes, including prizes of up to:

  • $2,400 for students
  • $3,800 for the school

Junior High School Winners

  • One first prize winner ($400 plus $600 for their school or community organisation)
  • One second prize winner ($250 plus $400 for their school or community organisation)
  • One third prize winner ($150 plus $300 for their school or community organisation)
  • People’s Choice Award ($400 plus $600 for their school or community organisation)

Senior High School Winners

  • One first prize winner ($400 and the offer of a one-week work placement within the ATO’s
    Marketing and Communications capability, plus $600 for their school or community organisation)
  • One second prize winner ($250 plus $400 for their school or community organisation)
  • One third prize winner ($150 plus $300 for their school or community organisation)
  • People’s Choice Award ($400 plus $600 for their school or community organisation)

One-week Work Placement

  • The winner’s school will need to cover the insurance.
  • As part of the pre-engagement process, the winning student/s will be required to sign a Section 16 Privacy Declaration Form.
  • The student/s will need to be escorted at all times.
  • The student/s will not be paid for the work experience.

Entry criteria

For your chance to become Australia’s next tax and super creative genius you must be:

  • A student in Year 7–12.
  • Enrolled in the Australian education system.
  • You can submit up to 3 entries per person/group.
  • A separate entry form must accompany each entry.

There is no entry fee.

Judging criteria

Creativity

  • Was the key message ‘the value of tax and/or super in the community’ delivered in a creative way?
  • Does the entry represent the key message ‘the value of tax and/or super in the community’ in a memorable and creative way?

Effectiveness

  • Is the key message presented in a way that suits the intended audience students in Year 7–12?
  • Does the entry clearly communicate the key message to students in Year 7–12?
  • Is the entry effective in delivering the key message ‘the value of tax and/or super in the community?’

Quality

  • Is the key message ‘the value of tax and/or super in the community’ accurate?
  • Is spelling and grammar correct?
  • Is it well-presented?

Winners of the 2017 Tax, Super + You competition

Need a little inspiration? Check out the winners of the 2017 Tax, Super + You competition below.

First-Prize Winners

Tax Rap – Jordan Donohue and Cabe Barrett (NSW)
https://lets-talk.ato.gov.au/TSY/news_feed/tax-rap

The Value of Tax in Our Community and Super – Elise Hutchison (ACT)
https://lets-talk.ato.gov.au/TSY/news_feed/value-of-tax-and-super

Second-Prize Winners

A Superannuation Animation – Jessica Leong (VIC)
https://lets-talk.ato.gov.au/TSY/news_feed/a-superannuation-animation

Finance-Superannuation – Dayle D'Mello, Simal Adeel, Charlie Jenkinson (WA)
https://lets-talk.ato.gov.au/TSY/news_feed/finance-superannuation

The Village and Boy Named Tax – Felicity Pollard (QLD)
https://lets-talk.ato.gov.au/TSY/news_feed/the-village-and-the-boy-named-tax

People’s Choice Award

Finance-Superannuation – Dayle D'Mello, Simal Adeel, Charlie Jenkinson (WA)
https://lets-talk.ato.gov.au/TSY/news_feed/finance-superannuation

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