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Student Competitions

Throughout each year academic and other 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 groups. Where specific levels are important, this is included. In some instances, the listing is broken into further sub-directories, e.g. Language → Writing, Spelling, Public Speaking, Debating, … .

No sporting competitions are listed. These are often of a local nature, while state based options are usually notified either through major school or sporting bodies direct to schools. The same applies to Eisteddfods.

Challenges

  • Anzac Day Schools’ Awards
    ‘Designed to encourage initiative and creativity in the way that schools commemorate Anzac Day, with an emphasis on inventiveness balanced with tradition’.
    Competition Closing Date : 27 May 2016.
  • 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’.
  • Australian International Model Solar Challenge
    ‘Tens of thousands of Australian high school and primary students have participated in this hands-on science program’. The Tasmanian Model Solar Challenge is only one state level challenge as part of this.
    Registrations have not opened for the Australian Challenge yet.
  • Junior Landcare Challenges
    Information about several challenges, all in the primary years. Some have restrictions relating to area and schooling form such as Distance Education.
  • 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.
    A Registration link will be available from May 2016. Check the first site above.
  • 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.
    Information regarding registration for FIRST® Tech Challenge 2016 Season will be published later this year.
  • 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.]
  • Little Big Idea
    Origin Energy For Schools. If you’re in Years 3 to 8, chances are you’ve got some great ideas bouncing around that brain of yours. And we want to hear all about them.
  • Updated ! 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’.
    Entries Close : Challenge Stage - Now Closed; Enrichment Stage - Friday 13 May.
  • Money Stuff Challenge
    ‘Challenges students to be creative in researching and developing consumer messages using fun, interactive media and creative publicity that will appeal to their peers and quickly grab their attention. Open to NSW high school students in Years 8-10’.
  • MS Readathon
    A Reading Challenge supporting a charity. Four age groupings 0-6, 7-12, 13-17, 18 and Above. All details on their new site.
    Registrations open : June/July.
  • National Computer Science School Challenge
    ‘Online programming competition 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’.
    Sign up your class here !
  • 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’.
    Send the entries to your state coordinator before Friday August, 26. Details from the site..
  • NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge
    ‘A range of initiatives with one common purpose - to have more students, more active, more of the time !’
    See entry details on the above site.
  • 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.
    Regional Events will run on various weekends in August. Other details from the site.
    Registrations must be completed by June 10 2016
    .

Premier’s Reading Challenges

  • Premier’s Active April
    ‘Part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to promote healthy and active lifestyles and get Victorians more active, more often’.
    Challenge operates throughout and you can register right up till the end of April.
  • Premier’s Be Active Challenge - SA
  • Read More in May
    Scholastic. ‘The competition is open to students, Scholastic Book Club Organisers and Teachers from registered participating schools in Australia’. Relevant details from the site.
    Runs throughout May and ‘The entry form will be available on this website from 1 June’.
  • Re-imagine Learning Challenge
    ‘Open to all individuals, organisations, and partnerships from around the world who are using play or playful approaches to enrich learning’. More for staff and parents than pupils.
  • 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 Competition [see Science section below].
    Team Registration Deadline for the competitions is 30 June 2016.
  • 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’.
  • The Global Enterprise Challenge
    ‘An online international enterprise skills competition to be held for high school students. Plus an optional exciting simulation challenge to run online’.
    NOT running in 2016.
  • The 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’. The Tasmanian Science & Engineering Challenge details are found here.
    Registrations for the Tasmanian Challenge are now open. Events will be held at different centres from 18 to 26 May 2016.
  • UniSchools Steer Challenge
    University of Western Sydney. ‘Held annually, the UniSchools Steer competition brings together 16 high schools from across Sydney to compete as individuals and school team members in a steer-raising challenge’.
  • Yates Junior Landcare Challenge
    ‘You need to be 17 or under. Take a photo [no bigger than 2MB] that includes your Yates competition planter stake, write a short story [maximum 50 words] and upload them together to the gallery’.

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Competitions

Language

Debating

Public Speaking

Spelling

  • Spellmasters
    ‘Any Australian school student up to Year 9 may enter. Junior division : Grade 5 & under; Senior division : Year 9 & under’.
    Entries have now closed for the Junior division.

