Throughout each year a range of competitions and challenges are available for students and schools. These cover all curriculum areas from Language to The Arts. Some are run by subject organisations, some by governments, some by private organisations, some by international groups.
“Challenges”, such as the Premier’s Reading Challenges, are listed in a separate section.
For ease of presentation, competitions are listed in curriculum areas. In some instances, the listing is broken into further sub-directories, e.g. Language → Writing, Spelling, Public Speaking, Debating, … .
Specific levels are indicated both in writing and through the use of the following icons.
[Primary]; [Secondary Years 7-10]; [Senior Secondary Years 11-12].
No sporting competitions are listed. The same applies to Eisteddfods. Those listed fall into what would be classed as the “academic” area, e.g. Language area, STEM and STEAM.
Not all are of a competitive nature. Some are free to enter, others have entry fees.
Note we have broken the listing over two pages. It is done for two reasons. The first is to limit the size of the pages for several factors related to their use. The second is to allow for continued additions over the coming period by recommendation, or discovery on our part.
If you are aware of any other competitions or challenges suitable for inclusion please let us know about them so we can make this an even more comprehensive listing both overall, and for specific areas.
Aeronautical Velocity Challenge
‘A STEM initiative focussing on addressing Australia’s shortage of scientists and engineers. Students compete in teams of up to six students to design, produce, test & evaluate their prototypes’. Registration form available here.
Registration usually opens in February and closes early in March. Regional Competitions are held in May and the National event in June. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Updated ! Australian and New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge
‘Motivates young people to learn about the brain. Created to inspire students to pursue careers in neuroscience research. A test of knowledge about important facts concerning intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke’. Round 1 in Schools, Round 2 is at State/Region Level. Round 3 is National. Organised for Year 10 students.
Round 1 is normally held during Brain Awareness Week [March]. Details on Rounds 2 and 3 will be available from the site.
Australian International Model Solar Challenge
‘Tens of thousands of Australian high school and primary students have participated in this hands-on science program’. In addition to the main challenge, there are also state events found in the links below.
Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
- UNSW SunSprint
- Sunchase [Northern Territory]
- Tasmanian Model Solar Challenge
- Model Solar Victoria
- Infinite Energy Solar Car Challenge [WA]
‘Australia’s longest running electric motor sport competition, first established in 2001. The aim of the event is to have teams - mainly from high schools - design, build, test and construct a small single seat electric vehicle, powered by a limited battery capacity and built to a limited budget’. Based in Western Australia. Contact and other details available on the site.
It is anticipated the event will occur, as in previous years, in late October. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
First Lego League [Australia]
‘Every September, FLL releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Each Challenge has two parts : the Robot Game and the Project’. The Australian part of an international group found at The Challenge - FIRST LEGO League.
Each year, the game is announced in early January. Registration opens in May and the Challenge launch is 1 August 2019. Regional and State Competitions in November. National Championship held in early December. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
FIRST Tech Challenge
‘Designed for high school students to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams’. Through Macquarie University and FIRST Australia.
Registration usually starts in early September. There are Practice Scrimmages in October and November depending on the individual state. National event usually held at the beginning of December. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Global Cardboard Challenge
‘Celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination’. Resources available from the site. [USA, but done in 46 countries.]
Cardboard Challenges can take place any time of year in any context. Day of Play usually held in October.
‘Cardboard Challenges can take place any time of year in any context’. However, the event is usually held early in October. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
International Mathematical Modeling Challenge [IM2C]
ACER. ‘A new team-based mathematical competition for Australian secondary students. Operating in teams, comprising up to four students from the same school, participants must work collaboratively to solve a problem [set globally] by devising and applying an original mathematical model’. All details on the site.
The IM²C 2019 will occur from 12 March–5 April 2019. Team registrations will open in the first week of term 1 in 2019. Final date for submission of reports is the 5 April 2019.
Kronosaurus Korner School Challenge
‘This year’s Challenge is a 2-part challenge. The task in each part is designed to appeal to a range of students. A wide range of outcomes are possible and anticipated. That is why the same challenge is to be presented to Junior [Gr 5-6], Intermediate [Gr 7] and Senior [Gr 8-9] teams’.
You may start the Challenge whenever you wish. Teams must submit their work no more than one month after starting the Challenge. Deadline is second half of October. Exact date once this is advised.
Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians
‘Targets the top 20 per cent of primary students in Years 5 and 6 [also 3 and 4 in the Challenge Stage], and secondary students in Years 7 to 10’.
The Challenge usually runs from March to June. The Enrichment stage runs from April to September and the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad [Years 7-10] will be held on 12 September 2019.
A Reading Challenge supporting a charity. Four age groupings 0-6, 7-12, 13-17, 18 and Above. All details on their site.
Registration usually begins in June with the event running throughout August. Sponsorship results forwarded by the end of October. Exact dates will be confirmed once these are advised.
National Computer Science School Challenge
‘Online programming Challenge for high school students, run by the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney and NICTA. Unlike any other programming competition because we will teach you how to program as you compete’. Also see information about Web.Comp 2019 in the Technology section. Sign up your class here !
Details regarding the Challenge strands from the site. Web.Comp 2019 will run for 5 weeks, starting from March 4th 2019. Each week, we’ll release interactive notes with the information you’ll need to complete the week’s web design challenges. The last week will be a web design tournament where you can submit your own design and vote on everyone else’s.
Updated ! National Family Reading Month
Scholastic. ‘The Challenge is open to students, Scholastic Book Club Organisers and Teachers from registered participating schools in Australia’.
Scroll down the page to get details.
National Family Reading Month is normally held in May. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
National History Challenge
‘Encourages students to use research and inquiry based learning to discover more about the past. Students from Primary years to Year 12, 19 years of age or younger in Australian schools’.
‘Entry is not open, please check back later in 2019’.
NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge
‘A range of initiatives with one common purpose - to have more students, more active, more of the time !’.
‘The school principal will receive a registration email at the commencement of Term 1. The Challenge period commences any time after registration but must conclude by the last week of Term 3’.
