The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has decided to give money back to the Australian community by offering high school students the chance to win over $6000 total in cash.
ATO has launched their 2018 Tax, Super + You competition that encourages high school students to submit creative work around the value of understanding how tax and super work.
Last year’s winners Jordan Donohue and Cabe Barrett, the ‘Tax Rap’ boys, who submitted a rap song about tax.
Cabe and Jordan from St Catherine’s Catholic College, who were in Year 10 when they entered the competition, have always loved to produce creative content and for the competition, they combined their skills and passion for music to make a very dry subject – tax – into something young people would actually listen to, resulting in them scoring first place and a cash prize of nearly a grand for them and their school.
They even contacted a Producer in L.A who allowed them to use one of his tracks. But their creativity didn’t stop there, the boys also created a Vlog documentary of their visit to the ATO in Canberra.: The Australian Government Flew us Into Canberra!
St Catherine’s spent their share $600 on equipment for the library, they said.
Encouraged to enter the competition by their commerce teacher Catherine McBurney they said taking a different approach to talking about tax and super probably gave them the winning edge.
They enjoyed visiting Canberra for the awards presentation and meeting the ATO Commissioner.
Cabe who plans to study sports science and Jordan who currently studying film production at TAFE in Newcastle recommended other students enter this year’s competition.