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.
- [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.
‘Though open to all, the exams typically benefit high achievers in science from Years 10 and 11 and those who have high aspirations and enjoy a challenge. Year 12 students are welcome to sit the exam’. 4 separate exams in areas of Science. Information regarding these and other activities are found on this site. Individual exams and dates are listed below.
Registrations close on 17 July 2020. The Event date is 10 August 2020.
Registrations close on 17 July 2020. The Event date is 5 August 2020.
Registrations close on 17 July 2020. The Event date is 7 August 2020.
Registrations close on 17 July 2020. The Event date is 12 August 2020.
‘Would you like to design your own futuristic space station ?’ See details in the Challenges section above.
Entry is now closed. Submissions due 21 August 2020. Finalists announced 2 October 2020. Finals 23-24 January 2021. Check the Timeline for other information by scrolling down the page..
‘Aims to increase interest in water-related issues and research, and to raise awareness and knowledge of global water challenges. Open to all Australian high school students between the ages of 15-20’. 2 Flyers available to download covering entry and guidelines.
Stockholm Junior Water Prize Ceremony held during World Water Week in Stockholm in late August. Next competition  registrations close in mid-December 2020.
‘BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards are Australia’s most prestigious school science awards. Primary or secondary school students [including homeschooled] or undertaking full-time secondary study in TAFE colleges’. Entry is via nomination only, through a state Science Teachers Association [STA] competition. Contact the relevant state association for details about their preliminary events and the nomination process.
Entry into the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards is via nomination only, via a state or territory Science Teachers Association competition [see below]. Winners now listed on the site..
‘Each entry should fall under one of the nominated themes. Age Groups include Early Childhood – Preschool to Year 2; Primary Years 3 to 6; Special Education - All age groups; Secondary/Post Compulsory Years 7 to 12. Selected entries may be eligible for the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards’.
Entries previously closed in mid-September. Judging and Science Fair Project viewing held later in September. Prize ceremony held toward the end of October. Exact dates once advised.
‘Students are able to submit a scientific investigation or a working model of an invention or you may be able to submit your project to both categories. Young Scientist offers students from Kindergarten to Year 12 worthwhile incentives to carry out scientific investigations or inventions. It provides teachers with valuable resources and professional learning opportunities’.
All Key Dates for 2020 plus How to Enter are found on this page.
‘The Young Territory Young Scientist Competition is open to all Northern Territory school students. Encourage your teacher to submit your work’. There are several categories you can enter.
All entries previously closed at the end of September. Prizes and Certificates were presented in Darwin in November. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘An opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to grade 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes’.
Online Registrations by 7 October 2020. Other entry forms either 10 or 11 October 2020. Entries to be delivered on the same dates. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the University of Queensland on 24 October 2020.
‘The Oliphant Science Awards are a wonderful opportunity for school students from Reception to Year 12 to develop their interests in science through a competition with a range of categories to suit a wide variety of abilities and interests’.
Student and Judges registration now close Final Judging Day is 22 August 2020. Presentation Ceremony [invitation only] held on 18 September 2020. All dates found on the Key Dates page.
‘There are seven sections to allow for individual students’ preferred learning styles. These are made up of theme related sections and open sections. Each section is divided into year group divisions’.
Entries previously opened in early May. Closing date for themed entries was mid-June. Research Investigation registration closed in the second half of August with submissions in the second half of September. Award Presentation held in late November. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Science based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria. The theme for 2020 is Destination Moon : more missions, more science’.
Registration opened on 24 February and closes 25 May 2020. Schools Pack 1 sent out 9 June 2020. All other dates are found on the Important Competition Dates 2020 page.
‘Aims to promote science teaching and learning through creative project work. Entries may be submitted by students from any school in Western Australia, or students under home tuition’.
All information can be found in the Science Talent Search Key Dates - 2020 listing.
Updated ! Big Ideas Forum [ANSTO]
‘The ANSTO Big Ideas Forum brings 22 students and 11 teachers from across Australia to Sydney to meet world-class researchers and go hands-on with amazing technology. We are looking for people who are creative and passionate’. Year 10 students.
Application previously closed in mid-September. Competition to be held at ANSTO [Sydney] on 6-11 November 2020.
‘Encourages critical thinking and problem solving skills. The Big Science Competition is an easy way to challenge students from years 7 to 10’.
Competition has now been completed for 2020.
‘A non-competitive awards program supporting students to design and carry out their own open-ended science investigation or technology project. Focuses on the Science Inquiry Skills content descriptors of the Australian Curriculum’. Sections for Primary and Secondary.
Registration through the site. Once registered, materials are sent to you. Check About CREST - CSIRO for a background on the program.
Links to these in 6 states and territories. Primary and Junior Secondary students.
Information and contacts for each state/territory via the links on the home page. For example, South Australian Key Dates are found here. Others will follow shortly.
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.
Teachers need to sign-up in order to enter a team and get information. EP Science Championships : 18 - 25 August 2020.
‘The Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize encourages students with a passion for science and for communicating ideas to tell a scientific story via a short film’. Main website is found at an Australian Museum website. Multiple Teacher resources are available. Primary and Secondary competitions. Multiple competition options.
Entries are now closed. Finalists announced late July [date TBC]. Winners announced 26 August 2020.
A number of challenges/competitions/involvements for different levels, e.g. Year 9, Year 10, K-6. Check the site for details about each of these.
A great way for educators to stay in touch is to sign up for regular email updates.
‘Aims to raise the profile of science in our community and encourages students to demonstrate their scientific abilities by entering a project into one of six categories. Registration is open to divisions from Prep to Year 12 [7 in all]’.
