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AbleStable : serving the creative community
Aboriginal business
Aboriginal business
AGL - your business and energy
AI Australian Industry Group: the pre-eminent representative organisation for Australian industry
AIM Business Solutions
Amcor Australia - Welcome
Anne Riches : organisational change and leadership development
ANZ.com economic commentary
ARF Super Fund
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
ASX: Australian Stock Exchange
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission: promoting competition and fair trading
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Austrade online - Trade information for exporters and importers of Australian products and services
Biota: innovation, focus, opportunities (Biota Holdings Ltd)
Boardroom Radio Australia
BRW.com.au (Business Review Weekly)
Business.gov.au
Business planet: mapping the business environment
CIO: Australia’s magazine for information executives
Coca-Cola
CommSec
Consumersonline.gov.au
Dollars and sense: making sense of your money
E-business guide: an Australian guide to doing business online
EconEdLink: a premier source of classroom tested, internet-based economic lesson materials for K–12 teachers and their students
Economic Policy Institute
EFIC home page
Eli: Enlightened Leadership International: people, performance, results
Ethical investment association
GlobalEDGE: the battle for the world economy
Global exchange
Global issues that affect everyone
Green chip stocks
InfoChoice
International Forum on Globalization
James Hardie Australia
Levi Strauss & Co.
Mind Tools– excellent skills for an excellent career
Money
My small business
NAB: business solutions
Rio Tinto
Roy Morgan Research: discover your edge
SD gateway: introduction to sustainable development
SRI International home page - Welcome to SRI
SurveySite: online market research and web site evaluation
SWOT analysis: SWOT analysis method and examples, with free SWOT template
Technology
Time Pacific
The small business resource
The Treasury: Commonwealth Department of the Treasury, Australia
Trade observatory
Trendwatching.com
United States Small Business Administration
Virgin Blue
Websites 4 Small Business
Welcome to the ACTU worksite 2003
Welcome to Nikebiz
Welcome to Pacific Hydro
Welcome to the ACTU
Yellow Pages business ideas grants

AbleStable : serving the creative community (external website)
A community resource for creative arts, this web site is a very useful source of ideas and information for art, computing, and business students. In Articles, topics explain artists’ work in such areas as Business, Web design, and using the Internet. What’s new relates developments in the creative community, with a technological focus, and Tools contains useful artistic, mathematical, and technological online tools. The interactive Exhibitions uses photography and written text for excellent examples of web site design. Senior art students and English students will also find inspiration here. The site contains information for a variety of syllabuses, and teacher research will assess the full benefit of what is on offer. This will be time well spent. N. French
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; English; HSIE; TAS
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Design & Technology Stage 6; English Stage 6: Extension 2; Software Design & Development Stage 6; Technology (Mandatory) 7–8;Visual Arts 7–10; Visual Arts Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Arts
PUBLISHER: AbleStable, UK
REVIEW DATE: 1/8/11 [700] SCIS 1183523

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Aboriginal business (external website)
ABSTRACT
These pages provide information about specialist Aboriginal business services and programs. The site links to support services and business tools designed to help Aboriginal people start, build and sustain business operations. The site provides a range of services to meet the needs of Aboriginal enterprises, and it also links to mainstream business programs. These services are delivered by experienced Aboriginal business development networks across NSW. The networks help Aboriginal people plan the successful growth and development of their commercial enterprises. In About us, the material in Success stories provides motivational accounts for all students.
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Aboriginal Studies 7–10; Aboriginal Studies Stage 6; Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Aboriginal peoples – Economic aspects; Aboriginal peoples – Employment; Small business
PUBLISHER: NSW Department of Industry and Investment, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 01/01/10 [338.6] SCIS 1436265

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Aboriginal business
(external website)
The site contains a plethora of information for Aboriginal people related to developing and managing business ventures and forming partnerships with large Australian firms under the Budyari Ngalaya program. The information in Aboriginal success stories, which provides motivational accounts of Aboriginal businesses, would be useful when studying Aboriginal participation nationally and internationally in outcome 5.6 in Aboriginal Studies 7–10. Information and eligibility requirements for Aboriginal business growth and mentor programs are provided in Aboriginal business. This outstanding website particularly supports outcomes 8.3 and 8.4 of the Business Studiessyllabus. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Aboriginal Studies 7–10; Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Aboriginal peoples – Economic aspects; Aboriginal peoples – Employment; Small business
PUBLISHER: NSW Department of State and Regional Development, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 01/08/11 [338.6] SCIS 1414978

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AGL - The Australian Gas Light Company (external website)
A widely recognised Australian company, AGL is a supplier of natural gas, LPG and electricity to consumers and a transporter of energy through gas and electricity networks. The company provides this well structured business site with direct application to the Business Studies: Stage 6 syllabus, Preliminary course topics Nature of business and Key business functions, and the HSC topic Business management and change. Company vision, history, investment and share details are useful resources for a case study. The ethical and social responsibilities of business are clearly illustrated through the Saving energy advice. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Business education; Companies; Energy consumption; Energy resources
KEYWORDS: AGL; energy
PUBLISHER: AGL, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 SCIS 1050525

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AI Australian Industry Group: the pre-eminent representative organisation for Australian industry (external website)
A very large and interesting site, this provides a range of information on Australian industry. Aimed at advocating Australian industry to policy makers and the world market, a number of these research papers would be useful for students of Economics and Business Studies. Detailed information on Trade and export, the Environment and energy, and other policies and strategies is available. The resources on environmental sustainability; and occupational health and safety would provide relevant information for students. The site is quickly downloaded and relatively easy to navigate. A comprehensive list of contact details and links to other sites may prove useful. External links would need to be verified for curriculum relevance. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Economics Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australia – Industries; Australian Industry Group
PUBLISHER: Australian Industry Group
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [338.0994] SCIS 1074841

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AIM Business Solutions (external website)
Ian Mallet’s company site has specific and limited value for students. Plenty of questions and issues are raised on the site but answers are not so easily accessed. The best value for students is found in Free resources, which contains short online articles. Working around the advertising, Business Studies teachers may find it worthwhile to make use of the site when preparing marketing, sales, and managementplanning material. The outlines of Your marketing plan and Why you need a business plan are particularly worthwhile as introductions to the syllabus. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Small business management
PUBLISHER: Aim Business Solutions, Australia
REVIEW DATE:1/08/11 [658.02] SCIS 1282652

