Alpine Observer

ATO adds value to developing financial literacy

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THE Australian Tax Office (ATO) is helping teachers add tax and super to their classes this year with dedicated educationa­l resources.

In partnershi­p with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), the ATO has developed resources that align to the Australian Curriculum for students in years seven to 10.

“Understand­ing tax and super is an important skill for young Australian­s, and we are pleased it is now part of the Australian curriculum,” Assistant Commission­er Kath Anderson said.

“We want to make it easy for teachers to help their students learn about the tax and super system, so we’ve designed a range of resources for them to use which are available from our website.

Teachers can learn about how our resources align to the Australian Curriculum through ACARA’s new Curriculum Connection­s.

“Our educationa­l resources include Tax Super and You, an online teaching resource containing lesson plans and interactiv­e activities, as well as in-school visits, webinars and videos.

“Our staff are also available to conduct school visits and webinars to cover a range of topics including tax file numbers, preparing for work, how to lodge tax returns, and how to use our teaching resources.”

Ms Anderson said the ATO can also tailor presentati­ons for students upon request.

“We are committed to helping teachers help their students successful­ly enter and interact with Australia’s tax and super systems by demonstrat­ing the value and operation of our system early in their lives.”

For more informatio­n about Curriculum Connection­s, visit resources.australian­curriculum.edu.au/curriculum­connection­sExternal Link.

To find what educationa­l support the ATO offers, visit ato.gov.au/education.

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