About the competition

If you’re a student in years 7–12, we want you to unleash your creativity and find a new way to tell us about tax and super! Our competition will not only give you an insight into the value of tax and super, but you have the chance to win a share of $7,600 in prizes!

 

Entry criteria

For your chance to become Australia’s next tax and super creative genius, you must:

  • be a student in years 7–12
  • be enrolled in the Australian education system
  • submit an entry – up to 3 entries per person/group only
  • complete a separate entry form for each entry
  • complete a film or photo consent form for each person shown in your entry
  • comply with the competition’s terms and conditions – including only using music with permission or an appropriate licence.

There’s no cost to enter the competition.

 

Competition dates

You can start working on your entries now and submit them when the competition opens on 30 May 2022. Entries will close on 19 August 2022.

 

What’s in it for you

There’s $7,600 in prizes for the winners and their schools. The following prizes are available in both the Junior and Senior categories:

  • First prize winner – $600 plus $600 for their school
  • Second prize winner – $400 plus $400 for their school
  • Third prize winner – $300 plus $300 for their school
  • People’s Choice Award winner – $600 plus $600 for their school.

 

How to enter

To enter, make a creative project that highlights your topic (which depends on your year at school). The topics are:

  • Junior (Year 7–9): Tax, Super + Me – How tax impacts me in my daily life.
  • Senior (Year 10–12): Top four things I need to know about tax and super when I start my first job.

There are heaps of SUPER fun ways to enter and there are no limits on the type of entry you can submit. Some examples include:

  • Write it: short stories, poems, scripts or case studies
  • Make it: artworks, comic strips, songs, animations, prototypes of apps or games
  • Film it: videos, skits or music clips.

If you need some inspiration, or want to see what other students have done in the past, check out these links:

 

Important information about your entry

 

Use of third-party material/s

You should only include other people’s material/s (e.g. music, film and images) in your entry if you have obtained permission from the owner of the material/s or met licensing requirements. By submitting an entry that includes material owned by another third party, you are agreeing that you have obtained permission. Please note the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) may, at any time, request you provide evidence that demonstrates you have obtained permission from the owner of the material/s. Failure to do so may result in your entry being disqualified from the competition.

 

Use of ATO brand

Entries must not include branding, images, logos or government crests which are the property of, or represent the ATO. For example, if a YouTube listing contains any part of the ATO logo, name or brand, or gives the impression that it is official in nature, the entry will be disqualified and we will request its removal or amendment.

 

Digital entries

There are limits on the file size of digital entries:

  • entries submitted by post have a maximum file size of 4GB
  • entries uploaded to the entry form have a maximum upload limit of 5MB – if your file is larger than this consider using a file sharing platform.

Acceptable digital entry file formats are:

  • video and audio – MP3, MP4, MPG, MPEG, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV
  • image files – PNG, JPG, JPEG
  • other files – PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, ZIP
  • website – URL address
  • social media – for example, YouTube and Vimeo links
  • file sharing platform – for example Google Drive, One Drive, or Dropbox. You will need to ensure the file permissions are set so that anyone can view and download your entry.

 

How the winners are selected

The judges will be looking for:

  • Originality – how original is the concept presented?
  • Execution – how well is the idea executed?
  • Value – what is the potential marketing value of the concept?
  • Relevance – how relevant is the idea to tax and super?

 

Contact us

Call us on 1300 130 282 or email taxsuperandyoucompetition@ato.gov.au

 

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2021 competition finalists

 

Junior category:

  • First prize – Elizabeth Webb (WA)
  • Second prize – Alma-Mia Marret (VIC)
  • Third prize – Miliana Callan (NSW)
  • People’s Choice Award – Punara Samarakoor, Myla Fedhi and Nabila Khan (VIC)

Senior category:

  • First prize – Sarah Bosboom (SA)
  • Second prize – Chanel Bocman (NSW)
  • Third prize – Hayley Truesdale and Marissa Murray (SA)
  • People’s Choice Award – Alyssa Cunanan (VIC)

 

Junior high school entries

 

Story

Entry 1: Story – Alma-Mia Marret (VIC)
Second prize winner

 

 

Entry 2: Tottenham - Punara Samarakoor, Myla Fedhi, Nabila Khan (VIC)
People's Choice Award winner

 

Entry 3: Tax & Super – Elizabeth Webb (WA)
First prize winner

 

Entry 4: Parent Tax – Stella Leslie (QLD)

 

Entry 5: Tax Super and You – Alif Keating, Rajveer Panesar, Richard Kong (QLD)

 

