Year 8 Economics and Business


We explore the ways in which individuals, families, the community, workers, businesses and governments make decisions in the various markets that make up the Australian economy.

Throughout the semester, we explore the business world through the example of a circus and various circus performers.

What do you do?

Year 8 Economics and Business enables you to understand the process of economic and business decision-making at a personal, local, national and global level and the effect of these decisions on yourself and others, now and in the future.

You will build up an enterprise portfolio with evidence of a range of entrepreneurial skills and attributes. You will also investigate your neighbourhood economy, explore some entrepreneurial success stories and create a business plan for a small business start-up of your choice.

What skills do you develop?

To prepare you for the future, you will develop a range of enterprise skills and aptitudes. These skills include:

  • decision making
  • problem solving
  • leadership
  • communication and organisation
  • ability to work cooperatively
  • managing resources and people.

You will also gain skills in consumer and financial literacy.

Over the course, you will regularly update your enterprise skills portfolio as you collect evidence of your skills development.




You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. Weekly work will be completed and submitted online.

Things you can do now

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.