Member for Heathcote, Lee Evans today launched the 2014 Money Stuff Challenge and encouraged high school students in years 8-10 in the Heathcote Electorate to get involved.

The Money Stuff Challenge is a fun, educational competition that teaches high school students about consumer rights and responsibilities.

Mr Evans said a cash prize pool of up to $14,000 was on offer for fun and creative messages about consumer issues including scams, how to manage money or how to avoid the debt trap.

“Since 2000, the Money Stuff Challenge has transformed thousands of students into savvy consumers. Last year’s challenge attracted entries from more than 1,000 students from 60 schools across NSW,” he said.Money Stuff focuses on helping young consumers make independent and significant decisions when it comes to buying a car, online shopping, signing up to a mobile plan or moving out of home.

All entries must be submitted online via the Money Stuff website or on CD, DVD or USB. Entries can include short movies, websites, magazines, radio plays, short stories, brochures, posters and comics. Students must complete a competition entry form online. For competition information visit

Schools will receive an information pack about the competition in the mail. The pack includes an entry kit and a guide for teachers running the competition in their classrooms. Entries close Sunday, 3rd August. Winners will be announced in October during Fair Trading Week.

Mr Evans said prizes are awarded in several categories covering regional and metropolitan students and overall winners receive $250 and $1,000 for their school. One metropolitan and one regional teacher prize of $500 goes to their schools.

“All categories also offer highly commended prizes of $500 for the school and $150 for each student. Two People’s Choice Awards, metropolitan and regional, allow the public to vote for winners from shortlisted entries on the Money Stuff website. Winners receive $150 and $500 for their school. Last year more than 20,400 online votes were received,” he said.

Minister for Fair Trading Stuart Ayres said entries would be assessed on how well they promote an understanding of the chosen consumer issue, communicate to a youth audience and deliver the message creatively, succinctly and in an original manner.

He reminded students to be careful and not include brand names, logos or unauthorised images or music in their entries as they risked being disqualified.

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