'Bottom of the harbour' schemes were a form of tax avoidance used in Australia in the 1970s. The 'harbour' referred to was Sydney Harbour, which was near the financial district. Participation in the schemes was made a criminal offence in 1980.
Helping students take control of their tax and super
While our Tax, Super + You competition might not be running in 2020, our teaching resources are still available. We encourage you to use Tax, Super + You with your students. You can create an online class that your students can access even if they are learning from home. We want young people to have the information and skills to help them make informed decisions about their tax and super, now and into the future.
Stay tuned to the Tax, Super + You website for updates on the competition.
Introducing Tax, Super + You resources into the classroom
Aligned with the Australian curriculum, Tax, Super + You resources are available for students in Year 7 – 12, as follows:
These teaching resources demonstrate how the Australian tax and superannuation systems work, the benefits to the community and the role Australians play in supporting these systems.
Would you like one of our officers to come and talk to your students? We are 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.
Contact us to arrange a presentation.
Expression of interest
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From 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.’
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