The first taxes in Australia were raised to help pay for the completion of Sydney's first gaol and provide for the orphans of the colony. Import taxes were put on spirits, wine and beer.
Helping students take control of their tax and super
Before young people enter the workforce, we want to provide information and skills to help them make informed decisions about their tax and super. The teaching resources available on this website, demonstrates how the Australian tax and super system works, the benefits to the community and the role Australians play in supporting these systems. We’ve introduced the Tax, Super and You competition, as a fun and exciting way to incorporate these teaching resources into your classroom lesson plan.
Expressions of interest:
If you would like to find out more information about the competition, or receive updates about Tax, Super + You in the curriculum we would like to hear from you. Fill in the expressions of interest form and we will get back to you.
Posters are also available to promote the competition in your school.
You can either download an electronic poster to print or you can contact us to send a printed version to your school.
An electronic version is available to download here.
From the 2017 teacher and student participants…
“I would definitely promote the competition to other teachers, because it's a fun learning experience to challenge the students beyond the classroom and there's the added benefit of cash prizes. We knew going into the competition it would be beneficial as the ATO has a very good reputation and is one organisation that the students will deal with as they embark on the working lives in the future. It's very positive for the students to have such a positive experience with the ATO at such a young age whilst learning about the seriousness of challenges around Tax and Super.”
“We wanted a fun way of getting students involved in becoming comfortable with using words associated with tax. (The competition) gave all the students an opportunity to be creative with a topic that is not traditionally seen as fun. It is a great way to engage students in a topic that can be confusing and sometimes tedious. But my students loved it and know so much more about tax than they actually thought they would!”
“You would think students in high school would know simple concepts such as tax and super but just like land line phones and area codes these simple concepts seems to have missed this generation. Therefore the opportunity to provide current, relevant learning was not only a bonus as a Teacher but I experienced much delight with the students displayed motivation and enthusiasm with learning about, well yes TAX! I can’t wait to run it again with my new group of students this year.
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.”
“As a student participant I have gained a deeper understanding about the way Tax and Super works. I know about how saving money continuously as soon as you start work is very beneficial and a smart choice.”
Intoducing Tax, Super + You resources into the classroom
Aligned with the Australian Curriculum, Tax, Super + You resources are available for students in Year 7 – 10. These linkages can be explored using the resources below.
Classroom presentationsWould you like one of our officers to come and talk to your students? We are more than happy to arrange an in-school presentation or interactive webinar. Our expert staff can conduct presentations for students and teachers on a range of tax and super topics.
Please contact us to arrange a presentation.
If you have further questions about the competition you can:
- Call us on 1300 130 282
- Email us via email@example.com
Authorised by the Australian Government, Canberra