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Amcor Australia - Welcome (external website)
Based in Melbourne, Amcor is a global company, operating in 24 countries and deriving 50% of its earnings outside Australia. It is one of the world’s top ten companies based on market capitalisation, sales and profits in this industry. Having recently changed direction to focus on global packaging, it provides an excellent global case study for the HSC course topic Business management and change of the Business Studies: Stage 6 syllabus. In addition to business, investor and product information, the site is especially useful for its inclusion of financial and environmental information and company priorities. Amcor’s environmental policies and performance are highlighted and clearly illustrate considerations for this section of the syllabus. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Companies; Packaging
KEYWORDS: Amcor
PUBLISHER: Amcor, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 SCIS 1045635

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Anne Riches : organisational change and leadership development (external website)
The commercial web site of a human resources consultancy working with corporations and government organisations, this resource is useful as a business model and for its collection of articles. Articles are located within the Resource centre, and provide knowledgeable and readable information on work issues, especially those involving teams, leadership, and change. Audio clips can also be found here. Articles are written for managers, and are very relevant for school executives. Teachers of Business Studies will also find that the articles, plus testimonials and workshop summaries, are useful for the topic Business management and change , and for the Business research task in the Business Studies syllabus. S. Ormond
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Business; Leadership; Organisational change – Management
PUBLISHER: Riches, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [658.4] SCIS 1183529

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ANZ.com economic commentary
Part of a larger site, this section contains an economic commentary that will facilitate understanding of current and expected changes in economic conditions. The changing structure and outlook of the Australian economy, the labour market, the role of government, Globalisation, and the Federal budget are some of the topics that are discussed in detail by following the links from Speeches, Articles & Presentations. This highly readable resource would encourage students to examine economic theory and practice. The site is an invaluable resource when examining economic issues in Australia in the Economics Stage 6 syllabus, and external factors that influence business in the Business management and change topic of the Business Studies Stage 6 syllabus. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Economics Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australia – Economic conditions – 21st century
PUBLISHER: Australia and New Zealand Banking Group
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [330.994] SCIS 1074884

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ARF Super Fund (external website)
The Australian Retirement Fund is a huge superannuation fund whose busy site provides plenty of information about the fund as well as some resource material for Business Studies Topic 2: Financial planning and management. This can be found in Investment basics from Superannuationin Australia which isaccessed from Super and investments. As well as some clear concepts of saving and investment, three selections, Asset classes, Growth and risk and Managing your risk, provide useful summaries for constructing learning activities for the financial markets relevant to business financial needs and the management of funds content for this topic. Some useful graphical analysis and a comprehensive Glossary may also be of some value. The easiest way to find this material is through the Site map where the Super and investments topics are listed separately. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Finance; Superannuation
PUBLISHER: Australian Retirement Fund Pty Ltd, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [331.25] SCIS 1180130

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (external website) (external website)
Comprehensive information and associated resources dealing with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organisation, including its development, structure, policies, plans and services, are available at this site. A useful search engine locates documents within the site. Member economies provides an Economy report and Economic indicators for each member country. The information on laws, policies, regulations and incentives for direct foreign investment will be of great assistance in the HSC course topic Global business of the Business studies: Stage 6 syllabus as it helps demonstrate political, legal and social/cultural influences. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Globalisation
KEYWORDS: APEC
PUBLISHER: APEC Secretariat, Singapore
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 SCIS 1050530

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ASX: Australian Stock Exchange (external website)
Australia’s national stock exchange has a wealth of information and practical learning opportunities for students. This great site is easily navigated by following the simulated trading links. Information includes equities, derivatives, and fixed interest securities, and a host of market data including share prices, announcements, and investments. In Education, online classes and Teacher resources are very useful. In the latter, sharemarket lessons and professional development information are terrific school resources. Classes allow site users to grasp the basics of investing in shares, and they encourage the tracking and analysis of investments in a personal portfolio. A market watch graph and company data will stimulate interest, understanding and skill development. The site is an excellent resource for the Business Studies Topic: Financial planning and management. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australian Stock Exchange; Stock exchange
PUBLISHER: Australian Stock Exchange
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [332.64] SCIS 1166468

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Australian Competition & Consumer Commission: promoting competition and fair trading
Dealing directly with consumer and business issues, this site has plenty of regularly updated information under the headings of Consumer rights, Business rights & obligations, Industry regulation & price monitoring, and Mergers & authorising anti-competitive conduct. The Small business enterprise point is an excellent tool for Business Studies students researching issues related to the ACCC. The site is also useful for Hospitality students wanting the latest information as they develop and update their industry knowledge. The site contains articles related to many topics within the food industry. New on site is updated daily, providing excellent discussion material for classrooms. M. Timperley
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; VET
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Hospitality Curriculum Framework Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Business; Consumer education
PUBLISHER: ACCC, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [381.3] SCIS 1060714

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Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (external website)
The HSC course topic Global business of the Business Studies Stage 6 syllabus requires students to examine strategies with reference to a particular global market. This site provides ideal background and current information about many overseas markets. Countries provides comprehensive economic and trade information, foreign relations, historical overviews, country briefs and fact sheets. Global issues covered in the syllabus include human rights and environmental treaties, and this site is an invaluable resource in supporting these topics. Related information is organised under such headings as: International organisations; Regional organisations; and Trade policy. Included are both internal and external links, with time required to verify their curriculum relevance. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australia - Commerce; Australia - Foreign relations
KEYWORDS: Foreign affairs; trade
PUBLISHER: Commonwealth of Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 SCIS 1001905

