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For Schools

Each year 20 world leaders meet to discuss important issues involving the global economy. This gathering, known as the Group of 20 (G20), helps leaders work together to design policies and make decisions that keep people in jobs and improve their quality of life.

During 2014, Australia’s G20 host year, there are many opportunities for students and schools to learn more about the G20 and get involved. News on competitions, curriculum resources and further information will be published on this page.

G20 Cairns and Far North Queensland School Art Competition

In September Cairns hosted the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting. More than 1,000 people from around the globe, including some of the world’s most influential economic decision-makers, visited the city for the event.

As G20 host, Australia wanted delegates to fall in love with Cairns and its unique natural attractions. To showcase the region, Cairns and Far North Queensland students from prep to year 12 got their pencils and paintbrushes out to create works of art that showed their favourite things about Queensland.

The artworks were used to produce a 50 metre by two metre mural that featured at the G20 meeting in the Cairns Convention Centre.

As well as the opportunity to have their artworks on display, students were in the running for a prize for their school of an iPad and a $100 iTunes gift card. There were 13 prize packs up for grabs.

Winners were congratulated by Australia's Treasurer Joe Hockey and Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch in Cairns on 17 September.

View more schoolkids' artwork in the photo gallery.

Competition posters and a G20 fact sheet for students are available online.

Educational Resources

The G20 provides an opportunity for students to explore the world they live in and Australia’s place in the world. For information on education resources visit the Queensland Government’s G20 website.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has developed G20 teaching and learning resources for all primary and secondary school students. The curriculum and associated resources are available for use by all Australian schools, principals, teachers, parents, carers and members of the public. To access all curriculum and learning materials visit the QCAA website

G20 Commemorative Stamp Competition

The G20 is the most significant meeting of world leaders Australia has ever hosted. To celebrate Australia’s presidency, the G20 Commemorative Stamp Competition gave secondary students the chance to showcase their creativity and learn more about the G20.

Secondary schools from across Australia submitted creative designs and vied for the opportunity to create a little piece of history to mark Australia’s G20 host year.

More than 3,000 people voted on the G20 Australia 2014 Facebook page for their favourite stamp design, with MacKillop College in Victoria taking out the top honours.

The winning stamp captures the significance of the G20 and highlights Brisbane’s role as the host city for the Leaders' Summit in November.

On 31 January 2014 the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, visited MacKillop College to congratulate the school.

“It is great to see young people taking such a keen interest in Australia’s role in hosting the G20 this year. The calibre of entries was outstanding!” Mr Frydenberg said.

Watch the video or view the photos from the day.

Keep a look out for the official G20 stamp in your letterbox.










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