Opti-MINDS Creative Sustainability Challenge
‘A creative problem solving event for teams of participants from Preschool to Adult within 4 divisions. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended Challenges from one of the following categories : Language Literature; Science Engineering; Social Sciences’. Operates in Queensland, New Zealand and now Western Australia.
Registrations open in late January 2019 and close 7 June 2019. Team Nominations Close 24 July 2019. Challenges Open 15 July 2019. Regional and State event dates from the Important Date section on the home page. Australian Final 12-13 October 2019 [Queensland].
Premier’s Reading Challenges
Updated ! ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge
Challenge commences in Term One each year and concludes in Term Three. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge
There is now a separate Student’s Page as well as the main page.
The 2019 challenge will open on March 4, 2019. However, students can record books they are reading now to include on their 2019 reading records. Other dates once these are advised.
Queensland Premier’s Reading Challenge
Reading period for Prep to Year 9 students runs from 13 May to 23 August 2019. All reading data must be finalised in the database by 6 September. Certificates of Achievement issued in October. Premier’ s Reading Challenge celebration weeks held 4-15 November 2019.
South Australian Premier’s Reading Challenge
Reading Challenge usually starts at the beginning of Term 1 and runs till September. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Tasmanian Premier’s Reading Challenge
Has previously begun in April and run till mid-June. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge
The Challenge begins in February and ends in the second half of September. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Premier’s Active April
‘Part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to promote healthy and active lifestyles and get Victorians more active, more often’. Download an app via the “About” page on the site.
Register from January up until April 30, 2019. Achievement trophies are displayed online. All other details available from the Schools link on the site.
Premier’s Be Active Challenge - SA
The Challenge will run from the start of Term 1 to the end of Term 3. Approval of participants’ physical activity data from 22 July until 27 September 2019. Medals will aim to be sent out in PE Week [November].
‘Readers Cup is organised by the Queensland Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. It is a state wide competition for young readers’.
Registrations will open in March 2019. Regional competitions are held near the end of Term 2. CBCA Qld Readers Cup State Finals will be held in early September.
Science and Engineering Challenge
‘The Challenge is designed to inspire students to study science and engineering at a senior level. Each day the students participate in a range of exciting hands-on activities’.
Details regarding specific aspects from the site. The National Event usually occurs in late October. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Space Design Competitions Australia
‘Hosts a number of industry simulation experiences for school students. These combine elements of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM], with an emphasis on teamwork, marketing, and human relations to provide a unique set of challenges for young people’. Linked to the Australian Space Design Competitions [see Science section below]. Students in Grades 8-12.
National Finals 19-20 January 2019 USQ, St Lucia. Registrations for the next competition[s] should commence in March 2019.
STEM Video Game Challenge
‘The Challenge is open to upper primary and secondary school students. Students are encouraged to design, build and submit an original educational video game that includes science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] content or themes’. Years 5-12.
Mentor Registration opens 19 February 2019. Game submission opens 24 July and closes 7 August 2019. Winners are announced on 7 October 2019.
New ! The Game Changer Challenge
‘The Game Changer Challenge will connect primary and high school students from across NSW with leading education technology and design thinking professionals to solve the big question - how can tomorrow’s schools help create the future ?’ An New ! Overview of the 2018 process is found here.
Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised. The Game Changer Challenge is part of Education Week - a statewide annual event, held during the first week of August.
The Quest [Brainways]
‘Each year, inspired by a different overarching theme, the Quest incorporates the main disciplines of Mathematics, Sciences and Humanities in a journey of discovery. The Quest Preliminary Challenge is offered over two days. In partnership with a number of universities, the Quest Challenge is offered in Australia and Internationally. The first step is to nominate your school and be endorsed by a teacher at the school’.
Registration details for various regions are found via the site.
The Tasmanian Science & Engineering Challenge
‘The Science and Engineering Challenge is a set of fun and competitive hands-on activities involving principles of science, engineering and technology’.
School registrations for 2019 are now open. The 2019 Tasmanian Challenge Series will be held in Burnie – 20-21 May; Launceston – 23-24 May; Hobart – 28-31 May 2019. Tas Super Challenge – 4 June, 2019.
Victorian Schools’ Games and App Challenge
‘The Challenge highlights the role of the Digital Technologies, Critical and Creative Thinking curriculum areas and their contribution to building the Education State. Links can also be made to the STEM agenda and the Tech Schools initiative. ’. The Challenge is open to students across Victorian schools in Years 3 to 10. Individuals or teams may enter the challenge. If a class is multi-age, students from that other level are welcome to participate.
Participating schools will work on creating their games/apps during Term 3. The Challenge will culminate in a showcase exhibition at the Education in Games Summit in late October 2019. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
‘The ultimate performing and visual arts challenge for schools’. There are several Challenges which form part of this.
New ! Dance School Challenge
At present, this is only a Victorian event. It is planned to expand this in the future.
Registrations are now open and close on 3 April 2019 and the Participation Fee is due no later than 3 May 2019. Dance Challenge Show Date is 10 August 2019.
New ! Primary School Challenge
‘The aim of Wakakirri is to teach students about themselves and others through the creating and sharing of stories and by this process develop students’ educational outcomes, lifestyle choices and community awareness ’.
Registrations are now open and close on 3 April 2019 and the Participation Fee is due no later than 3 May 2019. 2019 Show Dates are found here.
New ! National Screen Challenge
‘The Wakakirri Screen Challenge is inspired by Story Dance but allows schools to take their performance to another level by taking it off the stage and onto the screen’. Both Primary and Secondary Challenges.
Registrations are now open and close on 2 August 2019 and the Entry Fee due no later than 16 August 2019. This is also the final day for the Entry Form to be submitted and the Entry to be uploaded to Vimeo.
New ! Secondary School Challenge
‘The Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge is an opportunity for students to explore career pathways in Performing and Creative Arts, Design, and Event Management’.
Registrations are now open and close on 3 April 2019 and the Participation Fee is due no later than 3 May 2019. 2019 Show Dates are found here.
