AUSSIE EDUCATOR

Student Competitions

Throughout each year a range of competitions and challenges are available for students and schools. These cover all curriculum areas from Language to The Arts. Some are run by subject organisations, some by governments, some by private organisations, some by international groups.

“Challenges”, such as the Premier’s Reading Challenges, are listed in a separate section.

For ease of presentation, competitions are listed in curriculum areas. In some instances, the listing is broken into further sub-directories, e.g. Language → Writing, Spelling, Public Speaking, Debating, … .

Specific levels are indicated both in writing and through the use of the following icons.
 [Primary];  [Secondary Years 7-10];  [Senior Secondary Years 11-12] and  [Apprentices/Trainees].

No sporting competitions are listed. The same applies to Eisteddfods. Those listed fall into what would be classed as the “academic” area, e.g. Language area, STEM and STEAM.

Not all are of a competitive nature. Some are free to enter, others have entry fees.

Note we have broken the listing over two pages. It is done for two reasons. The first is to limit the size of the pages for several factors related to their use. The second is to allow for continued additions over the coming period by recommendation, or discovery on our part.

If you are aware of any other competitions or challenges suitable for inclusion please let us know about them so we can make this an even more comprehensive listing both overall, and for specific areas.

Challenges

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    Aeronautical Velocity Challenge
    ‘A STEM initiative focussing on addressing Australia’s shortage of scientists and engineers. Students compete in teams of up to six students to design, produce, test & evaluate their prototypes’. Registration form available here.
    Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.

  • Australian and New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge
    ‘Motivates young people to learn about the brain. Created to inspire students to pursue careers in neuroscience research. A test of knowledge about important facts concerning intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, 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.
    Round 2 [State/Regional Finals] held June to August and Round 3 [National Finals] will be held in Adelaide, 2-5 December 2019. International Brain Bee will be held in 2020.
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    Australian International Model Solar Challenge
    ‘Tens of thousands of Australian high school and primary students have participated in this hands-on science program’. In addition to the main challenge, there are also state events found in the links below.
    Registrations still to open. The event is usually held in late November or early December. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
  •       New ! Destination Imagination
    ‘We offer seven different academic Challenges in areas of STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics], fine arts, service learning, and early learning. 2019-20 Challenge Previews are found here. Check back in July to download our First Look Document and watch our Challenge Preview videos. The age/grade requirements to participate in the 2019-20 Destination Imagination Challenge Program are found on the site’.
    Check back in July for further information regarding dates.
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    EV Challenge
    ‘Australia’s longest running electric motor sport competition, first established in 2001. The aim of the event is to have teams - mainly from high schools - design, build, test and construct a small single seat electric vehicle, powered by a limited battery capacity and built to a limited budget’. Based in Western Australia. Contact and other details available on the site.
    It is anticipated the event will occur, as in previous years, in late October. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
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    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.
    Registration opened in May and the Challenge launch is 1 August 2019. 2019 Asia Pacific Invitational on 4-7 July 2019. Regional and State Competitions in November. National Championship held in early December. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
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    FIRST Tech Challenge
    ‘Designed for high school students to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams’. Through Macquarie University and FIRST Australia.
    Registration usually starts in early September. There are Practice Scrimmages in October and November depending on the individual state. National event usually held at the beginning of December. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
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    Global Cardboard Challenge
    ‘Celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination’. Resources available from the site. [USA, but done in 46 countries.]
    Cardboard Challenges can take place any time of year in any context. Day of Play usually held in October.
    ‘Cardboard Challenges can take place any time of year in any context’. However, the event s usually held early in October. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
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    International Mathematical Modeling Challenge [IM2C]
    ACER. ‘A new team-based mathematical competition for Australian secondary students. Operating in teams, comprising up to four students from the same school, participants must work collaboratively to solve a problem [set globally] by devising and applying an original mathematical model’. All details on the site.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2019.
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    Kronosaurus Korner School Challenge
    ‘This year’s Challenge is a 2-part challenge. The task in each part is designed to appeal to a range of students. A wide range of outcomes are possible and anticipated. That is why the same challenge is to be presented to Junior [Gr 5-6], Intermediate [Gr 7] and Senior [Gr 8-9] teams’.
    You may start the Challenge whenever you wish. Teams must submit their work no more than one month after starting the Challenge. Deadline is second half of October. Exact date once this is advised.
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    Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians
    ‘Targets the top 20 per cent of primary students in Years 5 and 6 [also 3 and 4 in the Challenge Stage], and secondary students in Years 7 to 10’.
    The Challenge Enrichment stage runs from April to September and the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad [Years 7-10] will be held on 12 September 2019.
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    MS Readathon
    A Reading Challenge supporting a charity. Four age groupings 0-6, 7-12, 13-17, 18 and Above. All details on their site.
    Registration is now open for 2019, with the event running throughout August. Sponsorship results forwarded by the end of October. Exact dates will be confirmed once these are advised.
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    National Computer Science School Challenge
    ‘Online programming Challenge for high school students, run by the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney and NICTA. Unlike any other programming competition because we will teach you how to program as you compete’.
    Web.Comp 2019 has now been completed for 2019. The National Computer Science School Challenge starts 29 July 2019, details still to be provided. The Hour of Code, suitable for Grades 3-12 will take place in the period 9-15 December 2019.

  • National Family Reading Month
    Scholastic. ‘The Challenge is open to students, Scholastic Book Club Organisers and Teachers from registered participating schools in Australia’.
    Scroll down the page to get details.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2019.
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    National History Challenge
    ‘Encourages students to use research and inquiry based learning to discover more about the past. Students from Primary years to Year 12, 19 years of age or younger in Australian schools’.
    Entries close on 30 August 2019. Be sure to read the Checklist indicating requirements. National Presentation is 2 December 2019.
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    NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge
    ‘A range of initiatives with one common purpose - to have more students, more active, more of the time !’.
    ‘The school principal received a registration email at the commencement of Term 1. The Challenge period commences any time after registration but must conclude by the last week of Term 3’.
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    Opti-MINDS Creative Sustainability Challenge
    ‘A creative problem solving event for teams of participants from Preschool to Adult within 4 divisions. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended Challenges from one of the following categories : Language Literature; Science Engineering; Social Sciences’. Operates in Queensland, New Zealand and now Western Australia.
    Registrations closed in June 2019. Team Nominations Close 24 July 2019. Challenges Open 15 July 2019. Regional and State event dates from the Important Date section on the home page. Australian Final 12-13 October 2019 [Queensland].