The Science on the Go Calendar has a full listing of all events with relevant dates.
‘The largest global online science competition that celebrates the curiosity and investigations of young scientists everywhere !’
Submissions previously opened in mid-September and closed in mid-December. Regional finalists in April and Global Finalists in May of the following year. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘The International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition is an international science competition that enables students from all countries to prove their skills and to unleash their creativity in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics. IAAC gives you the unique opportunity to apply your skills to challenging problems’. Two levels - Junior : under 18 years on submission deadline; Youth : over 18 years on submission deadline’.
Results were issued on the 22 June 2020. More details can be found on this Information Flyer [dates on p.14].
‘Designed for aspiring young engineers and scientists, who want to learn about the basics of futuristic space settlement design ! Teams of up to 4 develop a marketing brief for the space settlement scenario’. See details in the Challenges section above.
Check the Timeline by scrolling down this page.
‘Encourages students to look at how science impacts on people’s lives. Every school across Australia is invited to submit a science project in the competition to win cash prizes’. Primary students.
Submissions previously closed in late September. Award Ceremonies held by agreement. Exact date once this is advised.
‘To qualify for the STANSW Young Scientist Paper Plane State Championship you’ll need to throw over a specific time or distance’. See the site for details.
2020 STANSW Young Scientist Paper Plane State Championship will be held on 29 August 2020 at the University of Sydney. See this Young Scientist Awards page.
‘Robogals is a student run organisation that aims to inspire and empower young women to consider studying engineering and related fields’. A part of this is the Robogals Science Challenge. ‘The Robogals Science Challenge is an online competition for girls aged 5-15. The competition consists of 2 components : the minor challenges and a major challenge. Spanning 4 months, the Science Challenge will give participants a chance to explore different STEM topics’.
Use the About the Science Challenge page and scroll down for all dates.
‘Students [Year 5-12] carry out a science investigation and present their findings to science/industry judges. Judging days are held on Cradle Coast, Launceston and Hobart campuses in August-September each year. The Science Investigation Awards include the categories : Physical Sciences, Health, Engineering, Agricultural Science, and Environment’.
Monitor the Key dates page for specific dates and venues for 2020.
Griffith University. ‘Held across two age groups, with the teacher’s competition running in conjunction with the senior student’s competition, it’s a fun-fuelled event that gives everyone the chance to celebrate and demonstrate their STEM knowledge !’ Queensland Academies, Health Sciences Campus.
Postponed. Monitor for further information.
Registrations previously opened in Term 3 with the event to be held at Griffith University on Tuesday 18 August 2020. Other dates once these are advised.
Western Australian schools. ‘A series of separate online science competitions. ScienceiQ is for school teams of four students’. Years 5 to 9.
Competitions [2 rounds each term] throughout the year. Once finalised, dates for all events will be found here.
Australian Academy of Science. ‘This competition is a fantastic opportunity for students of all year levels to engage hands-on with the periodic table, develop a deeper understanding of key principles of chemistry, and foster an appreciation of the wider impact of chemical sciences throughout life and society. The competition format has been developed in consultation with ASTA and teachers from across the country to align with the science syllabus of schools’.
Winners announced in National Science Week in August. Exact date once this is advised.
ASTA. ‘A national science award program for students between Years 1 and 10’. Two sections - Years 1-4 and Years 5-10.
The program is ongoing with no given deadlines.
‘Open to students in Years 3 to 6 in the Greater Sydney/Illawarra and Melbourne areas, this competition aims to help raise awareness of the plight of shorebirds and inspire a younger generation of environmentalists. This is a fantastic opportunity for teachers to highlight a contemporary environmental issue and provide cross-curriculum teaching in Science, Geography and Art’.
Previously ran from late May to the second half of September. Competition closed in late August, Winners were announced on World Shorebirds Day [September] and top entries were displayed at the Australian Synchrotron Open Day in the second half of October. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Applying science, being creative, and having fun ! There’s also the challenge of getting your machine to achieve its task’. Open to Year 10 students in Victoria.
Registrations are now closed. The Competition Day is 6 August 2020. The 2020 Contest schedule is found here.
‘The Bragg Prize is an annual award celebrating the best non-fiction science essay written for a general audience and is designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science writers, researchers and leaders. Students write a short piece about ‘Not-so-smart technology’, which must be 800 words or less’. Open to all high school students in Years 7–10.
The competition closes 28 August 2020. Winners announced 7 October 2020.
‘The Prize hopes to encourage young people to learn about sustainability and clean energy from an early age. We ask schools to submit proposals for funding consideration to implement sustainability measures in their schools. Open to all high schools with students between 11-19 years old. The application must be supported by the school and its management’.
Entries for the 2021 Competition were accepted until 21 May 2020 via their online portal. Winners announced at an Awards Ceremony during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January 2021.
‘Annual, world wide, synthetic biology event aimed at undergraduate university students, as well as high school and graduate students’.
Registration for iGEM 2020 is required in order to access relevant dates when they are published. Save the date for the iGEM 2020 Giant Jamboree - 29 October-2 November 2020.
Students in Years 8-10 and 11-12 in Queensland. ‘The competition is designed to inspire current science students to become the next generation of plant and agricultural scientists and support teachers to deliver their science curriculum in a plant-based context. The competition provides an interactive learning opportunity with school-based experiments and an optional day of workshops and awards’.
Everything will now go online. Video submission due 5pm, 6 October 2020. Winners - 24 October 2020.
Use the Sunflower Competition 2020 EOI to be notified when registrations open for the 2020 competition. Other dates once these are advised.
‘Provides a major focus for secondary school students on the relevance of chemistry’. Secondary students.
The event will be held on 27 July 2020. Other dates available from the registration page.