Writing

  • 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.
    Entries Close : Competitions listed in months corresponding to closing dates.
  • Updated ! Creative Writing Competition
    ‘Express yourself and enter the University of Adelaide Creative Writing competitions. Submit one or two pieces of work, fiction or non-fiction with a maximum of 1 500 words each’.
  • CYA Hatchlings
    ‘All writers/illustrators who are between 8 - 18 years old, who have not been published in book format within the CYA genres’.
    Entries Close : 30 April 2016.
  • Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
    ‘The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia’.
    Entries accepted: March 1 to June 30.
  • Updated ! Gen Z Competition
    ‘We want to know what WA’s young people have to say about the world we live in, and life in general. Entry is open to Year 7-12 students in WA schools’.
    Entries close Friday September 9 2016.
  • Gen zED!! Competition
    ‘Choose from the story options and have a go at writing your own ! Entry is open to Year 3-8 students in WA schools’.
  • Updated ! Heywire [ABC]
    ‘Open to people aged 16-22, to submit a story about life in Australia outside the major cities’.
    Entries close 16 September 2016.
  • Junior Authors Poetry Contest
    ‘Free International Poetry Contest Open to Young Writers Ages 9 to 21 from Every Country’. See details about age groups.
    Competition is now closed.
  • Litlinks [ACTATE]
    ‘Creative writing competition open to all ACT school students in Yrs 9-10 & 11-12. All genres of writing are accepted’.
  • QIEU Literary Competition
    ‘Students and teachers in Queensland and Northern Territory schools are invited’.
    Entries close 22 July 2016.
  • The Family Law Screenwriting Competition [SBS]
    ‘Budding screenwriters should submit their very own opening scene screenplay inspired by a funny family moment for their chance to win an iPad mini and feedback from Benjamin Law. A self-directed resource guides students aged 15-20 years through the best practice for writing a TV screenplay’.
    Competition has now closed for 2016.
  • The Somerset Novella Writing Competition
    ‘Open to all Australian high school students. Supported by Bond University and Penguin Group’.
    Competition is now closed for 2016.
  • The Somerset National Poetry Prize
    ‘The purpose is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students’.
    Competition is now closed for 2016.
  • Unleash the Writer within You
    ‘The Australian Medical Student Association is proud to announce the launch of its 2015 essay-writing competition. We are calling for entries from all medical students in Australia and we have some great cash prizes to give away for the best entries’.
  • Updated ! What Matters ? Competition [Whitlam Institute]
    ‘A writing competition that gives Year 5 - 12 students in NSW and the ACT a chance to say what matters to them in society today’.
    Entries Close : 6 May 2016.
  • Updated ! 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 TOPIC and in ANY STYLE. Students from ALL GRADES are welcome to enter - Kindergarten to Grade 12’.
    Entries have now closed for 2016.
  • Updated ! WriteOn
    ‘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’. BOSTES.
  • 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’.
    Competition Closing Date : 20 May, 2016.

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Mathematics

  • Australian Statistics Competition
    Three divisions for secondary level students across Australia. All information available on the site.
    Entries Close : Friday 5 August, 2016.
  • Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads
    Up to 30 students from an individual school comprise a team. Registration and other information from the site.
    Registrations are now closed.
  • 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’.
    Entries Close : Thursday 5 May, 2016.
  • Have Sum Fun Online
    MAWA. ‘HSFOL is designed to foster mathematical problem solving for students in Years 3-10 across Australia’.
    Registration is available for each of the four terms. See site for details.
  • Investigating with Mathematics
    ‘Aims to promote interest in mathematics and foster positive attitudes amongst students, teachers and parents. Students from Kindergarten to Year 10 in NSW are eligible to enter’.
    Registration Closing Date : 13 May, 2016.
  • Maths Talent Quest
    MAV, Victoria. ‘All students from the Early Years to Year 12 can enter the Maths Talent Quest’.
    Registration open on 11 April with a closing date of 18 July, 2016.
  • Reach for the Stars
    AAMT has conducted Australia-wide activities for schools as part of National Literacy and Numeracy Week. By submitting your results, you can go into the draw to win some great prizes for your classroom. For information, contact an AAMT Affiliated Association in your state or territory’. Preschool to Year 12. Also check the Literacy and Numeracy Week pages.
  • SA School Mathematics Competition
    ‘For South Australian students in Years 6 - 13’. All other details from the site.
    Competition has now closed for 2016.
  • 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’.
    Entries Close : 13 May 2016.