Wombat Books Illustration Challenge
‘Entrants must be aged between 7-18 years and school age. For students finishing Year 12 in 2019 they must submit while they are still at school. Children must have parental permission to be considered for the challenge’. All other details available from the site.
Entries normally close at the end of November . Selected illustrations will be part of a book to be published in 2020. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
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ACT Debating Union Competitions
‘Debating competitions for school students in the Canberra region’. Different competitions described on this page include the following.
New ! Welcome to The Junior Open Competition
‘The Junior Open Competition caters for students in Years 6-8. Find competition details, including the draw’ on this page.
Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised. Registrations usually close late in February. The Grand Final is usually held late in May.
New ! Welcome to The Senior Open Competition
‘The Senior Open Competition caters for students in Years 9-10. Find competition details, including the draw’ on this page.
Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised. Registrations usually close late in February.
New ! Welcome to The Advanced Open Competition
‘The Advanced Open Competition caters for students in Years 11-12. Find competition details, including the draw’ on this page.
Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised. Registrations usually close late in February.
- Debaters Association of Victoria
‘Competitions for schools across Victoria. Training and resources for debaters, teachers and adjudicators’. Schools and Junior Secondary Competitions.
New ! British Parliamentary Competition
‘The DAV hosts annual BP competitions for Juniors [Years 7 to 8], Intermediate [Years 9-10] and Seniors [Years 11 to 12]. Each competition takes place over a single day, with students participating in a training session conducted by experienced British Parliamentary debaters, before taking part in a three round tournament of debates’.
Intermediate Competition previously held the second half of August; Senior Competition in the first part of September and the Junior Competition in the second half of October. Exact dates once these are advised.
New ! Monash Asian Studies Debate Competition
‘A debating competition open to students from Years 10-12, in conjunction with the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University. The topics will focus on contemporary issues relevant to Asia’.
Registration close in the first half of May with preliminary round beginning toward the end of May. Final held separately. Exact dates once these are advised.
New ! Junior Secondary Program
‘An introduction to debating for junior secondary students in Years 7 and 8. The program is designed to provide training in the basic skills and structure of debating whilst also giving students an opportunity to participate in three ‘friendly’ inter-school debates’.
The Junior Secondary Program runs over four evenings in Terms 3/4 in various regions throughout Victoria. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
New ! Schools Competition
‘Our focus is to make the competition as inclusive as possible, providing a welcoming but competitive environment for students to hone their skills and build their confidence. The competition is open for students in Years 9 to 12’. Dates and Draws linked from this site. Registration packs sent to schools.
Registration for the DAV Schools Competition is now open. Registrations are due by 18 February 2019. Draws and topics published on DAV website on 23 February 2019.
New ! University of Melbourne Science Week Debate Competition
‘A Debating Competition for students in Years 9 and 10. The topics will focus on contemporary issues in STEM [science, technology, engineering, and maths]. This competition is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and awareness of the current issues in STEM. Schools are guaranteed one team of up to 6 students’. Held at University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.
Registrations close in the first week of August with the event occurring about a week later. Exact dates once these are advised.
- Debating - NSW
‘The Premier’s Debating Challenge is open to government schools throughout NSW, with age divisions for teams from Year 5 all the way up to Year 12. In addition, a number of other programs provide opportunities for exceptional debaters in different age groups’. See Specific details below.
New ! Premier’s Debating Challenge
This has multiple levels. ‘The Premier’s Debating Challenge is open to all NSW government schools, with the aim of developing the public speaking and reasoning skills of students from Years 5 to 12’.
For the Year 11 Metro and Years 11-12 divisions, the entry deadline is 13 February 2019. For all other divisions, the deadline is 27 February 2019. The Years 11-12 division runs from March to July. The other divisions run from April to November. Years 11&12 State Final is 26 July 2019 and the Years 9&10 State Final is 11 November 2019.
New ! Combined High Schools Debating
‘The Combined High Schools took part in a series of debates between teams drawn from the CHS and the three major non-government groupings [Greater Public Schools, Combined Associated Schools and Archdale Representative Schools]’. Year 11 and 12 students.
The three competition debates take place in Term 3. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
New ! Junior State Debating Championships
‘The Junior State Debating Championships provide unique opportunities for talented debating students from NSW government schools in Years 9-10 to engage in debates and workshops within the context of an annual camp’.
The Junior State Debating Championships will take place from 2 December to 4 December 2019.
New ! Primary Schools State Debating Championships
‘Ten regions of NSW select their four best primary school debaters to represent them at the Primary Schools State Debating Championships’.
Each year the teams gather in late November in Collaroy on Sydney’s northern beaches to battle it out across 5 rounds, semis and a final to determine a state champion. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Queensland Debating Union
‘We run a variety of programs, including annual debating competitions for grades 5 to 12 in Brisbane and Toowoomba’. Use the links on the right to access information for various groups. Competitions are held for the following - Brisbane Secondary Schools, Junior Secondary Competition and Primary School Competition.
Cut off day for Secondary Schools entries is 8 February 2019. Round 1 begins in late February. Cut off day for JRR entries is 17 May 2019. Other dates from their Calendar page in Resources folder.
Schools’ Competition Information [SADA]
The UniSA SADA Schools’ Competition. 5 competitions - Junior [Years 5-7]; Intermediate [Years 8-9, Levels A and B] to Senior [Years 10-12, Levels A and B].
Entries for 2019 are now open. Round One begins in early May with various Finals levels running from late August to the second half of September. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Schools’ Competitions [TDU].
Select “Competition” from the top menu. ‘Open to all secondary schools in southern Tasmania. Divided into six age groups’. The ‘Parliamentary Shield draws together the best debaters from public, independent and private schools around Tasmania’.
Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
The Evatt Competition
UN Youth Australia. ‘Evatt is a Model United Nations Security Council diplomacy competition for students in Years 9-12. More than 2 000 students compete in Evatt each year. The competition takes the form of a mock session of the UN Security Council. Teams of two students debate, amend, and vote on a prepared resolution from the perspective of their assigned nation. Each state and territory has its own Evatt Competition throughout the school year, with top students in each state going to the National Finals’. Links are provided for all states and territories.
