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Why investing can be risky

Planning to get rich quick by investing one day? Before you jump in, let Gen Fricker explain some of the risks involved with different types of investments. Then test yourself with ASIC MoneySmart's "Things to think about" classroom exercises.  

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What is opportunity cost?

What is the true cost of buying something? Gen Fricker explains that it's more than just money. Learn about opportunity cost - what it is, why it's a helpful tool and when to use it. Simple! Then test yourself with ASIC MoneySmart's "Things to think about" classroom exercises.  

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'Hong Hai' aground in Australia

This is a colour photograph of the Vietnamese fishing boat the 'Hong Hai' some time after its 51-day voyage to Australia in 1978. The 'Hong Hai' is shown here sitting on its keel out of the water.

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Memory Cove memorial plaque, 1802

This is the remains of the copper plaque Matthew Flinders placed at Memory Cove, near Port Lincoln, in South Australia after eight of his crew drowned there in 1802. The plaque is part of South Australia's Historical Relics Collection and is one of Australia's first non-Indigenous memorials. The plaque measures 36 cm x 32 cm.

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The Wreck of the Batavia, 1973: Mutiny on the Batavia

This clip shows the final journey of the Batavia, from its last port of call in Cape Town, in what is now South Africa, to its shipwreck on the Abrolhos Islands off the coast of Western Australia. Shots of maps and charts from the 17th century and the sound of waves and creaking timbers are used to depict the progress of ...

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Dirty War, 2005: US military in Philippines

This clip shows the US Clark Air Base on Luzon Island in the Philippines. Military aircraft take off and land as a narrator explains that, over a 45-year period, repair, maintenance and refuelling operations have led to millions of litres of aviation fuel and other toxic chemicals being flushed down drains, causing environmental ...

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Wreck of the 'Waterloo' convict ship, 1842

This is a black-and-white sketch of a convict ship, the 'Waterloo', being wrecked off the coast of South Africa on 28 August 1842. The ship is being pounded on one side by huge waves, and is leaning as if it is about to tip over. Two of the three masts have snapped off. People can be seen floating in the water on pieces ...

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'Penguins on the beach at The Nuggets and the remains of the Gratitude', 1911

This is a black-and-white photograph taken by Frank Hurley of hundreds of Royal penguins at The Nuggets on Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean, halfway to Antarctica from Australia. On the beach behind the penguins are the remains of a shipwreck. The penguins are in sunlight, but a hill rising sharply from the beach ...

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How much is that?

This learning activity consists of a series of online resources supporting students to engage, explore and reflect on the prices of some everyday foods sold in Australia and countries of the Asia region. Students analyse data and information to compare and contrast the pricing of a range of common food items in Australia ...

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Measuring Millennium Development Goals progress

This is a unit of work about progress towards achieving the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Written from a global education perspective, the resource consists of four single- or multi-lesson activities, titled: What do the Millennium Development Goals measure?; Tracking the world's progress; Comparing ...

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The global car industry

This is a unit of work about how the car industry has become increasingly globalised. Intended for years 9 and 10 and written from a global education perspective, the resource consists of five single- or multi-lesson activities, titled: Our cars; Australian automotive industry; How are decisions about globalisation made?; ...

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Developing and Designing New Product Lines and Marketing Strategies

This is a unit of work about developing new market lines and strategies to sell a new or revamped product. It includes researching existing markets, target markets and other influences that affect the marketing of a new product. The resource has a teacher guide and a presentation that provides background information and ...

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From Citrus to almonds

This is a unit of work about the Australian almond industry. It contains a inquiry sequence that includes: background on the almond industry, a short case study of an Australian almond orchard that has transitioned from citrus to almonds; an data analysis activity exploring the growth of the Australian almond industry and ...

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Why borrowing can cost you more

Think credit cards are basically free money? Gen Fricker will make you think again. Learn how interest rates and fees affect the money you borrow, and why they may be more expensive in the long run. Oh dear! Then test yourself with ASIC MoneySmart's "Things to think about" classroom exercises.  

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MoneySmart: The fun begins: plan, budget, profit!

This is a unit of work integrating aspects of the year 6 mathematics, English, geography, and economics and business curriculums around planning a nature fun park. The unit is intended to take about eight hours. It consists of eight sets of student activities supported by teacher notes, including mapping, holding discussions, ...

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MoneySmart: helping out

This is an activity about making choices to raise money for imaginary animals called gumbutangs. Their habitat is being eradicated and something must be done to save them. The user's first choice is between two websites, one a trusted one, the other a scam site. Then they are given choices about how to raise money for the ...

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MoneySmart: calls, messaging and browsing

This is an activity about managing a prepaid mobile phone plan. It contains six sliders allowing users to estimate the number of contacts they have on the same network, and adjust the number of calls, SMS messages and voicemails they make, websites they visit, and apps, games, videos and so on that they download or upload. ...

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MoneySmart: smart consumers 4 a smart future

This compendium of six interactive activities focuses on being responsible consumers using a range of real life issues around sustainability. Students can engage with a range of learning opportunities that include: designing a debate, developing a pitch for a reality TV show, planning a meal within a set budget, and investigating ...

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MoneySmart: Light up the globe!

This unit of work will help students make an informed choice on which light globe to use from the wide range of light globes now available. Their choice will be based on cost, value for money, life span of globe, light output and energy used. Students will also gain an understanding of how light output and electricity (energy) ...

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MoneySmart: Reaching goals: What's involved?

This unit of work students learn about financial planning through the characters Cathy and Dinuka who are Year 10 students planning to go on a holiday together at the end of Year 12. Students learn about goal setting, saving, borrowing, investing, working with compound interest, good and bad credit, depreciation and inflation.