Premier’s Reading Challenges

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    ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge
    Challenge commences in Term One each year and concludes in Term Three. Exact dates will be supplied once the 2019 details are made public. Schools should have access through an online School Registration Form.
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    NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge
    There is now a separate Student’s Page as well as the main page.
    Closing date for entries is 30 August 2019. Final date for validation of Student Reading Records is 13 September 2019..
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    Queensland Premier’s Reading Challenge
    Reading period for Prep to Year 9 students runs to 23 August 2019. All reading data must be finalised in the database by 6 September. Certificates of Achievement issued in October. Premier’s Reading Challenge celebration weeks held 4-15 November 2019.
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    South Australian Premier’s Reading Challenge
    The Reading Challenge runs to 6 September 2019. Student Records are collected between 5 July and 20 September 2019 [last date for submission]. Awards are presented in November.

  • Tasmanian Premier’s Reading Challenge
    The Challenge began in April. PRC Survey opens 22 July. Final Day to marks student completion of the Challenge is 26 July 2019. Date relating to Certificate Presentation and mailing of Prize Packs still to be confirmed.
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    Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge
    24 April to 6 July 2019 the challenge’s secondary school reader’s review competition begins. 6 September 2019 - The Premiers’ Reading Challenge ends. The Challenge online application closes. No data can be entered after this date. November 2019 - Certificates issued to early childhood services managers, school principals and home based settings for distribution.
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    Premier’s Active April
    ‘Part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to promote healthy and active lifestyles and get Victorians more active, more often’. Download an app via the “About” page on the site.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2019.
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    Premier’s Be Active Challenge - SA
    The Challenge runs to the end of Term 3. Approval of participants’ physical activity data from 22 July until 27 September 2019. Medals will aim to be sent out in PE Week [November].
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    Readers Cup
    ‘Readers Cup is organised by the Queensland Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. It is a state wide competition for young readers’.
    Registrations are now closed for 2019. Regional competitions are held near the end of Term 2. CBCA Qld Readers Cup State Finals will be held in early September.
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    Science and Engineering Challenge
    ‘The Challenge is designed to inspire students to study science and engineering at a senior level. Each day he students participate in a range of exciting hands-on activities’.
    Details regarding specific days and activities from the site. The National Event usually occurs in late October. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
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    New ! Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge
    Australian Culinary Federation. We ‘will be running Secondary School Culinary Competitions in SA, ACT, QLD, TAS, NSW & Victoria. This competition is designed to establish and develop links between school and industry in an effort to encourage more students to enter the commercial cookery industry. The QLD Junior Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge Competition is for year 10 students studying Home Economics or Hospitality at high school. The Senior Secondary Schools Culinary Competition is for Year 11 and 12 students studying Home Economics or Hospitality at high school. The Winners of these competitions will be attending the National Secondary Schools Final’.
    The National Final of the Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge will be held in August 2019.
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    Space Design Competitions Australia
    ‘Hosts a number of industry simulation experiences for school students. These combine elements of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM], with an emphasis on teamwork, marketing, and human relations to provide a unique set of challenges for young people’. Linked to the Australian Space Design Competitions [see Science section below]. Students in Grades 8-12.
    Registrations closed 28 June 2019. JSDC Qualifying Tenders due 23 August and Finalists announced 27 September 2019. ASDC Qualifying Tenders due 6 September and Finalists announced 18 October 2019. 26 October 2019 - Annual JSDC Presentation Event. 18-19 January 2020 - Annual ASDC Finals [UQ, St Lucia]. July 2020 - International ASDC Finals at the Kennedy Space Centre [USA].
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    STEM Video Game Challenge
    ‘The Challenge is open to upper primary and secondary school students. Students are encouraged to design, build and submit an original educational video game that includes science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] content or themes’. Years 5-12.
    Game submission opens 24 July and closes 7 August 2019. Winners are announced on 7 October 2019.
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    New ! Student Blogging Challenge
    ‘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 10 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’.
    the Student Blogging Challenge runs twice yearly, beginning each March and October. The last challenge ran from March – May 2019. The next challenge will begin October 6, 2019.
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    The Game Changer Challenge
    ‘The Game Changer Challenge will connect primary and high school students from across NSW with leading education technology and design thinking professionals to solve the big question - how can tomorrow’s schools help create the future ?’ An Overview of the 2018 process is found here.
    Full competition details are now available. The Game Changer Challenge is part of Education Week - 5-9 August 2019.
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    The Quest [Brainways]
    ‘Each year, inspired by a different overarching theme, the Quest incorporates the main disciplines of Mathematics, Sciences and Humanities in a journey of discovery. The Quest Preliminary Challenge is offered over two days. In partnership with a number of universities, the Quest Challenge is offered in Australia and Internationally. The first step is to nominate your school and be endorsed by a teacher at the school’.
    Registration details for various regions and types of activities are found via the site.
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    New ! The Schools Recycle Right Challenge
    ‘There are a wide variety of activities and events that your school can get involved in as part of the Schools Recycle Right Challenge. The amount of organising and preparation required will depend on the activities you decide to arrange. We provide free recycling activity guides, lesson plans and Australian school event ideas, designed to engage students and teachers to learn by doing and having fun ! Our Getting Started Guide will help you plan and promote your Schools Recycle Right Challenge activities’.
    The dates for the Schools Recycle Right Challenge are 7 October to 15 November 2019.

  • The Tasmanian Science & Engineering Challenge
    ‘The Science and Engineering Challenge is a set of fun and competitive hands-on activities involving principles of science, engineering and technology’.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2019.
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    Victorian Schools’ Games and App Challenge
    ‘The Challenge highlights the role of the Digital Technologies, Critical and Creative Thinking curriculum areas and their contribution to building the Education State. Links can also be made to the STEM agenda and the Tech Schools initiative. ’. The Challenge is open to students across Victorian schools in Years 3 to 10. Individuals or teams may enter the challenge. If a class is multi-age, students from that other level are welcome to participate.
    Participating schools will work on creating their games/apps during Term 3. The Challenge will culminate in a showcase exhibition at the Education in Games Summit in late October 2019. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
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    New ! The Victorian Maths Challenge
    ‘The Victorian Maths Challenge encourages students and their families to engage in real life, everyday mathematics, through interactive challenges hat promote problem solving. Each challenge has been designed as an open-ended maths task requiring limited amounts of time and materials, for families to do at home or out and about’.
    No set times. These can be done at any time.
  • Wakakirri
    ‘The ultimate performing and visual arts challenge for schools’. There are several Challenges which form part of this.