Check the Evatt in Your State panel for information regarding when the event will be held [either Term 2 or 3]. National Finals to be held in December. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
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Debaters Association of Victoria - Public Speaking
Every year the DAV runs a series of Public Speaking Competitions for students in Years 5 - 12’. Details of all aspects of these can be found on the following pages.
New ! Primary School Public Speaking Competition
‘The competition aims to give young speakers the opportunity to put their ideas forward in front of an audience whilst expanding their knowledge of current affairs. Students will develop the “building blocks” of public presentation’. For students in Years 5 and 6.
Registration from March. Event has been held in the last period of August. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
New ! Junior Public Speaking Competition
‘Students will develop the “building blocks” of public presentation — confidence, clarity, and the development of arguments — which are very important skills both in and out of school’. For students in Years 7 and 8.
Registration should open in March and is due in the second half of April. Events will be held from Term 2, with finals to be held throughout Terms 3 and 4. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
New ! Intermediate Public Speaking Competition
‘Intermediate students [Years 9 and 10] will be given the opportunity to extend their existing public speaking skills by presenting one prepared and two impromptu speeches’.
Registration from March. Previously held in the second half of May. Exact date[s] will be supplied once these are advised.
New ! Senior Public Speaking Competition
‘Senior students [Years 11 and 12] will be given the opportunity to extend their existing public speaking skills by presenting one prepared and two impromptu speeches [extended times compared to Intermediate students’.
Registration from March. Previously held late in April. Exact date[s] will be supplied once these are advised.
New ! Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award
‘The prepared speech is on a topic of the competitor’s choosing on any subject relating to the ideals of voluntary service, social justice, caring, personal effort, personal sacrifice and/or mateship. The speech should have substance which, in the space of time available, should be developed logically to a convincing conclusion. The topic chosen will be broad in nature, capable of a variety of interpretations to suit the experience and background of 12 to 14-year-olds’. There is also an impromptu speech.
The National final will be held each year, normally on the Monday nearest Remembrance Day [11 November]. State bodies hold state programs leading to the National Final [examples below].
Updated ! Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award
Training/competition for speakers in the 12-14 age group. Topics based on Australian history. This is the NSW site.
Entries should be submitted before late March. Local finals will be held between 22 July and 9 August 2019 [Weeks 1 to 3 of Term 3]. Regional Finals from 26 to 29 August 2019. Semi-Finals will be held 13 September with the State Final on 21 October 2019.
New ! Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award [Melbourne]
‘The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award is aimed at enhancing the oral communication and public speaking skills of secondary students aged 12 to 14 years, and help young people appreciate the ideals of Legacy – voluntary service, caring, mateship and remembrance’.
Entry Form from the site needing to be submitted by late April. State Event dates run from May to August.
Plain English Speaking Award
‘The award aims to encourage and maintain the best use of clear effective spoken English. PESA is a public-speaking competition for students aged 15-18 years’. All details on the site. Often run in each state by the Government Education Department [e.g. Victoria].
Regional Finals usually in May/June, State Final in late July. National Final is usually in August. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
- Public Speaking
Calendar, competitions, resources, more. NSW Department of Education Arts Unit. Includes the following competitions.
New ! Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition
‘Encouraging primary school students to explore ideas of multiculturalism in Australia, as well as giving them a place to practice their public speaking skills and improve their confidence’.
Local Finals will be held in the last four weeks of Term 2. Regional Finals will be held in August. Regional winners will proceed to the State Final in October. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
New ! The Plain English Speaking Award
‘The Plain English Speaking Award has provided an invaluable opportunity for NSW senior students to improve their confidence and to develop their speech writing and public speaking skills’.
Local Finals will be held in May. Regional Finals will be held in late May and early June. State Final will be held in July. national Final will be held in mid-August. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Voice of Youth
‘The competition is divided into Junior and Senior Divisions. Junior students must be at least 11 and in years 7,8 or 9 as at 1st January. Senior students must be under 18 years of age and in years 10, 11 or 12 at 1st January. Seniors speak for eight minutes and Juniors for six minutes’. Operates in all states [use links on the site]. Run by Rostrum.
Dates and other details are found through the state links on the above site. Entries appear to open from the end of January.
Updated ! The Premier’s Spelling Bee [NSW]
‘The NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee is a fun way to encourage literacy amongst public primary school children’. Open to Primary school students in Years 3-6.
Schools Register in Term 2. Entries close in early July. State Final held in early November. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Updated ! Word Mania
‘Word Mania is a free competition for schools involving a seriously fun online game that challenges students to build as many words as they can in three minutes. The competition is by year level and open to Years 1 to 9. Play and raise funds for the Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation !’ Check the Word Mania Australia FAQ page for all details.
Details of the 2019 Competition will be added as soon as these are available.
Alan Marshall Short Story Award
‘The award celebrates the art of writing and honours the life and work of Australian literary icon, Alan Marshall’. An Open competition, Australia wide [entry fee] and a Local competition, for people who live, work or study in the Shire of Nillumbik [entry is free]. Entrants must be 18+ at time of entry.
Entries open during March and close at the end of April. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Australian Writers’ Resource - Competitions
Competitions done in Closing Date order. Not all are for students or young people, but all have a clear indication of the age range and topic/format.
Competitions listed in months corresponding to closing dates.
CKT’s Author Competition
‘Your submission must be suited for the 3-12 year age market’. Open to all people.
Entries have previously opened in April and closed at the end of June. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Updated ! CYA Hatchlings
‘All writers/illustrators who are between 8 - 18 years old, who have not been published in book format within the CYA genres’.
Opens mid-January and close early April 2019. Short listed awards announced second-half of June and Winners announced early July. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
‘The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia’.
Entries accepted March to June. Results announced the beginning of September. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
FAW NSW Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers
Poetry Competition for Australian School Children. ‘Entries are sought in four sections corresponding to different year groupings’. Other details available from the site.