‘Designed to encourage those students who enjoy Chemistry, particularly its practical side, to develop their skills and to reward those who attain a high level of proficiency. All secondary schools are invited to compete in their local state-based competition’.
Dates and Contacts are available from the above site for competing states [scroll down to the listing at the bottom of the page]. Select your own state for dates, venues and contacts. National Finals will be held during Term 3. Exact date once this is advised.
‘A Beamline for Schools competition remains open to teams of at least five high-school students aged 16 and up with at least one adult supervisor, or “coach”. Think of a simple, creative experiment and submit your written proposal and short video. Previous winners have investigated the structure of the pyramids, looked for particles that no-one has seen before, or have developed their own particle detector. What would you do ?’
Entries now closed. A Pre-Registration Form is available here. Other dates once these are advised.
‘The nature of the tournament promotes scientific research and problem solving stretching the participants to work on very complex problems. The official qualifying tournament for IYPT2019 was the IYPT Australia Challenge held on 3 and 4 December 2018’. Secondary students.
Register by contacting Allen Allinson via email@example.com or 07 3332 1361 by 31 October for the event being held in 2020. Other dates once these are advised. You can check on the Schedule Page once it is up to date. To be held in December 2020.
General Social Sciences Topics
‘The Education Perfect Humanities Championship is a 3-day online event celebrating learning and achievement in Geography, History & Social Sciences. With over 20 000 participants each year, this is a great opportunity to inspire students’ Humanities learning while they compete on a global scale. Suitable for students from Year 5 to Secondary’.
Competition has now been completed for 2020.
Economics & Business Studies
‘Open to all high schools in Australia. Teams must consist of four students in total and can include any combination of students from Year 11 and 12. Each team will be emailed a real-world written case study, and will have four weeks to submit a solution in a written report’.
Following advice from the Australian Government and impact of COVID-19 on schools across Australia, we have made the decision to postpone the QUT Business School BlueShift 2020 competition. We look forward to holding the competition at a later date. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, contact us.
Competition has now been completed for 2020.
‘The illuminate:nextgen Challenge is mapped to national vocational outcomes and fully aligned with the Australian Curriculum at the Years 9 & 10 level. Not only will your students be given an opportunity to showcase the entrepreneurial skills they have developed in the challenge, but they will also learn useful skills around Critical thinking, Creativity, Problem solving, Digital & financial literacy, Public speaking & presentation skills, Organisation & perseverance and Working in a collaborative team environment’.
State venues and dates can be found through links on this page. Dates previously ran over the period from the end of May to early December depending on the venue. Register Interest in Upcoming Programs Near You using this page.
‘The competition is open to all full-time secondary school students enrolled in a registered secondary school in Australia at the time of submission of their entry. Individual finalists from each state/territory will be required to personally present their plan to a panel of judges in Sydney’.
Entries close 4 September 2020. Judging in October and winners advised by the end of October. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘We’re turning the normal ESSI Money game that is played all year round into a national competition for two weeks ! Students compete in one of two age brackets : 12-15 or 16-18. The 3 highest scores in each age category will be the winners’. All other details including registration process and form available from the site. Download the App from the above site.
Activity only runs for two weeks each year. Details from the site. Find information on ESSI Money and ESSI Money PLUS here. These are alternate activities.
‘For young people aged between 15-35 years. The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a global program and an online platform, which supports the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]’.
A Timeline is found by scrolling down the home page.
‘A flexible teaching program that provides a resource for teachers to use at three levels. You can use only the Asia Wise Challenge or all three sections. Separate programs for lower [Aust. years 7 & 8 - NZ 8 & 9] and upper [Aust. Years 9 & 10 - NZ 10 & 11]’.
Asia Wise can be used at any time through to December. You need to register two weeks before you wish to use the program. Register online or by email.
‘Challenges secondary school students to demonstrate their geographical knowledge and skills. Rewards student excellence with great prizes, including selection for Australia’s international geography teams’.
All dates are found on the Dates 2020 page.
‘The aims of the competition are to promote children’s creative representation of the world, to enhance their cartographic awareness and to make them more conscious of their environment. This year’s them is We love maps. The awards are given every two years’.
Next competition not till 2021. Monitor for details later in 2020.
Updated ! International Geography Bee
‘The International Geography Bee is a worldwide geography quiz competition for primary and secondary school students. Please select a region or the World Championships from the menu bar to learn more’. The Australia & New Zealand information is found here.
Cancelled for 2020.
‘Students will learn how to use the latest spatial technology to create maps. Maps will focus on improving livability or solving local environmental problems’.
Open to all Victorian students. Further information will be provided closer to the date of the event. It is an annual event from July to November. Exact dates once advised.
‘A competition for the best 16 to 19 year old Geography students from all over the world. Four students represent each country in a series of Geography tests in [generally] a four-five day program’.
Cancelled. The 2021 event will be held 10-16 August in Istanbul, Turkey. All 2020 registrations will be carried over.
Linked to the Australian Geography Competition listed above. Olympiad runs from 11 to 17 August 2020. The 2020 event will be held in Istanbul, Turkey. Exact date once this is advised.
‘Provide a photo or image to communicate an identified urban problem and explain your ideas for a solution in 200-300 words. The competition is open to Year 10, 11 and 12 Victorian secondary school students only’.
Previous entries were open from early July to early September with the event held later that month. Exact dates once these are advised.
ABC Splash. ‘Create a 60-second video about where you live, describing what makes it special. You can talk about your street, neighbourhood, hometown or school; you can focus on one thing, such as a plant or animal species; or you can talk about a historical fact or geographical landmark. They’re looking for great examples of local geography or history, and how you use your English and media literacy skills’. To submit entries you need to go to the linked ABC site.