Other Areas

  • New ! Ekka : Education on Show Competition
    ‘A competition devoted to showcasing work by Queensland students and covers a wide range of contemporary curriculum related skills and activities’.
    Entries close : Friday 17 June 2016 at 5pm. Queensland.
  • Updated ! Ekka : School Garden Competition
    ‘For school students to learn and apply their gardening schools in a fun, competitive environment and win fantastic prizes for their school. Open to both primary and secondary students’.
    Entries close : Friday 17 June 2016 at 5pm. Queensland.
  • Face The Challenge Australian School Crossword Competition
    Save The Bilby Fund. ‘We encourage all Australian school children to participate. The competition is Free to Enter and provides a wonderful research opportunity for students and will help to educate them about our endangered Australian wildlife’.
  • Updated ! German School Film Festival [Goethe-Institut]
    Multiple age groups - Years 3 to 6, Years 7 to 9, Years 10 to 12. ‘Production of a short feature film, animation or cartoon film in German. Maximum length 4 minutes’. Entry forms and other information from the site.
    Entries close : 10 August [SA, WA] and 9 September [other states/territories].
  • 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, [however entries from Year 10 Students will be considered]’.
    Competition dates and registration details for all areas are found here. April, May 2016.
  • 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.
    Competition and Official Closing Dates for all competitions are found on this page.
  • 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.
    Registrations have now closed.
  • Updated ! 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’.
    Registrations are still open for the event which runs from 16-26 May 2016.
  • Panda Competition
    ‘Conducted every year by the Australia China Friendship Society and is open to students from Preschools, Primary schools and High schools’.
    Entries close Friday 23 September 2016.
  • Philosothon
    ‘Held in various 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’.

Science

  • Updated ! Australian Space Design Competition
    ‘Would you like to design your own futuristic space station ?’
  • Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize
    ‘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’.
    Entries have now closed for 2016.
  • Be Kind to Animals Week School Competition
    ‘The nationwide competition is about inspiring and empowering students to take positive action for animal welfare. All Australian primary and secondary schools are eligible to enter and submit a photo or video that demonstrates their kind deed’.
  • BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards
    ‘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.
  • Updated ! Big Science Competition
    ‘Encourages critical thinking and problem solving skills. Challenges secondary students from Australian and International schools in Junior, Intermediate and Senior divisions’.
    Registrations close : 27 April, 2016 [pen and paper]; 13 May, 2016 [online].
  • Chevron Focus Environment Competition
    ‘Choose one or more of the categories to focus on. Entry is open to primary and secondary students in WA schools’.
  • CREST [CSIRO]
    ‘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.
  • Updated ! Crystal Growing Competitions
    Links to these in 6 states and territories. Primary and Junior Secondary students.
    Dates and information contacts for all states available from this page.
  • Eureka : Sleek Geeks Science Prize
    ‘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 here. Primary and Secondary competitions.
    Online Entries close 6 May 2016; Written Entries close 13 May 2016.
  • Expedition Class
    Has 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.
  • Google Science Fair
    ‘The largest global online science competition that celebrates the curiosity and investigations of young scientists everywhere !’
    Competition closed for projects : 18 May 2016.
  • NATA Young Scientist Award
    ‘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.
  • Queensland Science Contest [STAQ]
    ‘An opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to grade 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes’.
    Entries close : 9 October 2016.
  • Robogals
    ‘A student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology’. A non-competition process.
  • Science for Growth Awards
    ‘Entry to the Science for Growth Awards is open to students in Years 9 and 10 from all schools or home schools throughout Australia’.
  • Science iQ [STAWA]
    Western Australian schools. ‘A series of separate online science competitions. ScienceiQ is for school teams of four students’. Year 5 to Year 10.
    Dates for Term 2, 3 and 4 Competitions are found here.
  • Science Victoria : Science Talent Search
    ‘Science based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria’.
    Registrations close : 30 May, 2016.
  • Updated ! Science Talent Search [STAWA]
    ‘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’.
    Registrations close : 22 July 2016.
  • SPECTRA
    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.
  • STANSW Young Scientist
    ‘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’. New categories have been added.
    Registrations close : 19 August 2016 [Models and Inventions projects] and 26 August 2016 [Scientific Investigation entries].
  • The Amazing Spaghetti Machine Contest
    ‘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 have now closed for 2016.
  • UTAS Science Investigations Awards
    ‘Students [Year 5-12] carry out a science investigation and present their findings to science/industry judges’.
    Check back on this site for Registration information [June/July].

