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The Budget - Getting the balance right for voters

Students explore the role of elected representatives in making decisions and governing on our behalf. They consider how a family budget is similar to a government budget, noting that the amount of tax collected by government relates to the amount of money it can spend. They identify and explain factors that influence government spending and voting intentions.
activityCivics & CitizenshipYear 8

Responsibilities of employers and workers

In this activity, students learn about the responsibilities of employers and workers in relation to taxation and superannuation. It provides a foundation for understanding the importance of these responsibilities.
activityWork StudiesYear 9

Starting a job

In this activity, students develop an understanding of the steps they need to take when they start a job and why these steps are important. They apply this knowledge by completing an application for a tax file number (TFN) using a simulated online tool and other necessary forms for a hypothetical job.
activityWork StudiesYear 9

Developing a hypothesis about welfare in Australia

Students develop an initial hypothesis that answers the question: ‘How and why did Australia become a welfare state?’ This activity supports students to develop the skills of establishing hypotheses to guide an inquiry.  
activityHistoryYear 10

Class timeline of tax and welfare

Students collaboratively construct a class timeline of key tax and welfare events and developments from Federation to Post World War II. They compare the provision of welfare between then and the present day to draw conclusions about continuity and change. By identifying significant tax and welfare events, students begin to understand the concept of historical significance. 
activityHistoryYear 10

Cash, tax and super

In this activity, students learn what happens if their employer tries to avoid paying tax and super on their behalf by paying them cash-in-hand or ‘under the table’.
activityWork StudiesYear 9

The sharing economy and the changing nature of work

Students learn about the sharing economy and use it as a case study to investigate the changing nature of work
activityWork StudiesYear 10

Critical evaluation of sources

Students analyse a range of primary and secondary sources related to everyday life and welfare during the Great Depression, World War II and Post World War II. For each source, they identify the intended purpose and audience, the creator’s perspectives, values and motives and evaluate its usefulness and reliability. 
activityHistoryYear 10
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