  • Dance School Challenge
    At present, this is only a Victorian event. It is planned to expand this in the future.
    Dance Challenge Show Date is 10 August 2019.

  • Primary School Challenge
    ‘The aim of Wakakirri is to teach students about themselves and others through the creating and sharing of stories and by this process develop students’ educational outcomes, lifestyle choices and community awareness’.
    2019 Show Dates are found here.
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    National Screen Challenge
    ‘The Wakakirri Screen Challenge is inspired by Story Dance but allows schools to take their performance to another level by taking it off the stage and onto the screen’. Both Primary and Secondary Challenges.
    Registrations are now open and close on 2 August 2019. The Entry Fee is due no later than 16 August 2019. This is also the final day for the Entry Form to be submitted and the Entry to be uploaded to Vimeo.

  • Secondary School Challenge
    ‘The Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge is an opportunity for students to explore career pathways in Performing and Creative Arts, Design, and Event Management’.
    2019 Show Dates are found here.
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    Wombat Books Illustration Challenge
    ‘Entrants must be aged between 7-18 years and school age. For students finishing Year 12 in 2019 they must submit while they are still at school. Children must have parental permission to be considered for the challenge’. All other details available from the site.
    Entries normally close at the end of November [2019]. Selected illustrations will be part of a book to be published in 2020. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.

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Competitions

Language

Debating

  • ACT Debating Union Competitions
    ‘Debating competitions for school students in the Canberra region’. Different competitions described on this page include the following.
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    Welcome to The Junior Open Competition
    ‘The Junior Open Competition caters for students in Years 6-8. Find competition details, including the draw’ on his page.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • Welcome to The Senior Open Competition
    ‘The Senior Open Competition caters for students in Years 9-10. Find competition details, including the draw’ on this page.
    Draw for Semi-Finals now available.

  • Welcome to The Advanced Open Competition
    ‘The Advanced Open Competition caters for students in Years 11-12. Find competition details, including the draw’ on this page.
    Draw for Quarterfinals now available.
  • Debaters Association of Victoria
    ‘Competitions for schools across Victoria. Training and resources for debaters, teachers and adjudicators’. Schools and Junior Secondary Competitions.
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    British Parliamentary Competition
    ‘The DAV hosts annual BP competitions for Juniors [Years 7 to 8], Intermediate [Years 9-10] and Seniors [Years 11 to 12]. Each competition takes place over a single day, with students participating in a training session conducted by experienced British Parliamentary debaters, before taking part in a three round tournament of debates’.
    Intermediate Competition previously held the second half of August; Senior Competition in the first part of September and the Junior Competition in the second half of October. Exact dates once these are advised.
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    Monash Asian Studies Debate Competition
    ‘A debating competition open to students from Years 10-12, in conjunction with the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University. The topics will focus on contemporary issues relevant to Asia’.
    Preliminary rounds now completed. Final held separately.

  • Junior Secondary Program
    ‘An introduction to debating for junior secondary students in Years 7 and 8. The program is designed to provide training in the basic skills and structure of debating whilst also giving students an opportunity to participate in three ‘friendly’ inter-school debates’.
    The Junior Secondary Program runs over four evenings in Terms 3/4 in multiple regions throughout Victoria. Dates and venues are found on Junior Secondary Program : Dates page.
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    Schools Competition
    ‘Our focus is to make the competition as inclusive as possible, providing a welcoming but competitive environment for students to hone their skills and build their confidence. The competition is open for students in Years 9 to 12’. Dates and Draws linked from this site. Registration packs sent to schools.
    Regional details and dates available from Regional dates page. Playoff 1 - 21 August; Playoff 2 - 28 August; Playoff 3 - 4 September; Oct- finals - 11 September; Quarter Finals - 9 October; Semi-Finals - 16 October; Grand Final - 24 October 2019. Venues for Playoffs and up to Semi-finals to be confirmed.

  • University of Melbourne Science Week Debate Competition
    ‘A Debating Competition for students in Years 9 and 10. The topics will focus on contemporary issues in STEM [science, technology, engineering, and maths]. This competition is an excellent opportunity for students to Held at University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.
    Registrations close in the first week of August with the event occurring about a week later. Exact dates once these are advised.
  • Debating - NSW
    ‘The Premier’s Debating Challenge is open to government schools throughout NSW, with age divisions for teams from Year 5 all the way up to Year 12. In addition, a number of other programs provide opportunities for exceptional debaters in different age groups’. See Specific details below.
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    Premier’s Debating Challenge
    This has multiple levels. ‘The Premier’s Debating Challenge is open to all NSW government schools, with the aim of developing the public speaking and reasoning skills of students from Years 5 to 12’.
    The Years 11-12 division runs from March to July. The other divisions run from April to November. Years 11-12 State Final is 26 July 2019 and the Years 9&10 State Final is 11 November 2019.

  • Combined High Schools Debating
    ‘The Combined High Schools took part in a series of debates between teams drawn from the CHS and the three major non-government groupings [Greater Public Schools, Combined Associated Schools and Archdale Representative Schools]’. Year 11 and 12 students.
    The three competition debates take place in Term 3. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.

  • Junior State Debating Championships
    ‘The Junior State Debating Championships provide unique opportunities for talented debating students from NSW government schools in Years 9-10 to engage in debates and workshops within the context of an annual camp’.
    The Junior State Debating Championships will take place from 2 - 4 December 2019.

  • Primary Schools State Debating Championships
    ‘Ten regions of NSW select their four best primary school debaters to represent them at the Primary Schools State Debating Championships’.
    Each year the teams gather in late November in Collaroy on Sydney’s northern beaches to battle it out across 5 rounds, semis and a final to determine a state champion. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
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    Queensland Debating Union
    ‘We run a variety of programs, including annual debating competitions for grades 5 to 12 in Brisbane and Toowoomba’. Use the links on the right to access information for various groups. Competitions are held for the following - Brisbane Secondary Schools, Junior Secondary Competition and Primary School Competition.
    Cut off day for JRR entries has now passed. Other dates from their Calendar page in Resources folder.
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    Schools’ Competition Information [SADA]
    The UniSA SADA Schools’ Competition. 5 competitions - Junior [Years 5-7]; Intermediate [Years 8-9, Levels A and B] to Senior [Years 10-12, Levels A and B].
    All dates can be found in the 2019 Program file.
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    Schools’ Competitions [TDU].
    Select “Competition” from the top menu. ‘Open to all secondary schools in southern Tasmania. Divided into six age groups’. The ‘Parliamentary Shield draws together the best debaters from public, independent and private schools around Tasmania’.
    Semi-Finals were 26 June and Finals 3 July 2019 [see dates on this page].
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    The Evatt Competition
    UN Youth Australia. ‘Evatt is a Model United Nations Security Council diplomacy competition for students in Years 9-12. More than 2 000 students compete in Evatt each year. The competition takes the form of a mock session of the UN Security Council. Teams of two students debate, amend, and vote on a prepared resolution from the perspective of their assigned nation. Each state and territory has its own Evatt Competition throughout the school year, with top students in each state going to the National Finals’. Links are provided for all states and territories.
    Check the Evatt in Your State panel for information regarding when the event will be held [either Term 2 or 3]. National Finals to be held in December. Exact dates supplied once these are a advised.

