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What is compound interest?

Compound interest will be one of the most important things you ever learn. Don't believe it? Gen Fricker will explain why. Learn how compound interest works, and why saving now can help you later. Game changer! 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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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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'Watersmart: garden and homes rebate scheme' brochure, 2003

This is a colour brochure promoting domestic water conservation in gardens and homes. It was published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment in October 2003. The cover shows a man selecting a water-efficient showerhead, and a woman in the background also looking at showerheads. Text on the cover ...

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Australia's heritage, 2009: Wattie Creek

'Wattie Creek' is an episode from the series 'Australia's heritage - national treasures with Chris Taylor', produced in 2009. In the clip, Taylor talks about the Wave Hill walk-off. He asks the viewer to imagine being asked to work for little or no money while being given only flour, sugar and tea for food, and only a tin ...

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National Bank money box, 1975-81

This small green plastic money box was used as a marketing tool by the National Bank Australasia in the late 1970s. Styled as a safe, it has a circular front door fastened by three white plastic discs operated by combination locks. 'National Bank Minibank' and the bank's logo are on the front in raised gold lettering.

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Calculating yearly rent

How much does it cost to rent year after year? For some families it can be a struggle to find suitable rental accommodation. The clip provides a context to explore budgeting and in particular calculating yearly rent and the impact of percentage increases in rents over time.

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Cover of The Reformer journal, 1905

This is the cover of an edition of a journal, titled The Reformer, dated 31 August 1905. The cover describes it as 'A FORTNIGHTLY JOURNAL FOR PRODUCERS' and includes the text 'SPECIAL ISSUE. THE HARVESTER QUESTION'. Below this text is a cartoon depicting two figures - industrialist Hugh Victor McKay on the left, and on ...

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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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Tax, super and you

The 'Tax, super and you' website is designed for use by students in years 10 to 12 and their teachers. It includes four modules: Tax 101 is a general introduction, Your tax focuses on individuals, Business tax on companies and the final module explores the concept of superannuation. Six interactive resources accompany the ...

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African American salary disparity, 1968

How does it feel to be paid less than another person doing the same job, because of the colour of your skin? During the 1960s, this was the plight of many professional African Americans who were not paid equally for doing the same work as their white counterparts. Listen to David Dinkins, a New York lawyer, share his experiences.

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Primary mathematics: games, simulations and modelling

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'games, simulations and modelling' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers use games, ...

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Fish market: explore trading

Buy and sell fish in trading markets in a range of Australian and New Zealand cities. Compare market prices, supply and demand. Explore a range of traders to find the best deals and open up new markets. Find a rare fish. Maximise your profit and reputation as a smart trader. This learning object is the first in a series ...

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Exploring occupations

Look at factors important in choosing a career such as daily tasks, working conditions, earnings, personal requirements, related jobs and training needs. Examine the job requirements of a flight attendant. For example, flight attendants do shift work, work in a confined space, interact with a lot of people, must follow ...

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Fish tank: business start-up

Breed fish to sell at a pet market. Start with two fish and a tank. Examine the costs of food and equipment. Buy items to help take care of the fish and the tank. Think about the business impact of each purchase. Budget to increase stock and maximise profit.

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Plan for the party: superannuation

Choose and listen to audiovisual segments about specialised superannuation topics. Play a quiz game to test your understanding of super. Explore superannuation terminology, for example look up the meaning of 'preservation age'.

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Biography: Federation people: Alexander Peacock

Investigate Alexander Peacock's role in the move towards Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Peacock: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation people' series.

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Needs verses Wants - Making Choices

This is a resource about consumer choices and the difference between needs and wants. It is presented as a teacher guide with learning activities that include making decisions about purchasing items based on available resources and defining and identifying needs and wants. The resource includes: learning outcomes; a description; ...

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MoneySmart: Teaching resources for VET

ASIC's Be MoneySmart is an online training resource for VET students and senior high school students. It helps students to develop money management skills which support their future careers in small business or as contractors. It consists of five online modules: Saving, budgeting and spending; Personal tax; Superannuation; ...

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TIMES Module 22: Number and Algebra: consumer arithmetic - teacher guide

This is a 23-page guide for teachers, providing an introduction to the financial mathematics component of the number and algebra strands for years 9 and 10. A brief history of the concept of money concludes the module.