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Australian Securities and Investments Commission (external website)
This is a useful resource for the government and the ethical and social responsibilities of business content areas of the Preliminary course topic, Nature of business, within the Business Studies Stage 6 syllabus. It provides an explanation of ASIC’s role as a government body regulating financial services and as the single national regulator of Australia’s companies. Media and information releases are presented in the form of warnings and tips to help business people avoid operators of dubious integrity. Of greatest student application is the Fido consumer site, which provides warnings of consumer scams by providing examples. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Companies; Consumer protection - Law and legislation; Finance - Australia - Law and legislation; Industry and state - Australia; Investments - Law and legislation; Securities (Economics) - Law and legislation
KEYWORDS: ASIC
PUBLISHER: Australian Securities and Investments Commission
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 SCIS 1050562

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Austrade online - Trade information for exporters and importers of Australian products and services (external website)
The HSC course topic Global business from the Business Studies: Stage 6 syllabus is well served by this site. Trade and financial services information is provided, with advice to businesses entering export markets. Australia on display supplies a searchable database for information about Australian companies and goods and services that are targeted for overseas buyers. Information for frequently requested assignment information in Student centre, includes economic profiles, found under Country fact sheets. There are internal links to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade site. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Globalisation; Australia - Commerce
KEYWORDS: Austrade
PUBLISHER: Australian Trade Commission
REVIEW DATE: 1/8/11 SCIS 1050544

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Biota: innovation, focus, opportunities (Biota Holdings Ltd) (external website)
One of the best sites to illustrate interaction between global business and Australian domestic business is this Australian biotechnology company. Biota is a publicly listed company engaged in research and development in the field of infectious diseases and inflammation. Teachers planning for Business management and change and for the Marketing topic of the Business Studies: Stage 6 syllabus, will find a wealth of resource material in Biota's research and development of new pharmaceuticals. Contents and Search lead to company announcements and investor information. Biota's involvement with the world's largest pharmaceutical company is outlined; in particular, its role in the development of new drugs and new treatment for influenza and research into treatment of cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. Up to date company information and a useful glossary add to the value of the site. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Biotechnology; Drugs; Pharmaceutical industry
KEYWORDS: Biota; pharmaceutical products
PUBLISHER: Biota Holdings Limited, Melbourne
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [660.6] SCIS 1090942

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Boardroom Radio Australia (external website)
Webcasts convey a huge amount of reliable and relevant information from companies to investors via this communication site. Economic and business experts, commentators and company representatives deliver their papers and speak directly to presenters in on-demand playback or real time podcasts. Navigation through so much material is facilitated by the logical arrangement and accessibility from Home or through Search, which allows users to access the entire site or search for specific events. There is a choice of audio or, in some cases, video presentations. For listeners details the minimum hardware and software requirements and there are FAQs for additional technical help. Students may find something original on this site that is not otherwise readily available. Teachers will appreciate the accurate corporate communication covering much of the syllabus and being able to register for Alerts to know when companies are broadcasting events. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australia – Economic conditions – 21st century; Australian Stock Exchange; Companies; Investments; Stock exchange
PUBLISHER: Boardroom Radio, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [332.6] SCIS 1384594

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BRW.com.au (Business Review Weekly) (external website)
Combining all the features of its highly respected weekly magazine with a well-organised site, BRW provides an invaluable, easily accessed wealth of material of great relevance and applicability to students and teachers of Business Studies. Archives allow quick research of significant business developments and approaches in Australia over time. The Calculators section for personal finance and a Gallery section, explaining current economic issues, add to the overall value of the site. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Business education; Management
KEYWORDS: BRW; management
PUBLISHER: Business Review Weekly, Australia
REVIEW DATE:1/08/11

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Business.gov.au (external website)
The Preliminary course topic Establishing a business of the Business Studies: Stage 6 syllabus is well resourced from this site. This Commonwealth, State, Territory and Local Government initiative provides practical advice to potential and existing business operators. From a student point of view, the advice is sensible and informative, though the approach is dry. Information on starting, buying and managing a business is a very useful inclusion. Case studies are provided. Some practical advice about business registration and licensing are given; and the exporting subject matter is of some value in the HSC course topic Global business. A search facility assists in locating topics within the site. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australia - Commerce; Business - Environmental aspects; Business - Finance; Business - Taxation; Commercial law - Australia; Employment - Australia; Industrial relations
KEYWORDS: Business
PUBLISHER: Department of Employment, Workplace relations and Small Business, Australia
REVIEW DATE:1/08/11

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Business planet: mapping the business environment (external website)
A world map allows for ease of navigation to 183 economies of the world on this site. World Bank data is used to evaluate business regulation, enforcement mechanisms, and the ease or difficulty of Doing business internationally. The main purpose of the resource is to provide reliable information for large and small businesses that are investigating the option to start a business or expand an existing business into other countries. Of interest is the data showing the likelihood of bribery and corruption as an expectation or common method of doing business in a particular country. The information is potentially useful for Geography 7–10 and Business Studies Stage 6 students investigating the role of transnational corporations and the global business environment. J. White
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7–10; Geography 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Economic conditions
PUBLISHER: World Bank, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/02/10 [330.9] SCIS 1427008

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CIO: Australia’s magazine for information executives (external website)
An appealing online magazine, this resource focuses on providing businesses with the most up-to-date information to successfully use information technology (IT). Language is suitable for students as essential jargon is used in a semi-formal tone. Students can peruse multiple issues related to e-commerce, and read articles regarding the benefits of technology and how it can make businesses more efficient and profitable. Material is usefully arranged in Topic centres and topics include issues such as Globalisation, Security and privacy, Budgeting, Managing change, and Wireless communications. The site is contemporary and well worth investigating. A. Kokkotas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; TAS
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7–10; Software Design & Development Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Information technology industry – Australia; Information technology – Management; Information technology – Periodicals
PUBLISHER: IDG Communications, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [658.4] SCIS 1255582

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Coca-Cola (external website)
For a case study relevant to most of the Business Studies Preliminary Course, it would be hard to go past the Coca-Cola Company’s web site as a user friendly resource which covers so much of the syllabus content. The business emphasis of the site, which presents the company in its global framework, makes it worthwhile. Syllabus content including consumer demand, marketing, and corporate citizenship are covered. Information is available about such issues as employment, stock information and promotion. The company’s mission, structure, growth opportunities, key strategies, marketing and financial fundamentals are so clearly identified that any business student would gain an understanding of these concepts. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Business education; Management
KEYWORDS: Coca-Cola; marketing
PUBLISHER: The Coca-Cola Company, USA
REVIEW DATE:1/08/11

