Each year, a multitude of competitions are available for students and schools. These cover all curriculum areas. Some are run by subject organisations, others by governments, private organisations, even international groups.
Competitions are listed in curriculum areas [Language, Mathematics, The Arts, … ] plus Challenges and Other Areas sections. In some cases, the listing is broken into sub-directories, e.g. Language → Writing, Spelling, Public Speaking, Debating, … .
Sporting competitions and events such as Eisteddfods are not listed on either page.
Competitions vary from local, state, national and international level. While most run in calendar years, others start in one year and end in the next, e.g. Tropfest, ANZAC Day. Many are free to enter, others have entry fees either for individuals or teams. In addition, included competitions may apply to different levels or combinations of school levels or ages as indicated.
We have broken the listing into two pages for two reasons. The first limits the size of both pages. The second allows for additions over the coming year from recommendations or our discovery.
A button indicating which group of students it is intended for. Some buttons have an *.
For details see the second last point below.
- This is the link to the competition page. Click on it to find information including an overview, entry, rules, date[s], venue, costs, … .
- A short summary of the competition and any special features.
- * = special factors about the competition, e.g. groupings, geographic areas, male/female, homeschoolers or not, … .
- Directions [including links] to essential information such as Entry requirements, Key Dates, special requirements [e.g. number of words for a story], costs, prizes, contact details, etc..
‘Schools will have the chance to showcase their healthy initiatives and win exclusive prizes with our new regional challenge, launching in October 2022 [November in Australia]. The entry process for the challenge is a very simple two-step process. You will be required to login with your registration details and then complete an online form consisting of a series of questions. There will also be an opportunity to submit visual evidence to support your entry, which is optional. Winning schools from the four locations will then be automatically entered into the regional competition to determine one overall winner, both in the primary and secondary school categories’.
* ‘Available to children within the above ages, whose schools are involved in the AIA Healthiest Schools Program. If interested in this, there is considerable information in the Program Guide using the link at the top of this entry’.
The Program launched in Australia in November 2022 and the Challenge will be launched in February 2023. For all details go to the last two pages of the Program Guide using the link at the top of this entry.
‘Each FIRST LEGO League partner [from 2020 invited regions] will receive a Google form link for pre-registration to be forwarded to qualified/invited teams. Registration will begin on Friday, 3 July at 8 am. Teams should plan to arrive in Sydney the night before’. Other details from the site.
FIRST Tech Challenge APOC is tentatively scheduled to return as a physical event in 2023. Please check this space for updates.
‘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, ageing, sleep, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke’. Round 1 in Schools, Round 2 is at State/Region Level, Round 3 is National. Organised for Year 10 students. Brain Bee lessons can be found here : https://worldseries.educationperfect.com/brainbeecontent.html.
Check the Brain Bee FAQ 2023 as a starting point for the coming Challenge. Further information on all rounds can be found here.
‘Tens of thousands of Australian high school and primary students have participated in this hands-on science program’. In addition to the main challenge, there are also state events found in the links below.
The above page has links to an earlier year’s Registration Information plus a Contact link where you can get in touch and find out more. Check to monitor for updated information.
Years 1 -12
‘The UNSW SunSprint Model Solar Challenge runs each year on the first Saturday in September - coinciding with UNSW Open Day. SunSprint is on Friday and Saturday while MiniSprint, Solar Boats and the Solar Pursuit events are on Saturday’. Registration via Sunsprint and Minisprint in the top menu.
The solar challenge is open to students up to Year 12
Descriptor, date and venue are available from the above page.
Years 1 -12
The Event page provides date and venue [first paragraph] plus further information. A First timers click here page also provides information including a link [email] so you can ‘be kept up to date on the event and other useful information’.
Years 7 -12
Date, Venue, Registration, Rules & Regulations [including a Timeline] and an Event Flyer are all available from the above page.
‘We offer seven different academic Challenges in areas of STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics], fine arts, service learning, and early learning. New ! Challenge Experience is found here’.
For those interested, Starting a Team details are available from the site with a link to the Australian affiliate available to determine cost in A$s. Check the Team Challenges section for further details.
Updated ! 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.
National Championships occur in the first two weeks of December.
‘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.
The FIRST® Tech Challenge season in Australia began in June, when teams generally form and registration opens. Season kick-off is in early September when the season’s game is announced. The design and build season runs from September to the end of October. Tournament season varies by region and can begin as early as October and continues through April. Regional Qualifying Events in Australia advance teams to the Australian National Championship [in December] and winners earn spots at FIRST Championship USA at the end of [the following] April.
New ! Game Changer Challenge
‘The Game Changer Challenge is the NSW Department’s award-winning design thinking competition. Open to all 2 200+ public schools across the state the challenge centres on discovering solutions for a real-world, wicked problem by applying classroom learning. Now in its fifth year, the Game Changer Challenge will be returning bigger and better than ever ! All teams will work through both the create and advocate processes to produce a robust solution to one of our society’s most pressing issues. Enter your school in the Game Changer Challenge 2023 now and be the first to know when the wicked problem and playbook resources are released in Term 1 2023’.
The Global Academic Challenge is available to all schools in NSW. Enter your school in the Game Changer Challenge 2023 now and be the first to know when the wicked problem and playbook resources are released in Term 1 2023.
‘The Global Academic Challenge is a unique opportunity to stretch high-achieving students to apply their knowledge and skills beyond the curriculum. The questions encourage students to actively engage with real-life contexts to solve problems, apply knowledge and employ a range of strategies. The Challenge is a valuable opportunity to recognise what your students can achieve and to celebrate their academic success within your school community. The challenge operates across three different learning areas, Mathematics, Reading and Science’.
* ‘The Global Academic Challenge is available to all schools in Australia. Registrations are now open. Register to join the Challenge as the Challenge is currently available through registered schools only’.
All essential information from Administering the Challenge [including Challenge Dates] through Registration, Pricing, last date to purchase assessments, Requests, FAQs and contact information are available on the Schools page.
‘Celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination’. Resources available from the site. [USA, but done in 46 countries.]
‘Cardboard Challenges can take place any time of year in any context’. FAQs are answered on a New ! Special FAQs Page.
‘Research a moment that matters to your class, school, community or the nation. You might be inspired by these websites : Defining Moments in Australian History, Australian’s Defining Moments Digital Classroom and Momentous, or tell us about a moment that is unique to your local area. Collaborate with your classmates to produce a video about your defining moment. Stage a play, perform a dance, film an artwork, make a documentary, produce an animation or surprise us with your creativity. Your video must be at least 30 seconds long and no longer than 4 minutes.
* Teachers must submit all entries on behalf of their students or school. Prizes will be awarded to 10 winners [$2 000] and 10 runners up [$500] in the categories listed on the page above..
All details are provided on, or linked from, the above page. The 2023 Challenge details have still to be added.
‘The Indigital Minecraft Education Challenge invites Indigenous and non-Indigenous students from Foundation to Year 10 to discover and explore their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge, histories and languages using Minecraft Education Edition. The 2021 Challenge invited students to explore the 2021 National NAIDOC theme – Heal Country’.
* Previous categories included : Best Minecraft World [Foundation to Year 6]; Best Minecraft World [Year 7 to Year 10]; and Best Narrative [Foundation to Year 10].
Register your interest and subscribe to our newsletter for 2023 information.
ACER. ‘A new team-based mathematical competition for Australian secondary students. Operating in teams, comprising up to four students from the same school, participants must work collaboratively to solve a problem [set globally] by devising and applying an original mathematical model’. All details on the main site.
Important Dates for 2023 are also found on the New ! Registration and Rules page. The Challenge beings in early February.
‘This year’s Challenge is a 2-part challenge. The task in each part is designed to appeal to a range of students. A wide range of outcomes are possible and anticipated. That is why the same challenge is to be presented to Junior [Gr 5-6], Intermediate [Gr 7] and Senior [Gr 8-9] teams’.
You may start the Challenge whenever you wish. Teams must submit their work to you no more than one month after starting the Challenge [Still showing a previous Challenge] Monitor for 2023 information.
A Reading Challenge supporting a charity. Four age groupings 0-6, 7-12, 13-17, 18 and Above. All details on their site.
Go to the Updated ! MS Readathon : Register Interest for 2023 page and they will keep you up to date.
‘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. The theme for 2023 is … ’.
‘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.
* ‘Teams of 4 to 7 members may be entered according to details : DIVISION I – P-6, DIVISION II – P-9, DIVISION III – P-12 and OPEN DIVISION – P-ADULT including Tertiary Students : Open to EVERYONE!!!’.
‘In 2022 School Registrations closed 10 June and Challenges and Team Nominations opened 18 July 2022. and closed 27 July 2022’. Monitor for 2023 information.
Premier’s Reading Challenges 
‘You can choose your own books or ask your parents, teacher, librarian at your school or Library for their suggestions. This year, why don’t you challenge yourself to read something different ?’
Important Dates and Instructions for Students are found on the How to Meet the Challenge page.
‘The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely’. There is now a separate Student’s Page as well as the main page.
Important Dates and Rules are found on the Rules page. 2023 dates have now been added.
‘The Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge encourages students to read more books for pleasure. Every student from Transition to Year 6 in the Northern Territory is challenged to read 12 books in 24 weeks. Eligible books include printed books, digital books and audiobooks. For younger children, a book that is read aloud by an adult counts towards their total’. The challenge begins in early March and closes in the second half of August.
Key Dates and Guidelines plus information about Student Reading Records, Access to books, Grants for remote schools, Students with disability, Home education families and more are found via the home page.
‘The Premier’s Reading Challenge is not a competition but a way to encourage students to develop a love of reading for life’. A School Information Kit should be available shortly. Teachers and parents can determine when they commence and conclude the reading challenge to suit their requirements, as long as they are within the time frames outlined.
* Prep to Year 9, as well as children [aged up to 5 years] enrolled in an early childhood centre.
Find all Key Dates on this page.
‘The Premier’s Reading Challenge is a literacy engagement program that was introduced by the Premier in 2004 to encourage students to read more books and enjoy reading and also to improve literacy levels’.
* Includes students ‘in South Australian government and non-government schools as well as home education students’.
Find all Key Dates and other information are found on this page.
‘Reading is just like sport - the more you practise the better you get. I encourage students to take up the challenge of reading at least 10 books in 10 weeks’.
* Includes students ‘in government and non-government schools as well as home education students’.
For Important Dates, check the Key Dates page..
‘Literacy and numeracy skills lay the foundation for success in learning and in life. The challenge is a practical and fun way for children and students from birth to year 10 to build these life skills’.
* Includes students in government and non-government schools as well as home education students. ‘For children below school age see details at the bottom of this page’.
For Important Dates, check the Key Dates page.
Premier’s Other Challenges 
Updated ! NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge
‘The Premier’s Sporting Challenge [PSC] is a multi-faceted program offering a range of initiatives to students and teachers across the state. It is a multi-faceted program and an initiative which encourages corporate and school staff to become more active and focus on their wellbeing over an 8-10 week period during Term 3’. An additional component, ‘Race Around Australia [RAA] was added to the NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge suite of programs in 2021 and there are important changes that PSC Facilitators and schools should be aware of’ if you have not been involved for longer than this, so be sure to check these.
The Challenge period commences any time after registration but has to conclude by the last week of Term 3 to allow for award certificates to be printed and distributed to schools. All other details via links from the home page.
‘The Premier’s be active Challenge is about encouraging students to be more active, more often. Participants are rewarded with medals if they complete at least 60 minutes of physical activity on at least 5 days per week for at least 4 weeks’. Information for Government Schools, Non-Government Schools and Home Schools/Families.
* ‘Open to all South Australian students, as well as home schools and families’.
For Important Dates, check the Key Dates page.
‘Readers Cup is organised by the Queensland Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. It challenges students to read widely, work collaboratively in a team and continue developing a love of reading. It allows readers to compete at a regional and state level similar to sporting competitions and to meet other students with an equal passion for books’.