Public Speaking


  • Primary School Public Speaking Competition
    ‘The competition aims to give young speakers the opportunity to put their ideas forward in front of an audience whilst expanding their knowledge of current affairs. Students will develop the “building blocks” of public presentation’. For students in Years 5 and 6.
    Registration now closed. Event has been held in the last period of August. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.

  • Junior Public Speaking Competition
    ‘Students will develop the “building blocks” of public presentation — confidence, clarity, and the development of arguments — which are very important skills both in and out of school’. For students in Years 7 and 8.
    Events will be held from 2 May to 24 June, with finals to be held throughout Terms 3 and 4. Regions, Venues and Dates are found on the main page.

  • Intermediate Public Speaking Competition
    ‘Intermediate students [Years 9 and 10] will be given the opportunity to extend their existing public speaking skills by presenting one prepared and two impromptu speeches’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • Senior Public Speaking Competition
    ‘Senior students [Years 11 and 12] will be given the opportunity to extend their existing public speaking skills by presenting one prepared and two impromptu speeches [extended times compared to Intermediate students’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award
    ‘The prepared speech is on a topic of the competitor’s choosing on any subject relating to the ideals of voluntary service, social justice, caring, personal effort, personal sacrifice and/or mateship. The speech should have substance which, in the space of time available, should be developed logically to a convincing conclusion. The topic chosen will be broad in nature, capable of a variety of interpretations to suit the experience and background of 12 to 14-year-olds’. There is also an impromptu speech.
    The National final will be held each year, normally on the Monday nearest Remembrance Day [11 November 2019, TBC]. State bodies hold state programs leading to the National Final [examples below].
  •    br>Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award [NSW]
    Training/competition for speakers in the 12-14 age group. Topics based on Australian history.
    Local finals will be held between 22 July and 9 August 2019 [Weeks 1 to 3 of Term 3]. Regional Finals from 26 to 29 August 2019. Semi-Finals will be held 13 September with the State Final on 21 October 2019.
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    Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award [Melbourne]
    ‘The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award is aimed at enhancing the oral communication and public speaking skills of secondary students aged 12 to 14 years, and help young people appreciate the ideals of Legacy – voluntary service, caring, mateship and remembrance’.
    Dates for Regional Finals are found on this page.
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    Plain English Speaking Award
    Information from Western Australia. ‘The award aims to encourage and maintain the best use of clear effective spoken English. PESA is a public-speaking competition for students aged 15-18 years’. All details on the site. Often run in each state by the Government Education Department [e.g. Victoria].
    Schedule of PESA Finals [Victoria] found here. State Final 26 July 2019. National Final is 9-12 August 2019 in Brisbane, Queensland.
  • Public Speaking
    Calendar, competitions, resources, more. NSW Department of Education Arts Unit. Includes the following competitions.

  • Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition
    ‘Encouraging primary school students to explore ideas of multiculturalism in Australia, as well as giving them a place to practice their public speaking skills and improve their confidence’.
    Local Finals will be held in the last four weeks of Term 2. Regional Finals will be held in August. Regional winners will proceed to the State Finals - Years 3 and 4 - 25 October 2019; Years 5 and 6 - 15 November 2019.

  • The Plain English Speaking Award
    ‘The Plain English Speaking Award has provided an invaluable opportunity for NSW senior students to improve their confidence and to develop their speech writing and public speaking skills’.
    Regional Finals for the Sydney Metropolitan Region have been completed. The State Final was held on 28 June 2019. National Final will be held 9-12 August 2019 in Brisbane.
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    Voice of Youth
    ‘The competition is divided into Junior and Senior Divisions. Junior students must be at least 11 and in years 7,8 or 9 as at 1st January. Senior students must be under 18 years of age and in years 10, 11 or 12 at 1st January. Seniors speak for eight minutes and Juniors for six minutes’. Operates in all states [use links on the site]. Run by Rostrum.
    Dates and other details are found through the state links on the above site. National Final to be held in Hobart on 27 July 2019.

Spelling


  • Updated ! The Premier’s Spelling Bee [NSW]
    ‘The NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee is a fun way to encourage literacy amongst public primary school children’. Open to Primary school students in Years 3-6.
    Entries close 5 July 2019. Deadline for regional finalist names : 9 August 2019. Regional Finals: 2-13 September 2019 [NSW-wide venues]. State Final : 8 November at The ABC Centre, Sydney.
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    Updated ! Word Mania
    ‘Word Mania is a word-building challenge that’s easy to play but tough to master. Race against the clock to build as many words as you can from 15 letters in just three minutes, and help your school reach the top of the leaderboards ! The competition is by year level and open to Years 1 to 9. Play and raise funds for the Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation !’ Check the Updated ! Word Mania Australia FAQ page for all details.
    Practice Round 23 May 2019 – 9 August 2019; Competition Round 12 August 2019 – 23 August 2019; Final Round - 28 August 2019 – 30 August 2019.

Writing

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    New ! Adelaide Plains Poets Poetry Competition
    ‘Work entered in this competition must be original, in English, unpublished and not have won a prize in any other competition. Authors retain copyright. Theme is Location. Poems entered must in some way refer to the theme’. School [primary and secondary] student entry is free. One poem of no more than 60 lines.
    Entries to be received by close of business 5 July 2019..
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    Australian Writers’ Resource - Competitions
    Competitions done in Closing Date order. Not all are for students or young people, but all have a clear indication of the age range and topic/format.
    Competitions listed in months corresponding to closing dates.
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    Ayn Rand Essay Contest 2019
    Anthem Essay Contest. ‘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. This contest is for students in Years 8-12.
    Watch for details of the 2020 contest.
  •    - Also includes students and non-students up to the age of 25.
    Ayn Rand Essay Contest 2019
    Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest. ‘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. This contest is for students and non-students up to the age of 25.
    Entries close on 19 September 2019.

