• Treasury/ETAWA Schools Economics Competition

    Submissions are now open for the 2019 Treasury/ETAWA Schools Economics Competition.

    The Treasury/ETAWA Schools Economics Competition will provide students in all secondary schools across the state an opportunity to develop their research, analytical and communication skills, fostering an interest and participation in economics.

    In 2019, students are asked to prepare a 1,000 word essay on one of the following two questions:

    Using economic indicators of the Western Australian economy in tables and/or graphs, analyse the current state of the Western Australian economy and identify the major economic issues it is facing.
    Based on the data, prepare advice for the Treasurer of Western Australia describing the States’ economic growth story and recommending a plan of action for the Government to improve Western Australia’s economic performance.


    The last decade has seen big changes to the global economic order: the rise and fall of free trade and globalisation, the growth of the sharing economy, the rise of Asia as an economic power, the introduction of artificial intelligence in the workforce, rising inequality, the continued growth of multinational companies … the list goes on.

    Choose any two major global economic changes and discuss how each has impacted on the Australian economy and in particular on the Western Australia economy.

    Individual or team entry, with teams consisting of up to 4 members.

    All essays will be judged on how well they address the competition question, critical analysis of the question, structure and writing style.

    The top three finalists will be announced by early September 2019 and invited to Treasury, accompanied by a teacher, to give a short presentation on their essays and meet with key Treasury officials.

    The winner to receive $2,000 with second and third places receiving $1,000 and $500, respectively.

    All entries must be submitted by 11.59 pm (AWST) on Thursday, 25 July 2019.

    Further details and a Candidate Information Pack and Entry Form are available here.

    Details on the 2018 competition, including competition winners and submissions are available here.

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