Previously the competition was held in late November. This and other dates once these are advised.
‘The Awards have changed this year, with a new Australian wartime theme; a later entry close time, giving schools longer to prepare and submit entries; and a different prize structure. In 2020, the awards theme will be the Second World War. This aligns with the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, which is commemorated on Victory in the Pacific Day on 15 August. Each year, we will choose a different theme to reflect a significant anniversary or an aspect of Australia’s wartime history. This year, your entry must focus on World War II and its impact on Australian communities’.
Closing date for entries via the Anzac Portal is at 5pm AEST Friday 11 September 2020. All other details are found on the above page.
Northern Territory. ‘The tour will support students to explore the history of Anzac Day and Australia’s involvement in various conflicts and peacekeeping missions. It will provide an opportunity for three year 9 or 10 students, accompanied by two chaperones, to visit battlefields of significance to Australia and the Anzacs’.
2019 Winners now listed on the site and will travel during 2020. Entries for the coming year will close in August and the winners will be announced in September. They will travel in 2021. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘In 2019 the competition will be offered to years 7, 8, 9 and 10. The Year 9 and 10 paper will be broadly based on the Australian Curriculum : History for Years 9 and 10. The Year 7 and 8 paper will be broadly based on the Australian Curriculum : History for Years 7 and 8. Each competition will present 50 multiple choice questions’.
The Australian History Competition has been cancelled for 2020. All schools will receive full refunds.
We will return student results and certificates in early August. The Competition Details page provides further information.
‘Inspire your Year 5-10 students to create stories based on historical events and people’. Three levels - Years 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8 and Years 9 and 10.
Remember the competition is open only to Victorian students or students from schools that are institutional members of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria.
Entries close 5pm, Friday 3 August 2020.
‘Two history quiz competitions which are held around the world. The Bee is for individual students; the Bowl is for teams. This website has all the details on our tournaments for students in Australia. This tournament is open to all students and teams as long as they have not yet played our current Australian set of questions – it does not require prior qualification’.
Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Students can qualify in any of the following ways. The International History Olympiad is a celebration of history attended by some of the best young history students from around the world, featuring numerous competitive and non-competitive events. The Olympiad is held every two years, therefore, the next Olympiad will be held in July 2020 ’. All relevant details from the site.
Check the How to Qualify page for confirmed dates and other information.
‘The National History Challenge [NHC] is an exciting contest that encourages students to use research and inquiry-based learning to discover more about the past. Students are the historians. They can investigate their community, explore their own and their family’s past and consider ideas throughout history. Entrants may be students from Primary years to Year 12, 19 years of age or younger in Australian schools’. The theme for 2020 is CONTESTED hiSTORIES.
Closing date is Friday 28 August 2020. State Presentation dates will be found on the Key Dates page once finalised. National Presentation Date is early December.
Northern Territory. ‘The study tour will visit important military sites in Hawaii to get an understanding of the mutual experience and sacrifice of the people in the NT and Hawaii from their involvement in the bombing of Darwin and Pearl Harbour, and the ongoing importance of peacekeeping missions today. Three year 10 or 11 students from NT schools will travel to Hawaii’.
If shortlisted by your principal, ensure your school forwards your application by post, email or in person by mid-August 2019. Exact date once this is advised.
‘The Prize is open to students in Years 9 and 10 currently enrolled in all Victorian Government, Catholic and Independent Schools. An annual competition held overseas study tour of sites where Australians have served in war, centred on Gallipoli or the Western Front’. Also see this site, and also this site which have extensive detail.
Applications have now closed. In 2020, prize recipients will travel to Vietnam and Singapore in September and regional finalists will travel to Canberra in July. Closing date for the next competition has previously been in October. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Open to all students currently in Year 9 in government and non-government schools in Tasmania, as well as home-schooled students at the same year levels. The winners will travel to Turkey, Belgium and France for approximately 12 nights [incorporating Anzac Day]’. Information also available from this site.
Due to COVID-19, the competition is on hold for 2020.
‘Gives 8 Queensland high school students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Anzac tradition first-hand. Open to all eligible Year 8-12 Queensland high school students’.
Applications for the 2021 Prize are now open and close on 14 September 2020. Travel in April/May 2021.
‘Provides the opportunity for eight students and two teachers to win a fully-funded two-week study tour of Europe’s World War I battlegrounds. Open to all Year 9 and 10 students in South Australia’.
Entries were due on 22 May 2020. The 2020 awardees will be announced in July 2020. However, in response to the current COVID-19 situation, the study tour will not be conducted in October as intended. The tour will be rescheduled for April 2021 [April holidays].
‘A national competition for Year 9 and 10 students’. Details are on the site. Note : students who submit winning entries for this year’s Simpson Prize question will travel in 2020
Travel for 2020 winners will take place in 2020. Exact dates for the next Prize process once these are advised.
Open to students in Years 8 and 9 [in Australia]. Separate information on the site for a number of areas around Australia and New Zealand. You can now also choose an optional Digital Design component.
Digital Award submissions are due 4 August 2020. We require school team names on Monday 10 August 2020. Judging days to be held across September. Digital entry is now encouraged. Other dates once these are advised.
‘A national computer programming competition held annually in early September. Students write short computer programs to solve three problems that vary in difficulty. There are two papers : Intermediate for students up to Year 10, and Senior for students up to Year 12’.
Coronavirus Information - This page provides information about what is happening as a result of the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Entries close 20 August 2020. The Australian Informatics Olympiad [AIO] will be held on Thursday 27 August 2020. Results usually sent in October. The top 25 students will be invited to a 10-day intensive training school in December where they will learn higher-level algorithms and data structures.