Entry 6: Tax + Super Rap – Miliana Callan (NSW)
Third prize winner

 

Entry 7: Superannuation – Sahana Maini (VIC)

 

 

Senior high school entries

 

Entry 8: Taking on Tax & Growing Super Savvy – Sarah Bosboom (SA)
First prize winner

 

Entry 9: Good 4 U (parody) – Samantha Dendle, Zoe Delroy (QLD)

 

Entry 10: Song – Caleb Harrison, Eli Butcher (NSW)

 

Entry 11: Your First Job – Alex Wiggett, Ethan Doak (SA)

 

Entry 12: Tax, Super and You - A Comic – Alyssa Cunanan (VIC)
People’s Choice Award winner

 

Entry 13: Tax and Super – Chanel Bocman (NSW)
Second prize winner

 

Entry 14: Tax, Super and You – Hayley Truesdale, Marissa Murray (SA)
Third prize winner

 

Competition past winners

On this page you’ll find the previous winners of the Tax, Super + You competition and an animation that was developed from a previous entrant.

 

 

Village and the Boy Named Tax animation

Developed from the second-prize winning story in 2017 by high school student, Felicity Pollard, the Village and the Boy Named Tax animation is a student’s perspective of the value of tax in the community. 2017 Tax, Super + You competition first prize winner, Elise Hutchison, worked on the creation of the animation, including the voiceover. You can check out the animation here.

 

 

The Village and the Boy Named Tax – behind the scenes

The 2017 Tax, Super + You competition first-prize winner Elise Hutchinson worked on production of the animation during work experience with the ATO’s Marketing and Communication team. This behind-the-scenes video documents Elise’s experience, including recording the voiceover for the animation.

 


Competition past winners

View past years shortlisted and prize winning entries.


 

 

2019 shortlisted and prize winning entries

 

Junior category

  • First prize – Tax Man Max by Alma-Mia Marret (VIC)
  • Second prize (tie) – Taxville & Miserton by Nancy Huang, Fiona Lin and Jasmine Guan (NSW)
  • Second prize (tie) – The Importance of TAX and SUPER by Piper Dougherty (NSW)
  • Third prize (tie) – How Tax Makes You a Superhero! by Belle White (VIC)
  • Third prize (tie) – The Superannuation Song by Hayley Dolce McDermott (NSW)
  • People’s Choice Award – Tax Man Max by Alma-Mia Marret (VIC)

Senior category

  • First prize – Tax and Super Rap by Ryan Carter (WA)
  • Second prize – Make That Money by Lotte Coakes-Jenkins and Kathleen Doherty (NSW)
  • Third prize – The Facts About Tax by Kousitha Sivayogan and Sharanaa Jayaroopan (VIC)
  • People’s Choice Award – The Facts About Tax by Kousitha Sivayogan and Sharanaa Jayaroopan (VIC)

 

Junior high school entries

 


Entry 1: Tax Ad – Kim Thu Hoang Nguyen (WA)


Entry 2: Tax Man Max – Alma-Mia Marret (VIC)
First prize and People’s Choice Award winner


Entry 3: Taxville & Miserton – Nancy Huang, Fiona Lin, Jasmine Guan (NSW)
Second prize winner (tie)


Entry 4: The Reality of Tax – Anna-Grace Lau, Liah Jones, Chloe Santos (WA)


Entry 5: How Tax Makes You a Superhero! – Belle White (VIC)
Third prize winner (tie)


Entry 6: The Importance of TAX and SUPER – Piper Dougherty (NSW)
Second prize winner (tie)


Entry 7: The Superannuation Song – Hayley Dolce McDermott (NSW)
Third prize winner (tie)

 

Senior high school entries



Entry 8: Tax and Super Rap – Ryan Carter (WA)
First prize winner


Entry 9: Port Power Song – Ethan Hogan, Jaxon Kumnick, Hunter Cheriton, Darcy Bastian (SA)


Entry 10: To Tax or Not to Tax – Kalani Aston, Charlotte Anderson, Isabella Anderson,
Dayna Galloway, Jamie Sullivan, Isabella Telfer, Mia Wright, Kate Zankar (SA)


Entry 11: Tax Tracks: Where Does Your Money Go? – Lizzy Stanfield (QLD)


Entry 12: Make That Money – Lotte Coakes-Jenkins, Kathleen Doherty (NSW)
Second prize winner


Entry 13: The Facts About Tax – Kousitha Sivayogan, Sharanaa Jayaroopan (VIC)
Third prize and People’s Choice Award winner