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CommSec (external website)
Online educational material suited to the Business Studies Topic: Financial planning and management makes this site worth visiting. Students will find investment information and charting features without having to set up as moneyed investors. In Investor education, the international choice disappoints, but Australian equities and the glossary offer useful information. Site users can Take a tour in About this site, and Learn about the share market in well structured selections. Getting started in shares, derivatives, options and warrants are all treated. On the home page, the Quick find index is helpful with its exchange rate conversion calculator and the Commsec share packs will help students match share portfolio selection to personal goals. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Investments; Securities (Economics)
PUBLISHER: Commonwealth Securities, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [332.6] SCIS 1240804

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Consumersonline.gov.au
Useful for anyone seeking resources and assistance on a wide range of consumer issues, this site’s material is mainly about showing users how to proceed to get detailed information. Consumer fact sheets provide clear and concise notes about a range of topical issues. The Consumer handbook online gives access to agencies for consumers to make a complaint. The site has some tools, such as information on Buying a car and Writing a complaint letter. Consumer rights when shopping is relevant to buyers and students of Hospitality.Communications and the internet could benefit students investigating ethical issues related to the Internet. The site is an excellent resource for Commerce and sLegal Studies investigations of the law and consumers, the government’s role, and shopper’s rights. Teachers are advised to visit the site to refine those issues relevant to their students. K. Lissa
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Community
KLA: HSIE; TAS
SYLLABUS: Commerce 7–10; Hospitality Curriculum Framework Stage 6; Information & –10; Information Processes & Technology Stage 6; Legal Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Consumer protection
PUBLISHER: Ministerial Council on Consumer
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [381.3] SCIS 1145569

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Dollars and sense: making sense of your money (external website)
Straightforward information to support students in developing sound financial skills is provided here in a user friendly format. A host of money management topics are outlined on this site, including saving, budgeting, borrowing, credit, employment, taxation, contracts, entitlements, superannuation, HECS, mobile phone bills, bank accounts, investment, insurance, and consumer rights. Running your own business will help students develop a business plan as part of their Business Studies activities. The Ask an expert link is invaluable and provides questions and answers from young and successful experts. Dream generator provides clear strategies to help students plan their financial goals. A Glossary facilitates understanding of key financial terminology. Teachers can register for free classroom resources. This excellent resource will generate interest for those studying Personal finance in Commerce 7-10, and Financial mathematics in General Mathematics Stage 6. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; Mathematics
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7-10; Economics Stage 6; General Mathematics Stage 6;
SCIS SUBJECTS: Finance, Personal
PUBLISHER: Commonwealth Bank of
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [332.024] SCIS 1101543

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E-business guide: an Australian guide to doing business online (external website)
The site is an initiative to provide information, advice and support for people beginning an online business. Its user friendliness would make it a very useful resource for the teaching of Business Studies and Commerce. Sections of the site include a glossary and downloadable fact sheets in PDF format. Using six headings with ample subheadings in drop down menus, the site organises a great deal of information efficiently. Case studies has 80 small to medium size e-business in a range of industries, and it is searchable by state and industry type. Commerce and Business Studies teachers may be interested in downloading and showing the introductory PowerPoint presentation that outlines the main features and challenges of e-business. The site contains a significant amount of useful information for the study of e-business. J. White
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Computers in business; Small business management; Ecommerce
PUBLISHER: Dept. Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 01/09/2010 [658]
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EconEdLink: a premier source of classroom tested, internet-based economic lesson materials for K–12 teachers and their students (external website)
Loaded with useful material, the site has some excellent articles and activities which are particularly suitable for Commerce, Business Studies and Economics students. Teachers will find the site worth investigation for materials that can be easily adapted to student needs. A huge number of case studies and online lessons include work on GDP, inflation, Henry Ford, China, and the eternally interesting Online mayhem 1: Metallica versus Napster. American statistics and examples are a limiting factor with some material, but not all. CyberTeach and the site’s internet and data links have a large number of interesting resources worth further research by teachers. P. Sheppard
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7–10; Economics Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Economics – Study and teaching
PUBLISHER: National Council on Economic Education, USA
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [330.07] SCIS 1316649

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Economic Policy Institute (external website)
High quality, up to the minute American research data, focused on important economic areas make this site a valuable resource for educators and students seeking an economic perspective to a host of Business Studies issues. Although not covered from an Australian viewpoint, Government & the economy and Trade & globalisation provide quality research data that is treated in depth for HSC course topics Employment relations and Global business. Weekly updates of downloadable charts and research data, a user friendly search facility with current Hot topics, and Publications, make this site particularly useful. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: United States - Economic policy
KEYWORDS: EPI
PUBLISHER: Economic Policy Institute, USA
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 SCIS 1050929

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EFIC home page (external website)
The HSC course topic Global business within the Business Studies: Stage 6 syllabus requires students to focus particularly on financial risk and insurance for businesses operating offshore. This site provides this assistance to businesses seeking to minimise such risk. Presentation is creative and colourful with easy navigation from a simple but effective home page. Most information required by students and teachers may be found in FAQ’s, accessed by either Credit insurance or Export finance. Market watch gives information relating to export markets. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australia - Commerce; Insurance
KEYWORDS: EFIC
PUBLISHER: Export Finance and Insurance Corporation, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 SCIS 1050938

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Eli: Enlightened Leadership International: people, performance, results (external website)
Leveraging talent to improve organizational results
is the centrepiece of a colourful Home page and, as the title suggests, this is the key to some excellent resource material for HSC Topic 1 Business management and change. Although obviously American, the simple and consistent approach found in sections like Organizational change, Leadership & management development and High performance teams offers excellent resource material for teachers preparing student learning activities. Each menu selection presents a rationale followed by dot points, summarising the role of the authors in each, and applicable learning summaries are easily constructed. A list of resources for each topic follows with such relevant syllabus content as Making managers into leaders. This page alone makes the site worth visiting with its brief but clear outlines of leadership attributes and problems. Organizational change allows selection of Five keys for success with an innovative approach to leadership to stimulate discussion. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Leadership; Management
PUBLISHER: Enlightened Leadership International, USA
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [658] SCIS 1180128

