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Filthy Rich and Homeless (ATOM Study Guide)

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There's a crisis in Australia. More than 100,000 people have no place to call home. And with house and rent prices rocketing – homelessness is a frightening possibility for more of us than ever before. 

Five wealthy volunteers have all agreed to swap their lavish lifestyles for 10 days living on the streets of Melbourne. They're going to find out what it's like to go from having everything to having absolutely nothing. 

Preparing to live amongst Australia's homeless are: Self-made millionaire Tim Guest, daughter of boxing champion Kayla Fenech, rags to riches beauty entrepreneur Jellaine Dee, third generation pub baron Stu Laundy and model & Sydney socialite Christian Wilkins. Leading the five on this social experiment are presenter Indira Naidoo and homelessness expert, Dr Catherine Robinson. 

With their phones, ID and money taken from them, the five change into second hand clothing and are each given a sleeping bag. Rain's forecast and temperatures are dropping fast. The volunteers face life alone with no money in their pockets and no roof over their heads. From begging to busking, trespassing to tears - they're tested physically and emotionally. Their preconceptions are challenged. 

The social experiment has raised as many questions as answers, the deep complexities of homelessness experienced and explored.

Year 9 & 10 curriculum links

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Understanding and knowledge of developments in technology, public health, longevity and standard of living during the twentieth century, and concern for the environment and sustainability (ACOKFH024)
  • Identify the origin, purpose and context of primary and secondary sources (ACHHS169) & (ACHHS187)
  • Process and synthesise information from a range of sources for use as evidence in a historical argument (ACHHS170) & (ACHHS188)
  • Evaluate the reliability and usefulness of primary and secondary sources (ACHHS171) & (ACHHS189)


  • Knowledge and understanding of geographies of human wellbeing
  • Different ways of measuring and mapping human wellbeing and development, and how these can be applied to measure differences between places (ACHGK076)
  • Reasons for spatial variations between countries in selected indicators of human wellbeing (ACHGK077)
  • Reasons for, and consequences of, spatial variations in human wellbeing in Australia at the local scale (ACHGK080)
  • The role of international and national government and non-government organisations initiatives in improving human wellbeing in Australia and other countries (ACHGK081)
  • Reflect on and evaluate findings of an inquiry to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic, political and social considerations; and explain the predicted outcomes and consequences of their proposal (ACHGS071) & (ACHGS080)

Civics And Citizenship

  • Develop, select and evaluate a range of questions to investigate Australia's political and legal systems (ACHCS082) & (ACHCS095)
  • Identify, gather and sort information and ideas from a range of sources and reference as appropriate (ACHCS083) & (ACHCS096)
  • Critically evaluate information and ideas from a range of sources in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues (ACHCS084) & (ACHCS097)
  • Account for different interpretations and points of view (ACHCS085) & (ACHCS098)
  • Recognise and consider multiple perspectives and ambiguities, and use strategies to negotiate and resolve contentious issues (ACHCS086) & (ACHCS099)
  • Use democratic processes to reach consensus on a course of action relating to a civics or citizenship issue and plan for that action (ACHCS087) & (ACHCS100)
  • Present evidence-based civics and citizenship arguments using subject-specific language (ACHCS088) & (ACHCS101)
  • Reflect on their role as a citizen in Australian, regional and global contexts (ACHCS089) & (ACHCS102)

Government and democracy

  • The key features and values of Australia's system of government compared with at least ONE other system of government in the Asia region (ACHCK090)

Law and citizens

  • How Australia's international legal obligations shape Australian law and government policies, including in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACHCK093

Citizenship, diversity and identity

  • The challenges to and ways of sustaining a resilient democracy and cohesive society (ACHCK094)

Economics And Business

  • Knowledge and understanding of indicators of economic performance and how Australia's economy is performing (ACHEK050)
  • The links between economic performance and living standards, and how and why variations exist within and between economies (ACHEK051)
  • The ways that governments manage economic performance to improve living standards (ACHEK052)
  • Factors that influence major consumer and financial decisions and the short- and long-term consequences of these decisions (ACHEK053)
  • The ways businesses respond to changing economic conditions and improve productivity through organisational management and workforce management (ACHEK054)
  • Develop questions and hypotheses about an economic or business issue or event, and plan and conduct an investigation (ACHES043) & (ACHES055)
  • Gather relevant and reliable data and information from a range of digital, online and print sources (ACHES044) & (ACHES056)
  • Analyse data and information in different formats to explain cause-and-effect relationships, make predictions and illustrate alternative perspectives (ACHES045) & (ACHES057)
  • Generate a range of viable options in response to an economic or business issue or event, use cost-benefit analysis and appropriate criteria to recommend and justify a course of action and predict the potential consequences of the proposed action (ACHES046) & (ACHES058)
  • Apply economics and business knowledge, skills and concepts in familiar, new and hypothetical situations (ACHES047) & (ACHES059)
  • Present reasoned arguments and evidence-based conclusions in a range of appropriate formats using economics and business conventions, language and concepts (ACHES048) & (ACHES060)
  • Reflect on the intended and unintended consequences of economic and business decisions (ACHES049) & (ACHES061)

Health and Physical Education

Personal, social and community health

Being healthy, safe and active sub-strand

  • Evaluate factors that shape identities and critically analyse how individuals impact the identities of others (ACPPS089)
  • Examine the impact of changes and transitions on relationships (ACPPS090)
  • Propose, practise and evaluate responses in situations where external influences may impact on their ability to make healthy and safe choices (ACPPS092)

Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing sub-strand

  • Investigate how empathy and ethical decision making contribute to respectful relationships (ACPPS093)
  • Evaluate situations and propose appropriate emotional responses and then reflect on possible outcomes of different responses (ACPPS094)
  • Critically analyse and apply health information from a range of sources to health decisions and situations (ACPPS095)

Contributing to health and active communities sub-strand

  • Plan, implement and critique strategies to enhance health, safety and wellbeing of their communities (ACPPS096)
  • Plan and evaluate new and creative interventions that promote their own and others connection to community and natural and built environments (ACPPS097)
  • Critique behaviours and contextual factors that influence health and wellbeing of diverse communities (ACPPS098)

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