* Queensland only. Not all regions will include Years 9 - 10. Check the Regional Information for details of your region or email your regional coordinator.
A Timeline provides both information and dates across Terms 1 - 3. Details about the 2023 Competition will appear on the home page in the new year.
Updated ! Science and Engineering Challenge
‘A nationwide STEM* outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with communities, Rotary clubs, universities and sponsors. Through the SEC, students experience aspects of science and engineering which they would not usually see in their school environment’.
* Information about activities for both groups [and retired activities] are detailed on the Updated ! Our Activities page.
Updated ! The Events page provides both events and dates for areas in all states and territories as well as State and National Finals.
Australian Culinary Federation. ‘Each year the Australian Culinary Federation [ACF] conducts a cooking competition for Secondary School Students in each Australian state. This competition is a great opportunity for students with an interest in becoming a chef to gain invaluable contacts within the hospitality industry. It is also a lot of fun, and a great learning experience for staff and students alike. The aim of this competition is to give students an insight into the hospitality industry and to identify and encourage students who demonstrate a talent and a passion for cooking. The Winners of these competitions will be attending the National Secondary Schools Final. Updated ! In 2023 the ACF will be running Secondary School Culinary Competitions in all Regions for the first time’.
* ‘If you are in years 10, 11 or 12, enrolled in a Secondary School and are studying either a Hospitality or Commercial Cookery course, then you are eligible to enter your state competition. The winners of each State competition will be eligible to compete in the National Final. Competitors must be aged 19 years or less on 31st October 2023’.
Information covering Date, Venue, Address and Competition Liaison, plus Criteria, is available for each state and territory [see home page]. A registration form and other information is available from the home page.
‘‘The STEM Video Game challenge 2023 theme is Construction and Destruction. Your challenge is to build a game that involves a network in some way. Updated ! Check out the 2023 theme sheet to get your creative juices flowing’. Students are encouraged to design, build and submit an original educational video game that includes science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] content or themes’.
* ‘You must be enrolled in Years 5–12 in a school located in Australia or are home-schooled in Australia’.
Key Dates are found on page 3 of The Mentors Handbook. Check the Contents page for links to other information. Monitor to get 2023 dates.
‘The Student Blogging Challenge is about embracing all of the benefits of blogging — from learning digital writing skills, and digital citizenship, to developing an authentic audience and connecting with others around the globe. The challenge is made up of a series of 8 weekly tasks all designed to improve blogging and commenting skills, while connecting students with a global audience. The challenge is totally free and is open to both classes and individual student bloggers from all over the world’.
* ‘The challenge is open to all age groups [K-12] worldwide. However, it is most suitable for ages 8 to 16. Students aged 18+ may prefer to volunteer as a commenter’.
‘The Game Changer Challenge has been designed to introduce a culture of change around the way curriculum is taught in the classroom and to encourage the interdisciplinary application of subject content to real-world problems and the development of general capabilities in students’. There is a wealth of information about the challenge, how it operates, teacher information and much more on the above page [and linked pages].
* ‘The design thinking challenge is open to all 2 200+ public schools across NSW and centres on exploring solutions for a real-world, wicked problem’.
Find Key Dates for the year on this page.
‘The Harvard Crimson Global Essay Competition provides a platform for young, ambitious high school students to exercise their writing skills in a non-traditional environment. This competition encourages students to challenge themselves and explore different writing styles to ultimately strengthen their writing skills. Each participant is invited to attend best-in-class workshops, explore careers in writing and compete for exclusive opportunities and global recognition! Check out the HCGEC  Regional and Global Prizes for more details. The entire competition is held online, removing geographical barriers to entry. Workshops and webinars will guide participants through the competition. Represent your country and region on the global stage. Please see the FAQ page for further common queries’. The competition runs into a second year.
* Open to all high school students covered by the Competitor Hub/Competition Guidelines/Eligibiity criteria or have not started university studies yet and are under the age of 18.
Regional essay submissions - Each participant must submit their essay by Sunday, January 30 at 23:59 [Auckland time]. Late submissions will not be accepted. Global Finalists are announced on 11 February. Global Essay submission is on 18 February. Global Winners announced on 23 February. Several webinars are detailed which run during January.
‘Each year, inspired by a different overarching theme, the Quest incorporates the main disciplines of Mathematics, Sciences and Humanities in a journey of discovery. The Quest Preliminary Challenge is offered over two days. In partnership with a number of universities, the Quest Challenge is offered in Australia and Internationally. The first step is to nominate your school and be endorsed by a teacher at the school’.
‘The Schools Recycle Right Challenge runs from early October to mid-November and offers a wide range of recycling themed activities, lesson plans and events ideas that have been developed specifically for Australian schools. The aim of this guide is to assist you in planning your school’s National Recycling Week activities’.
* ‘This competition is open to students enrolled in Government and non-Government schools in all Australian States and Territories. All entries may be used by Planet Ark and its sponsors/stakeholder to promote National Recycling Week, the Schools Recycle Right Challenge and future schools competition’.
You can download New ! the Getting Started Guide here. You can stay connected through the link on the home page. 2023 details have still to be added.
‘The Science and Engineering Challenge is a set of fun and competitive hands-on activities involving principles of science, engineering and technology. A total of eight different activities are set for each day, and each school allocates three or four students to each activity. The students are encouraged to explore scientific principles for themselves. Teams are divided into eight groups that compete in one full day or two half day activities’.
Key Dates for 2023 are likely to be found on the home page [2 sections on the page].
‘The Victorian Maths Challenge is a fun way for you, your family and friends to explore and solve problems. Take on as few or as many challenges as you like. Work together to find your own solutions. Head to the Gallery to check out entries from our first Challenge participants. Choose a Challenge’ from the options on the Home Page.
These can be done at any time within the family or at school. You can Submit your entries once you have completed the challenge[s] you have chosen.
‘Each year thousands of students on six continents participate in the World Scholar’s Cup. The Join the Program - Start a New Team page provides you with a clear process on how to do this. We recommend you check out our program introduction and watch this Updated ! quick 7-8 minute video or New ! World Scholar’s Cup Overview and we hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming regional and global events. Every World Scholar’s Cup features four exciting events [see home page]. Click through to explore them !’
* There is no limit to the number of teams from a school. Most schools send at least 4. Teams should have three members. Two-member teams are welcome, but face scoring limitations. Check other options.
The Event Calendar page provides information on the Calendar, Registration, the Global Rounds, Australian Rounds, the Tournament of Champions and much more. ‘All rounds taking place in 2023 [unless otherwise noted] will cover the new 2023 theme - to be announced in late 2022’.
Both ‘Dance school groups and Community Groups’ can enter this competition. Full details from the home page.
2023 Registration is now open. New ! Primary School information is found on this page while New ! Secondary School Information is found on this page. Both cover FAQs, Dates, Costs, Venue Info, Rules, Awards Registration and several more topics. 2023 Show Dates should be found on the same page.
‘The aim of Wakakirri is to teach students about themselves and others through the creating and sharing of stories and by this process develop students’ educational outcomes, lifestyle choices and community awareness. Any primary school can enter. Group sizes can range from 20 to 120. Wakakirri is a festival, not a competition but Wakakirri does acknowledge schools who exemplify the Wakakirri ethos Great Stories Inspire Change via a number of awards including Excellence in Performing Arts’.
‘Schools can choose to tell any story that they wish. Schools’ performances are often inspired by the Wakakirri ethos Great Stories Inspire Change and the annual festival motif [in 2023 the motif is CHANGE]. A Wakakirri Story-Dance is a 3-7 minute performance by a group of students who theatrically tell a story using a combination of dancing, creative movement and acting to pre-recorded music. Schools can tell any story and use any combination of dance, creative movement, acting, music, live singing, props, costumes, sets and film projections. The possibilities are endless’.
‘The Westpac Youth Impact Challenge is a nationwide initiative open to all young people around Australia aged 7 to 21 years. The Challenge aims to help young Australians solve problems in their local communities. To take part in the Challenge, participants must identify a local problem and brainstorm an innovative business or social change idea to solve it. Participants can choose to work individually, or in a group of up to 3’. Other details available from the site.
* 3 sections : Primary school students aged 7 - 12, Secondary students ages 13 - 17 and Young Adults aged 18 - 21. When registering you are asked to indicate one of 5 groupings across this age range.
The Terms & Conditions booklet includes Registration, commencement and entry closure dates, as well as other guidelines. This is still showing 2022 information.
Updated ! Wombat Books Illustration Challenge
‘Entrants must be aged between 7-18 years and school age. For students finishing Year 12 in 2023 they must submit while they are still at school. Children must have parental permission to be considered for the challenge’. All other details available from the site.
2023 information is now available from the site and covers all the essential details required to give you the best possible chance not only to enjoy but also to achieve.
‘The ACTDU coordinates six annual competitions open to all school students in Years 5 to 12. Our competitions are a great forum for students to explore their public speaking and problem solving skills. We aim to foster a positive, encouraging and exciting environment for students. All debates are adjudicated by an ACTDU accredited adjudicator and students will have the opportunity to seek feedback from the adjudicator after every debate’. Different competitions in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 include those listed below.
Updated ! The Junior Open Competition [ACT]
‘The Semester 1 competitions run from March to June and typically include 6 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds. These competitions include The Junior Open Competition’.
Updated ! The Junior Premier Competition [ACT]
‘The Semester 2 competitions run from August to October and typically include 6 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds. These competitions include The Junior Premier Competition’.
Updated ! The Senior Open Competition [ACT]
‘The Semester 1 competitions run from March to June and typically include 6 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds. These competitions include The Senior Open Competition’.
Updated ! The Senior Premier Competition [ACT]
‘The Semester 2 competitions run from August to October and typically include 6 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds. These competitions include The Senior Premier Competition’.
Updated ! The Advanced Open Competition [ACT]
‘The Semester 1 competitions run from March to June and typically include 6 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds. These competitions include The Advanced Open Competition’.
Updated ! The Advanced Premier Competition [ACT]
‘The Semester 2 competitions run from August to October and typically include 6 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds. These competitions include The Advanced Premier Competition’.
‘The ANVDC provides a unique opportunity for students to build their confidence, expand their knowledge and engage with their peers nationally in a friendly debating format that is open to newcomers. Don’t let travel and distance hold you back. Expand your student opportunities without the hassle of traditional in-person competitions. With the guarantee of expert adjudicators, students gain the crucial skills and experience that comes from feedback delivered by professionals. All staff and adjudicators have a valid Working With Children Check’.
* The competition will be run as a Round Robin + Knockout event across the following divisions : Primary School [Years 5+6], Junior School [Years 7+8], Middle School [Years 9+10] and Senior School [Opens]. Teams will be placed into groups with the top two teams from each group progressing to the knockout stages.
Registrations are now open for 2023. All essential information can be found via the Quick Links and Helpful Resources available from the Home Page. There is also the option to use the New ! Contact Us link for any further information you require.
‘We welcome participation from all high schools, whether public or private, and our focus is to make the competition as inclusive as possible, providing a welcoming but competitive environment for students to hone their skills and build their confidence. The competition is open for students in Years 9 to 12 [if you are interested in debating for students in Years 7 and 8, please take a look at our Junior Secondary Program]. Information about Regional Debating Programs can be found using this link. The DAV is also able to provide a variety of training programs to assist students to prepare for the competition ahead. If you would like to book one of our experienced trainers please see our Training and Adjudicator services. Competition details can be found via those listed below.
We will once again be offering an online version of the schools competition that will run alongside the in-person competition. D grade debates will run at 4pm and all other grades will run at 5:30pm. Registrations have now closed.
‘The DAV hosts annual BP competitions for Juniors [Years 7 to 8], Intermediate [Years 9-10] and Seniors [Years 11 to 12]. Each competition takes place over a single day, with students participating in a training session conducted by experienced British Parliamentary debaters, before taking part in a three round tournament of debates’.