‘Facilitating engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, students learn vital skills for the future through designing, building and testing an original video game. A full copy of the Challenge rules and submission guidelines are included in the Mentors Handbook’. The 2020 theme is Scale.
MeGame submission opens 22 July and close 5 August 2020. Winners announced in September 2020. Awards are 9-11 October 2020.
‘An international initiative whose goal is to promote computational thinking for teachers and students ages 8-17 / school years 3-12]. Bebras is aligned with and supports curricula across Australia. Bebras Australia is run by NICTA under the Digital Careers program. In addition to the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge, Bebras 365 is available as a free resource throughout the year’.
Open for two weeks, twice a year. The first was in March 2020. The Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge returns from 7–21 September 2020.
New ! Design an Arcade Game
Digital Technologies Hub. ‘Students are invited to create an arcade game, film the game in use and submit their videos to be in the running to win some great prizes. The competition is offered in two sections; one for primary-aged students [aged 5-12], the other for secondary-aged students [aged 13-17]’. Further information on the site.
Entries closed 15 June 2020. The prize winners will be required to respond to this message/email before 11am on 3 July 2020.
‘Code Quest is an annual computer programming competition where teams of 2-3 High School students each work together for 2.5 hours to solve problems by using JAVA, Python, VB.net, C, and/or C++ programming to complete the “quest”. The problem set consists of 15-20 challenging problems created by Lockheed Martin engineers and computer programmers’. All other details from the Australian site. Free to enter but entrants need to pay for their own accommodation.
The May 2, 2020 Code Quest Event has been officially cancelled for all locations due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
Competition has now been completed for 2020.
Formerly the Australian Informatics Competition [AIC]. ‘A one-hour problem-solving competition which seeks to identify computer programming potential. There are four papers : Upper Primary, Years 5-6; Junior, Years 7-8; Intermediate, Years 9-10; Senior, Years 11-12’. Detail also included in the Mathematics section above.
Coronavirus information - This page provides information about what is happening as a result of the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Competition has now been completed for 2020.
‘An initiative of Engineers Australia, delivered free of charge to Australian schools. Lower primary, primary and middle years students work, applying their problem-solving skills to designing, constructing and unravelling exciting engineering projects’.
Engineers Australia is currently considering options for reviewing and refreshing the EngQuest program to ensure we offer the most up to date and engaging content across a range of digital delivery channels. The EngQuest website and program materials will be offline until this review is complete. This review is still ongoing.
‘The world’s largest secondary school technology program. Involves over nine million students from 17 000 schools in 31 nations’. World finals held in September.
Students had to register by 30 June. International Event in September. For further information check the Events Calendar.
‘An FRC team consists of high school students typically aged 14-18. These students have to work together to design, build, program and drive robots’.
Postponed due to COVID-19. No dates supplied as yet.
Check the Calendar page for updates.
‘Year 12 students are invited to submit digital photographic work [one photograph for each student]. The work submitted can be on any theme. Submissions must include Student’s Name, School and Year Level’.
Competition has now been completed for 2020.
‘Students in Years 5-9 from the Gladstone and Western Downs regions have the unique opportunity to pitch their innovative ideas to solve some of today’s greatest challenges through the Future Makers STEM Awards. The Gladstone region includes the Gladstone and Rockhampton Local Government Areas. Students are tasked with using STEM [science, technology, engineering and maths) knowledge and skills to identify a local problem with real-world context and pitch a solution that relates to one of the competition topics (Environment, Recycling, Natural Disaster and Health]’. All details from the site.
Winner’s prize includes the opportunity to showcase your submission at the World Science Festival Brisbane in Gladstone and Chinchilla 2020.
‘For pre-university students [e.g., high school and secondary school students ages 13-17] with the goal of encouraging young people to participate in open source development’.
This was the final contest for Codein.
‘A friendly five-week competition where thousands of school students come together to learn to code. Teachers can sign up their students, and students competing individually at home are also welcome. Programming challenges are released at the beginning of each week, along with interactive notes that teach you everything you need to complete them’. Multiple streams available.
Grok Code Quest runs from 28 October to 1 December 2020 with Challenges released at the beginning of each week. Other dates once these are advised.
‘The Head On Student Prize is open to Australia’s young photographers [School years K-12]. Images must be produced by a photographic device which captures images [phone and experimental processes welcome], in colour and/or black & white. You may enhance the image and apply filters’. See Terms and Conditions for all other details. Closing date is usually in February.
‘The world’s premier student technology competition’. Multiple options. Students must be at least 16 years of age and satisfy a number of other requirements. Individual and team competitions.
You need to be able to sign in to a Microsoft account to access the site.
Competition is now over for 2020. However, you can now register for the 2021 Competition. No dates are yet available with this.
‘Getting involved is easy. Jaguar Primary School Challenge engages primary students as young as 5 years old in building and racing a paper based F1® car. The program has been designed as a subset of the High School F1 in Schools™ STEM Challenge and is aimed at students in years K-7’.
The challenge is available to run at any time throughout the year but you need to register to take part.
‘In the 2020 Microsoft AI for Good Challenge, Australian students in Grades 7-12 are supported by their teachers to learn the basic concepts of Artificial Intelligence. Equipped with this learning, they then embark on a design-thinking challenge to dream up a creative way that AI could be used to make a difference in the world’. Check information about the Hackathons.
The learning resources are available on the website now, so you can do your planning for 2020. Students submissions are now closed for 2020.
‘Designed for high school students from Year 9 to Year 12. It challenges them to develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating real languages’.
‘Registration for OzCLO 2020 is now closed’. You need to be registered to log in for further information.