Closing date has been the end of August. Winners Presentation Awards in early November. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
FAW Tasmania 2018 Nairda Lyne Award
‘For an original, unpublished short story suitable for children aged 8-12 years’.
Competition has previously closed at the end of March. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Future Leaders Writing Prize
‘Designed to recognise and reward talented young writers. It aims to encourage expressive and creative writing. Australian Year 11 and 12 students are invited to submit a piece of writing [800 to 1 000 words]. The essays can be fiction or non-fiction and on any topic’.
Send all submissions electronically in a Word document by 31 May 2019 to the nominated email address. Results announced at August meeting and winners notified.
GC O’Donnell Essay Prize
‘A prize of $3 500 will be awarded to the author of an essay displaying original thinking on a topic of the author’s choice regarding copyright and the protection of the interests of authors. The competition is open to any interested persons including authors, lawyers and students’. Biennial competition.
Next competition is 2019. Monitor for updates.
Updated ! Get Writing Prize [University of Southern Queensland]
‘Are you the next Shakespeare or J.K. Rowling ? If you are an Australian high school student in Years 7-12 with a passion for writing poetry or short stories this competition is for you ?’
Entries have previously opened in mid-February, closed in mid-June and had prizes awarded in August. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Updated ! Heywire [ABC]
‘Open to people aged 16-22, [living] anywhere in Australia apart from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth, to submit a story about life in Australia outside the major cities. Your entry can be in any format : audio, video, photos or text’.
The Heywire Competition is open now and closes on 16 September 2019.
International Poetry Writing Competition [Ipswich Poetry Feast]
‘An annual poetry writing competition giving poets of all ages the opportunity to compete. Widely promoted to schools, libraries and the general community’. All details and guidelines available from the site.
Competition has an Opening date in late March and a Closing date in late July each year. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Poetry Competition
‘Open to Australian residents and citizens only’. There is a youth section [10-18 years of age] which is free to enter. This has a line count of 50 lines of poetry.
Deadline is 5.00pm AWST Friday 11 October 2019. Winners usually announced at the beginning of December. Exact date will be supplied once this is advised.
Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition
‘Spooky story submissions may involve paranormal or supernatural themes, including magic, ghosts, spirits or altered states of realism. Youth section [8-18 years of age] open to both WA and interstate writers’. Free to enter. This has a Max 500 words.
Deadline is 5.00pm AWST, 19 July 2019. Shortlisted entrants will be notified mid-August. Winners will be announced on Saturday 24 August 2019 at KSP’s Spooky Stories Night.
Laura Literary Awards
There are both Poetry and Prose sections with various age levels. Run by a group in South Australia. No entry fee for school students. All necessary details on the entry form.
Closing date is usually in mid-April. Winners will be announced at our Presentation night in late June. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
National Child Writes Competition
‘Open to all Australian primary-school aged child writers and illustrators. The judges will be looking for originality, creativity and character, as well as correct punctuation and grammar for writers and consistency of artistic skills for illustrators’. Small entry fee. All other details available from the site.
Round One closed 31 January 2019. Each term, we will open a ‘round’ and the winner of the writing section and the winner of the illustration section will go straight to the Short List.
Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award
‘Ekphrasis [Ek-fra-sis] is a genre of poetry that explores works of art and seeks to “get inside” its visual subject’. Three competitions. Open for Poets in Australia [entry fee], Local [for Poets who live, work or study in the Shire of Nillumbik. Entry is free] and Youth [aged 11-18. Entry is free]. See site for details about the exact requirements linked to the award.
Previously opened in March and closed at the end of April. Winners announced at the beginning of October. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
New ! OutLoud Eco!Slam!
‘Schools develop, edit, rehearse and polish an original spoken word poetry performance and then present their pieces to professional judges. There’s a two-minute limit and only Victorian secondary schools are invited to enter’.
Registrations opened 28 January 2019. Heats are normally held in early August and the finals are held during the Melbourne Writers Festival Schools Program [during 30 August to 8 September 2019]. Exact dates once these are advised.
OzKids Literature Program
Covers all year levels [3 sections]. ‘This is your chance to have your work assessed by our panel of authors and published in our quarterly magazine’.
Closing Date is Friday 4 October, 2019.
New ! Patrick White Indigenous Writing Awards
‘The Awards have been designed to encourage Australian Indigenous students, in Kindergarten to Year 12 studying in NSW, to use their reading, writing and creative skills’.
Applications for this competition close at the end of Term 3 each Year.
QIEU Literary Competition
‘The competition is now open to entrants from Years 5-12 students as well as teachers in Queensland state and independent schools and Northern Territory independent schools. Poster and Entry Form available’ from the site.
Competition has previously closed in late July with winners being presented in mid-October. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
Redgum Young Writers Award
‘Designed to discover the talent of children aged between 9 and 13 years of age. This award seeks to develop the writing skills of this particular age group and assist these children to find their unique voice through storytelling. The award can be entered by individuals, or by schools as part of their writing programs’.
Short list announced Wednesday 20 February 2019. Winner Announced Wednesday 6 March 2019 for 2018-9 program. Each program previously started in mid-July and closed in mid-December then actions as above. Exact dates for these will be supplied once these are advised.
New ! Storyfest Division 9 Writing Challenge
‘Please note, this competition is only for Division 9 Primary Schools. Held in conjunction with the Somerset Storyfest ’.
Closing date for entries is 18 March 2019.
Storyfest Novella Writing Competition
‘Open to all Australian high school students. Supported by Bond University and Penguin Group’. [Previously listed as The Somerset Novella Writing Competition.]
Entries for the 2019 Competition closed in December 2018. The Somerset Celebration of Literature Festival will be held on 20-22 March 2019 where winners will be announced.
Storyfest National Poetry Prize
‘The purpose is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students’. [Previously listed as The Somerset National Poetry Prize.]
Entries for the 2019 Competition closed in December 2018. The Somerset Celebration of Literature Festival will be held on 20-22 March 2019 where winners will be announced.