Dates, Venues and the Registration Date for the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Competitions are found on the page above.
‘A debating competition open to students from Years 10-12, in conjunction with the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University. The topics will focus on contemporary issues relevant to Asia. Debates will be hosted online through the Zoom videoconferencing platform’.
Registration closure date, Debating commencement and Debating completion dates are listed on the above page. ‘Details for the 2023 competition have still to be published. A flyer with a list of topics and other information is still to be published for 2023’.
Junior Secondary Program [Vic.]
‘An introduction to debating for Junior Secondary students in Years 7 and 8. The program is designed to provide training in the basic skills and structure of debating whilst also giving students an opportunity to participate in three ‘friendly’ inter-school debates’.
Schools Competition [Vic.]
‘The competition is divided into 20 regions encompassing both inner and outer Melbourne suburbs, Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo. The format of the competition is Australian 3-on-3 style – with three speakers to each team, debating over five rounds, spread across the year. Click here to access our Schools Competition resource guides. 2022 topics and resource guides will be released in Term One 2022’.
Women’s Competition [Vic.]
‘Historically women have been underrepresented in debating and as such we would like to offer this unique opportunity for them to further develop their skills in a friendly environment outside of the main Schools Competition. Students will register individually and be randomly allocated to a team of three on arrival. The day will begin with a training session led by some of the DAV’s best female trainers. All debates will be secret topics with one hour of preparation time.
Dates, venue, registration [check process details] and training sessions [Years 11 and 12] details are all available from the above page.
‘Debating develops essential skills such as critical thinking, public speaking, research, teamwork and active listening. Students represent their schools in state-wide competitions. A variety of digital resources are available and offer valuable insights to participants and support teachers in establishing and delivering successful debating programs in their school’. In addition, there are Primary Debating Workshops held at various locations across the state which provide an opportunity for students to hone their debating skills’. See specific competition details below.
This has four  levels - Years 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8, Years 9 and 10 and Years 11 and 12. The Premier’s Debating Challenge is ‘open to all NSW government schools, with the aim of developing the public speaking and reasoning skills of students’. Access specific information about each level via links from the above page. In addition, each page has links to selected digital resources [plus a link to more digital resources] for interested students.
The Premier’s Debating Challenge Information Guide 2023 is not yet available. It will provide essential dates [including State Finals], entry process, cost, how organised, when some different levels run and more.
‘The Combined High Schools teams comprise 4 members, who compete in debates against government and non-government schools. Medallions and CHS ties are awarded to team members of both the Firsts and the Seconds. The NSW Representative Debating Cup is awarded to the champion representative team from CHS’ and the three major non-government groupings [Greater Public Schools, Combined Associated Schools and Archdale Representative Schools].
The page above shows How to apply, Rules of competition, Stages of competition and other related details. Check back for details of how to apply in Term 2.
‘The Junior State Debating Championships involve representative regional teams. Teams engage in a series of debates and workshops with experienced adjudicators, before the winning regional team is awarded the Neil Gunther Shield’. In addition the page has links to selected digital resources [plus a link to more digital resources] for interested students.
The Junior State Debating Championships details have still to be listed. Monitor the above site to read these for 2023.
‘Each NSW region selects four outstanding debaters from Years 5 and 6 to represent them at the Primary Schools State Debating Championships. Each year the teams gather in late November in Collaroy on Sydney’s northern beaches to battle it out across 5 rounds, semis and a final to determine a state champion’. In addition, each page has links to selected digital resources [plus a link to more digital resources] for interested students.
Check information About the competition, Cost, plus date and venue as indicated above.
Queensland Debating Union [Qld]
‘We run a variety of programs, including annual debating competitions in Brisbane and Toowoomba. We also work with a number of regional affiliates throughout the State to provide resources, training and support. Our competitions include thousands of students across the State’. Use the links on the right to access information for various groups. Competitions are held for the following - Brisbane Secondary Schools, Junior Secondary Competition and Primary School Competition.
Updated ! The 2023 Calendar is still to be included in the site. It includes dates as per Term/Week, Cut Off Days to register, Venues and more. Details about Debate Venues are found on this page, while Competition Rules can be downloaded here.
Schools’ Competition [SADA] [SA]
‘The SADA’s primary function is to run the SADA Schools’ Competition - South Australia’s premier debating competition which has run continuously since 1966. The competition is aimed at students from Years 5 to 12 of all abilities’. There are 5 levels in the Schools Competition - Junior [Years 5-7]; Intermediate [Years 8-9, Levels A and B] to Senior [Years 10-12, Levels A and B]. Full details of each are available on the above page. As well, SADA runs the IPSHA Competition [IPSHA]. Note : Primary school students of appropriate years from all South Australian schools [including IPSHA schools] are eligible to debate in the SADA Schools’ Competition.
The Competition Registration Forms for both competitions are available via the home page menus. The Schools’ Competition Rules and Policies can be downloaded here. Some information has yet to be updated.
Schools’ Competitions [TDU] [Tas.]
‘The TDU organises and conducts schools competitions for all levels of secondary education in southern Tasmania and works with partners in the north of the state and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to conduct an annual statewide tournament. The TDU also undertakes training and development of debaters and adjudicators across the state, and each year selects a team to represent Tasmania at the Australian Debating Championships’. The ‘Parliamentary Shield draws together the best debaters from public, independent and private schools around Tasmania. Updated ! Subscribe to our mailing list here to receive updates on TDU competitions, meetings, events and activities. Competition Rules are found here.
A School Competition Fixture document is provided early in the year giving details for Rounds /Semi-Finals/Grand Finals, dates and hosts. The 2022 version is still showing.
UN Youth Australia. ‘Evatt is a Model United Nations Security Council diplomacy competition . More than 2 000 students compete in Evatt each year. The competition takes the form of a mock session of the UN Security Council. Teams of two students debate, amend and vote on a prepared resolution from the perspective of their assigned nation. Each state and territory has its own Evatt Competition throughout the school year, with top students in each state going to the National Finals’. Links are provided for all states and territories.
Find details for all participating states and territories using the links beneath the page header on the home page, e.g. Registration dates, rules, contact links, … . Check to ensure the correct year is indicated.
Every year the DAV runs a series of Public Speaking Competitions for students. There are four  different levels - Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior. Details relating to who, format involved, cost per individual, Registration details, speech length, … , will be found on the following pages.
‘The competition aims to give young speakers the opportunity to put their ideas forward in front of an audience whilst expanding their knowledge of current affairs. Students will develop the “building blocks” of public presentation’.
Details about Who, Format, Cost, Registration [closing date], Speech submission [closing date], Prepared Speech details, plus general information are available from the above page. Updated ! Contact email@example.com for any other details.
‘Students will be required to submit an unedited video of a 4-5 minute speech on a set topic, which must be persuasive in nature. This will then be assessed by two DAV adjudicators who will provide a score and written feedback by email. Top ranked students will progress to a finals series, which will require a second video speech to be submitted. In 2021 there was an online competition to supplement the face-to-face program’.
Details about Who, Format, Cost, Registration [closing date], Speech submission [closing date], Prepared Speech details, Capacity limits, plus general information are available from the above page. There is also a listing showing Region/ Venue/Date [and some time details].
‘Students will be required to present a 5-6 minute speech on a topic of their choosing, which must be persuasive in nature, as well as two impromptu speeches’. There are both face-to-face and Online versions of the competition.
Details about Who, Format, Cost, Registration [closing date], Speech submission [closing date], Prepared Speech details, Finalist notification [Online version], plus general information are available from the above page In 2022 this was run in May.
‘Senior students will be given the opportunity to extend their existing public speaking skills by presenting one prepared and two impromptu speeches [extended times compared to Intermediate students]’. There are both face-to-face and Online versions of the competition.
Details about Who, Format, Cost, Registration [link available, closing date], Speech submission [closing date], Prepared Speech details, Finalist notification [Online version], plus general information are available from the above page.
‘The prepared speech is on a topic of the competitor’s choosing on any subject relating to the ideals of voluntary service, social justice, caring, personal effort, personal sacrifice and/or mateship. The speech should have substance which, in the space of time available, should be developed logically to a convincing conclusion. The topic chosen will be broad in nature, capable of a variety of interpretations to suit the experience and background of 12 to 14 year olds’. There is also an impromptu speech.
See below for State details.
‘The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award competition is open to public schools and non-government schools across NSW. Students will compete in local and regional finals to determine a state champion who will then go on to represent NSW at the national final. The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award aims to encourage the use of clear and effective spoken English’.
Registrations for 2022 have now closed. A Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award Information brochure and a Guide to Applying can be accessed from the right hand side of the page. Other 2022 information is available.
‘The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award is aimed at enhancing the oral communication and public speaking skills of secondary students aged 12 to 14 years and help young people appreciate the ideals of Legacy – voluntary service, caring, mateship and remembrance’. Contact details for further information are provided on the home page.
To register for the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award please Click here. A copy of the Venue and Dates for Regional Finals are available here. Further Information for Schools on the Competition and Guidelines is available here. Registrations have now closed.
‘The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award is aimed at enhancing the oral communication and public speaking skills of secondary students aged 12 to 14 years, and help young people appreciate the ideals of Legacy – voluntary service, caring, mateship and remembrance’. Note : students from Broken Hill can take part in the South Australian Award.
Dates for the current competition [Venue, Heats, State Final and National Final - including dates for each] are found on the home page. You can download a pack including Guidelines and Forms from the home page.
‘The award aims to encourage and maintain the best use of clear effective spoken English. At the National level the award consists of : a prepared speech of eight minutes on a subject of the contestant’s choice, an interview and an impromptu speech of three minutes on a subject chosen by the organisers. Each student speaks on the same subject after a four minute preparation time’. Details on the site. Run in each state by the Government Education Department [e.g. ACT, NSW [see below as well], South Australia, Victoria, and Western Australia].
The dates for 2022 have still to be announced.
Calendar, competitions, resources, more. NSW Department of Education Arts Unit. Information includes the following competitions, plus others previously listed provide relevant information for all competitions.
‘The Multicultural Perspective Speaking Competition is open to NSW public primary and central school students. They will compete in either a Year 3 and 4 or a Year 5 and 6 age division delivering speeches on a multicultural theme. Over 2 000 students compete annually in the competition from across the state’.
For general competition information, last year’s results, downloadable tips for getting started and entry, please visit Updated ! Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition FAQs. Related digital resources and a link to further digital resources also on the page. 2023 have not yet become available.
‘The Plain English Speaking Award has provided an invaluable opportunity for NSW senior students to improve their confidence and to develop their speech writing and public speaking skills. Successful speakers progress through local, regional and state rounds where they deliver both prepared and impromptu speeches, with the eventual state champion representing NSW at the National Final’.
The English Speaking Union. ‘This competition requires students to speak on a subject of their choice inspired by a broad ESU nominated topic connected to ESU’s philosophy. Students in the Grand Finals will speak to new nominated topics for the required Prepared and Impromptu speaking section’.
Venues plus dates for Heats and Grand Finals for Intermediate, Junior and Senior groups can be found on the home page. Additional email notices will be sent in advance of the nomination dates and grand finals. The starting time will depend on the number of contestants and will be circulated by email.
‘Voice is a unique public speaking competition for students in Year 7-10. Voice invites you to solve issues that affect your community, nation, and the world. From homelessness to climate change, we want to hear you pitch your big ideas. The competition is split into two parts — the Pitch and Question Time’. Links are provided to all states and territories, e.g. NSW [now taking expressions of interest for 2022] and Northern Territory.
Continue to monitor for 2022 information. NSW, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia now have 2022 information.
‘Rostrum Voice of Youth is a national speaking competition which provides an excellent opportunity for secondary school students to gain experience and confidence in expressing their views and communicating a message. The competition is divided into Junior and Senior Divisions. Each state [except for Queensland and Western Australia] runs its own sets of heats and finals. The Northern Territory will participate with South Australia and ACT students will participate with New South Wales’. Run by Rostrum.