Biology

  • Australian Science Olympiads
    ‘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.
    Registrations close : 20 July, 2016; Event on 3 August 2016.
  • Updated ! iGEM Competition
    ‘Annual, world wide, synthetic biology event aimed at undergraduate university students, as well as high school and graduate students’.
    Late Registration until 1 May 2016.
  • Updated ! Strange Nature - The Synthetic Biology Writing Competition
    ‘Are you a high school student interested in synthetic biology ? Write a maximum of 1 000 words inspired by the [above] question for your chance to win’.
    Entries appear to close in September or October.
  • UQ Sunflower Competition
    Students in Years 8-10 and 11-12 in Queensland. Awards for different aspects.
    Registrations are now closed.

Chemistry

Physics

  • Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Physics
    Registrations close : 20 July, 2016.
  • IYPT Australia
    ‘The nature of the tournament promotes scientific research and problem solving stretching the participants to work on very complex problems’. Secondary students.
    Registrations now closed for 2016.

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Social Sciences

Economics & Business Studies

  • Australian Economics and Business Studies Competition
    ‘Both competitions will comprise of 40 multiple-choice questions. Students will be competing in two divisions : Junior Division - Year 11 and below or Senior Division - Year 12 and equivalent’. UNSW.
  • BlueShift Business Case Competition
    ‘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’.
    Registration are now closed for 2016.
  • Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition
    ‘Secondary students studying in Australia or New Zealand are invited to enter the competition by completing a 3 000 word plan on a creative idea for a small business’.
    Entries close Friday 2 September 2016.
  • New ! Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition
    ‘For young people aged between 15-35 years. The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a global programme and an online platform, which supports the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).’.
    Entries Close : 30 June 2016.

Geography

  • Asiawise Project
    ‘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 [Aus years 7 & 8 - NZ 8 & 9] and upper [Aus years 9 & 10 - NZ 10 & 11]’.
    Asia Wise can be used at any time from March to December. You need to register two weeks before you wish to use the program.
  • Australian Geography Competition
    ‘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’.
    Competition 16-27 May, 2016. Deadline to enter is 8 April 2016. Late entries still appear to be accepted.
  • Updated ! The International Geography Olympiad [iGeo]
    ‘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’.
    Linked to the above competition.

History

  • Anzac Day Schools’ Award
    ‘Open to all Australian primary and secondary schools. Schools can enter as an individual class or the whole school, with a limit of one entry per school’.
    Competition Closing Date : 27 May, 2016.
  • Australian History Competition
    ‘Each competition will present 50 multiple choice questions. Questions will focus on key elements of the Australian History Curriculum - sound historical knowledge, historical skills and historical understandings’. Year 10 and Year 8 Competition levels.
    Competition Begins : 25 May, 2016 but entries have now closed.
  • HTAV Historical Fiction Competition
    ‘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. Victoria.
    Entries close : 1 September, 2016.
  • Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize
    ‘An annual competition held to select Year 9 or 10 students [Victoria] for an overseas study tour of sites where Australians have served in war, centred on Gallipoli or the Western Front’.
    Entries have now closed for 2015-16.
  • Remembrance Day Poster Competition
    ‘Victorian Primary Schools are invited to show off their creative skills and submit their design for the annual Shrine’s Remembrance Day poster’.
  • The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize
    ‘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]’.
    Entries close Friday 26 August 2016.
  • Updated ! The Premier’s Anzac Prize [Qld]
    ‘Gives 50 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 2017 Prize open on Monday 18 April 2016.
  • Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize [SA]
    ‘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 have now closed for 2016.
  • The Simpson Prize
    ‘A national competition for Year 9 and 10 students’. Details are on the site.
    The deadline for entries for the 2017 Prize is 11 November 2016. Send to your State or Territory Coordinator.