  • Ayn Rand Essay Contest 2019
    The Fountainhead Essay Contest. ‘The Ayn Rand Institute has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. Theme & one of three set questions on The Fountainhead’. There are separate prizes for Australian entrants. This contest is for students in Years 11-12.
    Watch for details of the 2020 contest.
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    CYA Hatchlings
    ‘All writers/illustrators who are between 8 - 18 years old, who have not been published in book format within the CYA genres’.
    Winners announced 6 July 2019.
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    Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
    ‘The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia’.
    Results announced the beginning of September. Exact date will be supplied once this is advised.
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    New ! Education Perfect English Championships
    ‘The Education Perfect English Championship is a 6-day online event celebrating learning and achievement in English. With approximately 40 000 participants each year, this is a great opportunity to inspire your students’ English learning while they compete on a global scale’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    FAW NSW Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers
    Short Story Competition for Australian School Children. ‘Entries are sought in four sections corresponding to different year groupings’. Other details available from the site.
    Closing date 31 August 2019. Winners will be announced at the FAW NSW Annual Presentation Luncheon in November.

  • FAW Tasmania 2018 Nairda Lyne Award
    ‘For an original, unpublished short story suitable for children aged 8-12 years’.
    Competition now closed. Results will be announced at the FAW August General Meeting and prizewinners will be notified.

  • Future Leaders Writing Prize
    ‘Designed to recognise and reward talented young writers. It aims to encourage expressive and creative writing. Australian Year 11 and 12 students are invited to submit a piece of writing [800 to 1 000 words]. The essays can be fiction or non-fiction and on any topic’.
    Submissions have now closed for 2019. Results announced at August meeting and winners notified.
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    Get Writing Prize [University of Southern Queensland]
    ‘Are you the next Shakespeare or J.K. Rowling ? If you are an Australian high school student in Years 7-12 with a passion for writing poetry or short stories this competition is for you ?’
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • Heywire [ABC]
    ‘Open to people aged 6-22, [living] anywhere in Australia apart from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth, to submit a story about life in Australia outside the major cities. Your entry can be in any format : audio, video, photos or text’.
    The Heywire Competition is now open and closes on 16 September 2019.
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    New ! International English Olympiad
    The ‘International English Olympiad an attempt to not only locate the best talent in the world when it comes to the English language, it is supposed to be a measuring stick for students to assess where they stand in comparison to other students around the world, to give themselves, their parents, and their teachers a chance to focus on problem areas and improve upon them and to move ahead of the competition’. Grouped in four levels covering Years 5-12.
    The event will be held online on 1 December 2019. All efforts will be made to declare the results within 4 weeks from the date of the test.
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    New ! International Essay Contest for Young People
    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]’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    International Poetry Writing Competition [Ipswich Poetry Feast]
    ‘An annual poetry writing competition giving poets of all ages the opportunity to compete. Widely promoted to schools, libraries and the general community’. All details and guidelines available from the site.
    Competition closes on 2 August 2019. Winners announced 1 November 2019.
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    Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Poetry Competition
    ‘Open to Australian residents and citizens only’. There is a youth section [10-18 years of age] which is free to enter. This has a line count of 50 lines of poetry.
    Deadline is 5.00pm AWST Friday 11 October 2019. Winners usually announced at the beginning of December. Exact date will be supplied once this is advised.
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    Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition
    ‘Spooky story submissions may involve paranormal or supernatural themes, including magic, ghosts, spirits or altered states of realism. Youth section [8-18 years of age] open to both WA and interstate writers’. Free to enter. This has a Max 500 words.
    Deadline is 5.00pm AWST, 19 July 2019. Shortlisted entrants will be notified mid-August. Winners will be announced on Saturday 24 August 2019 at KSP’s Spooky Stories Night.
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    Laura Literary Awards
    There are both Poetry and Prose sections with various age levels. Run by a group in South Australia. No entry fee for school students. All necessary details on the entry form.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • National Child Writes Competition
    ‘Open to all Australian primary-school aged child writers and illustrators. The judges will be looking for originality, creativity and character, as well as correct punctuation and grammar for writers and consistency of artistic skills for illustrators’. Small entry fee. All other details available from the site.
    Each term, we will open a ‘round’ and the winner of the writing section and the winner of the illustration section will go straight to the Short List.

  • Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing
    ‘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]. Entrants must be 18+ at time of entry.
    Now being done in alternate years to the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art [2019]. Check back for 2020 information at the beginning of next year.
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    OutLoud Eco!Slam!
    ‘Schools develop, edit, rehearse and polish an original spoken word poetry performance and then present their pieces to professional judges. There’s a two-minute limit and only Victorian secondary schools are invited to enter’.
    Heats are normally held in early August and the finals are held during the Melbourne Writers Festival Schools Program [during 30 August to 8 September 2019].

  • New ! Oxford Children’s Word of the Year Writing Competition
    ‘The search for the 2019 Australian Children’s Word of the Year is now on, with the return of the Oxford Children’s Word of the Year Writing Competition. Primary school students from Foundation/Prep to Year 6 are invited to write about a word that best reflects their lives and interests today, whether in the playground or wider community’. Entry information and other relevant details from the site.
    Entries close 20 September 2019.
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    OzKids Literature Program
    Covers all year levels [3 sections]. ‘This is your chance to have your work assessed by our panel of authors and published in our quarterly magazine’.
    Closing Date is Friday 4 October, 2019.
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    Patrick White Indigenous Writing Awards
    ‘The Awards have been designed to encourage Australian Indigenous students, in Kindergarten to Year 12 studying in NSW, to use their reading, writing and creative skills’.
    Applications for this competition close at the end of Term 3 each Year.
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    New ! Poetry Object
    ‘Red Room Poetry Object is Australasia’s largest free poetry-writing competition for young people, with over $10 000 in prizes to be won ! Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting young writers [Years 3-10] and their teachers to create poems inspired by treasured, curious or talismanic objects’.
    Submissions opened in April 2019. Submissions close 27 September [5pm AEST] 2019. Shortlist announced in October 2019. Winners announced in November-December 2019.
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    QIEU Literary Competition
    ‘The competition is now open to entrants from Years 5-12 students as well as teachers in Queensland state and independent schools and Northern Territory independent schools. Poster and Entry Form available’ from the site.
    Competition closes on 26 July 2019 with winners being announced on 16 October 2019.
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    Redgum Young Writers Award
    ‘Designed to discover the talent of children aged between 9 and 13 years of age. This award seeks to develop the writing skills of this particular age group and assist these children to find their unique voice through storytelling. The award can be entered by individuals, or by schools as part of their writing programs’.
    Each program previously started in mid-July and closed in mid-December then actions as above. Exact dates for these will be supplied once these are advised.

