1360.0 - Measuring Australia's Economy, 2001  
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May 09, 2001
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)

ABS releases new economics lesson plans

Attention Education Editors and Writers

Economics lesson plans which incorporate the latest methodology and up-to-date economic data were released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today for distribution free to all schools.

The plans and accompanying curriculum activities were developed on the theme internal and external stability and will enable teachers and students to put their finger on the economic pulse of the nation answering questions such as:
  • What is the effect of a falling Australian dollar?
  • What has negative growth done to the Consumer Price Index (CPI)?
  • If the economy slows down can we predict future unemployment figures?
  • How do we measure the economic health of Australia?

The lesson plan package pulls together basic economic concepts and describes how key economic indicators are used to measure the economy. Students and teachers of economics gain access to current and relevant data making economics topical and relevant to the reality of present day Australia.

The package delivers the key curriculum requirement that students develop and extend skills of statistical interpretation and analysis.

The lesson plans complement the popular, long-running ABS economic statistics text Measuring Australia's Economy.


The lesson plans have been published on the ABS web site.
  1. Access the ABS web site at www.abs.gov.au.
  2. Click on the Themes button on the green navigator bar
  3. Click on the blue link Education Services
  4. Click on the link to Measuring Australia's Economy Curriculum Activities


Schools can purchase Measuring Australia's Economy (cat. no. 1360.0) for the special school price of just $28.00 including postage and GST. Just fax a school purchase order to us and we will invoice you:

Attention National Education Services Unit: Fax 03 9615 7788