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ATO announces return of Tax, Super + You competition


The ATO has confirmed the return of Tax, Super + You, an educational online resource aimed at students from years 7 to 12 to improve their understanding of Australia’s tax and super system.

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The competition, returning for the first time since 2019, was introduced in a bid to engage high school students in financial literacy by welcoming creative submissions across a broad spectrum of tax and super-related topics. 

The Tax, Super + You competition looks for the most creative campaign that highlights the importance of tax and super in Australia. 

The ATO’s 2021 edition welcomes students to work as part of a team or individually, to write, make or film an entry across two topics. For students in years 7 through 9, applicants are invited to “highlight the value of tax or super — or both — in the community”. 


Meanwhile, students in years 10 through 12 are invited to produce an entry that relates to “your first job” and “what you need to know about tax and super”. Entries will close on 13 August. 

Entries will be judged by a panel including author and personal finance commentator Effie Zahos. She is currently the editor of Australia’s Money magazine and makes regular appearances on network Nine’s Today Show. 

Ms Zahos will be joined on the panel by ATO assistant commissioner Sally Bektas, who said she was looking forward to this year’s entries. 

“Our Tax, Super + You competition has really shown that building financial literacy can be fun and bring out the best in students. I’m so excited to see the entries for 2021,” Ms Bektas said. 

The ATO’s 2019 edition attracted some 178 entries from high school students around the country vying for their share of a cash prize pool worth more than $6,000. 

Shortlisted entries that year included raps and songs, animations, video skits, and even a board game. 

In the junior category, Melbourne-based year 7 student Alma-Mia Marret scored both first place and the People’s Choice Award for her stop motion clay video, “Tax Man Max”.

Geraldton-based year 11 student Ryan Carter came in first among the seniors, by showcasing his passion for music and videography in his rap entry, “Tax and Super Rap”.

The judging panel, including well-regarded television presenter and personal finance expert David Koch, selected the winners based on four factors: originality, execution, value and relevance.

Ms Bektas said she was blown away by the variety of entries received in 2019.

“We are so impressed by the creativity of the students’ entries; the quality gets better every year,” Ms Bektas said.

“Our annual Tax, Super + You competition is all about increasing the financial literacy of Australian high school students, and we are thrilled to see so many students showing a high level of enthusiasm and understanding of tax and super through their submissions.”

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John Buckley is a journalist at Accountants Daily. 

Before joining the team in 2021, John worked at The Sydney Morning Herald. His reporting has featured in a range of outlets including The Washington Post, The Age, and The Saturday Paper.

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