  • Storyfest Division 9 Writing Challenge
    ‘Please note, this competition is only for Division 9 Primary Schools. Held in conjunction with the Somerset Storyfest’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Storyfest Novella Writing Competition
    ‘Open to all Australian high school students. Supported by Bond University and Penguin Group’. [Previously listed as The Somerset Novella Writing Competition.]
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Storyfest National Poetry Prize
    ‘The purpose is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students’. [Previously listed as The Somerset National Poetry Prize.]
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Student Bush Poetry
    The Royal Queensland Show [EKKA]. ‘Pint-sized poets can take to the stage and showcase their favourite poetry in Ekka’s Student Bush Poetry Competition [Students]. Students can compete in classes for established or original poems and have six minutes to belt out their bush ballads to a live audience’.
    Entries close 26 July 2019 and presentations take place 10 August 2019. [A random draw for the order of performances will be held after 26 July 2019].

  • The Andy Griffiths Kids Writing Competition
    ‘Open to Australian primary school students. Word limit is 400 words. Judged by the one and only Andy Griffiths ! Full terms and conditions are found here’.
    Entries are usually due at the beginning of October and winners announced at the end of November. Exact dates will be supplied once these are advised.
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    The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers
    ‘The prize is open exclusively to Australian secondary school students. Submissions of fiction or non-fiction may be up to 3 000 words in length. Submissions of poetry may be up to 100 lines in length’. Details on the site.
    Submissions have now closed for 2019. The 2019 Prize will be awarded at a special Melbourne Writers Festival event.
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    New ! The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
    ‘The Competition is an opportunity for all young Commonwealth citizens and residents, regardless of region, education or background, to share ideas, celebrate their story and have their voice heard - all whilst developing key skills’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • The Wombat Award
    Henry Lawson Memorial & Literary Society. ‘Kids 12 years and under are invited to enter up to three poems for a chance to win one of three prizes. The school libraries of the prize winners will also receive children’s titles from Ford St Publishing’.
    Winners announced in June 2019.
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    Tim Winton Award for Young Writers
    ‘The award is open to Western Australian school students aged five to eighteen. Submissions must be an original piece of writing, no more than 2 000 words in length and be the sole work of the entrant’. Multiple age groups.
    Entries for the Tim Winton Awards open 4 June 2019. To enter, register and submit your story online before 5.30pm on 24 June 2019.
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    What Matters ? Competition [Whitlam Institute]
    ‘A writing competition that gives Year 5 - 12 students in NSW, ACT and Tasmania a chance to say what matters to them in society today’.
    Competition now closed for 2019. Winners announced in August. Awards Ceremony in early September. Exact dates once these are advised.
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    Write a Book in a Day
    Write a Book in a Day is a unique, creative and challenging team competition for writers of all ages. Teams of up to 10 have just 12 hours to complete a book from start to finish. To make it even more fun, unique parameters must be included in the story’.
    Competition opens 1 June and ends 31 August 2019. A Short List is announced October and Winners in November. Exact dates for these once are advised.
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    Write4Fun Poetry and Short Story Writing Competition
    ‘Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and get their creative juices flowing to write on any them.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • WriteOn
    ‘WriteOn is an annual writing competition for NSW students in Years 1 to 6. WriteOn is designed to encourage young students to develop their writing skills in an engaging way’. NESA.
    WriteOn 2019 opened on the first day of Term 2. Entries close 5 July 2019. All details about the competition, including the stimulus image, how to enter and the judging criteria is available on the site.
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    New ! Write the World
    ‘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’. For topics see their New ! Upcoming Writing Competitions page.
    Each month Write the World holds a new competition.
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    Young Writers Award
    AATE. ‘Open to all South Australian students. Free of a topic. Write poetry or prose, up to 1 000 words. Categories from Reception to Year 12’.
    Young Writers Launch will be on 23 August 2019.