‘An annual statewide initiative for all Queensland students in Year 3 to Year 10. Students can enter as individuals or in pairs. You must code an interactive and innovative digital solution to raise awareness of cybersafety, and help Queenslanders by providing tips to improve their cybersafety’.
Scroll down this page for a listing of Key Dates.
‘A project-oriented educational initiative. Teams work in a co-operative and supportive environment in three distinct challenges : Dance, Rescue and Soccer. Primary and secondary students’.
The 2020 Australian Open will be held in Adelaide on 9 to 11 October 2020. Other dates once these are advised.
‘A state-wide competition for Year 5 to 12 students who investigate a topic of their choice. Students then present their findings to judges from research and industry. The judging is followed by a public presentation’. Operates in North-West Tasmania, Northern Tasmania and Southern Tasmania.
Monitor the Key dates page for specific dates and venues for 2020.
‘Teams consist of up to 5 young women in primary or secondary school [ages 10-18, although younger students with the maturity necessary to complete the program are encouraged to participate]’.
Click on this link for Key Dates and Schedule for both Primary and Secondary groups.
‘The So You Think You Can Design - Textiles challenge is now live ! And if you want to engage your students in the world of wearable technologies, then don’t miss it’. Download further information at this link.
Competition does not seem to be running in 2020.
‘The Student Blogging Challenge is about embracing all of the benefits of publishing online - from learning digital writing skills, and digital citizenship, to developing an authentic audience and connecting with others around the globe. The Student Blogging Challenge has run twice yearly, beginning each March and October’.
There will be a new Challenge in October. No date provided as yet.
You need to subscribe for other updates.
The Global Technology Entrepreneurship Program for Girls. ‘Any girl or young woman [ages 10-18] interested in Technovation Girls is eligible to compete. All students must be between the ages of 10 to 18 as of August 1, 2020. All students must identify as female. No males can enter the competition.Teams are composed of 1 to 5 students. Students can only join 1 team. Competition Divisions are based on the age of the oldest student on the team. Students can participate in Technovation Girls for multiple seasons until they reach the age of 18’.
Regional Pitch Events are cancelled. All other events are now online. Dates are found on the Coronavirus [COVID-19] Updates page.
Round 2 [Semifinals] were held in June. The Technovation Global Summit will be held on 13-14 August 2020.
‘The Archibull Prize will engage Secondary school students in agricultural and environmental awareness through art, design, creativity and teamwork by providing a blank Archie for students to create an artwork on or to use as the subject of an artwork which focuses on the [nominated] theme’. Find details from the following downloads : Important Dates and The Program.
Check the Important Dates link for a timeline of the event.
‘The ATOM Photo Comp is an initiative of Australian Teachers of Media [ATOM]. It provides Australian and New Zealand student and adult photographers with the opportunity to submit a folio of three  photographs adhering to a theme, and win fantastic prizes in the process. The competition runs across five age-group categories : Lower Primary [Years F–3]; Upper Primary [Years 4–6]; Lower Secondary [Years 7–9]; Upper Secondary [Years 10–12]; and Open’.
Entries are now closed. Category Winners will be announced at the 2020 SAE ATOM Awards, held in Melbourne in November 2020.
‘The goal of the main challenge is to program a robot to navigate the Martian terrain. This can be done by writing a program or group of programs to make the rover autonomous and collect data. To encourage good coding practices, students will be given a higher score for well documented and formulated code’. All other details and registration form from the site.
Materials for 2020 are now available through the site. Challenge previously held in the second half of October. Exact dates once these are advised.
Updated ! Top Coder Competition [ANSTO]
‘We invite schools to enter two students from Year 5 and Year 6 in the Top Coder Competition. Students will work collaboratively in a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere with coding and robotics coaches’. Includes both Robotics and Scratch Coding competitions. Held in Sydney for NSW schools.
Due to COVID-19 there will be no details until the beginning of May. You can register if you want updates.
Details of the 2020 Top Coder Competition will not be announced until the beginning of May at the earliest. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive updates on the competition.
‘Participants will design, build and code unique robots for the 2020 mission. The mission is top secret now but will be revealed early in 2020. Teacher and student inductions and professional training will be supplied at no cost and the program is supported by comprehensive learning materials’.
The event will be held on Friday 31 July 2020 at a venue to be determined. Monitor for further information.
‘Middle school, high school, and college/university. More than 11 500 teams from 40 countries playing in over 750 tournaments. Local, regional, national, and world competitions. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by placing Cubes in Towers, or scoring Cubes in Goals’.
Information should still be available from July.
You might check the Game Manual which has now been released.
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 ! Students can sign up now via the above site’.
Competition has now been completed for 2020.
‘Open to students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Wool4School sets the challenge to design an original outfit made from one of the world’s most innovative and natural fibres - Australian Merino wool’.
Registrations closed at the end of May 2020. Submissions close on 23 July 2020. Winners announced on 20 August 2020.
Apprenticeship or Traineeship; Undertaking or completed studies towards a qualification at an RTO/TAFE or University
‘Australia’s Largest Trade and Skill Competition ! Competitions [are] held on a Regional, national and international level. All three levels of competition run biennially’.
World Skills Australia will now run from 29 April to 1 May 2021 in Perth, Western Australia. Registrations open shortly.
WorldSkills Australia operates in 34 regions across Australia. Register here. Regional and International events were held in 2019. The next WorldSkills Australia National Championships will be held in Perth on 13-15 August 2020. Contact your closest Regional Coordinators for more information.
‘The competition’s alignment with the school curriculum enables students to apply what they learn in their ICT/Digital Technologies classroom to develop a technology related project of their choice’.