* Juniors [aged 11 years as at 1/1/22 and in Years 7, 8 or 9] and Seniors [under 18 as at 1/1/22 and in Years 10,11 or 12].
The Information for all students page provides all essential information for 2023 including a full resource listing.
‘The NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee is a fun way to encourage literacy amongst public primary school children. The program includes activities that encourage students to become more confident users of language through broadening their vocabulary, and promotes improved literacy skills in conjunction with the NSW English K-10 syllabus’. The site also includes Updated ! Spelling Bee resources.The Spelling Bee has two sections - Junior [Years 3 and 4] and Senior [Years 5 and 6].
There are a range of Attachments and Links from the home pages for each level [see above] which will provide all essential details including 2023 dates commencing in April.
The Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee
‘The inaugural PM’s Spelling Bee is planned to run in Term One by free classroom educational literacy site Kids News and is open to all students across Australia in Years 3 to 8. The PM’s Spelling Bee will be a digital competition run online in school classrooms’.
* Includes home schoolers. Three reading levels for Yr 3-4 [Green], Yr 5-6 [Orange] and Yr 7-8 [Red].
Competition Dates for School Round, State/Territory Finals and National Final, plus Rules and Prizes are found on the page above.
Competitions done in Closing Date order. Not all are for students or young people, but all have a clear indication of age range and topic/format. New listings this Month are at the top of the home page.
* Includes a wide range of other options for people of all ages and entry fees ranging from zero upwards, including charges in other currencies. Some are also for specific groups such as Indigenous authors. Prize details are provided.
Be sure to check the Update at the top of the above page.
‘The Ayn Rand Institute has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her view—not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. Theme : one of three set questions on Anthem’. There are separate prizes for Australian entrants.
* You may enter if you are in a LOWER grade, but not if you are in a HIGHER grade.
Entry Deadline has now passed. Monitor the Overview, Synopsis, Topics, Judging, Rules, Resources, Submission, FAQs [essential reading] and other items.
‘The Ayn Rand Institute has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her view - not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. Theme : one of three set questions on Atlas Shrugged’. There are separate prizes for Australian entrants.
* Also includes College Undergraduates and Graduate Students. You may enter if you are in a LOWER grade, but not if you are in a HIGHER grade
Find details including the Entry Deadline [this was in September 2022], Overview, Synopsis, Topics, Judging, Rules, Resources, Submission, FAQs [essential reading] and other items.
‘The Ayn Rand Institute has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her view - not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses’. There are separate prizes for Australian entrants.
* You may enter if you are in a LOWER grade, but not if you are in a HIGHER grade.
Entry Deadline has now passed. Monitor the Overview, Synopsis, Topics, Judging, Rules, Resources, Submission, FAQs [essential reading] and other items.
‘Category options are detailed - H01] Picture Books and H02] Chapter Book* [Judged as one category, the classification is for judging purposes only]. All Hatchling entries have historically gone in front of a professional editor, but this is not guaranteed’.
* ‘All writers and illustrators who are 8 – 18 years old [as of 3rd April 2022] worldwide, who have not been published in book format within the section’s genres. All entries must have a parent or guardians’ electronic signature of permission on the entry form’.
The Guidelines book has all the required information for entrants in the 2022 Competition.
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
‘The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia. Please read our Conditions of Entry here before registering for the competition. The Learning Resources page has both resources and links to other material for teachers while the Updated ! Conditions of Entry page has a range of information’.
* Six sections [see Award categories and Prizes] plus three other special Awards.
Check the How to Enter page for an Optional Theme, submission information and relevant dates [entries and results].
‘The EP English Championships [EPEC] designed to create a fun learning environment to engage students in learning English, foster healthy competition amongst students and provide an opportunity to acknowledge and reward academic success in schools’.
Dates, Prizes, Certificates and Rules are detailed on the home page. There is also a ‘a full list of Rules for the World Series available here’ Still to be updated for 2023.
8 to 18 years of age. ‘We’re starting a new competition category to coincide with our inaugural day for authors of all genres and ages’. Extensive details available from the site. Be sure to check the Guidelines link at the bottom for further details including dates.
* ‘All writers who are 8 – 18 years old [as at nominated date] worldwide, who have not been published in book format within the adult genre’.
Competition Closure Date, Eligibility, Entry & Prizes, Categories and a link to Download the competition guidelines.
Poetry Competition for Australian School Children. ‘Entries are sought in four sections corresponding to different year groupings’. Updated ! Conditions are detailed for those wish to enter.
* There are four  sections. ‘Section 1 : Years 10, 11 and 12. [Max. 60 lines.]; Section 2 : Years 7, 8 and 9. [Max. 40 lines.]; Section 3 : Years 5 and 6. [Max. 40 lines.]; and Section 4 : Year 4 and under. [Max. 20 lines.]’.
Details will be available from the site. Closing date was previously in August with winners notified before the end of October..
‘For an original, unpublished short story suitable for children aged 8-12 years’. Be sure to check the general Competition Conditions listed at the top of the page, as well as the specifics for each award.
Essential information for the 2022 Nairda Lyne Award is available on the above page [scroll down to read this].
‘The Furious Fiction writing competition is a monthly competition which is presented by the Australian Writers’ Centre, this fun, fast – and best of all – FREE short story challenge blasts off on the first Friday of every month. Anyone in the world aged 17 years and older is able to take part. Each month a new topic is provided – which will entail a specific topic of location, an action and specific words’.
Opens : 5pm [Sydney/Melbourne time] on the first Friday of the month. Closes : 55 hours later [midnight, Sunday]. Word limit : 500 words. All other details from the page above.
‘Designed to recognise and reward talented young writers. It aims to encourage expressive and creative writing. Australian Year 11 and 12 students are invited to submit a piece of writing [800 to 1 000 words]. The essays can be fiction or non-fiction and on any topic’.
Updated ! Download the PDF document attached to this competition for relevant information including the submission date.
‘Heywire is an exciting competition from the ABC, calling for stories from high school aged students in regional, rural and remote Australia and we want to hear from you ! Entries must be a true story about an aspect of your life. Stories can be in any format : text, video or audio - whatever form suits you best. Most of our entries are text but feel free to be creative. The recommended length is 400 words’.
* ‘You must be aged 16-22 on 31 January 2022. You must also live in Australia, but not in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney’ [i.e. rural or remote].
‘We invite illustrators, from any country, to submit a colour illustration suitable for a children’s picture book, based on the nominated theme [this was JOY in 2021]. It can be created in any medium and to any dimensions, but must be able to be uploaded as a digital file between 200KB and 2MB. It must be an unpublished work, created in the last 12 months’.
* ‘The competition will run in three sections – U18, Aspiring and Published [see details on the above page for both the last categories]’.
All relevant details can be found on the home page. Entry is free for U18 entrants. Continue to monitor for 2023 details.
The Goi Peace Foundation. ‘This annual essay contest is organised in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world. This program is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Program [GAP] on Education for Sustainable Development [ESD]’.
* ‘Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old [as of the nominated date] in one of the following age categories : a] Children [ages up to 14] b] Youth [ages 15 - 25]’.
Guidelines for the 2023 International Essay Contest for Young People will be announced on this website and through the Goi Peace Foundation’s mailing list and Facebook page by mid-February 2023. The Essay Contest Flyer [PDF] should also be available. It includes all required information.
‘An annual poetry writing competition giving poets of all ages the opportunity to compete. Widely promoted to schools, libraries and the general community’. All details and guidelines available from the site.
* ‘Competition Categories - Age 8-10 years; Age 11-13 years; Age 14-17 years; Open Age; Open Age – Picture Ipswich’.
Check for 2023 information over the coming period to establish dates, etc..
‘The judges will be looking for good quality original, unpublished writing with engaging characters and a compelling narrative including an excellent beginning, middle and end. Entries must be rated PG and should address the set theme. The Youth section open to both WA and interstate writers’ and is Free to enter. Youth entries are limited to one and have a maximum of 500 words.
Details are available on the page above including theme, costs, limits, how to submit, prizes and relevant dates. Entries opened in October 2022 and close 15 March 2023. Be sure to use the time effectively.
‘Open to Australian residents and citizens only. You will need a Submittable account to enter this competition. Don’t worry ! It is free and easy to set up’. The Youth category is free to enter. This category only has a line count of 50 lines of poetry and a limit of one entry per person.
Details are available on the page above including theme, costs, limits, how to submit, prizes and relevant dates. Previous events have run from May to December. Deadline for entries has now passed [end of September].
There are both Poetry and Prose sections with various age levels. Run by a group in Gladstone and the surrounding area in South Australia. No entry fee for school students. All necessary details on the entry form. Details regarding the Conditions of Entry are found here
* ‘Competition Categories - Age 5-8 years; Age 9-12 years; Age 13-18 years; Open section for both Prose and CJ Dennis Poetry awards. The poetry award also has an Open Bush Poetry section’.
The home page has a link to the Conditions of Entry [see above], closing date for entries and a listing of sections, including limits on size as well as prizes for each.
‘Little Stories.Big Ideas is a flash fiction competition for Secondary School Students. Winners will be chosen from 2 categories, Years 7 to 9 and Years 10 to 12. We hope to inspire and encourage the next generation of storytellers. The competition runs four times per year, and is free to enter. Each quarterly competition will have a theme. Entries must be 100 words or less, and incorporate the current theme. How the theme is included is up to the imagination of the writer. Any literary style is welcome – short-story form, poem, haiku, limerick, song – but entries must be in English’. News about the results of the each Competition can be found at the News Category site.
‘The entry form and all the details for each term’s themed competition can be found on the Entry Form page. Submission and closing dates for entries are advised on the website, our social media pages and circulated to all who have subscribed to receive email updates’.
2022 - ‘Instead of a competition this year, we are doing the absolute opposite ! If you happen upon this page, having googled for ‘competitions’ or opportunities for your primary school aged children, please have this instead … FREE ACCESS TO OUR ONLINE PROGRAM - Write your own book ’. Details from the site.
Monitor for 2023 information. This may remain the same as for 2022 or return to the original format.
‘Stay tuned, the exciting new format for the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing will be revealed soon, bigger and better than ever’. An Open competition, Australia wide [entry fee] and a Local competition, for people who live, work or study in the Shire of Nillumbik [entry is free]. Entry to ‘local’ and ‘youth’ categories is free. Entrants must be Australian citizens and 18+ at time of entry.
Conditions of Entry are found here. Note : This is a Biennial competition and should not run again until 2024.
OutLoud Eco!Slam! [Vic.]
‘Australian Poetry’s Victorian Student Poetry Slam returns with unbridled fierceness and jaw-dropping smack downs, with the state’s finest teenage spoken-wordsters battling it out at this special grand final event. Who will be crowned champions ?’ Previous link is found on the Workshops page.
Dates for the Melbourne Writers Festival, at which this is run, are found on the first page above.
‘Are you an up-and-coming writer or artist ? OzKids provides a platform for you to enter your work and have it assessed by a panel of experts. All approved entries are published here on the website. Some are selected for publication in our OzKids Magazine and at the end of the year, the winners are announced. So what are you waiting for, get started today’. Covers all year levels [3 sections].
Registration form was linked from the above page. Still showing details from 2022, but monitor and see when the 2023 details are released.
Patrick White Indigenous Writing Awards
‘These awards are open to all Indigenous Australian students in NSW from Kindergarten through to Year 12. The Competition Criteria are found here’ including FAQs and links to relevant entry forms. Previous Award Winner’s Works can be read via links on this page
* ‘These awards are open to all Indigenous Australian students in NSW from Kindergarten through to Year 12, with a Group Competition for Years K – 3’.
The Closing Date for entries should be found on each of the entry forms as well as a listing of Guidelines ranging from format to prizes. Applications for this competition close at the end of Term 3 each Year.