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Ethical investment association (external website) (now named Responsible Investment Association Australasia (external website))
Explaining and promoting the ethics of investment is the well realised brief of this site. Money is shown to be a powerful force for good through Sustainable responsible investment, which requires adoption of a charter with defined positions on environmental, social, and governance performance. Business students can use this site to identify companies doing the right thing in regard to ethical, social, and environmental issues. The research material on Sustainable companies is particularly valid, including the Renewable energy option for company case studies. In General research, there are details on Climate change, Genetic engineering, and Sustainable finance. In the latter, the report on Socially responsible investment in Australia-2003, regarded as the benchmark for ethical investment, is presented in full and is an essential read for serious students. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Business ethics; Environmental protection; Investments
PUBLISHER: EIA, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [332.6] SCIS 124081

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GlobalEDGE: the battle for the world economy (external website)
Containing current information on business in nearly 200 countries, this interesting site covers business climate, history, news, statistical data, political structure, and economic landscape. Statistic indicators can be used to compare countries. Information on trade, Government resources, Social responsibility/sustainabilty, the Globalization debate, Stock exchanges, and Finance are included. Culture references enhance understanding of countries and their business climate. The site is quick to download and could be a useful resource for when studying the role of business in the economy in the Economics topic Consumers and business; and the topic Global business in Business Studies. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Economics Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Business; Economic development; Globalisation
PUBLISHER: Centre for International Business Education and Research, Michigan State University, USA
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [338] SCIS 1171112

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Global exchange (external website)
This is basically a human rights organisation claiming to promote environmental, political and social justice around the world. Information is relevant to varying business practices and ethics for the Global business topic of the Business Studies: Stage 6 syllabus. This site concentrates on education issues, providing critical facts and analysis about how the global economy works. By showing how people in other cultures are affected by the current system of globalisation, the site has been developed to convince us that all is not well. Campaigns and promotion of Fair trade and fair value for the work of others and encouragement of volunteers to get involved with local action, leave no doubt as to the motives of this organisation.This site could be used to support strategies for teaching critical analysis of information, for example by comparing this site with other sources on globalisation and related links. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Globalisation; Human rights; Social justice
KEYWORDS: Global economy; globalisation; human rights
PUBLISHER: Global Exchange, USA
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [306] SCIS 1090916

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Global issues that affect everyone (external website)
Containing mostly anti globalisation opinion, backed up by quotes by Bertrand Russell and Mark Twain and illustrated by graphic reporting of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the USA, the creator of this site has developed some first class resource material for teachers and students studying the Global business topic of the Business Studies: Stage 6 syllabus. Issue categories include Trade related issues; The causes of poverty; Third world debt; Fair trade; Human rights issues; Geopolitics and Environmental issues, all of which relate directly to the ethical practice sections of management responsibility in a global economy. The interrelated nature of the global issues examined is emphasised. Despite obvious bias, the site provides much resource material and links to external articles, web site reports and analysis, that it is well worth visiting. Teachers would need time to assess the curriculum relevance of linked sites. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Globalisation; Human rights; Social justice
KEYWORDS: Global economy; globalisation; human rights
PUBLISHER: Global Issues, USA
AUTHOR: Anup Shah
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [303.3] SCIS 1090921

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Green chip stocks (external website)
Claiming to be a guide to green investment, this site promises plenty of interest and relevance for environmentally focused students. Unfortunately, it is not much more than a sales pitch for the green chip stock it is marketing. What is useful is the identification of many of the less publicised types of energy technology that are attracting speculative investment funds. Another important feature is the attention drawn to carbon trading as the world’s next biggest market. It might just be true, and this fits the change and social responsibility aspects of the Business Studies course. Teachers may find the site useful for students to identify some of the various energy technologies being developed, in terms of profitability, efficiency, and growth and return on capital. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Energy resources – Economic aspects; Investments – Environmental aspects; Renewable energy
PUBLISHER: Angel, USA
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [332.63] SCIS 1365281

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InfoChoice
An independent site, this resource provides information on a wide range of goods and services, to help consumers make easy and meaningful comparisons. The site is attractively presented and easily navigated. Online financial tools and tips are clearly and concisely presented in a variety of forms, with eye catching blocks of information presented under catchy headings, often in question form. Borrowing, saving, and investment alternatives are covered in plenty of detail. Investment is the most relevant section for the Business Studies syllabus, and it is especially pertinent to the Topic: Financial planning and management. Students will find up-to-date articles on the current bond market and the use of hedge funds, and the site allows them to compare and make calculations. The glossary has the latest terminology. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Consumer education; Finance – Australia
PUBLISHER: InfoChoice, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [332.0994] SCIS 1240785

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International Forum on Globalization (external website)
Alternatives to economic globalisation with prospects of a better world, is the rationale for this site, developed by a US based alliance of scholars, economists, activists, researchers and writers representing sixty organisations from twenty five countries. The International Forum advocates equitable, democratic, ecologically sustainable economics. The Forum is opposed to the present worldwide drive towards a globalised economic system. Students and teachers of the political section of Specific influences on global business will find the site of great use, particularly Invisible Government - the World Trade Organisation and About the IMF and the World Bank. A special report, Does globalisation help the poor? refutes the claims of globalisation supporters, that poverty and world terrorism can be cured by free trade and globalisation. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Globalisation; Human rights; Social justice
KEYWORDS: Global economy; globalisation; human rights
PUBLISHER: International Forum on Globalization, USA
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [303.3] SCIS 1090926

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James Hardie Australia (external website)
(external website)James Hardie can be used as a Business Studies case study. It will be of interest to motivate students investigating stakeholder power and acceptance of corporate responsibility for the Business Studies Topic: Nature of business. The site details the company’s agreement to a $4.5 million deal which really illustrates the power of stakeholders in management. The site presents submissions and reports related to asbestos associated disease compensation. Besides this dominating issue, normal business case study information is readily available through the Find it fast alphabetical list. Students may also find the company’s Dutch legal connections and the approach to corporate governance to be of interest. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Asbestos as a health hazard; Building industry – Australia; Investments
PUBLISHER: James Hardie Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [338.7] SCIS 1253547