Student Bush Poetry
The Royal Queensland Show [EKKA]. ‘Pint-sized poets can take to the stage and showcase their favourite poetry in Ekka’s Student Bush Poetry Competition [Students]. Students can compete in classes for established or original poems and have six minutes to belt our their bush ballads to a live audience’.
Entry previously closed at the end of July and presentations took place in August. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
The Andy Griffiths Kids Writing Competition
‘Open to Australian primary school students. Word limit is 400 words. Judged by the one and only Andy Griffiths ! Full terms and conditions are found here’.
Entries are usually due at the beginning of October and winners announced at the end of November. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers
‘The prize is open exclusively to Australian secondary school students. Submissions of fiction or non-fiction may be up to 3 000 words in length. Submissions of poetry may be up to 100 lines in length’. Details on the site.
Entries previously required by the end of June. Prize previously awarded at the end of August during the Melbourne Writers Festival. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
The Wombat Award
Henry Lawson Memorial & Literary Society. ‘Kids 12 years and under are invited to enter up to three poems for a chance to win one of three prizes. The school libraries of the prize winners will also receive children’s titles from Ford St Publishing’.
Entries opened in September 2018. Entries close 30 April, 2019. Winners announced June 2019.
Tim Winton Award for Young Writers
‘The award is open to Western Australian school students aged five to eighteen. Submissions must be an original piece of writing, no more than 2 000 words in length and be the sole work of the entrant’. Multiple age groups.
Previously opened in early February and closed in early June and closed later that month. Winners were announced at the end of July. Exhibition held in August/September. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
What Matters ? Competition [Whitlam Institute]
‘A writing competition that gives Year 5 - 12 students in NSW, ACT and Tasmania a chance to say what matters to them in society today’.
Entries previously closed in early to mid-May. Winners announced in August. Awards Ceremony in early September. Exact dates once these are advised.
Write a Book in a Day
‘Write a Book in a Day is a unique, creative and challenging team competition for writers of all ages. Teams of up to 10 have just 12 hours to complete a book from start to finish. To make it even more fun, unique parameters must be included in the story’.
Registrations open in early May. Competition opens early June and end at the end of August. A Short List is announced in October and the Winners in November. Exact dates once these are advised.
Write4Fun Poetry and Short Story Writing Competition
‘Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and get their creative juices flowing to write on any them
Entry usually opens in early February and closes in early April. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘WriteOn is an annual writing competition for NSW students in Years 1 to 6. WriteOn is designed to encourage young students to develop their writing skills in an engaging way’. NESA.
Entries close in early July and winners are announced late in August. Exact dates once these are advised.
Young Writers Award
AATE. ‘Open to all South Australian students. Free of a topic. Write poetry or prose, up to 1 000 words. Categories from Reception to Year 12’.
Closing date is Friday 24 May 2019. Young Writers Launch will be on 23 August 2019.
Updated ! AoCMM - Maths Modeling Competition
‘AoCMM is a maths modeling competition held each year. Students under 21 from any countries can compete online in teams of up to four individuals. The team will be given 14 days to research on two real world problems. Teams will be given specific topics to conduct independent research which they’ll present in the form of an organised research paper. Last year, 110+ teams from 20+ different countries participated. Register now for this year’s competition’.
Competition usually runs from late September to mid-October each year. Exact dates once these are advised.
Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads
‘A competition for students in Years 5 and 6 of primary schools and Years 7 and 8 of secondary schools from around Australia and New Zealand. It is aimed at challenging participants’ maths problem solving abilities’. Registration and further information from the site.
2019 Olympiads Competition dates are 22 May, 19 June, 31 July, 21 August and 11 September. Each competition date is a Wednesday.
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Australian Mathematics Trust
‘The Australian Mathematics Trust is a leading provider of mathematics and algorithmics enrichment programs and global competitions. We hold mathematics and algorithmics competitions, administer enrichment activities, conduct workshops for students and teachers, and publish books on mathematical enrichment for Australian and international students’.
Competitions are listed below.
Australian Mathematics Competition
‘For students of all standards. Students are asked to solve thirty problems in 60 minutes [Years 3 to 6] or 75 minutes [Years 7 to 12]. There is an entry fee, but this is modest’. Two modes : online and pen/paper.
The next competition will be held on 1 August 2019.
Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT]
Four divisions for students across Australia, beginning with Upper Primary. Two modes & online and pen/paper. More information available from the site.
The next competition will be held on 2 April 2019.
Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians
‘The Challenge is a staged program designed to help teachers motivate, stimulate, encourage and develop mathematically interested students in Years 3 to 10 to bring forth the talent and potential within. The first two stages provide problems and course work to extend and develop students in mathematical problem solving’. Other details from the site.
The Challenge takes place in the period from March to June. The Enrichment Program is a 12-16 week program available from April to September. The third component, the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad occurs on 12 September 2019.
Education Perfect - Maths World Championships
One of a series of Championships covering a variety of areas. Points gained can be accumulated from multiple championships towards overall achievement both as schools and individual students.
The Maths Championship is normally held in the second half of June. Exact dates once these are advised.
Have Sum Fun Online
MAWA. ‘HSFOL is designed to foster mathematical problem solving for students in Years 3-10 across Australia. Teams can log on at any time during each set week and have an hour to complete each round’.
2019 Quiz Dates are Term 1 - 18 February to 8 March [Years 5-6]. Term 2 - 27 May to 14 June [Years 5-10]. Term 3 - 12-30 August [Years 3-10]. Term 4 - 21 October to 4 November [Years 7-10].
IM2C International Mathematical Modeling Challenge
The Australian Challenge. ‘The International Mathematical Modeling Challenge is a new team-based mathematical competition for Australian secondary students. Constrained to a period of five consecutive days, teams unpack the given problem, hypothesise, test, and develop a working solution, before preparing and submitting a report on their solution to the Australian judging panel’.
Entries for The IM2C open on 4 February 2019. The event will take place between 12 March and 5 April 2019. Report submissions no later than 5 April 2019.
