Queensland Economics Teachers Association


   Queensland Economics Teachers' Association Inc.
  • 11 Mar 2021 7:23 AM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    Dear QETA members.

    After producing many resources over the last few years to assist Economic teachers, the RBA now asks for your assistance.

    The RBA is undertaking comprehensive piece of research to provide insights into Australia’s economic teachers, the challenges they face and how the RBA can support.

    We would be grateful if you would please complete the survey and ensure those in your communities of practice and networks also participate.  

    The RBA is hoping to obtain a representative picture of their insights, which can be applied to best support teachers going forward. Therefore, it is in our collective interest that as many Qld teachers as possible complete the survey.

    Supporting Economics Teachers – Survey

    The Economics Teacher Survey, conducted by the RBA, has been designed to gather insights from all Economics teachers across Australia. The short questionnaire will explore the challenges faced by Economics teachers, and what could be done to better promote and support the teaching and learning of Economics in Australia.

    The survey has just launched at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/economics-teachers4  

    We would be extremely grateful if you would take a few minutes to provide your insights.

    Kind regards,

    Queensland Economic Teachers Association

    Management Committee


  • 10 Mar 2021 1:45 PM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    Message from ACARA:

    On 29 April 2021, the consultation period will open for the proposed revisions to the Foundation – Year 10 (F–10) Australian Curriculum, including for all the learning areas, the general capabilities and the cross-curriculum priorities. 

    A consultation website will be available for interested stakeholders and the public to review the proposed revisions to the curriculum and have their say via a survey format. The consultation window will be open until 8 July.

    In June 2020, education ministers agreed that it was timely to review the Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum. In preparation for the review, ACARA consulted widely with key education stakeholders and groups to define the approach and scope of the review. Since then, ACARA has established specialist teacher and curriculum expert reference groups to assist with the review and has undertaken extensive discussions with curriculum experts from jurisdictions and with practising classroom teachers. ACARA has also engaged with national subject professional associations, academics and other key stakeholder groups. 

    We will continue to provide further information in the lead-up to the public consultation window and look forward to receiving all feedback on the revisions during the consult period.

    Visit the 'Curriculum review' page of the ACARA website to find out more on the review.


  • 23 Feb 2021 5:53 AM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    Welcome to 2021. Just like that, the holidays feel like a distance memory and we are back in the classroom. We hope everyone is back fresh and eager to take on the new year and we offer the following items of interest this month:

    New series of online student talks from the RBA

    The RBA has ust released a new Explainer covering ‘Drivers of the Australian Dollar Exchange Rate’. This explores the different factors that lead to changes in the Australian Dollar exchange rate over time. It completes our suite of exchange rate Explainers, which can be accessed on our Explainers page. Videos on this topic will be released in the coming month.

    The RBA is committed to supporting Economics teachers and students by providing access to its economists and their insights.

    We received overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding our online events last year, which enabled access for schools across all regions of Australia.

    For 2021, we have scheduled an extensive series of online talks throughout the academic year, via Zoom. There are two talk types to choose from:

    • Monetary Policy & Current Economic Conditions (aimed at Years 11 and 12) – An economist will share insights on how the RBA conducts monetary policy, and current conditions in the Australian economy. A recent graduate will also share insights on his or her career path and role, discussing the benefits of studying Economics.

    • Introduction to Economics (aimed at Years 9 and 10) – An economist will provide an introduction to the economy, the role of the RBA, and the benefits of studying economics.

    Talks from February to May 2021 have now been uploaded to the website. Teachers can register for any of the talks and will be sent a link nearer the time, which they will be able to share with their students.

    As with all the RBA’s resources, talks and events are free. Registrations can be made at: https://www.rba.gov.au/education/book-a-talk/

    QETA News Blog and Facebook Group

    QETA is aware that we all receive many emails and too often the over use of email results in these messages being ignored and quickly deleted. We try not to overload your inbox with a monthly newsletter but for those who wish to be informed more regularly, there are other options to stay connected.

    As QETA receives items of interest we post these to our News blog on the website. These are often shared with the Facebook group in order to draw the attention of members to them. The Facebook group is also open to all members.