‘Registrations and Submissions have now closed. Scroll down the page for dates and other details about judging and the Roadshow/Express competition round.
Junior section where ‘ the entrant must be under 18 years of age at the date of close of entries. Entries must fit the criteria of any of the other nine categories’. Categories available on the site.
Prize winners will be announced on 27 August 2020.
‘Make sure you’re on our mailing list to be notified when the next Design an Ad Contest launches’. Western Australian students.
The competition closes on 3 July. Other dates once these are advised.
Find relevant information for Primary and Secondary students by selecting the “Entering” section of the menu. Includes film, animation and other media areas.
Entries are now closed. Finalists previously announced in September and Awards presented in November. Other dates once these are advised.
‘Our goal in showing films from around the world, all made either FOR or BY kids, is to show teens and tweens that making a film can be a powerful way to tell a story, express your emotions, state a point of view and [more importantly] to have fun!’ Multiple sections and themes. Also check this page for additional details, USA Based.
Notification Date was in September and the Event Date was in mid-November. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Encourages South West [WA] students to explore the medium of film and use multi-media formats for production, awareness, marketing and audience reach. Participants need to be 13-18 years old and attending secondary school. This year’ s Cinesnaps theme is The Watch’.
The 2020 Entry Pack is now available. Entries are now closed. Finalists announced in late July. The Grand Finale event previously ran at the end of August. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘National competition for primary and secondary school students or film-makers under 18 years old’. Part of Flickerfest.
Entries for the next competition are now open and close 9 November 2020. 2020 information on the page. Exact dates for the next competition once these are advised.
International Short Film Festival. ‘Entry is open to any student who was enrolled in Year 6-12 [Year 13 in some states] anytime between 9 Oct 2018 and 6 August 2019. Entry is free’. Select Young Filmmakers Competition link on the home page for all details and forms.
Previously, documents had to be submitted to the supervising teacher by the end of August then uploaded in early September. Winning entries to be screened 8-11 October 2020 in Gympie, Queensland. Other dates once these are advised.
‘Little Big Shots is Australia’s largest and only annual touring film festival curated especially for kids. Featuring a selection of short and feature films, the festival lands in all major Australian capital cities. A kids jury awards the best international, local, and child-made films each year’.
Little Big Shots was part of CHIFF [Children’s International Film Festival] in 2019. This will be monitored to see what happens in 2020. Related dates once these are advised.
Cultural Diversity Week. ‘The Primary School Short Film Competition called on our state’s youngest filmmakers to produce a short film that explores what multiculturalism looks like’.
Currently exploring alternative options due to COVID-19.
‘In light of the coronavirus [COVID-19] pandemic, we have delayed the opening of call for entries and are exploring alternative options for this year’s festival’.
‘SmartFone Flick Fest is Australia’s international smartphone film festival for filmmakers of all ages. We are a world-wide festival open to anyone with a smartphone or tablet and a great idea for a short film’. Entry fee applies. SF3 Kids Pick Flick is for students under 16 years of age.
Entries are now open and close on 1 August 2020; films will be screened and Awards given in mid-September. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘If you are currently enrolled in Year 7-12 at any Australian or New Zealand Secondary School you are qualified to enter. As long as your entry is postmarked by the due date, your entry will be accepted with no problems’. Check the Entries link for further information.
Early-Bird Entry now closed. The entry due date is 8 July 2020 with a Short List announced in August. The Festival and Awards are 17 October 2020 at The Majestic Cinema, Nambour, Queensland.
‘The Sydney International Festival of Films by Children is the largest festival of child-produced films in Australia and is part of an international network of similar Festivals. The Festival exists to give Australian children under 13 years the opportunity to screen their films in an international context alongside their peers from all over the world. Entries are currently being accepting for screening in 2020’.
2020 Submission Form is available here. Submit anytime. Films received later than two months before public screenings will be allocated to the next event.
‘Each film must be based on the year’s theme. You can create a piece of fiction, a documentary, a community-service announcement or a music clip [be sure to adhere to copyright rules !]. Your film can be animated or live-action. It might be funny or serious’.
‘Entries are now open and close Midday AEST, Friday 24 July 2020.
Updated ! The Real Film Festival
‘The RFF’s most popular short film competition invites filmmakers of all levels to find inspiration and tell your story through film. Each short film must take inspiration from one of the categories nominated for the year’.
‘In light of the catastrophic economic and social impacts COVID-19 has brought to not only our communities, but the broader national and international communities, the RFF is asking you to tell your story on the impact COVID-19 has had on you, your family and friends, business and community. We invite submissions from filmmakers from around the globe. Successful films will be screened at the Real Film between November 6 to 21, 2020’.
‘Trop Jr is our signature event of 16 finalist films, showcasing the work of incredibly talented filmmakers as individuals or in teams, aged 15 years and younger. Each year, Trop Jr includes a “signature item” which needs to be incorporated into the entries to ensure that they are unique and are made specifically for Trop Jr. This year’s signature item is : . . . ?. Entries must be seven minutes or less, and Trop Jr must be their world premiere. Download our Filmmaker Entry Kit for more information, including technical requirements’.
Tropfest will be held in February 2021. The next competition is likely to open in October 2020 and close in January 2021, with winners screened in February 2021. Screened at Parramatta Park, 20 February 2021.
‘A new component as a part of HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures 2019. We invite students from secondary and tertiary institutions or youth groups, either as individuals or as a group. We are interested in works that respond to the themes of history, culture, remembrance, love, cycles of life and the passage of time. We are open to a wide range of artistic approaches, materials and forms. For more information, please email the curator or contact the office on 02 8575 8100’.