Matific - The Australian and New Zealand Maths Games
‘The Matific Maths Games is a friendly online maths competition aimed at improving students confidence and maths skills. Any primary school with a minimum of 100 students or class with a minimum of 10 students can participate in the Matific Maths Games’.
Registration normally opens in mid-June with a final registration date in mid-August. There is a Warm-Up Week and the Games take place immediately after close of registration. Exact dates once these are advised.
MAT Problem Solving Competition
‘The event consists of a set of mathematical problems which aim to test the student’s logic. There are normally 12 questions for each of the three divisions [Junior - Years 7 & 8; Intermediate - Years 9 & 10; Senior - Years 11 & 12]’.
Entry due by 14 March 2019. Event will be held on 21 March 2019.
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M. L. Urquhart Mathematics Competition [Tasmania]
‘The M. L. Urquhart Mathematics Competition is an annual problem solving competition for Tasmanian students in Years 11 and 12. This Competition is the most mathematically demanding of competitions conducted by the Association. Students have three hours in which to attempt five questions’.
Registrations will open in Term Two 2019. The competition will take place on 25 September 2019.
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National Mathematics Talent Quest
‘The National Mathematics Talent Quest is unique in Australia. The quest accepts the top entries from states and territories across Australia. For those states that don’t have a local competition, schools are welcome to enter their student’s investigations through the Mathematical Association of Victoria’s competition’. Entries come from the following competitions.
National Judging Friday 13 September 2019. Award Ceremony to be held Thursday 17 October 2019.
Investigating with Mathematics
‘The purpose of the investigation is to explore ‘real-life’ situations and problems to engage students and teachers in mathematics. It involves students formulating their own questions from a given situation. Investigating with Mathematics tasks meet Working Mathematically syllabus outcomes as well as outcomes in the strands in which the investigation takes place. All students from Kindergarten to Year 12 in NSW are eligible to enter’.
Registrations open 1 March and close 5 July 2019. Entries are due 2 August 2019. Judging and display of entries in August. Pick up of entries in August. State Awards Ceremony September 2019. The best of these will be entered into the National Maths Talent Quest.
Maths Talent Quest
MAV, Victoria. ‘All Victoria and Tasmanian students from the Early Years to Year 12 can enter the Maths Talent Quest. Entry is open to individuals, small groups or classes from Prep-12 and are categorised into year levels from Prep to Year 9 with a combined year 10 -12 level. Certain winners will also qualify for the National Maths Talent Quest where winners will also be announced at the MTQ Awards Ceremony’.
Registration open 23 April and close on 19 July 2019. Entries to be delivered on 21 August, Judging on 22-27 August 2019. Display of Entries 28 August [morning] and pick up 28 and 29 August 2019. The best of these entries will then be entered into the National Maths Talent Quest.
Maths Talent Quest [MAWA]
Western Australia. ‘Open to all primary and secondary students, the Maths Talent Quest aims to promote interest in mathematics and foster positive attitudes amongst students, teachers and parents. The Maths Talent Quest is categorised into year levels from Foundation to year 9 and a combined Years 10-12 level. Children in early years settings are also welcome to enter the MTQ, these entries will be entered at a Foundation level’.
Registrations open 29 April and close 2 August 2019. Entries to Edith Cowan University 16 and 19 August, Judging 20-21 August 2019. Display of entries 22 August and collection of entries 23 and 26 August 2019. Selected entries submitted to National Mathematics Talent Quest..
New ! Queensland Science Contest [Mathematical Investigations]
‘The Queensland Science Contest is an opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to Grade 12 to have their [scientific] work judged for awards and prizes’. Select the Mathematics category for this area.
Starts on 28 February [8:00 am] and Ends 8 October, 2019 [6:00 pm]. The Awards Ceremony will follow on 27 October 2019 at the University of Queensland, St Lucia.
New ! South Australian Maths Talent Quest [Primary R-7]
‘The best of these entries will then be entered into the NMTQ] National Maths Talent Quest’. There are three levels. This is the Primary level. There is also the New ! Junior Secondary Mathematics Enrichment Project and the New ! South Australian Mathematics Talent Quest [Senior Division].
Entries usually open in April and close in August. Entries delivered and judged in August. Selected entries sent to the National Quest during August. Exact dates once these are advised.
SA School Mathematics Competition
‘For South Australian students in Years 6 - 12’. All other details from the site.
Entries close on Monday 25 February, 2019. The Competition will be held in schools on Wednesday 20 March 2019.
Updated ! School Mathematics Competition : The University of Melbourne
‘The competition is of a demanding standard, designed to identify real mathematical talent. The competition is separated into three divisions : Junior Division - Students in years 7 and 8; Intermediate Division - Students in years 9 and 10; Senior Division - Students in years 11 and 12’.
All student registrations and payments due by 26 April 2019. The Competition will be held on Wednesday 1 May 2019. Marking completed and schools notified by mid-August. Invitations sent by early September and Awards Ceremony held on 12 October 2019.
The UNSW School Mathematics Competition
‘Secondary school students in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Two divisions : Junior, up to and including Year 10, and Senior, Years 11 and 12. Designed to assess mathematical insight and ingenuity rather than efficiency in tackling routine examples’.
Promotional Packs sent to schools in March. Student entries are finalised in the second half of May. Competition held in mid-June and the Prize presentation Ceremony occurs early in September 2019. Exact dates once these are advised.
World Maths Day
‘World Maths Day is a free, fun, online competition with up to 4 million students world-wide participating. The competition measures speed in arithmetic and numeracy skills on the Live Mathletics platform and runs for 48 hours and is open to all schools around the world. Students earn points from a maximum of 20 games during the 48 hour period’.
Normally held in early March. Exact dates once these are advised.
Australia’s Next Top Lawyer
‘Entrants must be Australian resident undergraduates studying law to be eligible. Our award aims to encourage, reward and recognise young talent and give the winning applicant an edge in a highly competitive junior legal sector’.
Usually begins in February with a submission date at the beginning of October. Exact dates once these are advised.