    However, if you use an RSS new reader or aggregator you can subscribe to the RSS feed of this blog here - https://qeta.com.au/General-News/RSS

    Parliament of Australia (APH) Monthly Statistical Bulletin

    The APH produces a monthly data pack with the latest economic figures which may be lesser known to teachers relative to the Reserve Bank and Australian Bureau of Statistics. The APH’s value is in the format and accessibility of the charts with easy to read graphs, simplified tables and snapshot explanations of key economic and social indicators such as the labour market, business, finance, external transactions and demographics.

    Bulletins and data publications can be found at: https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/MSB

    The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

    The EIU, the research analysis division and sister company to the The Economist newspaper has over 70 years of experience in helping individuals, businesses and governments navigate the economic, political and financial landscape of an ever-changing world.

    The EIU publishes free reports on various topics for those keen for in-depth analysis on the latest economic issues. Recent reports include:

    • Industry in 2021 – Growth prospects for core industries such as retail, automotive and energy
    • Asia in 2021 – Trends to watch in China, Indonesia and Japan
    • Brexit – Risk and Resilience for business

    The website also offers various various resources in text, video and podcast and can be found at: https://www.eiu.com/n/


  • 28 Jan 2021 3:40 AM | Anonymous

    The RBA is committed to supporting Economics teachers and students by providing access to its economists and their insights.

    We received overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding our online events last year, which enabled access for schools across all regions of Australia.

    For 2021, we have scheduled an extensive series of online talks throughout the academic year, via Zoom. There are two talk types to choose from:

    • Monetary Policy & Current Economic Conditions (aimed at Years 11 and 12) – An economist will share insights on how the RBA conducts monetary policy, and current conditions in the Australian economy. A recent graduate will also share insights on his or her career path and role, discussing the benefits of studying Economics.

    • Introduction to Economics (aimed at Years 9 and 10) – An economist will provide an introduction to the economy, the role of the RBA, and the benefits of studying economics.

    Talks from February to May 2021 have now been uploaded to the website. Teachers can register for any of the talks and will be sent a link nearer the time, which they will be able to share with their students.

    As with all the RBA’s resources, talks and events are free. Registrations can be made at: https://www.rba.gov.au/education/book-a-talk/


  • 18 Sep 2020 4:15 AM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 QETA and UQ Student Economics Competition.

    The joint first-place winners are as follows:

    Year 11

    • Pat Trappett - Brisbane Grammar School
    • Sam Bizzell - Brisbane Grammar School
    • William Staib - Brisbane Grammar School
    • Naveen Hingorani - Cannon Hill Anglican College
    • Luke Palmer - Villanova College

    Year 12

    • Tim Rainbird - Brisbane Grammar School
    • Jemima Noller - Corinda SHS
    • Shumeng (Maggie) Ding - IES College

    In total, over 1600 students participated in the competition from 33 schools, resulting in an outstanding number of students achieving equal first-, second- and third-place.

    While we are unable to host a presentation ceremony this year, the first-place winners outlined above will receive cash prizes and an acknowledgement for their achievements. All second- and third-place winners in the competition will also receive a certificate for their hard work.

    We hope that students enjoyed entering the competition and found it rewarding to test themselves against their peers. We encourage all students to continue their curiosity via UQ's online resource Economics Explored.

    Please note, QETA and UQ will be in touch with the winning schools to arrange student prizes. In the meantime, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Queensland schools and economics teachers for their continued support of this competition.

    Kind regards,

    UQ & QETA

  • 18 Sep 2020 3:57 AM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    QETA members may be interested in the following message from the RBA.

    Monetary Policy and Current Economic Conditions

    Expressions of interest are now open for a new webinar aimed at Economics students in Years 11 and 12. Senior Economist, David Lancaster, will provide a summary of current economic conditions, and students will also receive inspiration from senior RBA officials.

    This is a great opportunity for students to receive an update on the economy, and they will have the opportunity to submit questions during the webinar.

    The free talk will take place on Monday, 12 October from 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm (AEDT) via Zoom.

    Students and educators can express interest to attend now.

  • 05 Sep 2020 5:21 AM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    It is hard to believe that we are almost at the close of Term 3 for the year. We hope all members can enjoy a few moments of relaxation over the upcoming break and we offer the following items of interest this month.