‘POEM FOREST is a free nature writing prize that literally breathes life back into the natural world that sustains us. In partnership with The Australian Botanic Garden, POEM FOREST deepens our connection with nature by inviting students and communities to create and publish poems inspired by the natural environment. All entries will be published on the Red Room Poetry website with a worldwide audience of 300 000+ readers. A selection of poems and poem excerpts will also be published on botanical tags in the POEM FOREST at the Australian Botanic Garden’.
* ‘Categories of entry include Lower primary [F–Year 3]; Upper primary [Years 4–6]; Lower secondary [Years 7–9]; Upper secondary [Years 10–12]; Threatened Species [F–12]; Accredited Teacher [All ages]; and Australian Botanic Gardens prize [F–12]’. Updated ! POEM FOREST 2022 Winners can be found here.
The Terms and Conditions page provides Key Dates, Eligibility, Terms and Conditions, Privacy and Personal Information, Contact information and a link to the Entry form.
QIEU Literary Competition [Qld/NT]
‘The Literary Competition invites Queensland and Northern Territory students and teachers to share their literary prowess by submitting either poetry, short stories or non-fiction prose. It is Queensland’s longest running literary competition’. It includes Queensland state and independent schools and Northern Territory independent schools.
* ‘Award Categories include Years 5-6; Years 7-8; Years 9-10; Years 11-12; and Open [Teachers and School Support Staff]’.
Dates for closure of entries and the Presentation Evening are included on the above page once they are finalised.
‘The Young Writers Award is open to all South Australian students. It is free of a topic. The aim is to encourage creative writing on any subject. You may write poetry or prose, up to 1 000 words’.
* ‘Categories from Reception to Year 12. 6 categories [R/1, 2/3, 4/5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12 in each of the Poetry and Prose sections’.
The page above has a link to the Entry Form as well as Competition Information such as the the date of the Launch, date entries close and lists of previous winners.
‘STORYATHON is an exciting and free online event for students from Australia and New Zealand. Students are challenged to write a story that is EXACTLY 100 words. They’re tiny narratives challenging students to tighten their language, experiment with words and focus their message. Fewer characters, fewer events, a better eye for detail !’. We look forward to welcoming you again for Storyathon in 2023 !
Scroll down the above page for Tips for Students, FAQs, number of entries per individual, Cost [Free] and more, including the fact ‘Storyathon is [now] an annual event that runs from September to November’.
‘The Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition is open to all Australian high school students. It is a wonderful opportunity for serious student writers, encouraging them in their literary growth - and there are also some fantastic prizes on offer ! State winners will have the opportunity to attend Somerset Storyfest and be billeted with members of the Somerset Wordsmiths’ Club’.
* ‘Entrants must be under 19 years of age as at date of close of entries. Students receiving home schooling are eligible to enter’.
This competition operates across two years. Entries open in July, close in December with the Award Ceremony held in March of the following year. Exact dates will be on the above page around the middle of the year. You can check the Conditions of Entry are also available here. You can also subscribe to receive information updates.
‘The purpose is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students, to affirm it as a worthwhile literary pursuit, and to stimulate excellence in writing. It also aims to inspire and enrich youth literature. State winners will have the opportunity to attend Somerset Storyfest, be billeted by students of the Somerset Wordsmiths’ Club, and attend the events at Storyfest over the three days, where the national winner will be announced’.
* ‘ALL current secondary students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents attending school in Australia. Students receiving home schooling are eligible to enter’.
This competition operates across two years. Entries open in July, close in December with the Award Ceremony held in March of the following year. Exact dates will be on the above page around the middle of the year. You can check the Conditions of Entry are also available here.
Student Bush Poetry [Qld]
The Royal Queensland Show [EKKA]. ‘Pint-sized poets can showcase their budding talents in the Student classes of the Bush Poetry Competition. Students can recite anything from poems by published authors such as Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson to original works crafted themselves. This year the competition may again feature both virtual and live performance classes’.
* ‘This competition is aligned and recommended for Year 4 students. However, all year levels are welcome to enter’.
Key Dates, cost and Australian Curriculum Alignment details are found on the above page. You can also subscribe to receive updates on the Bush Poetry Competition via the above page.
‘With the aim to foster imagination, resourcefulness and ingenuity, UNESCO and the Idries Shah Foundation [ISF] launch the World Tales Short Story Competition in close collaboration with the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities of UNESCO [ICCAR]. Young teenagers from all over the globe are invited to write about challenges of today and tomorrow in the format of a short story, and share their perspectives.
* Check The World Tales StoryBank which ‘will upload and store all of the world’s ancient stories. Access to this invaluable resource will be free. Through an interactive website, children and educators alike will be able to read and listen to tales drawn from across the ages and learn about the lands and cultures which nurtured them’.
A second page link is found at the UNESCO Idries Shah Competition launch page and previously provided full details about the competition.
‘The Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers is a developmental award open to Australian secondary school-aged students across the nation. The prize recognises writing excellence in three categories : Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry. Entries can include writing for readers of any age’. Prizes are awarded for each category.
‘Submissions opened on 30 May and closed at 11:59PM AEST Sunday 7th August’.
‘The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest international writing competition for schools, established in 1883. With thousands of young people taking part each year, it is an important way to recognise achievement, elevate youth voices and develop key skills through creative writing’.
* ‘The competition is open to nationals or residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories [see the Terms and Conditions page for additional options]. Entrants must select a Senior or Junior topic depending on their age on 30 June 2022. Senior entrants must be born between 1 July 2003 and 30 June 2008 [14-18 years] and Junior entrants must be born after 1 July 2008 [under 14 years of age]’.
‘There is no theme for the Schools Poetry & Short Story Writing Competition. Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and write on ANY TOPIC and in ANY STYLE. Poems and short stories entered into the competition will be considered for inclusion in our annual Write4fun anthology’.
* ‘Students from all grades are welcome to enter’.
Relevant details for prizes for both formats, plus Rules, free entry and the closing date for entries can be found on the above page. Monitor for the 2023 information which still has to be uploaded if the event is to run in 2023.
‘The City of Subiaco presents the annual Tim Winton Award for Young Writers. This creative writing award is open to Western Australian school students and encourages imagination, innovation and creativity. To stay up to date with award information and receive reminders sign up to our mailing list here’.
* ‘There are 5 categories covering Years 1 - 2; Years 3 - 4; Years 5 - 6; Years 7 - 9; and Years 10 - 12. There is also an overall winner’.
‘The award should launch in mid-June, 2023. You had to register and submit your work by the second week in August’.
‘Keeping the memory and works of C.J. Dennis alive’. Following the move from categories of Primary and Secondary to those seen below, ‘Prize money has also been increased slightly for each of these categories’.
* ‘School Student categories : Preps up to and including Grade 4; School Students : Grade 5 up to and including Year 8; and School Students : Year 9 up to and including Year 12. There is also an Adult section’.
Relevant details regarding entries, dates and other processes will be found on the above page.
‘The competition receives thousands of entries covering a wide range of subjects, putting paid to the idea that young Australians are disengaged and disaffected. Year after year we are reminded how passionate, observant and articulate young people are, and how deeply driven they are by a sense of social justice as they offer us a window into not just what concerns them, but what inspires them’.
‘The 2022 What Matters ? writing competition opened Monday, 31 January’. The Competition Guidelines page offers advice and information. You can also sign up to receive updates about the What Matters ? Competition.
‘Write a Book in a Day is a fun, creative and collaborative competition for students [and adult] writing groups. Teams of up to ten have just twelve hours to write and illustrate a book from start to finish. To make it even more fun, unique parameters must be included in the story. Digital editions of the completed stories are made available on the Online Library and shared with hospitals across Australia’.
Information on How to Enter, How it Works and Frequently Asked Questions are available from the site as well as a Manual which covers all essential details from dates to judging and presentations. Be sure to read the Manual.
‘WriteOn is an annual writing competition open to all NSW primary students. This competition provides students with the opportunity to become published authors and showcase their incredible creativity and talent’. NESA.
* Includes homeschooled students as well as those attending schools.
Competition Guidelines are provided as are points to consider and also judging details. A Contact number is provided at the bottom of the page. 2023 dates have still to be added [It closed in June in 2022.].
‘Each month, Write the World holds a new competition, developed around a particular idea or genre of writing, such as poetry, fantasy, sports journalism, or flash fiction. Competitions encourage you to dig deeper into the writing process, try out new genres and share your work with a sea of eager readers’. Click on the question mark in the orange circle at the top, right of the page to find FAQs for a number of topics and also a Contact Link for further help if required.
For topics see their Upcoming Writing Competitions page. February 2023 to August 20223 topics are now listed with each ‘developed around a particular idea or genre of writing such as poetry, fantasy, sports journalism, or flash fiction’.
‘A short fiction competition open to all Tasmanians enrolled in Years 7-12. Sponsored by Forty South Publishing, with the generous support of the Tasmanian Association for the Teaching of English [TATE]’. Terms and Conditions are available from the site in PDF format.
* There are Junior and Senior sections in the competition as well as the Peter Sharp Memorial Award. Available to all students enrolled in Years 7-12.
Entries for this year’s competition open on Monday May 29 and close Friday July 28, 2023. Other details from the site.
‘WAJO is running again in 2023.The aim of the competition is to identify the most gifted students in mathematics. Special conditions : No calculators. Brains only. There is a combination of online and paper-based formats’.
* The competition is targeted at the Year 9 Level, and is open to Year 9 [and younger] Students. There are Year 9 and Year 8 Prizes awarded.
Details including dates, venues [paper-based], requirements, Prize Ceremony and Award information are all found on the above page You can also access Questions and Solutions from previous events. 2023 information still to be supplied but you can still subscribe for your school using the option at the bottom of the above page.
‘The APSMO Maths Olympiad has been operating in primary schools since 1987 and in high schools since 2003. Each year thousands of schools participate in the competition from around Australia, New Zealand and internationally. It is aimed at challenging participants’ maths problem solving abilities. New ! Maths Explorer Years 3 & 4, Updated ! Maths Olympiad - Years 5-6 and Updated ! Maths Olympiad - Years 7-8’. Registration and further information from the site.
* There is no lower age limit and in some instances, exceptional students from Years 3 and 4 may successfully compete in the Program. The Senior program is aimed at high achieving Years 7 and 8 students [and up to Year 9 in New Zealand]. Registration is only open to schools in Australia and New Zealand, as well as Australian International Schools .
2023 Competition Dates are listed. FAQs and Awards information are also available. All are found on the page links above.
‘The Australian Mathematics Trust is a leading provider of mathematics and algorithmics enrichment programs and global competitions. We hold mathematics and algorithmics competitions, administer enrichment activities, conduct workshops for students and teachers, and publish books on mathematical enrichment for Australian and international students’. Not included is the Updated ! Australian Mathematical Olympiad - ‘Around 200 students are invited to participate in this event from Australia and New Zealand. The contest is held over two days in February and is used to select students to attend the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee’s Selection School’.
The Australian Informatics Olympiad, Australian Invitational Informatics Olympiad, Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT] as well as the Oxford University Computing Challenge are also run by the Australian Mathematics Trust and are listed as a group under the Australian Mathematics Trust heading in the Technology section of the Competitions pages.
Australian Mathematics Trust Competitions 
‘This four-hour contest is designed to stretch talented students. It is suited to Years 7 to 10 level and particularly for those who have completed Maths Enrichment [Gauss or Noether level]; are high achievers in the Australian Mathematics Competition [AMC]; students who have acquired knowledge in Olympiad problem solving. We also use the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad [AIMO] as one of the competitions to determine which students are selected to a number of invitation only events’.
Details regarding registration [now open], the date of Olympiad, length of competition, Running the AIMO and more are all available from the above page.
‘The AMC is an engaging 30-problem competition that demonstrates the importance and relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives; it is open to students in Years 3 to 12. Australia’s leading educators and academics, with a deep understanding of our national curriculum standards, actively design the unique AMC problems each year’.
The AMC will be held on 2-4 August 2023. Check the New ! Key Dates 2023 page which will provide all details for you on this and other AMT competitions.
