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For the first time, ETAWA has developed a dedicated program for Primary Teachers to support the teaching of the Year 5 and 6 Economics and Business curriculum.
Our Economic World is changing. Technology, Trump, Australia's relationship with China, artificial intelligence, the environment and changing domestic conditions are all having an affect on our Economy.  With this theme in mind, ETAWA introduces their 2018 Bi-ennial Conference, 'The Changing Economic order' . 
This conference is relevant to all primary educators in preparing students with the skills necessary to participate in work in the future.


For part of the Conference, Primary Teachers will join the main conference to listen to a range of presentations on key economic issues. This will provide our Primary Teachers with professional development on economics and in particular some of the issues effecting everyone today. Some of the speakers include:

  • Saul Eslake who is one of Australia's most renowned and widely publicised Economists and will present a keynote on 'The changing international economic order' including the influence of Trump and the trade wars, technological change and how changing demography is influencing our economies. 
  • Dr Gigi Foster who is a co-host on ABC Radio National's program, The Economist's, and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of NSW and will present a keynote on 'Measuring economic success' . This presentation questions the more traditional view of measuring economics success by how many goods and services we produce and the need to take into account income inequality and the environment.
  • Rebecca Cassells who is Associate Professor at Curtin Business School who will present on 'The future of work'

In addition, we have organised three core workshops for Primary Teachers including:

- Economics and Business in the News - Seven West Media

- Paying it Forward : new resources for teaching Primary children concepts on money - Vic Mazzone, ATO

- Start Smart : See it, Earn it, Save it - Commonwealth Bank



Friday, 30th November, 2018

8.30am - 4.30pm

Followed by a Sundowner from 4.30 - 5.30pm



Notre Dame University

Tannock Hall, Cnr Croke and Cliff St





which is a 50% discount to support the inclusion of Primary Teachers at our Conference.



8:15am - Conference Registration

8.45am - Official Welcome and  Introduction to the Notre Dame Business School

9.00amKEYNOTE 1 - Saul Eslake, Independent Economist and Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Tasmania, The changing International Economic Order

In this keynote address Saul will present an international perspective on the changing economic order, covering a range of global economic issues including the Trump factor, the return of China as an international player, technological change and its influence on global supply chains, demography and productivity.

10.00amKEYNOTE 2 - Dr Gigi Foster, Associate Professor in School of Economics, University of NSW Business School and Co-host of ABC National’s program ‘The Economists’ with Peter Martin - Measuring Economic Success

How do we measure success in our economy today ? Is GDP the right measure of economic growth? Gigi will reflect on the traditional methods used to measure economic growth and provide her perspective on why inequality and the distribution of welfare and the environment are key perspectives that must be considered when measuring economic success.

11:00am - Morning Tea

11.30am - WORKSHOP 1 Economics and Business in the News, Seven West Media Education

The Economics and Business world plays out in front of our students eyes on a daily basis. Therefore the study of current event offers Teachers an opportunity to link classroom theory to the ‘real world’. This session will explore Economics and Business news as an information source and provide Primary Teachers with practical ways to engage Year 5 and 6 students with the news. It will introduce teachers to the Media Education suite of curriculum linked resources and subscription programs.

12.30pm -  WORKSHOP 2 - Paying it Forward: Resources from the ATO, Vic MAzzone

In this session, Vic from the ATO will present ‘Paying it Forward’, their new suite of resources to assist Teachers with  delivery of the Year 5 and 6 Economics and Business syllabus.  Teachers will participate in some of the activities and will be provided with information on the resources and how to access them

1:30pm - Lunch

2.15pm - WORKSHOP 3 - What is Start Smart and how can it help you deliver the Economics and Business Syllabus

The Commonwealth Bank's award winning Start Smart program changes the way young people learn about finance. Through school incursions, they provide students with ane engaging, fun way to learn about money. In this session, Teachers will be taken through some of the key activities in the Year 5 'See it. Earn it. Save it'  program and the Year 6 program which focuses more on budgeting skills and how to implement a budget to achieve personal goals.

3.15pm - The Future of Work, Rebecca Cassells, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business and Law, Curtin University

In this presentation, Rebecca will examine the way work is changing – from workforces to workplaces – and the implications of these changes for Australia.

4.15pm - Close

4.30 pm – 5.30pm - Sundowner