    Alan Kohler Q & A

    QETA was delighted when respected financial journalist and economic commentator Mr Alan Kohler accepted an invitation to address QETA members for an online professional learning event. Held on Friday 21st August, questions were posed by members for Alan to respond to with his answers, commentary and opinion.

    The event was extremely well received and we thank all those who participated. For those members who were not able to join the 60 or so on the day, Alan has given his consent for the recording to be made available through our website. You can see the video recording of the session in the teaching resources area here.

    Annual General Meeting

    The Association's Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 14th October 4.30pm. We hope that many people attend this year's meeting as it will be held online.

    Such has been the success of holding online meetings during the COVID pandemic, the Management Committee has decided that its future meetings will be held this way for the foreseeable future. This is a wonderful opportunity for people across the state to become become involved in the activities of Association as distance between members is far less of an issue. We welcome as many people as possible that might be able to help share the load and expand the Association's activities.

    Please consider nominating yourself or someone you think would be great to an executive position (President, Secretary or Treasurer) or as a Committee member.

    Click here to register your virtual attendance.

    Student Competition Results

    The results of the recent QETA UQ Student Economics Competition are about to be released. A join statement announcing the winners will be published by UQ and QETA. Schools will receive their students' individual results and certificates for the various levels of achievement. We trust that participating schools found this a worthwhile event this year. In total there were 33 schools and almost 2000 students that took part across the state.

    QETA News Blog and Facebook Group

    QETA is aware that we all receive many emails and too often the over use of email results in these messages being ignored and quickly deleted. We try not to overload your inbox with a monthly newsletter but for those who wish to be informed more regularly, there are other options to stay connected.

    As QETA receives items of interest we post these to our News blog on the website. These are often shared with the Facebook group in order to draw the attention of members to them. The Facebook group is also open to all members.

    However, if you use an RSS new reader or aggregator you can subscribe to the RSS feed of this blog here - https://qeta.com.au/General-News/RSS

    RBA Resources

    We have had some feedback about the excellent quality of the RBA's educational resources. In particular, the Study and Careers resources they have created.

    A summary of other recent RBA releases is available below.

    New Economic Growth Videos

    The public education team has just released two new Video Explainers.

    Both videos can be found on our Videos page.

    Current Economic Conditions

    QCAA External Markers

    The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is seeking applications from Queensland teachers to mark external assessment in the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system.

    External assessment markers will:

    • contribute to the success of Queensland’s new assessment system
    • get practical insight into senior external assessment marking processes
    • gain CPD points for QCT registration renewal
    • network with like-minded colleagues
    • have the opportunity to earn extra income.

    The marking period will run from late October to late November 2020.

    For more information, including how to apply, visit the QCAA website.

  • 27 Aug 2020 5:03 PM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    QETA members may be interested in the following message from the RBA.

    Dear Educator

    Current Economic Conditions

    A new Summary of Current Economic Conditions video, featuring Acting in Deputy Head of Economic Analysis Natasha Cassidy, is now available here.

    New Resources

    We have also just released a new Illustrator and Learning Activity to complement our Reading and Interpreting Charts video.


  • 20 Aug 2020 2:56 PM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    QETA members may be interested in the following message from QCAA.

    The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is seeking applications from Queensland teachers to mark external assessment in the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system.

    External assessment markers will:

    • contribute to the success of Queensland’s new assessment system
    • get practical insight into senior external assessment marking processes
    • gain CPD points for QCT registration renewal
    • network with like-minded colleagues
    • have the opportunity to earn extra income.

    The marking period will run from late October to late November 2020.

    For more information, including how to apply, visit the QCAA website.

  • 17 Aug 2020 5:17 PM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

    QETA members may be interested in the following message from the Reserve Bank of Australia

    Dear Educator

    New Economic Growth Videos

    The public education team has just released two new Video Explainers.

    Both videos can be found on our Videos page.

    Reminder: Topical Talk – Monetary Policy in 2020

    Andrea Brischetto, Deputy Head of Domestic Markets, will discuss the effects of COVID-19 on the Australian economy, and the RBA’s response to it. The talk will take place on Monday, 24 August at 3.45 pm. Expressions of interest can be made here.

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