‘The Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT] competition is a one-hour problem-solving competition designed to encourage student curiosity and promote multiple modes of thinking. Neither teachers nor students need computer programming ability, but the competition helps identify students’ computer programming potential. The competition has a mixture of multiple-choice and integer answers and incorporates unique ‘three-stage tasks’ that encourage students to develop informal algorithms and apply them to test data of increasing size or complexity. The original problems are designed to be quick to solve and highly approachable and range in difficulty from very easy to challenging’.
* The CAT has four divisions : Upper Primary [Years 5–6], Junior [Years 7–8], Intermediate [Years 9–10] and Senior [Years 11–12]. Paper and online versions are available. Cost per student : A$8.00 [Australia and New Zealand].
The CAT competition will be held 2-4 May 2023. Entry closing dates : Paper : Friday 7 April / Online : Friday 1 May 2023. This year we are allowing a three-day window, to give you more flexible scheduling in your classes. While you can choose any day in this range, it’s ideal to have your students sit CAT on the same day. Also listed in the Technology collection.
Updated ! Kangourou sans Frontières [KSF]
‘In Australia, Kangourou sans Frontières [KSF] is an online only, multiple-choice competition for Years 3–12 and may only be entered by schools also competing in the Australian Mathematics Competition. All papers have 30 questions except Middle Primary, which has 24. The primary papers are 60 minutes, and the high school papers are 75 minutes. There are free practice questions on our competition site to try’. Available only when bundled with the AMC
The KSF competition will be held on 30 March 2023. Check the New ! Key Dates 2023 page which will provide all details for you on this and other AMT competitions.
Updated ! Maths Challenge for Young Australians
‘Maths Challenge is a fun problem-solving program for students in Years 3 to 10, designed to extend their mathematical skills. Interesting problems are presented in a staged approach that encourages critical thinking. Taken individually or as a small group, it runs over a maximum of four consecutive weeks between March and June’.
The Maths Challenge can be run over 4 weeks between March and June. Check the New ! Key Dates 2023 page which will provide all details for you on this and other AMT competitions. Entries must be in by 23 June.
Updated ! Maths Enrichment for Young Australians
‘Maths Enrichment is designed for advanced students in Years 4–10 and is available to run over 12–16 weeks between April and October. This allows for greater flexibility in your schedule to cater for all students. We supply all study materials. You’ll receive a range of materials including a sample letter to parents, student problems, a director’s handbook and a teacher guide including extension problems and marking schemes. Each student participates in one stage. The stages are in order of difficulty with general year level recommendations : Ramanujan [Years 4–5], Newton [Years 5–6], Dirichlet [Years 6–7], Euler [Years 7–8], Gauss [Years 8–9], Noether [very able students in Years 9–10] and Pólya [top 10% Year 10]. Ramanujan, Newton and Dirichlet have 8 problems, Euler and Gauss have 12 problems, and Noether and Pólya have 16 problems. The Updated ! Director’s Handbook is also available to download’.
Maths Enrichment is a 12–16 week program held flexibly between April and October. Check the New ! Key Dates 2023 page which will provide all details for you on this and other AMT competitions. There is also Much more information available on this page.
‘This is a free event which offers an opportunity to raise the profile of Mathematics at your school. The competitive element threaded through EP inspires students to engage, giving them a chance for revision and helping refine their understanding of concepts and subject areas [other curriculum area Championships will also be found on these pages]’.
Championship Dates, Prizes, Certificates and basic rules are found on the page above. There is also further information specifically for Teachers & Tutors, Students, Parents and IT Staff via the menu on the Help page and also the ANZ Education Perfect World Series FAQ page which includes a range of information across all ANZ Education Perfect Competitions. 2023 information still to be included.
MAWA. ‘The Have Sum Fun Competition is an exciting Mathematics initiative that uses a quiz-night format. Teams of six students race against the clock to solve four intense rounds of eight challenging problems. Teams can only have a maximum of three students of the higher year level; e.g., in the Year 7 to 8 competition only three Year 8s are allowed in the team. There is a school trophy for the winning team, individual trophies for the winning t eam members and prizes for members of the three runner-up teams. Calculators or smart watches are not permitted. Select the venue you will be attending to have access to the venue map and supporting documents’.
* The competition is held in several categories - Years 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8, Years 9 and 10 and Years 11 and 12. For students in Western Australia only.
2023 details have yet to to be completed but all relevant information can be found on the above page.
Updated ! Have Sum Fun Online [WA]
MAWA. ‘Have Sum Fun Online [HSFOL] is an maths quiz of problems for both students at home and school year-level teams of four students. HSFOL is designed to foster mathematical problem solving for students in Years 3-10 across Australia. The competition consists of three rounds of 10 questions, where competitors have one hour to complete each round of questions. As long as the three rounds are done in order, they can all be accessed at any time over the three-week period. Download the Practice Questions and also try the Online Practice Questions to see what the quiz will be like to Have Sum Fun On Line’.
* The competition is held in three categories - Years 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8 and Years 9 and 10, For students in Western Australia only.
2023 Competition Dates, Registration fees and more are available from the above page.
‘The IM2C poses a number of real-world mathematical scenarios and each team works for several days using freely available material [from the web and other sources]. At the end of this time, each team presents a report on their solution. The challenge awards prizes to the top teams. The challenge has two levels : a national and an international level. On the basis of the results of the national competitions, teams will be invited to enter the international level’.
‘Register below for the free information pack and IM2C updates’. Registration, Rules and all relevant dates are found on the Team Registration page. Related information is also available through links in the menu on the left of this page. Important dates span from 14 February – 27 March 2023 so get in quick.
Updated ! MAT Problem Solving Competition [Tas.]
‘Through this Competition, some outstanding Mathematics students have been identified. For other students, the competition has sparked an interest in Mathematics. The event consists of a set of mathematical problems which aim to test the student’s logic. There are normally 8 - 12 questions for each of the four divisions : Primary [5/6], Junior [7/8], Intermediate [9/10] and Senior [11/12] which are undertaken within a 2-hour time frame [1.5 hours for Primary]’.
The 2023 Competition will be held in March. For full details plus other information contact the Mathematical Association of Tasmania using the the links provided on the above page. Past Problem Solving Competition results are available Here.
Updated ! M. L. Urquhart Mathematics Competition [Tas.]
‘The M. L. Urquhart Mathematics Competition is an annual problem solving competition for Tasmanian students in Years 11 and 12. This Competition is the most mathematically demanding of competitions conducted by the Association. Students have three hours in which to attempt five questions. The winner of the Competition receives the Urquhart Medal, a framed certificate and prize money. Certificates and prize money are also awarded to students deserving of an Honourable Mention’.
It is free to enter the M. L. Urquhart Mathematics Competition. Competition information, including competition papers, is distributed by Mr. David Coulson [Updated ! firstname.lastname@example.org]. Registrations are restricted to a maximum of three students per college.
‘The National Mathematics Talent Quest [MTQ] is unique in Australia. The quest accepts the top entries from states and territories across Australia. The process for participating may be different from state to state. In some places, entries for the MTQ are combined with other activities, for example - the Queensland Science Contest [Mathematics Category]. Students should check this with their teachers. For those states that don’t have a local competition, schools are welcome to enter their student’s investigations through the Mathematical Association of Victoria’s competition [This cannot be confirmed for 2023 at the moment]. Entries come via the following 5 competitions [see below]’.
* Students in each year level compete with each other. For each year, there are three categories : individual, group and class entries .
Students typically work on their projects in Term 2 or early Term 3. The schools judge the projects in early August each year and send their best projects to the AAMT state or territory association by late August. The national judging usually takes place in September each year. Dates are also supplied for the early rounds on the above page..
National Mathematics Talent Quest - State Events
‘The purpose of the investigation is to explore ‘real-life’ situations and problems to engage students and teachers in mathematics. It involves students formulating their own questions from a given situation. Investigating with Mathematics tasks meet Working Mathematically syllabus outcomes as well as outcomes in the strands in which the investigation takes place. There are three entry categories : individual, small group [no more than 5] and whole class. A maximum of 3 investigation entries per category per school may be submitted’.
Key Information and Dates, State Awards Ceremony information, the Entry process [and dates], Cost, Examples from the previous year and other important information [downloads] are available from the above page. It would appear 2023 details are not yet part of this..
Maths Talent Quest [Vic.]
MAV, Victoria. ‘All Victorian and Tasmanian students from the Early Years to Year 12 can enter the Maths Talent Quest, through their school. One entry per category can then be entered for National Contention judging. Winners will also qualify for the National Maths Talent Quest where national winners will be announced at the MTQ Awards Ceremony’.
Register your interest in the MTQ and FLIP Challenge using the link on the page above, plus the Download the 2023 MTQ flyer here. It contains essential informationNote : The website is updated often with information for teachers and students so please check regularly. Files have been updated for 2023.
Maths Talent Quest [WA]
MAWA. ‘The focus of the Maths Talent Quest is on the process of mathematical investigations. Open to all primary and secondary students, the Maths Talent Quest aims to promote interest in mathematics and foster positive attitudes amongst students, teachers and parents. Looking at real life situations and finding that mathematics is everywhere helps capture the imagination of both teachers and students alike. The Maths Talent Quest allows students to investigate mathematics on an individual, group or class basis with the opportunity to have fun exploring mathematics in real life situations. Children in early years settings are also welcome to enter the MTQ, these entries will be entered at a Foundation level’.
Registration for School and Project entry, Key Dates, a Handbook and more are available from the above page. Dates provided appear to be for 2023.
‘The Queensland Science Contest is an opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to Grade 12 to have their [scientific] work judged for awards and prizes’. Select the Mathematical Investigation Category for this competition. Projects in this category investigate a particular mathematical theme or concept in a new context. For example, students may investigate the mathematical content and ideas behind a specific interest, such as sporting seasons, or budgeting for a holiday.
Use the Handbook and also the Other Information page links on the above pages to access further information beyond what is already provided here. There appears to be 2023 information included on the site.
‘The Junior Secondary Mathematics Enrichment Project/South Australian Mathematics Talent Quest [JSMEP/SAMTQ] are competitions run annually aimed at promoting interest in mathematics and fostering positive attitudes. The focus of the JSMEP/SAMTQ are on using mathematics to investigate a topic of interest to the student/s. The best of these entries will then be entered into the [NMTQ] National Maths Talent Quest’. There are three levels. The youngest is the SAMTQ Primary level. There is also the Junior Secondary Mathematics Enrichment Project and the South Australian Mathematics Talent Quest [Senior Division].
Each link to a section above provides Key Dates, an outline, Registration form, FAQs, More details, Rubric, Student Cover Sheet, Possible Topics for Investigation and more. There are also links to a range of resources. 2023 dates have still to be added.
‘The competition is of a demanding standard, designed to identify real mathematical talent. The nature of the problems is different from that encountered in school mathematics syllabi, being less mechanical and requiring a higher level of mathematical insight and creativity. As such, participation is likely to be rewarding only to those students who have a real love for, and ability in, mathematics. The competition is separated into three divisions : Junior Division - Students in Years 7 and 8; Intermediate Division - Students in Years 9 and 10; Senior Division - Students in Years 11 and 12’.
Links from the above page provide access to Registration information, Information [Information for School Coordinators, FAQs, Important Dates, Contact and other information about the competition] and Resources [from previous years’ competitions]. The 2023 School Mathematics Competition will be held on Wednesday May 3rd.
‘The aim of the competition is to encourage interested and motivated students to enjoy the challenge of non-standard problems. While some of the questions require extended knowledge and responses, the new format aims to give a wide range of students the opportunity to achieve some success’. All other details from the site.
The above page provides Competition Details, rules regarding scientific and graphic calculators, Awards, Presentation Night [date and venue], cost and Entry Form..
