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  • 13 Nov 2021 9:06 PM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    Deakin University is offering a 6-week program to improve the teaching of financial capability

    Economics and Maths Course Flyer_Affiliate Fee.pdf

  • 19 Oct 2021 8:56 AM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)


    The COVID-19 pandemic forced many employees and firms to experiment with working from home. This demonstrated that many jobs can done effectively from home and that the number of people working from home will likely remain high relative to pre-pandemic levels.  As part of the Productivity Commission’s Working from Home report, a simple model of working from home was developed to better understand how it might affect the Australian economy. Dr Mabel Andalón and Dr Matthew Jones will present an overview of the model and the implications drawn from it. 


    When: Thursday 28 October 2021
    Time: From 12.30pm until 1.30pm AEDT
    Venue: Online via Zoom - register below
    Cost: Free of Charge

    About our Speakers

    Mabel is a Senior Researcher and Data Analyst at the Productivity Commission. She has a lifelong passion for improving individual wellbeing, particularly for people in disadvantage. She has extensive experience in health, labour and development economics research, as well as advisory and consultancy roles in government, international organisation, and academic settings. She holds a PhD in Policy Analysis and Management and a Master’s Degree in Economics from Cornell University. 

    Matthew is a Research Economist at the Productivity Commission having recently come from the University of Melbourne where he was a Lecturer in Public Policy. Matthew’s background is in applied microeconomics, political and public economics, and wellbeing. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of International and Development Economics from the Australian National University.

    Registration and Joining this Event / Webinar

    To register please book online below. The link to join this webinar will be included in your auto-generated invoice email - please look out for this and keep it safe until the webinar is due to be broadcast. Note, these emails sometimes get caught in spam folders. 


  • 09 Oct 2021 6:43 PM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    The Reserve Bank of Australia have now opened expressions of interest for this year’s Teacher Immersion Event. Below is some information about the event 

    Expressions of interest are now open for our Teacher Immersion Event 2021, to be held on Tuesday, 16 November. This professional learning event provides an excellent opportunity for secondary school Economics teachers across Australia to expand their knowledge of current economic issues and concepts. The event will feature short addresses by the Governor, Deputy Governor and Chief Economist, along with other senior economists from the RBA. 

    Due to COVID-19, this year's event will be held online via Zoom. In order to ensure that the event is interactive, places will be capped. For teachers unable to attend live, the event will be recorded and made available on the RBA website.

  • 06 Oct 2021 4:50 AM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    Yesterday we had a general meeting to vote on three resolutions.

    3.1 That the current auditor of QETA (AuditSmith) be replaced with Independent Audit Services for 2021/22

    3.2a That the current QETA financial year, October to September, be changed to 1st July to 30th June

    3.2b that for the current audit period, to allow for the change, the audited period will be 1 October 2021 – 30 June 2022

    All three motions were carried.  If you would like to read the minutes please find them attached HERE.

  • 19 Aug 2021 7:02 AM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    Please find attached the relevant information for you to attend.


  • 13 Aug 2021 5:56 AM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)


    Deakin University researchers are looking for Year 9 & 10 students from across Australia to tell us what they want from their financial education at school.

    We are hosting a Financial Capability Summit online via Zoom on 1st October, 2021.

    Young people’s insights matter and can help shape future directions in policy, curriculum and teaching.

    Parents, visit the link below to find out more and nominate your teen to participate!



  • 06 Aug 2021 5:47 AM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    Hello Economists! With Lockdown ramping up the need for adaptability and independence of both teachers and students, here are several online-learning geared resources you may find helpful. 

    Jacob Clifford on Youtube

    Jacob Clifford is an American economics teacher who, for many years has been making videos and designing resources specifically for the highschool economics. You will find a wealth of videos on supply and demand, production possibility, marginal cost, aggregate demand, micro and macro, and just about all the theory we know and love. There is an obvious US lens on it, but as far as pure theory, diagrams and quick-content refreshers, it doesn't get much better than this. 


    QETA Conference 2021 - Interesting Findings

    Feedback on last month's annual conference is in and we have some interesting data to share:

    1. 65% of responders would be interested in joining a mentorship program aimed at connecting experienced Economics teachers across Queensland. 

    2. 79% of schools represented use of the same textbook "Economics for the Real World 1&2"

    3. 19% of schools begin Unit 1 in Year 10

    4. 76% of schools have students complete IA1 at the end of Year 11 rather than Term 1 of YEar 12. 