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Levi Strauss & Co. (external website)
With a well known brand name as stimulus, this highly useful site provides General information; History; corporate business policies; and human resource information. This company serves as an excellent case study of corporate social responsibility. Specific examples of programs in these areas of concern relate to HIV/AIDS; Social justice;Economic empowerment; and Youth empowerment. The ethical considerations of the HSC course topics Marketing; Business management and change; and Global business are well illustrated by the Levi-Strauss example. All about LS&CO covers an overview of company developments and reinforces the notion of responsible management and social conscience that seem integral to aspects of the company’s approach and rounds out further details that relate to much of the course. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Clothing industry; Companies
KEYWORDS: Levi Strauss; Levi's
PUBLISHER: Levi Strauss & Co. USA
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 SCIS 1045660

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Mind Tools– excellent skills for an excellent career
SWOT analysis is such an important component of developing a business plan that it is worth going outside the standard text book explanations and illustrations for something more original. There is a mass of free material for students and teachers on this excellent site. The SWOT method is explained and easy instructions will set up downloadable, free worksheets as well as practical advice on how to use them. Help contains illustrative examples and opportunities to move on to much more complex problem-solving skills such as situational analysis, project planning and cash flow forecasting. Navigation bars access areas of business management including Leadership skills, Problem solving and Information skills. The Leadership skills selection provides several excellent articles as well as examples of leadership excellence in downloadable PDF format. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Business; Management; Planning; Problem solving
PUBLISHER: Mind Tools, USA
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [658.4] SCIS 1275133

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Money (external website) (Finance)
Containing a plethora of information on Shares, Funds, Property, Credit cards, Banking, Loans, Insurance, Tax, and legal issues, this site is an essential resource for students of finance. Within each of these choices, users will find Calculators and helpful advice in Education. The site is particularly applicable to the subject areas of Business, Consumers , and Money, in the Commerce syllabus, and the topic Financial planning and management, for Stage 6 Business Studies. In addition to stories from the television show and magazine entitled Money, the site contains up to date information and practical finance tools. This is a clearly written, useful, and comprehensive resource. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Finance – Management
PUBLISHER: Ninemsn, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [332.1] SCIS 1167199

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My small business (external website)
The site is an excellent source of information and resources for Commerce and Business Studies students and teachers. Site content is a combination of introductory information on topics including Marketing, Finance, Franchising and Technology, with links to The Sydney Morning Herald articles on each topic. This current news content is the site’s most valuable aspect for students. Layout is user friendly, although there are multiple links to other commercial sites. The examples and case studies will allow teachers and students to keep up-to-date for the Business Studies Preliminary and HSC courses and several of the Commerce 7-10 options. J. White
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Small business
PUBLISHER: Fairfax Digital, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 01/09/2010 [658.02]
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NAB: business solutions (external website)
The site has useful, practical solutions for questions related to topics such as Managing cash flow, Small business tools and Trade payments and deposits. About us provides a company overview and it looks at corporate responsibility and corporate governance issues. The Small business selection is better, with Tools to help determine the needs of my business, and even more worthwhile is the Planning tools option, which includes a Business cash flow worksheet as a PDF file. This is a bit over-technical for most students but it does show the range of measures considered necessary by NAB in their lending policy. Best of all is the Managing cash flow option, useful for treatment of the Topic: Financial planning and management. A summarised list of reasons for seeking short term finance is worth copying and keeping as a reference for ideas when answering HSC questions where various alternatives need to be considered in financial problem solving. Commercial issues and searching problems will complicate the use of this site for students. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Business
PUBLISHER: National Australia Bank, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [332.1] SCIS 1356970

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Rio Tinto (external website)
Useful material, for a case study not often used by students, is provided by this Melbourne based, diversified mining company. Materials relate to vision, strategy, operations and company structure as required for the Preliminary course topics Nature of business and Key business functions; and the HSC course topic Business management and change. The site is clearly set out and user friendly. A useful treatment of business responsibility is illustrated in Community and environment.This company places an emphasis on environmental factors because of its involvement in mining and wood fibre operations. The information here could help address information needed for studying change and social responsibility.N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Mines and mineral resources
KEYWORDS: North Limited
PUBLISHER: North Limited, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 22/7/03 1050975

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Roy Morgan Research: discover your edge (external website)
As a company specialising in conducting polls and reporting consumption patterns for the Australian economy, there is value in this site for the study of the HSC course topic Marketing of the Business Studies: Stage 6 syllabus. The Products option gives access to Values segments which identifies and describes nine potential groups of consumers and is particularly helpful for understanding and illustrating customer behaviour patterns. This is a great site for much of the Marketing topic with plenty of scope for research and devising exercises to identify products for users at varying stages in their life cycles. The Morgan polls section provides current polling information about political, economic and social issues, some of which will also be relevant to the course. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australia-Economic conditions-21st century-Public opinion; Public opinion polls
KEYWORDS: Roy Morgan
PUBLISHER: Roy Morgan Research, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 SCIS 1045805

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SD gateway: introduction to sustainable development (external website)
Sustainable development is a commonly used but poorly understood term, but help is at hand. This site provides an overwhelming argument that business as usual, is not an option any more. An imperative need exists for business to play an increasing role in halting the degradation of natural resources and the impoverishment of much of the world’s population with all its risks of poverty and anarchy. This philosophy is applicable to a study of Topic 1: Nature of business, but it is much more useful for Topic 5: Global business, with its focus on economic sustainability. Using the Site index is the best way to navigate with vital syllabus topics available in Business and trade, Managing sustainability, Definitions and Characteristics.A particularly valuable resource selection is Stakeholders where power differentials are examined as the basis for a sustainable livelihood. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Economic development – Environmental aspects; Sustainable development
PUBLISHER: Sustainable Development Communications Network, Canada
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [333.7] SCIS 1180087