Updated ! The UNSW School Mathematics Competition [NSW/ACT]
‘The competition is designed to assess mathematical insight and ingenuity rather than efficiency in tackling routine examples. Students are encouraged to enter the competition if they are able to make some progress towards the solution of at least one of the past problems [see Updated ! Past Competitions]. If your school has participated in the recent past, your school should receive a formal invitation letter from the School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW Sydney’.
* ‘Open to participation by secondary school students in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. It is run in two divisions : Junior, up to and including Year 10 and Senior, Years 11 and 12’ .
The home page provides access to Past competition questions, solutions and winners while there are also Contact details, a link to the Competition Team if you wish to participate for the first time, Competition Timeline and Key Dates plus additional General Information. 2023 Timeline is available.
‘The annual UQ/QAMT Problem Solving Competition is open to all students of secondary schools in Queensland. The entry fee is only $5.00. There are three competition papers, one each for Years 7 and 8, Years 9 and 10 and Years 11 and 12. All of the papers are two hours long. The papers consist of questions which require an answer but working should also be shown. The problems do not usually require any greater knowledge than that possessed by good students but will need a certain amount of ingenuity and thought for their solution. You will need your own paper [10 sheets should be sufficient]’.
* ‘Three divisions [see above]. Students enter through their school. Non-CAS calculators may be used’ .
The 2023 Problem Solving Competition will again be held near Pi day, with schools in Queensland to run the competition on Friday, March 17 2023. Schools can register for the competition through QAMT in early 2023. Winners will be announced in Term 2. Prizes and certificates will be awarded by the judges.
Updated ! The University of Queensland/QAMT Year 5/6 & 7/8 Quiz [Qld]
‘The Quiz is organised into five sessions – Session 1 : Estimation; Session 2 : Speed; Session 3 : Written Problems; Session 4 : Individual questions; and Session 5 : General Maths knowledge. The number of teams registered is left open for each school – you may enter as many teams as you think would benefit from the experience’.
* ‘Two divisions - Years 5 - 6 and Years 7 - 8 for students in Queensland’ .
A wealth of detail is provided on the above page including Registration opening date and Quiz Dates, Quiz Host Schools, FAQs, Running Suggestions, Example Quizzes, an Information Statement for the current year, further Registration information and a Contact point. 2023 details still to be added.
‘The home of the world’s largest online maths competition. Compete against students across the globe in a worldwide celebration of mathematics. You can pre-register for WMD 2023 as either a school/class or as a parent. If you’re a Mathletics user, then you don’t need to register. Students log in and complete 20 by 60-second live maths games, earning 1 point for each question they answer correctly. A Champions Challenge will take place 3 weeks after World Maths Day’.
The New ! World Maths Day Handbooks for Teachers and for Parents contain all essential details [e.g. dates, how to register, warm-up periods, cost [NONE], age groups , what topics there are prizes, … . 2023 dates coming soon !.
‘The competition is free to enter and open to the wide education community. It’s a fun way to inspire the next generation and a great activity for students to get involved in. The Aussie Inventions That Changed The World series is aligned to multiple outcomes in the Australian Curriculum. Find the View the curriculum links here. As part of the competition, we encourage your students to watch the series for inspiration’.
* ‘Entrants must submit their Entry in one of the 3 following categories : Primary K - 6, Lower Secondary 7 - 9 and Upper Secondary 10-12’ .
We ‘have decided not to run the competition in 2022 and instead focus on delivering exceptional new product features and content. We encourage you to host the competition within your school. All curriculum-aligned competition resources are still available to you below, as is the popular Aussie Inventions that Changed the World Series’. Monitor to see what they are going to do in 2023.
‘The annual competition is now open to students from Kindergarten to Year 6. The winning artist will have their artwork featured on the Minister’s Christmas card and receive a book pack and 20 copies of the card. The runners up will feature on cards for the Department of Education Secretary, Georgina Harrisson and Deputy Secretaries – School Performance, Murat Dizdar and Leanne Nixon. Schools can submit artwork entries on behalf of students by email to email@example.com by 5pm on the nominated date in October. Please name saved artwork files in the format of schoolname-firstname-lastname.png, such as Christmas-PS-Santa-Claus.png. Artworks can be created in any medium but should be no larger than 21cm x 30cm [A4]. The artworks may be in portrait or landscape format’.
Entries close in mid-October and the winning artists will be notified in late October. Monitor for the competition to be announced in September 2023.
Updated ! Circular Fibres Pitchathon
‘We are challenging you to explore and invent circular fibre and textile solutions. A pitchathon is a challenge where ideas are pitched in a short amount of time to a panel of judges. In our event, each pitch takes the form of a 3-minute pre-recorded video entry. Judges watch the video pitches and select the top entries [based on the brief below]. Participation is free. We want to hear your ideas for sustainable fibres and textiles in one of the following themes : Lessons from First Nations, Redesigning fibres, Tracking Fibre through its life and Fibre Waste. Prizes for the top three winning entries in each theme will be awarded. These videos will be displayed as part of the Threads + Opportunities Symposium program’.
All essential details were previously found in the above page. This included Dates, Prizes, The Brief, Your Entry, Pitch Video Resources, Examples and Tips and Terms and Conditions of entry. Pitch Videos previously required by early May. Monitor for further details.
‘A prestigious annual competition that awards winners with a ‘Power Trip’ to Canberra where winners meet inspiring politicians/CEOs, receive leadership and public speaking training, tour Parliament, score a mentor, get their work published and more’. Note the Eligibility Criteria.
* ‘We are now accepting applications from students based on the MySchool website classification – most schools identified as Inner Regional, Outer Regional, Remote and Very Remote and not classified as being in a Major City, are eligible to apply ! However, students who attend school in a capital city, even if it fits the above MySchool classification, are ineligible to enter. For students in Tasmania and the Northern Territory, you may be eligible if you are from a rural area but attend boarding school in Darwin or Hobart’.
Eligibility criteria [also see above], Closing date for entries, Terms & Conditions and Subscribing for Updates can be achieved via the Home page. As the event did not run in 2022, monitor the site for details relating to 2023.
‘The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines. The Decathlon is designed to celebrate the academic gifts of Australian youth by providing a stimulating and challenging competition run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon’. There are local and state competitions as well as the national one.
* The competition is broken into divisions at the initial level. There can be some variations among these depending on the state or territory. The National Final is for Years 7-10 .
Details of 2023 Themes [Regionals, State and Nationals], Dates [Regional, State, National and even International], venues and contacts can be found on the Events page.
This page provides access to all competitions in the Education sector of EKKA. Each provides relevant details as indicated below. One competition [Student Bush Poetry] is listed in the Language section on this page. Two other examples of the range of competitions are provided directly below this entry.
* Most competitions are aligned to a specific school level. However, most also include the statement ‘However, all year levels are welcome to enter’. Check the specific detail for each competition .
2022 Entry opening and closing dates, Judging date, cost per entry, Australian curriculum alignment, Contact details, and other information are found on all competition pages. You can also subscribe for updates.
‘Education on Show is a competition devoted to showcasing work by Queensland students from Prep to Year 10. The competition covers a wide range of contemporary curriculum-related skills and activities and is open to the whole school to enter. Students will be able to come and see winning work on display to the public during the show period’. The theme for 2023 has still to be added.
Entry Opening and Closing dates, Judging date, Cost per entry, Subscribe to receive updates while Competition Coordinator Contact details are all available on this page. See the competition guide for the relevant curriculum alignment.
‘The School Garden Competition is a great opportunity for school students to learn and apply their gardening skills in a fun, competitive environment and win fantastic prizes. Students are invited to design and build a traditional veggie garden for display at the Ekka. Students must also create a simple recipe using their garden produce as key ingredients’.
* This competition is aligned and recommended for Year 1 students. However, all year levels are welcome to enter.
Entry Opening and Closing dates, Judging date, Cost per entry, Australian Curriculum alignment, Subscribing to receive updates and Competition Coordinator Contact details are all available on this page.
‘The Ethics Olympiad provides schools with an unique opportunity to develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration and communication. The students [Eth-letes] are trained by a coach [usually a teacher at their school] in order to prepare for an Olympiad. New ethical cases are released each year and are provided to participating schools well before the event. During an Ethics Olympiad students engage with each other and students from other schools on interesting and relevant cases. As of 2020 we moved the event online. Participating schools use Zoom to link up with other schools’. More on How it works is found here.
* The Olympiad operates on three levels - Junior School [10-12 years], Middle School [12-14 years] and Senior School [15-28 years].
Registration for each of the 3 levels is found in the menu on the left of the home page. Information about 2023 Training Clinics is found via this link. Information pages for each level provide information, Event Dates, Terms & Conditions, Start and Finish Times, Year levels, a Registration Form and additional information.
Kidsafe Victoria. ‘Kidsafe Victoria’s Farm Safety Creative Competition has returned. The competition invites all Victorian preschoolers and primary school students to get creative and design educational materials that promote injury prevention on the farm, to learn about farm safety in a fun and engaging way. This year’s theme is still to be provided. The Farm Safety Creative Competition is proudly supported by the Victorian Government’s Smarter, Safer Farms Program. Competition entry is free’.
Dates and information usually found on the home page and there are also Competition Packs [Teachers Pack, Parents Pack and an Early Childhood Pack]. ‘The first two include competition details, background information on farm safety topics, helpful tips for students to develop their entries and a range of learning resources for all year groups’. Monitor for 2023 details.
‘Australia’s largest national youth entrepreneurship competition. We’re shining the spotlight on our young Australian entrepreneurs, who have a real passion and want to show us what they’re made of. Are you a budding inventor ? A quirky scientist ? A creative artist ? An aspiring engineer ? A magical maths mind ? An ideas person ? The possibilities are endless. Submit your 3 minute pitch by the deadline’.
* Age Categories were added in 2021 - Under 18, Under 16, Under 14 and Under 12.
You can Apply here once the opening date is finalised. Rules for the pitch are found here. There is an New ! FAQ page to assist you. Deadline to apply is in the second half of the year. Monitor for 2023 details.
The News of the Future - Schools Competition. ‘Front Page is an initiative of Nine and Australian Teachers of Media [ATOM]. It provides Australian schools and classes with the opportunity to create and submit a short school newspaper and win fantastic prizes in the process. Entering ATOM’s competitions will engage students in activities that fit with school curricula, and encourage team building and confidence as students work together producing content’.
* The competition includes three age-group categories : Upper Primary [Years 4–6], Lower Secondary [Years 7–9] and Upper Secondary [Years 10–12].
Use the Before Entering link to access Rules and Guidelines [Dates, Entry and Judging, Prizes and other information], Terms & Conditions and Resources [including Resource Guides]. Other menu items speak for themselves. Monitor for 2023 dates. Entry submission was previously in the second half of August.
‘FPS encourages students from grades P-12 to become more aware of a diverse range of community and global topics. These include business and economics, science and technology and social and political concerns affecting our world today. Some of the topics include STEM, Global Citizenship and HASS issues. FPS offers a wide range of educational publications and instructional materials as well as virtual content. Virtual support is available through videos and instructional e-learning experiences. Once registered for the desired learning options, participants start with practice topics. After the practice topics, competitive topics are offered for qualification submissions to the National Finals’.
* Involvement is in 4 sections - Primary Programs [A non-competitive problem-solving program designed for, but not limited to, implementation in the regular classroom divided into two stages : Foundational Skills [Prep -2] and Developing Skills [Grades 3-4]]; Junior Division [5-6]; Middle Division [7-9]; and Senior Division [10-12].
Updated ! Register your team using this page. Updated ! The Educator’s Guide provides information on how to get started, while the Updated ! Key Dates page provides dates, topics and information about National Finals and the International Conference to which the top teams and individuals from the National Finals are issued invitations. This is held in the USA in the following year. Program Options for schools are found on the home page. 2023 details are now provided.