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Mathematics


  • New ! 2019 WA Junior Mathematics Olympiad
    ‘The aim of the competition is to identify the most gifted students in mathematics. The competition is designed for all bright Year 8 and 9 and exceptional Year 7 students. No calculators. Brains only. ’.
    Olympiad to be held on 26 October 2019, 8am–2pm [TBC]. The competition will run concurrently in Perth and Bunbury. Prize ceremony will be held on the same day.
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    AoCMM - Maths Modeling Competition
    ‘AoCMM is a maths modeling competition held each year. Students under 21 from any countries can compete online in teams of up to four individuals. The team will be given 14 days to research on two real world problems. Teams will be given specific topics to conduct independent research which they’ll present in the form of an organised research paper. Last year, 110+ teams from 20+ different countries participated. Register now for this year’s competition’.
    Competition usually runs from late September to mid-October each year. Exact dates once these are advised.
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    Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads
    ‘A competition for students in Years 5 and 6 of primary schools and Years 7 and 8 of secondary schools from around Australia and New Zealand. It is aimed at challenging participants’ maths problem solving abilities’. Registration and further information from the site.
    Remaining 2019 Olympiads Competition dates are 19 June, 31 July, 21 August and 11 September. Each competition date is a Wednesday.
  • Australian Mathematics Trust
    ‘The Australian Mathematics Trust is a leading provider of mathematics and algorithmics enrichment programs and global competitions. We hold mathematics and algorithmics competitions, administer enrichment activities, conduct workshops for students and teachers, and publish books on mathematical enrichment for Australian and international students’.
    Competitions are listed below.
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    Australian Mathematics Competition
    ‘For students of all standards. Students are asked to solve thirty problems in 60 minutes [Years 3 to 6] or 75 minutes [Years 7 to 12]. There is an entry fee, but this is modest’. Two modes : online and pen/paper.
    The next competition will be held on 1 August 2019.
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    Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT]
    Four divisions for students across Australia, beginning with Upper Primary. Two modes & online and pen/paper. More information available from the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians
    ‘The Challenge is a staged program designed to help teachers motivate, stimulate, encourage and develop mathematically interested students in Years 3 to 10 to bring forth the talent and potential within. The first two stages provide problems and course work to extend and develop students in mathematical problem solving’. Other details from the site.
    The Challenge takes place in the period from March to June. The Enrichment Program is a 12-16 week program available from April to September. The third component, the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad occurs on 12 September 2019.
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    Education Perfect - Maths World Championships
    One of a series of Championships covering a variety of areas. Points gained can be accumulated from multiple championships towards overall achievement both as schools and individual students.
    The Maths Championship is a 7-day online event running from 30 July to 6 August 2019. Registrations are now open.
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    Have Sum Fun Online
    MAWA. ‘HSFOL is designed to foster mathematical problem solving for students in Years 3-10 across Australia. Teams can log on at any time during each set week and have an hour to complete each round’.
    2019 Quiz Dates are Term 2 - 27 May to 14 June [Years 5-10]; Term 3 - 12-30 August [Years 3-10]; Term 4 - 21 October to 4 November [Years 7-10].
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    IM2C International Mathematical Modeling Challenge
    The Australian Challenge. ‘The International Mathematical Modeling Challenge is a new team-based mathematical competition for Australian secondary students. Constrained to a period of five consecutive days, teams unpack the given problem, hypothesise, test, and develop a working solution, before preparing and submitting a report on their solution to the Australian judging panel’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • Matific - The Australian and New Zealand Maths Games
    ‘The Matific Maths Games is a friendly online maths competition aimed at improving students confidence and maths skills. Any primary school with a minimum of 100 students or class with a minimum of 10 students can participate in the Matific Maths Games’.
    Registration normally opens in mid-June. Form available from the site. There is a Warm-Up Week from 9 to 13 August and the Games take place from 14 to 20 August 2019.
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    MAT Problem Solving Competition
    ‘The event consists of a set of mathematical problems which aim to test the student’s logic. There are normally 12 questions for each of the three divisions [Junior - Years 7 & 8; Intermediate - Years 9 & 10; Senior - Years 11 & 12]’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
  • M. L. Urquhart Mathematics Competition [Tasmania]
    ‘The M. L. Urquhart Mathematics Competition is an annual problem solving competition for Tasmanian students in Years 1 and 12. This Competition is the most mathematically demanding of competitions conducted by the Association. Students have three hours in which to attempt five questions’.
    Registrations open in Term Two 2019. The competition will take place on 25 September 2019.
  • National Mathematics Talent Quest
    ‘The National Mathematics Talent Quest is unique in Australia. The quest accepts the top entries from states and territories across Australia. For those states that don’t have a local competition, schools are welcome to enter their student’s investigations through the Mathematical Association of Victoria’s competition’. Entries come from the following competitions.
    National Judging Friday 13 September 2019. Award Ceremony to be held Thursday 17 October 2019.
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    Investigating with Mathematics
    ‘The purpose of the investigation is to explore ‘real-life’ situations and problems to engage students and teachers in mathematics. It involves students formulating their own questions from a given situation. Investigating with Mathematics tasks meet Working Mathematically syllabus outcomes as well as outcomes in the strands in which the investigation takes place. All students from Kindergarten to Year 12 in NSW are eligible to enter’.
    Registrations close 5 July 2019. Entries are due 2 August 2019. Judging and display of entries in August. Pick up of entries in August. State Awards Ceremony September 2019. The best of these will be entered into the National Maths Talent Quest.
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    Maths Talent Quest
    MAV, Victoria. ‘All Victoria and Tasmanian students from the Early Years to Year 12 can enter the Maths Talent Quest. Entry is open to individuals, small groups or classes from Prep-12 and are categorised into year levels from Prep to Year 9 with a combined year 10 -12 level. Certain winners will also qualify for the National Maths Talent Quest where winners will also be announced at the MTQ Awards Ceremony’.
    Registration close on 19 July 2019. Entries to be delivered on 21 August, Judging on 22-27 August 2019. Display of Entries 28 August [morning] and pick up 28 and 29 August 2019. The best of these entries will then be entered into the National Maths Talent Quest.
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    Maths Talent Quest [MAWA]
    Western Australia. ‘Open to all primary and secondary students, the Maths Talent Quest aims to promote interest in mathematics and foster positive attitudes amongst students, teachers and parents. The Maths Talent Quest is categorised into year levels from Foundation to year 9 and a combined Years 10-12 level. Children in early years settings are also welcome to enter the MTQ, these entries will be entered at a Foundation level’.
    Registrations close 2 August 2019. Entries to Edith Cowan University 16 and 19 August, Judging 20-21 August 2019. Display of entries 22 August and collection of entries 23 and 26 August 2019. Selected entries submitted to National Mathematics Talent Quest..
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    Queensland Science Contest [Mathematical Investigations]
    ‘The Queensland Science Contest is an opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to Grade 12 to have their [scientific] work judged for awards and prizes’. Select the Mathematics category for this area.
    Ends 8 October, 2019 [6:00 pm]. The Awards Ceremony will follow on 27 October 2019 at the University of Queensland, St Lucia.
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    South Australian Maths Talent Quest [Primary R-7]
    ‘The best of these entries will then be entered into the NMTQ] National Maths Talent Quest’. There are three levels. This is the Primary level. There is also the Junior Secondary Mathematics Enrichment Project and the South Australian Mathematics Talent Quest [Senior Division].
    Entries usually close in August. Entries delivered and judged in August. Selected entries sent to the National Quest during August. Exact dates once these are advised.
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    SA School Mathematics Competition
    ‘For South Australian students in Years 6 - 12’. All other details from the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    School Mathematics Competition : The University of Melbourne
    ‘The competition is of a demanding standard, designed to identify real mathematical talent. The competition is separated into three divisions : Junior Division - Students in years 7 and 8; Intermediate Division - Students in years 9 and 10; Senior Division - Students in years 11 and 12’.
    Competition was held in May 2019. Marking completed and schools notified by mid-August. Invitations sent by early September and Awards Ceremony held on 12 October 2019.
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    The UNSW School Mathematics Competition
    ‘Secondary school students in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Two divisions : Junior, up to and including Year 10, and Senior, Years 11 and 12. Designed to assess mathematical insight and ingenuity rather than efficiency in tackling routine examples’.
    Competition held 13 June 2019 and the Prize Ceremony occurs 7 September 2019.
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    World Maths Day
    ‘World Maths Day is a free, fun, online competition with up to 4 million students world-wide participating. The competition measures speed in arithmetic and numeracy skills on the Live Mathletics platform and runs for 48 hours and is open to all schools around the world. Students earn points from a maximum of 20 games during the 48 hour period’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