Entry 14: Tax Song (a capella) – Jainil Patel (VIC)

 


 

 

2018 shortlisted and prize winning entries

 

Junior category

  • First prize – Tax & You by Sonya Maloney and Elise Burke (NSW)
  • Second prize (tie) – Tax is Champion by Daniel Kang (NSW)
  • Second prize (tie) – Superannuation rap by Sarah Milton (QLD)
  • People’s Choice Award – Tax & You by Sonya Maloney and Elise Burke (NSW)

Senior category

  • First prize – The Answer by Neve Wildin Powell (QLD)
  • Second prize – Students Guide to Tax by Jamie Chambers, George Lines and Will Shaw (WA)
  • Third prize – What is tax and super? by Elise Hutchison (ACT)
  • People’s Choice Award – Students Guide to Tax by Jamie Chambers, George Lines and Will Shaw (WA)

 

Junior high school entries

 

Tax is a Champion
Entry 1: Tax is a Champion! – Daniel Kang (NSW)
Second prize winner (tie)


Entry 2: Life Without Tax – Joshua Lacey, Harley Lamers, Elouise Jones, Naomi Brown (VIC)


Entry 3: The Money Cycle – Lucas Van Der Veen (VIC)


Entry 4: Tax & You – Sonya Maloney, Elise Burke (NSW)
First prize and People's Choice Award winner


Entry 5: Superannuation Rap – Sarah Milton (QLD)
Second prize winner (tie)

 

Senior high school entries



Entry 6: The Answer – Neve Wildin Powell (QLD)
First prize winner

Tax and Super Quiz
Entry 7: Tax and Super Quiz (use class code: JPQ6652) – Aspen Blomfield, Banjo Murphy (NSW)


Entry 8: Students Guide to Tax – Jamie Chambers, George Lines, Will Shaw (WA)
Second prize and People's Choice Award winner


Entry 9: What is Tax and Super? – Elise Hutchison (ACT)
Third prize winner


Entry 10: Tax Rap – Ishan Rai (SA)

 


 

 

2017 prize winning entries

 

Senior category

  • First prize (tie) – Tax Rap by Jordan Donohue and Cabe Barrett (NSW)
  • First prize (tie) – The Value of Tax in Our Community and Super by Elise Hutchison (ACT)
  • Second prize (tie) – A Superannuation Animation by Jessica Leong (VIC)
  • Second prize (tie) – Finance-Superannuation by Dayle D'Mello, Simal Adeel, Charlie Jenkinson (WA)
  • Second prize (tie) – The Village and Boy Named Tax by Felicity Pollard (QLD)
  • People’s Choice Award – Finance-Superannuation by Dayle D'Mello, Simal Adeel, Charlie Jenkinson (WA)

 

First prize winners

 


Tax Rap – Jordan Donohue and Cabe Barrett (NSW)



The Value of Tax in Our Community and Super – Elise Hutchison (ACT)

 

Second prize winners

 


A Superannuation Animation – Jessica Leong (VIC)



Finance-Superannuation – Dayle D'Mello, Simal Adeel, Charlie Jenkinson (WA)


Village and the Boy Named Tax Story
The Village and Boy Named Tax – Felicity Pollard (QLD)

 

People’s Choice Award winner

Finance-Superannuation – Dayle D'Mello, Simal Adeel, Charlie Jenkinson (WA)

 

Competition teacher's kit

With tax and super now part of the new Australian Curriculum there’s no better time to get your students learning – and our Tax, Super + You competition can help you do just that!

Our competition is a fun and exciting way for high school students to learn about the value of tax and super. Not only will they learn, but they’ll also have a chance to win a share of the $7,600 prize pool for themselves and their school.

The Tax, Super + You competition is open from 30 May to 19 August 2022. It’s open to all students in Years 7—12 enrolled in the Australian education system.

The competition invites students to make a creative project about tax and super, with the topics based on the student’s year at school. It’s an engaging way to help you incorporate our Tax, Super + You resources into your classroom lesson plans. You can include the competition as part of your regular classwork or as an extension activity, for individuals or as a group.

Our Tax, Super + You teaching resources can help you explain to your students how the Australian tax and superannuation systems work, the benefits to the community and the role Australians play in supporting these systems. The resources are aligned with the Australian Curriculum and available for students in Years 7—12.

You can use this poster to promote the Tax, Super + You competition in your school.

Visit the Tax, Super + You competition webpage to find out all the entry details.

If you have questions you can email us at taxsuperandyoucompetition@ato.gov.au

 

Expression of interest

If you would like to be kept up to date on the competition, or receive updates about Tax, Super + You in the curriculum, let us know! Fill in the expression of interest form and we’ll keep you in the loop.