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SRI International home page - Welcome to SRI (external website)
SRI is an international research and technology development organisation aiming to bring technology to the marketplace. A search engine provides quick links to a variety of SRI sites. Product development showcases examples of mixing marketing, technology, and planning to transform ideas into products and provides extra information for the HSC course topic Marketing within the Business Studies: Stage 6 syllabus. The company’s claimed experience in areas such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals, computer technology, automation and sensors provides very useful examples of business success. The importance of Technology as an integral part of product development for the HSC course topic Business management and change is also detailed using examples from companies SRI has worked with. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Companies; Product management
KEYWORDS: SRI International
PUBLISHER: SRI International, USA
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 SCIS 1045648

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SurveySite: online market research and web site evaluation (external website) (ComScore)
Students and teachers will find this online market research and website evaluation site of some use in their study of the HSC course topic Marketing. The following means of gathering feedback about company websites are described: Website evaluation; Shopping cart analysis; Pop-up survey method; and Web-based and E-mail surveys. Online demonstrations of these methods are available. The site is easy to navigate and features online examples, sample reports and a useful business profile. Probably of greatest use is the range of success stories from a number of organisations. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Companies; Marketing-Research
KEYWORDS: Market research
PUBLISHER: SurveySite Inc., Canada
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 SCIS 1045654

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The small business resource
Resources on this comprehensive site are listed under Entrepreneurship, Management, Feasibility study, Profit planning, Marketing and Expenses. Sub-headings and explanations make this site both useful and user-friendly, providing a highly suitable approach for answering typical HSC examination questions. Free resources, available to assist Australian small business operators, are an invaluable help in the Business Studies Topics: Nature of business, Key business functions and Business management and change. As an example, in How to cut your expenses, teachers will find a clear cut explanation of possible alternative approaches with a practical illustration of retailer Carl Jones. Opportunities to examine effective management techniques in developing a profit plan, starting or buying a business and using marketing programs are included. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Planning; Small business management
PUBLISHER: VillageMall, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [658.4] SCIS 1275153

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SWOT analysis: SWOT analysis method and examples, with free SWOT template
An excellent introduction to the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that form SWOT, this free personal and organisational development website has handouts of planning tools, tips, and diagrams. Site materials are very good and relevant to the Australian business environment. A linear scroll from the home page allows users to quickly see what is on the site. Besides explanations, which describe issues into actions with excellent examples, the SWOT analysis includes PEST and PESTAL 1 analysis of external factors. The Free SWOT analysis template worksheet is a near perfect planning aid for teachers, with its comprehensive collection of criteria examples. Teachers should note that there is more than SWOT on this site, and the wealth of resource materials on the processes of initiating and controlling organisational change are worth a look. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Corporate planning; Decision making; Problem solving
PUBLISHER: Businessballs, USA
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [658.4] SCIS 1282636

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Technology (external website)
The Sydney Morning Herald technology pages are a superb resource for keeping up with breaking news in technology. Along with the headlines of current technology issues are links to news items on the latest products, articles and blogs, including the most read technology article for each state, plus pages on technology in science and business. There is access to the Herald’s technology search engine and links to related issues occurring around the world. The site features technology videos which provide news items. The resource is very relevant for teachers gathering ideas and examples for incorporating technology learning across KLAs. Senior students will appreciate this very contemporary site as an excellent research and information station. M. Timperley
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; Science; TAS
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Graphics Technology 7–10; Information Processes & Technology Stage 6; Science 7–10; Technology (Mandatory) 7–8
SCIS SUBJECTS: Technology; Technological innovations
PUBLISHER: Sydney Morning Herald, NSW
REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [600]
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Time Pacific (external website)
Dedicated to current and recent articles from Time Pacific magazine, this resource includes a range of social, economic and health issues from Australia and the Pacific region. Time archive allows minimal access, without subscribing, to the major articles in TimePacific over the past six months. Links to other Time web sites that focus on other major regions of the world are provided. Currently, Photo essays – unseen Australia, Time tunnel and Haunt of heroes offer interesting insights into the Australian identity and would be particularly suitable when studying Stage 5 History Topic 8: Australia’s social and cultural history in the post-war period. Current information and data is relevant for other KLAs. This web site is a useful tool for gaining current perspectives on a range of issues in the Pacific region. F. Campbell
USER LEVEL: Stage 4Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:
HSIE
SYLLABUS:
Business Studies Stage 6; Economics Stage 6; Geography 7–10; History 7–10; Society & Culture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Current events – Periodicals
PUBLISHER: Time, USA
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [079.9] SCIS 1181798

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The Treasury: Commonwealth Department of the Treasury, Australia (external website)
In addition to providing economic information on Australia, an outline of the structure, roles and functions of the Department of the Treasury is provided. This is useful when examining Government in the Commerce syllabus. Economic and legal information pertaining to the financial management of Australia is the focus of the site. Links to the Commonwealth of Australia budget would be imperative in the Economics Stage 6 syllabus. Other economic data includes: GDP; CPI; labour costs; business taxation; foreign investment; and other quarterly statistics. An outstanding site that is easy to navigate, this is worthwhile resource. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7-10; Economics Stage 6; Legal Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australia – Economic policy; Budget – Australia; Finance – Australia; Monetry policy – Australia; Treasury
PUBLISHER: Commonwealth Department of The Treasury, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [352.40994] SCIS 1013382

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Trade observatory (external website) (Globalization Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (external website))
Students and teachers developing resource materials for international policy making in the Global business topic of the Business Studies: Stage 6 syllabus will find that this site has much to offer. The site's focus on major world conferences, including United Nations; World Bank; IMF; WTO and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, and their impact in shaping international policies, is important in understanding international organisations. Two features of this site that will be most appreciated by teachers are: Headlines, which gives easy access to current articles on trade policies; and Fast facts, which clarifies many WTO issues. Questions on topics such as WTO and free trade are answered, and further questions are invited. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Globalisation – Social aspects; Social justice; World Trade Organisation
KEYWORDS: Globalisation; human rights; social justice
PUBLISHER: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, USA
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [382] SCIS 1090930