‘To promote understanding and appreciation of Korean history and culture, KSCPP is hosting a National Essay Contest in Australia. We have held a similar contest for students in the US for the past 14 years, and are now expanding the program to Australia, Canada and the UK. Choose from one of three topics based on the nominated book, which can be downloaded for free from this site. Submit entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “2023 Essay Contest”. There will be three winners in each section : 1st prize [$500], 2nd prize [$200], 3rd prize [$100]. Honorable mentions [$50] may also be awarded at the panel’s discretion’.
* The essay contest is open to students in two groups : Group A [Years 5-8] and Group B [Years 9-12].
Essay Topic, Awards, Entry information, Deadline for entries and address to use, date for announcement of winners and other instructions are all available from the bottom section of the above page. Monitor for 2023 details. Previous competitions have closed with prizes awarded in the last section of the year.
‘The EP Languages Championships [EPLC] is a free event where students can compete at their own ability level. This competition is designed to help boost your students’ personal learning journey, engage the students with curriculum-aligned content and motivate them to compete on an international stage’.
On the above page : When is this event taking place ?, Who can take part ?, What languages are included ?, How much does it cost to enter ?, How does the competition work ?, How do I register my students ?, My students already have EP accounts … what do I need to do ?, Can I enrol additional students ?, How do my students access the competition ?, How can I track my students’ progress ? Student Prizes and Certificates and Promotional Resources. Monitor for 2023 details.
‘The competition for little humans with big ideas. Little Big Idea is a competition to find the big, innovative ideas that’ll shape the future - from the little, creative kids who’ll be living through it. Find a problem, Invent something, Upload your invention. Enter a drawing, picture or video, with 200 words or less, explaining your idea. Check what previous winners have done or visit the Inspiration Station. Sign up to receive updates on what is happening and when’.
* The competition includes three categories : Category 1 [Years 3 & 4], Category 2 [Years 5 & 6] and Category 3 [Years 7 & 8]. There is a Winner and 3 Runners-up for each category.
The Terms and Conditions page shows sections which cover all required information for participation in the current year. Most activity is in the second half of the year. Use the Stay Updated links to be kept in the loop with what is happening.
MLTANSW Linguafest [NSW]
‘Following the format of the Tropfest competition, students are asked to create and submit a short film based on the theme chosen by the MLTANSW. Somewhere in the film, students need to have an item [specified each year]. The teacher/school submitting the film MUST be a CURRENT [financial] member of the MLTANSW in order to access the information’.
The above page lists theme and signature item, specific requirements, Marking Criteria, Prizes, specific dates, entry information and form. Monitor for 2023 details.
Mock Trial Competitions 
Updated ! Mock Trial Competition [The Law Society of NSW] [NSW]
‘Open to schools across NSW for students in Years 10 and 11, the program aims to introduce students to the NSW judicial system by providing practical experience into the running of a court case in a true-to-life adversarial setting. Students learn advocacy, debating and problem-solving skills’.
Use the Updated ! Find out more link for Registration information [2023 Competition now open], Terms & Conditions and How the competition is conducted. The home page also supplies Resources as well as a range of information about Mock Trial Materials and Procedures [including timetable and manual].
‘The Law Society of South Australia Mock Trial Competition comprises a series of simulated court cases and is designed to bring young South Australians closer to the workings of our State’s legal system while teaching them to present a persuasive argument. The competition is limited to 32 teams. Each team comprises seven students and schools may enter two teams if less than 32 schools register’.
The above page provides general information, phone and email contact if desiring further information, Registration information including a 2023 Registration Form, Manual and Round 1 Case Materials. The manual covers Key dates and Contacts, Rules & Procedures and much more on all aspects of the competition for the current year.
‘The Mock Trial Competition provides an enjoyable, dynamic way of introducing students to the law. It provides students with an opportunity to learn valuable skills in research and the development and presentation of a persuasive argument. The cases are presented by two teams – a prosecution/plaintiff team and a defence team – made up of students playing the roles of barristers, solicitors, witnesses and court officials’.
* The competition is open to students enrolled in Years 10, 11 and 12 who are not older than 18 years of age as at 31 December of the year of the competition. A team must consist of no fewer than eight students and no more than 12.
The Overview button at the top right of the above page gives access to the Mock Trial Flyer for the current year and a Manual that includes Registration, Rules, Timetable and general information plus information about Rules of Evidence. For more information please contact the Mock Trial Co-ordinator using this link - New ! email@example.com. or  9324 8604.
Updated ! National High School Mooting Competition
‘The Bond University Faculty of Law conducts one of Australia’s oldest high school mooting competitions. The national competition brings together schools from every state and territory who battle it out in front of real judges, barristers and members of the legal profession and academe. The National High School Mooting Competition in 2023 will be hosted online, on a video-conferencing platform. The National Grand Final will be on campus. The competition is by invitation only’.
Key dates for the 2023 competition will be announced shortly and invitations will subsequently be distributed to eligible participant schools. If you would like to register your interest for the 2023 National High School Mooting Competition, please New ! Contact Us. Updated ! Frequently Asked Questions are found here.
‘The NSW Negotiations Competition is an international diplomacy and negotiation competition that immerses students in the role of state negotiators finding practical and pragmatic solutions to important geopolitical international disputes. The Competition enables delegates to develop their creativity, problem solving, communication, critical thinking and teamwork skills. Please note that the NSW Negotiations Competition will be taking place entirely online, using Zoom’.
* Students from Years 10-12 compete in teams of two students from the same school. The competition takes the form of two sessions; session one and session two. Each team will participate in 1 Round One session and 1 Round Two session.
Event Details [When, Where, Who, Cost, plus more] should soon be available. You can also download The Competition Handbook for additional information once it has been released for the current year. Keep an eye out for 2023 Expressions of Interest !.
Linked with a children’s book podcast called ‘One More Page’. It’s all about kids’ books with author interviews, book reviews and more. Every fortnight we have a competition which includes prize giveaways’.
A new competition is offered every fortnight. The site provides details about when entries close for each competition.
Panda Competition [ACT+]
‘Conducted every year by the Australia China Friendship Society. Students are asked to creatively focus on an aspect of the annual topic. This can be through a drawing or painting, creative works such as a collage or 3-dimensional construction, an essay, poem or other creative individual effort, appropriate to the student’s age and school grade. Preschool and Year 1 and 2 students in the ACT and Queanbeyan can also enter colouring in’.
* Only students in the ACT and Queanbeyan are eligible to enter the competition.
The above page provides information including the topic for the current year, Conditions of entry, Closing date for entries and judging as well as the Awards ceremony. You can download a Flyer using the link at the bottom of the page. There is also an email link if you need to find further information. Monitor for 2023 information.
New ! Perth Royal Show - School Scarecrow [WA]
‘The Across the Seasons Scarecrow Competition is a creative and fun category aimed at engaging young people and schools in drawing awareness towards where food comes from and how the four seasons influences the variety and diversity of plants and animals. Farmers produce a wide range of food and fibre products all year-round. The aim of this year’s Scarecrow Competition is to celebrate and highlight the types of foods produced from each season – summer, autumn, winter and spring’.
* Open to Primary Schools within Western Australia. Restricted to one  entry per school and Free to enter.
Entry information available [this requires an account]. The Flyer available from the site for the current year will provide Competition details, Competition Rules, Judging and Results [including dates] and another link to enter the competition. Monitor for 2023 information. For more information please contact the Competition and Event Coordinator.
‘A Philosothon is an event that encourages school students to investigate ethical and philosophical questions in the context of ‘communities of inquiry’. Participating in the event helps students to develop higher order thinking and communication skills through a series of discussions with students from other schools. While there is an element of competition in a Philosothon, it aims to promote a sense of community by developing a shared understanding in a spirit of cooperation. Invitations to participate in the Australasian Philosothon are sent to the winning schools from each regional Philosothon’.
* ‘Students will remain in Year level groups [7/8, 9, 10 & 11/12] for their first two assessed Communities of Inquiries and then for the final two sessions the year levels will be mixed’.
The above page provides links to the Program, Judges Guide, Information Kits - Students, Information Kits - Organising Teachers, Facilitator’s Guide and Stimulus Material for the current year. Monitor for 2023 information.
‘Students are invited to produce a short story, poem or essay of up to 1 000 words, or an illustration, exploring what respect means to them. This is a great opportunity for students to reflect on and share their understanding of respect – while also encouraging parents and teachers to have open, ongoing and proactive conversations on this important issue. Eight written and two illustrative winning entries will be published in a national Respect Stories book. The winners will also take home a $500 VISA gift card for themselves and one for their school’.
* ‘Any student enrolled in an Australian school aged 10-14 years-old [must be 14 or under as of their entry submission date]’.
Entries are now closed. Find out how to enter and get more information on the How to enter page. Find helpful resources and advice on the Competition Resources page. Other details on the Respect Stories FAQs page. The last of these contains all relevant details for entry, key dates and more. Monitor for 2023 information.
‘The aim of the competition is to provide a conversation starter for schools to help facilitate discussions that foster respectful and positive relationships. We believe in teaching children to identify healthy vs unhealthy relationship behaviours from a young age, as this can empower them to recognise times when they may need support as they grow into adulthood’.
The How to get Involved section at the bottom of the above page has 4 sections covering : Register your School, Create your Posters, Submit your Poster and Virtual Awards Ceremony. For all other competition enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or use the phone number provided. Monitor for 2023 information.
‘The Sydney Royal Easter Show is the largest classroom in New South Wales. It is also the place students can come and show what they have learned and be judged for the hard work in agricultural pursuits. The tradition of exhibiting and judging for schools continues today and includes poultry, pig, goat, honey and scarecrows. Entry is free for all schools – city, metropolitan rural and regional’.
All Competitions and sub-competitions provide required information for participation. As a minimum, most list an Overview, Key dates & Schedule, Contact details, Results and information about Sponsors & Supporters. Some provide further specific information. Some require your contact in order to access further information. Check early in the year to be sure of entry. You can also Subscribe to School Competition Updates [Join now for 2023]..
‘If you’re a student in Year 7–12, we want you to think outside the box and develop creative products that highlight the value of tax and/or super in the community. You can be as creative as you like - some examples include : Write It - short stories, a script or a marketing proposal; Make It - artworks, comic strips, songs or a prototype of an app or game; Film It - videos, skits or music clips’.
* ‘There are two categories in the competition, Junior [Years 7–9] and Senior [Years 10–12]. Students must be enrolled in the Australian education system’..
Use the four 4 links on the left of the home page to access essential information. The Competition Teacher’s Kit gives the option to make an Expression of Interest in receiving a number of updates. Monitor for 2023 information.
‘Tournament of Minds is a problem solving program for all primary and secondary student providing the opportunity to solve authentic, open-ended challenges that foster creative, divergent thinking whilst developing collaborative enterprise, excellence and teamwork. Tournament’s aim is to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management and the discipline to work collaboratively within a challenging and competitive environment. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines : The Arts, STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics], Language Literature or Social Sciences’.
* ‘Teams in the Primary Division must be a mix of students from at least two year levels with a maximum of four students from any one year. Teams in the Secondary Division must be a mix of students from at least two year levels [up to and including Year 10] with a minimum of two students from the year of entry to secondary school in your state and a maximum of four students from any one year’. Teams consist of seven  students.
While there is information on many of the pages, the Help page [see top menu] covers all essentials. Note : Important dates for the current Tournament for your Branch [state or territory] are listed on individual Branches home pages. Registration opens earlier in the current year. Monitor for 2023 details..
‘Hosted by the School of Law and Justice and established for schools in the Darling Downs, Lockyer, Ipswich and Springfield regions, this free competition broadens the knowledge and experience of law for Year 11 and 12 secondary students. Through close analysis and argument of a legal problem, competitors will gain valuable and fun practical experience in a law court environment and a better understanding of how the law functions’.
* ‘Hosted by the School of Law and Justice and established for schools in the Darling Downs, Lockyer, Ipswich and Springfield regions’.
Monitor the site from the beginning of 2023 for details of the year‘s competition. It has previously started with Teacher Information Sessions in mid-March.