Technology

  • ATOM Awards
    Find all the categories for Primary and Secondary students by selecting the “Entering” section of the menu.
    Competition Closing Date : Midday AEST, Friday 3 June 2016.
  • Aurecon - Bridge Building Competition
    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.
    Registration is now open.
  • Australian Informatics Olympiad
    ‘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’.
    Entries are now closed.
  • Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge
    ‘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’.
  • Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT]
    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’.
    Entries have closed for 2016.
  • EngQuest
    ‘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’.
    Registrations open. Details on site.
  • F1 in Schools [REA Foundation]
    ‘The world’s largest secondary school technology program. Involves over nine million students from 17 000 schools in 31 nations’.
    School Registration for 2016 is now open. Team Registration for 2016 will open soon.
  • FIRST Robotics Competition
    ‘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’.
    Registration are now closed for 2016.
  • FlickerUp
    ‘National competition for primary and secondary school students or filmmakers under 18 years old’. Part of Flickerfest.
    Entries have now closed for 2016.
  • Google Code-in
    ‘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’.
    Entries are now closed.
  • Imagine Cup Australia
    ‘The world’s premier student technology competition’. Students must be at least 16 years of age and satisfy a number of other requirements. Individual and team competitions.
  • OzCLO - Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad
    ‘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’.
    Entries have now closed for 2016.
  • RoboCupJunior Australia
    ‘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’.
    Event will be held on 17-18 September, 2016. Information pack will be available for download from early in 2016.
  • Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero
    ‘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]’.
    All teams had to begin the Technovation Curriculum on 11 April, 2016.
  • The Great Victorian Coding Challenge
    ‘Open to students in Victorian primary and secondary schools, although the challenge is best suited to primary school children in Year 2 and above. Offers students the chance to learn how to code - or to build on their existing coding skills’.
    The Great Victorian Coding Challenge closes on Friday 15 May 2015.
  • VEX Robotics Australian Competition
    ‘The VEX Robotics Competition is the ultimate STEM activity for middle school and high school students [ages 11-18]’. The VEX IQ Robotics Competition ‘is a brand new STEM program for elementary and middle school students [ages 8-14]’.
  • Wool4School Student Design Competition
    ‘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 close : Tuesday 31 May 2016; Submissions close in August 2016.
  • WorldSkills Australia
    ‘Australia’s Largest Trade and Skill Competition ! Competitions [are] held on a regional, national and international level. All three levels of competition run biennially’.
    The next round of WorldSkills Australia Regional Competitions will commence in 2017.
  • Young ICT Explorers
    ‘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 close : 31 May 2016.

The Arts

  • Updated ! ANZANG Nature Photographer
    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.
    Entries have now closed for 2016.
  • CinéfestOZ Short Film Competition
    ‘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’.
    Competition Closing Date : 5pm Thursday 30 June, 2016. Check their Entry Pack for other essential details.
  • Doodle 4 Google
    ‘We’re inviting school students in Years 1-10 to sharpen their pencils, use their imagination and artistic talent to create a Google doodle depicting their vision for … ’.
  • My Story My Content Short Film Competition
    ‘Entry is free, and open to all students in Australia and New Zealand’. Primary, secondary and tertiary categories.
  • Schools Photographic Competition
    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’.
  • Updated ! Screen It
    ACMI. An ‘epic moving image competition for Primary and Secondary school students. Screen It is designed to educate, encourage and foster the next generation of young moving image makers’.
    Entries open Monday 1 August, 2016 and close Monday 19 September 2016.
  • Screenshot Competition
    ‘Offers students an opportunity to develop their photographic skills and gain recognition for their efforts’. Three school levels for entry. Art Gallery of NSW.
  • Wakakirri
    ‘The ultimate performing and visual arts challenge for schools’. Sections on site for students [primary & secondary] and teachers.
    Story Dance registrations are closed but National Screen Challenge still open until 25th July 2016.

Art

  • Updated ! Angelico Exhibition
    Art competition and exhibition for secondary students in Catholic schools in Western Australia.
  • Updated ! OzKids Art Awards
    ‘Open to Australian primary and secondary school students and free to enter. Children can choose to enter into any one of the following categories : drawing, painting, photography or computer art and will be judged according to 3 different age groups’.
    Entries Close : 5pm, Friday 7 October, 2016.
  • QIEU Art Design Awards
    ‘Preschool, primary and secondary school students and teachers in independent schools throughout Queensland are invited to submit artworks’.
    Closing date for artworks and Entries is 22 July 2016.

Music

  • ACMF National Songwriting Competition
    ‘An annual National Songwriting Competition for every Primary and Secondary School, both public and private, in Australia’.
    Second half of 2016. Monitor for information.
  • Artology - Fanfare Competition
    ‘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’.
    Entries Close : 5pm, Monday 23 May 2016.
  • Australian Singing Competition
    ‘Australia’s richest and most prestigious competition for young opera and classical singers’. Suited to senior secondary and tertiary students.
    Entries have now closed for 2016.
  • Music : Count Us In
    ‘For all schools - primary and secondary, State and independent, metropolitan, regional and remote. Registration is free’.
    Registrations for Music : Count Us In 2016 are now open.
  • Triple J Unearthed High Competition
    ‘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.

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