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Trendwatching.com
Emphasising the universality of business, the resource uses spotters to scan the globe for the most promising consumer trends and business ideas. Aimed at helping business marketers dream up new goods, services, experiences and potential consumer benefits, the site broadly overlaps much of the Business Studies Stage 6 Topics: Marketing and Business management and change. Part of the site requires subscription, but for teachers and dedicated students there is definite value in an extended study of the site. Some excellent definitions, together with an explanation of how tracking trends can lead to profitable innovation, are good starting points. For example, site users searching for profitable innovation will find detailed profiles of innovating companies, brainstorming links and even Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The main difficulty with the site is that researchers have to wade through so much material to find the hidden gems. Most students will hit information overload long before they find anything useful. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Consumers
PUBLISHER: Trendwatching.com, The Netherlands
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [658.8] SCIS 1338239

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United States Small Business Administration (external website) (external website)
A large site with plenty of well-organised information, this site has direct application to the Business Studies Topics: Establishing a business and Financial planning and management. There is plenty of value here, providing users are aware that issues of taxation and government are specific to the USA. Sharpening your management skills leads users to types of management styles and Action style choices for managers,which is a great starting point for teachers who are developing knowledge, understanding and values-related learning resources. The site will suit student users who have a prior understanding of syllabus material and it is a good site for strengthening conceptual understanding and skills development. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Small business management
PUBLISHER: Small Business Administration, USA
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [658.02] SCIS 1282645

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Virgin Blue (external website)
Teachers emphasising change in the Business Studies topic: Business management and change, should investigate this site. Richard Branson's innovative ideas and their application to company policy are worthwhile for indepth study. Information on operations is available, and teachers will recognise the site's potential for student centred research on managing change. About us, then Investor information, followed by Corporate governance, allows an investigation of Virgin's policies. Guide to business conduct, Code of conduct, and Risk management policy, will enable students to identify the most innovative elements. In Products, past issues of the Voyeur magazine are useful for case studies of people explaining My big break. Although the detail may overwhelm some students, the site is worthwhile for assisting concept development. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Air routes; Air travel
PUBLISHER: Virgin Blue Airlines, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 [387.7] SCIS 1091488

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Websites 4 Small Business (external website)
This is a commercial website providing web design services to small business. While many of the services require payment, there are enough free features to make this site useful for students looking into website design for businesses. Information on e-business and marketing is especially relevant, as this site contains some useful introductory information about setting up an online business presence and the benefits of various types of online marketing strategies. There is plenty of information about site designs. A free downloadable website plan goes through the process and benefits of designing a business website incorporating many free resources such as Articles, Videos and Computer jargon. This site would be most useful for students investigating the benefits of online businesses or for students seeking to create their own website. J. White
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; HSIE; TAS
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7–10; Graphics Technology 7–10; Visual Design CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Websites 4 Small Business (Firm); Websites – Design and construction; Small business – Marketing
PUBLISHER: Websites 4 Small Business, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [006.7]
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Welcome to the ACTU worksite 2003 (external website)
Specifically designed for secondary students, this site is particularly relevant for the HSC course topic Employment relations within the Business Studies Stage 6 syllabus. This useful resource provides fairly objective documentation, and an explanation and analysis of the Australian world of work. Assignment help provides an alphabetical listing of topics that include profiles of many Australian industrial disputes. Factsheets provides examples of landmark cases, which changed the Australian workplace since the 1850. Some worthwhile and easily accessed teaching resources are available in Class activity sheets. With its treatment of Personality profiles, In the news, and the Glossary, the topic is very well resourced. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Employment conditions; Trade unions - Australia; Work
KEYWORDS: ACTU
PUBLISHER: ACTU, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 20/8/03 SCIS 1050512

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Welcome to Nikebiz (external website)
Nike is a widely recognised global company with production facilities in many countries. Its methods of international expansion and details of production, distribution and marketing, provide useful case study resource material. This site is worth visiting for the HSC course topic Global business of Business Studies: Stage 6 syllabus. This information can be difficult to extract because of the emphasis Nike places on its role as a good global citizen. Much information appears to defend Nike in the face of their alleged exploitation of labour in developing countries. The site provides stimulus material for lessons developing critical analysis and evaluation skills. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Shoes and shoe industry; Sporting equipment industry
KEYWORDS: Nike
PUBLISHER: Nike Inc, USA
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 SCIS 1050966

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Welcome to Pacific Hydro (external website)
Students may approach this site as a case study of a normal commercial business concern: Investors provides financial results and other details. More importantly, for the study of the Preliminary course topic Nature of business and the HSC course topic Business management and change within the Business Studies: Stage 6 syllabus, the focus is on corporate governance and explains the structure and function of the board of directors. The distinguishing feature of this company is its emphasis on maximising shareholder wealth by developing and managing environmentally responsible investments. As a an example of a company producing clean hydro, wind, and geothermal energy, the information included shows that a socially and ethically structured enterprise can also be financially successful. This practical site is enhanced by illustrated examples of many of their operations. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Electric industries; Electric power production
KEYWORDS: Pacific Hydro
PUBLISHER: Pacific Hydro Ltd, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/11 SCIS 1050984

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Welcome to ACTU (external website)
The political face of the ACTU is displayed at this site and is of great use for the HSC course topic Employment relations of the Business Studies Stage 6 syllabus. The site is clearly arranged with material of direct syllabus reference presented in the form of policy documents, lectures, articles and news summaries, located in About us;ACTU Policies; OHS; and Campaigns. Links include an extensive collection of illustrative references to other sites. Time will be needed to determine the curriculum relevance of these links. This site presents ACTU views only, but it provides indispensable resources. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Employment conditions; Trade unions - Australia; Work
KEYWORDS: ACTU
PUBLISHER: Australian Council of Trade Unions, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 1/08/113 SCIS 1050994

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Yellow Pages business ideas grants (external website)
The business ideas program was designed to provide encouragement, recognition and rewards to small businesses and entrepreneurs by rewarding innovation. Users can read about winners of business ideas grants from 2001 to 2005. Winners and innovators for each year are displayed with an outline of the business idea that was
successful in winning the award. While the grants program did not operate for 2006, students will find a wealth of ideas from earlier years with vastly different innovations. Students will certainly find examples to help them decide on a business idea. There is an excellent Search facility that leads to useful links about business topics. N. McFayden
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Business; Planning
PUBLISHER: Sensis, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 01/11/06 [658.4] SCIS 1275144

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