Entries previously closed in May, with Final Student Statement and Forms in late June and installation in late August. Opening Event held in early September. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘The Art Design Awards are open to preschool, primary and secondary school students and teachers in independent schools throughout Queensland. Poster and Entry Form available’ from the site. The theme for 2020 is Perfect Places.
Entries now close 21 July 2020 while an Exhibition and Awards Evening is on 9 September 2020.
Open to students in Primary schools and Years 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 in secondary schools. It ‘invites photographers to interpret “Contemporary Life in Australia” with an emphasis on Australians going about their day-to-day life’.
‘For 2020 and considering the huge changes in the photographic media environment over the past decade, the Moran Arts Foundation will be taking time to review the existing format of the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. Whilst the review is underway, there will be no Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize’.
Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. ‘Open to students of high schools and colleges in Canberra and Queanbeyan. Entries must be submitted through the student’s school or college. All photographs must be taken in the Australian National Botanic Gardens’.
Entries previously closed at the beginning of October with an exhibition of entries from the end of October to mid-November. Prizes awarded in November. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘This year we hope even more students will use their imaginations to create an artwork inspired by this year’s question. Your artwork must be inspired by our question “Why do you love your brain” and fit on an A4-size paper. You can use pens, pencil, crayon, textas or pain’.
Competition closing date was extended to 19 June 2020. Other dates as they become available.
Art competitions and exhibitions for primary and secondary students in Catholic schools in Western Australia. Registration forms on the site.
Primary level entry closes 3 July 2020 the secondary level closing date for online entries is 31 July 2020. Delivery of entries on 3-5 August 2020. The exhibition will not be open for public viewing. A 3D Virtual Tour of the exhibition will be made available on the Catholic Arts website enabling full visual access to the display.
‘This international art competition is open to all students 11-19 years old. Students must be enrolled in primary or secondary school, or the home school equivalent. The theme for the 2020 Challenge is Take Action : Conserve Coral Reefs’.
The deadline to apply for the Science without Borders® Challenge was late April, 2020. This document provides a wealth of detail about the event.
There are five categories available for you to choose from. These include Drawing, Painting, Indigenous, Photography and Computer Art. Entry form available from the site. You can also review a wide range of previous entries in all categories.
Entries close 18 September, 2020.
‘This visual art award is open to Western Australian school students and encourages imagination, innovation and creativity’. Multiple levels for different age/grade groups.
Due to COVID-19 we are still finalising details. There should be more information soon. You can register for email updates.
Cancelled for 2020 but we look forward to returning in 2021.
‘Students in Years 7-12 are invited to paint a portrait of a well known Australian; an Australian they respect/admire; or undertake a self portrait’.
Previously listed as The Black Swan Prize.
COVID-19 - we continue to work on this but it will be done remotely later in the year.
‘Call for Entries will commence in April 2020’. Entries previously closed at the end of July with Finalists announced in mid-August. Winners were announced in mid-November. Touring exhibition from December 2020 to February 2021. Exact dates once these are advised.
Art Gallery NSW. ‘The Young Archie competition invites budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 to submit a portrait. There are four age categories : 5-8 year olds, 9-12 year olds, 13-15 year olds and 16-18 year olds’.
Now completed and judged. Will be displayed online later in the year, date to be announced.
Young Archie exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW 9 May – 6 September 2020. Winners announced 4 July 2020.
‘An annual National Songwriting Competition for every Primary and Secondary School, both public and private, in Australia’. Terms & Conditions found here. Winner automatically agrees to perform their winning song at the request of ACMF for a 12 month period from mid-November.
Now open - entries close on 3 August 2020. For 2020, the competition has had some changes – the competition is now open to young songwriters from Year 1 to Year 12.
‘The competition is open to young people aged 12-21 years. To enter write a 30 second composition and submit a score and recording online’.
‘Entry deadline is 5pm, Monday 1 June 2020. Entries are now closed for 2020. We will reopen the competition again in February 2021’.
‘Australia’s richest and most prestigious competition for young opera and classical singers’. Suited to senior secondary and tertiary students. People must be under 26 years of age. Find all details and dates on the How to enter page.
Cancelled for 2020. We hope to return in 2021.
‘The Semi-Finals were to take place in Sydney on Friday 3 July and Sunday 5 July. The Finals Concert were to be staged in the Verbrugghen Hall of Sydney Conservatorium at 7pm on Saturday 26 September 2020’..
University of Southern Queensland. ‘Entry into the Competition is free and open to an ‘Eligible Entrant’ who is an Australian Secondary School Student currently in Years 10-12 who is the sole author of the Song [written lyrics] submitted’. Other details available from the Terms and Conditions link in the How to Enter section of the home page.
Competition has now been completed for 2020.
National Songwriting Competition. ‘For all schools - primary and secondary, State and independent, metropolitan, regional and remote. Registration is free. Winners have the chance to participate in a one day songwriting workshop [travel and accommodation provided]’.
The 2020 Songwriting Competition entries have now closed. Celebration Day 2020 will take place on 5 November 2020.
‘A state-wide film-scoring competition open to all secondary school students in Queensland. The competition challenges young composers to create an original composition to accompany a short film produced by the Griffith Film School. Based on year level, students compete in either Score IT! Junior or Senior by composing and recording a soundtrack using instruments of their choice’.
Now moved to Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium. Competition is currently in planning and dates will be available soon.
Finalists were previously known in July with an Awards Ceremony in late July. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘We’re looking for the BEST act in high school’. At least 50% of the group/act must be in high school. Details on site. The Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative runs in conjunction with the Unearthed High program.
Registrations previously closed at the end of July. The competition ran throughout August. Exact dates once these are advised.