Updated ! Country to Canberra’s Leadership Competition
‘At least 15 young women will win a once-in-a-lifetime all-expenses paid ‘Power Trip’ prize to Canberra to meet inspiring politicians and CEOs, attend exclusive events, tour Parliament, receive an leadership and public speaking training and so much more ’. Years 10-12. Note the Eligibility Criteria.
Opens in late July and closes at the beginning of September. Power Trip is run in late November. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines. It is open to students from Years 5 to 11’. There are local and state competitions as well as the national one.
Initial information about Themes and Regional and State Events [dates, places, contact people] are found at the above link. The National Final will be held Knox Grammar School, Sydney - 29 June - 2 July 2019.
Ekka : Education on Show Competition
‘A competition devoted to showcasing work by Queensland students [Prep to Year 12] and covers a wide range of contemporary curriculum related skills and activities’.
Entries close 19 July 2019. Entry drop-off 29 July 2019. Judging 30 July 2019. Exhibits to be collected on 19 August 2019.
Ekka : School Garden Competition
‘The School Garden Competition is a great opportunity for school students to learn and apply their gardening skills in a fun, competitive environment and win fantastic prizes for their school. Open to both primary and secondary students’.
Entries usually open February and close 14 June 2019. Judging occurs on 11 August 2019. Display at The Old Museum during the 2019 Ekka.
‘Students from Classes 5 to 12 are eligible to appear in the Olympiad. Students should register for their respective category. Any student can enrol for the test through our website’. All information available from the site.
The last date for registration was 24 December 2018. The Olympiad was held on 13 January 2019. Results should be declared within 4 weeks of that date..
Goethe-Institut Year 10 Awards
‘The Goethe-Instituts invite promising Year 10 students of German from schools to apply for the Student Scholarships’. Separate competitions apply for NSW/ACT and Victoria, each in conjunction with the German Teachers Association in that area. Only 2 applications per school.
Application to be submitted by 22 March and Short-listed applicants will be interviewed on 24 April 2019. Winner receives a Goethe Institut Holiday Course in Germany in the following January.
High School Mooting Competition
Bond University. ‘The competition is designed to challenge students to prepare, articulate and defend complex arguments in order to solve problems. More generally, it introduces the students to the courtroom environment and gives them some insight into the workings of the legal system. Entry is targeted towards Year 11 and 12 students’.
Registrations are now open. Preliminary rounds held from Tuesday 7 May to Friday 17 May 2019 and take place on the Bond University campus on the Gold Coast. The National Grand Final will be held on Saturday, 1 June 2019.
Updated ! ICAS
‘Independent skills-based assessments with a competition element. The most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments and school tests for primary and secondary school students’. Run by Educational Assessment Australia UNSW. Scroll down this page for relevant dates for particular areas.
All competitions and assessment closing dates are in September with the exception of Offline assessments, only available for Years 3 & 4, which close on 13 August 2019.
Inter-school Mock Trial Competition
Law Society of Western Australia. ‘Students enrolled in years 10, 11 and 12 and who are not older than 18 years of age as at 31 December. Schools may enter more than one team’. Western Australia.
Round 1 is 12-28 March; Round 2 is 6–23 May; Round 3 is 10–27 June; Round 4 [Finals – 16 teams] is 29 July–1 August; Round 5 [Finals – 8 teams] is 20–22 August; Round 6 [Finals – 4 teams] is 18–19 September and the Grand Final is 17 October 2019.
‘Students need to create and submit a short film which should be submitted using the relevant link. The film should be based on the theme A celebration. Following the format of the Tropfest competition, somewhere in the film, students need to have sunglasses. The teacher/school submitting the film MUST be a CURRENT [financial] member of the MLTANSW in order to access the information’.
Closing date is in mid-September. Exact date once this is advised.
Language Perfect World Championships
‘Join over 1 000 schools and 300 000 students from around the world to learn vocabulary in foreign languages. Anyone can participate, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never learnt a language before’.
Competition normally occurs over the last period in May. We will be announcing 2019 registration shortly. Exact dates once these are advised
Language Perfect Australian Regional Championships
‘These championships are free, and all states/territories compete over the same time frame. Regional Championships are suitable to students from all year levels. The competition is relevant for everyone. This is not just for the highest performing students, it’s an exciting event that’ll engage students from a wide spectrum of learning abilities’.
Usually held in late August to early September. Exact dates once these are advised.
One More Page
linked with a children’s ‘book podcast called ‘One More Page’. It’s all about kids’ books with author interviews, book reviews and more. Every fortnight we have a competition which includes prize giveaways ’.
A new competition is offered every fortnight.
Updated ! Panda Competition
‘Conducted every year by the Australia China Friendship Society and is open to students from Preschools, Primary schools and High schools’ in the ACT and Queanbeyan.
Entries usually open early February and close around the end of Term 3. Judging done during the term break. Prize Presentation following this. Exact dates once these are advised.
Updated ! Philosothon
‘Held in Australian states. The rationale for the Philosothon methodology is based on empirical evidence that teaching children reasoning skills early in life greatly improves other cognitive and academic skills and greatly assists learning in general. Cost covers registration, accommodation and food over the two/three days. Each year the top three schools from each state have been invited to participate in the Australasian Philosothon’.
Australasian Philosothon is usually held at the beginning of October. Exact dates once these are advised.
SBS National Languages Competition
‘An initiative aimed to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia’. Open to Australians of all ages.
Entry opens in mid-October and closes in mid-November. Winners notified in November and Award Ceremony in December. Exact dates once these are advised.
TOM - Tournament of Minds
‘Tournament of Minds is a problem solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. Australia and New Zealand now have brand new challenges for STEM and The Arts. You will need to create an account in order to use the portal for School Registration, Team Nominations and to access other tournament resources’.
State Branches run challenges for each state. Go to this page for all details including dates for each of these. Exact dates once these are advised.
You Are Not Alone
‘The video competition by Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation is open to Victorian secondary and tertiary students, individually or in groups. Just create a 60-second video on the nominated theme – either working individually, or as part of a group’. All other details on the site.
Entries usually open mid-July and close early in October. Winners are announced in late October. Exact dates once these are advised.