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Testimonials 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.’
Teacher, WA

 

‘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!’
Teacher, VIC

 

‘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.’
Teacher, QLD

 

‘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.’
Student, WA

Terms and conditions

 

About the competition

Think outside the box and create an original entry that tells us about tax and super!

The Tax, Super + You competition is split into two categories, Junior and Senior. Your entry should address the topic for your category. Entry topics for 2022 are:

  • Junior (Year 7–9): Tax, Super + Me – How tax impacts me in my daily life.
  • Senior (Year 10–12): Top four things I need to know about tax and super when I start my first job.

 

Types of entries students can submit

There are no limits on the type of the entry that students can submit. Some examples include:

  • Write it: short stories, poems, scripts or case studies
  • Make it: artworks, comic strips, songs, animations or prototypes of apps or games
  • Film it: videos, skits or music clips.

 

Who can enter

The competition is open to all students in years 7–12 enrolled in the Australian education system (excluding immediate family members of the judging panel).

The students can submit up to three entries per person/group. A separate entry form must accompany each entry.

There is no entry fee.

 

About your entry

 

Use of third party material/s

You should only include other people’s material/s (e.g. music, film and images) in your entry, if you have obtained permission from the owner of the material/s’ or met licensing requirements. By submitting an entry that includes material owned by another third party, you are agreeing that you have obtained permission. Please note the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) may, at any time, request you provide evidence that demonstrates you have obtained permission from the owner of the material/s. Failure to do so may result in your entry being disqualified from the competition.

 

Use of ATO brand

Entries must not include branding, images, logos or government crests which are the property of or represent the ATO. For example, if a YouTube listing contains any part of the ATO logo, name or brand, or gives the impression that it is official in nature, the entry will be disqualified and we will request its removal or amendment.

 

Digital entries

There are limits on the file size of digital entries:

  • entries submitted by post have a maximum file size of 4GB
  • entries uploaded to the entry form have a maximum upload limit of 5MB – if your file is larger than this consider using a file sharing platform.

 

Acceptable digital entry file formats are:

  • video and audio – MP3, MP4, MPG, MPEG, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV
  • image files – PNG, JPG, JPEG
  • other files – PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, ZIP
  • website – URL address
  • social media – for example, YouTube and Vimeo links
  • file sharing platform – for example Google Drive, One Drive, or Dropbox. You will need to ensure the file permissions are set so that anyone can view and download your entry.

 

How to enter

Entries open at 9.00am AEST Monday 30 May 2022 and must be received by 5.00pm AEST on Friday 19 August 2022. Late entries will not be accepted.

 

Winners and prizes

The total prize pool is $7,600. The following prizes are available in both the Junior and Senior categories:

  • First prize winner ($600 plus $600 for their school)
  • Second prize winner ($400 plus $400 for their school)
  • Third prize winner ($300 plus $300 for their school)
  • People’s Choice Award ($600 plus $600 for their school).

Prizes will be provided as a pre-paid card and posted to the school address provided on the entry form. If the winning entry is a group entry, the entrants will be responsible for splitting the prize. If a school does not endorse an entry, that portion of the prize will be forfeited.

 

Selection of winners

The ATO will shortlist entrants from each category (Junior and Senior). Shortlisted entrants will be invited to submit a short video pitch to explain their approach to the judging panel. The entrants will be given one week to submit their videos. The judging panel will select the first, second and third place winners from the shortlisted entries. The People’s Choice Award will be selected by the public from the shortlisted entries. The public will be able to vote on taxsuperandyou.gov.au for a period of one week. The winning entries will be announced in term four. The winners will be:

  • notified by email
  • published on taxsuperandyou.gov.au
  • published in a media release.

 

What we are looking for

When shortlisting and selecting the winners of the competition, the ATO and judges will consider:

  • Originality - How original is the concept presented?
  • Execution - How well is the idea executed?
  • Value - What is the potential marketing value of the concept?
  • Relevance - How relevant is the idea to tax and super?

All decisions of the judging panel are final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

 

Use of shortlisted and winning entries

If your entry is shortlisted, you agree to take part in all reasonable publicity activities that may occur. You must allow the ATO to use your entry on ATO websites (taxsuperandyou.gov.au, ato.gov.au, and the ATO intranet) and on the ATO’s social media channels (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn YouTube and atoTV) for the purposes of determining the People’s Choice Award, promotion of the competition and to support other marketing and communication campaigns.