    Unit 4 Topic 2: Practice Question

    Explain the difference between microeconomic policy and fiscal policy, given that many microeconomic policies can involve changes to government spending or taxes, which is a benchmark feature of fiscal policy. 

    Unit 2: Practice Question

    Compare the potential impacts that the pandemic may have on "income" vs "wealth" inequality in Australia. 

  • 30 Jul 2021 12:25 PM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    Cultural Infusion is partnering with UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, on a Review of Australian Educational Policy and Curricula for Intercultural Understanding, one of the seven general capabilities of the F-10 Curriculum in Australia. The project supports the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals aimed at ending extreme poverty, reducing inequality, and protecting the planet by 2030.

    In particular, Target 4.7 promotes the knowledge and skills needed for global citizenship, appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

    If you are a teacher and can spare a few minutes, please let us know your thoughts. We would also appreciate you sharing this survey with any teachers you know. Teachers who complete the survey will be eligible for a 15% discount on their next Cultural Infusion incursion and will receive access to the literature review.



  • 30 Jul 2021 12:23 PM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    New online education events

    Registrations are now live for two new webinars, designed to support Economics teachers and students. These events are free of charge and will be run via Zoom.


    Topical Talk – Determinants of the Australian Dollar over Recent Years  

    Date: Wednesday, 18 August
    Time: 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm (AEST)
    Intended audience: Economics teachers

    Student Webinar – Economic Update (Students should register directly.)

    Date: Tuesday, 14 September
    Time: 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm (AEST)
    Intended audience: Senior high school students

    Readings for teacher professional development

    We have also released a new Readings page, which features a selection of the RBA’s wider publications that may be of interest to teachers for their professional development. The page has recently been updated with three new publications:

    Reminder: Online Student Talks – August

    Teachers can still register for their classes to attend our August series of online talks:

    • Monetary Policy and Current Economic Conditions (for Years 11-12) – an economist will discuss the latest developments in the Australian economy.
    • Introduction to Economics (for Years 9-10) – an economist will introduce students to what an economy is, its sectors and the role of the RBA.


  • 25 Jul 2021 5:48 AM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    Hello Economists! As we move into crunch time for our Year 12s QETA is hoping to push out newsletters which are more frequent and focussed around helping teachers and students.

    RBA - Video Suite

    The Reserve Bank of Australia has invested heavily in student-friendly explainer videos on key economic subject matter such to help introduce or consolidate learning for economics students -- or provide teachers with clear refreshers for their own professional learning. 

    The suite is both rich and easily filtered, around topics such as:

    - Objectives of Monetary Policy

    - Inflation targets

    - Aggregate Demand and Supply

    - The Circular Flow of Income

    - Exchange Rates

    - The labour market and unemployment

    If you haven't yet, click below to find the full suite of videos, many of which are mainstays of our classrooms. 


    QETA Conference 2021

    What a wonderful day with over 50 Queensland Economics teachers! Dr Matthew Peter, Chief Economist from QIC kicked off with a presentation on Global and Australian economic conditions as impacted by Covd-19. We were able to collaborate on reviews of the syllabus and share pedagogy and resources as well. 

    Here are some fascinating discussion questions that emerged from the day that may make for rich analytical and evaluative thinking in class:

    1. What are the main drivers for economic recovery going forward?

    2. How legitimate are the worries of future inflation?

    3. How sustainable are the current rates of labour utilisation and productive capacity?

    4. How confident are we that the labour shortages as of late will lead to wage growth going forward?

    Keynote slides and resources will be pushed out as soon as we can. 

    Unit 4 Topic 2: Practice Question

    Something new QETA will try for each newsletter is a simple practice questions teachers may find useful for their classes. Here is an example which may provide students a chance to analyse economic information and evaluate a decision on economic management. Feel free to email us sample responses, suggested questions of your own, or anything else to help build our shared capacity. Hope this helps!

    Source 1: "Business investment has declined 3%"

    Source 2: "CPI annual growth has been steady between 1.2-1.5%

    Source 3: "Construction activity remains strong, yet mining is weakening."

    Source 4: "Budget repair remains the key priority for the federal government, with the goal to reduce the current deficit."

    Question: Based on this information, evaluate the decision the Government has made to prioritise Budget repair. 150 to 250 words.

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