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Other Areas

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    New ! Australian and Global Politics Essay Competition 2019
    ‘The Australian Institute of International Affairs [AIIA] Victoria and Social Education Victoria [SEV] welcome all secondary students who are taking Australian and Global Politics to participate in this opportunity to engage with AIIA Victoria and our international relations network. You may write an essay on one of the nominated topics’. All other details from the site.
    Submission deadline is 16 July 2019.
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    Country to Canberra’s Leadership Competition
    ‘At least 15 young women will win a once-in-a-lifetime all-expenses paid ‘Power Trip’ prize to Canberra to meet inspiring politicians and CEOs, attend exclusive events, tour Parliament, receive an leadership and public speaking training and so much more ’. Years 10-12. Note the Eligibility Criteria.
    ‘Entry to the 2019 Leadership Competition will open in July’ and closes at the beginning of September. Power Trip is run in late November. Exact dates once these are advised.
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    Decathlon 2019
    ‘The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines. It is open to students from Years 5 to 11’. There are local and state competitions as well as the national one.
    Initial information about Themes and Regional and State Events [dates, places, contact people] are found at the above link. The National Final will be held at Knox Grammar School, Sydney : 29 June - 2 July 2019.
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    Ekka : Education on Show Competition
    ‘A competition devoted to showcasing work by Queensland students [Prep to Year 12] and covers a wide range of contemporary curriculum related skills and activities’.
    Entries close 19 July 2019. Entry drop-off 29 July 2019. Judging 30 July 2019. Exhibits to be collected on 9 August 2019.
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    Ekka : School Garden Competition
    ‘The School Garden Competition is a great opportunity for school students to learn and apply their gardening skills in a fun, competitive environment and win fantastic prizes for their school. Open to both primary and secondary students’.
    Entries now closed for 2019. Delivery of entries on 7 August 2019. Judging on 11 August 2019. Display at The Old Museum during 2019 Ekka. Collection of exhibits 19 August 2019.
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    New ! Front Page
    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. The competition includes three age-group categories. Schools that intend to enter Front Page will be able to access a free digital subscription to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald, accessible to all students and staff members within their school’.
    Entries close midday AEST, Friday 6 September 2019. The winning schools or classes in each of the three age-group categories will be contacted via email and announced at the 2019 SAE ATOM Awards Student Awards Presentation, held in Melbourne on 13 November 2019.

  • Goethe-Institut Year 10 Awards
    ‘The Goethe-Instituts invite promising Year 10 students of German from schools to apply for the Student Scholarships’. Separate competitions apply for NSW/ACT and Victoria, each in conjunction with the German Teachers Association in that area. Only 2 applications per school.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • High School Mooting Competition
    Bond University. ‘The competition is designed to challenge students to prepare, articulate and defend complex arguments in order to solve problems. More generally, it introduces the students to the courtroom environment and gives them some insight into the workings of the legal system. Entry is targeted towards Year 11 and 12 students’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    ICAS
    ‘Independent skills-based assessments with a competition element. The most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments and school tests for primary and secondary school students’. Run by Educational Assessment Australia UNSW. Scroll down this page for relevant dates for particular areas.
    All competitions and assessment closing dates are in September with the exception of Offline assessments, only available for Years 3 & 4, which close on 13 August 2019.
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    New ! littleBIGidea
    ‘The big competition for inventive little kids. Our judges will select 12 finalists in mid-October. Each will be invited to a day-long workshop in Melbourne. They’ll be guided on how to refine their invention, and how to put together a final video pitch. From these video pitches, our judges will declare the 3 winners. Want to stay updated for littleBIGidea in 2019 ? Register your interest so we can keep you posted’.
    Previously began in late July. Entries close early in September. Winners announced in early November. Exact dates once these are advised.
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    New ! Mock Trial Competition [The Law Society of 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’. Years 10-11.
    Mock Trial Timetableis found here.This is underway for 2019.
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    New ! Mock Trial Competition [Law Society of South Australia]
    ‘The Law Society of South Australia Mock Trial Competition comprises a series of simulated court cases contested by students from years 10, 11 or 12 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’. Years 10-12.
    For further information about the Mock Trial Competition, please contact Member & Community Services on [08] 8229 0264.
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    New ! Mock Trial Competition [Law Society of Western Australia]
    ‘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’. Years 10-12.
    Round 4 [Finals 16 Teams] - 29 July-1 August; Round 5 [Finals 8 Teams] - 20-22 August; Round6 [Finals 4Teams] - 18-19 September; Round 7 [Grand Final] - Third Week in October 2019.
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    MLTANSW Linguafest
    ‘Students need to create and submit a short film which should be submitted using the relevant link. The film should be based on the theme A celebration. Following the format of the Tropfest competition, somewhere in the film, students need to have sunglasses. The teacher/school submitting the film MUST be a CURRENT [financial] member of the MLTANSW in order to access the information’.
    Closing date is in mid-September. Exact date once this is found.
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    Languages Championships [Education Perfect]
    ‘The Championship is a 7-day online event celebrating learning and achievement in Languages. With approximately 200 000 participants each year, this is a great opportunity to inspire your students’ language learning while they compete on a global scale’.
    Championships to be held 27 August to 3 September 2019. Other details from the site.

  • One More Page
    linked with a children’s ‘book podcast called ‘One More Page’. It’s all about kids’ books with author interviews, book reviews and more. Every fortnight we have a competition which includes prize giveaways ’.
    A new competition is offered every fortnight.
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    Panda Competition
    ‘Conducted every year by the Australia China Friendship Society and is open to students from Preschools, Primary schools and High schools’ in the ACT and Queanbeyan.
    Entries close 29 September 2019. Judging done during the term break. Prize Presentation following this. Exact date once this is advised.
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    New ! Perth Royal Show - Schools Competitions
    ‘The Schools Competitions encourage schools and students to gain involvement and knowledge in all aspects of horticulture, sustainability and agriculture, as well as encourage their interest through researching and learning about these fields. We would like to create an interest in the next generation about agriculture and the significant role it plays in the world. There are currently 6 competitions to get involved in’.
    Entries must be submitted on either 30 July, 9 or 16 August 2019 depending on the specific competition. Exhibits/Entries must be submitted on either 30 July, 9 or 16 August 2019 depending on the specific competition. Results will be announced and awards distributed after the conclusion of the Show.
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    Philosothon
    ‘Held in Australian states. The rationale for the Philosothon methodology is based on empirical evidence that teaching children reasoning skills early in life greatly improves other cognitive and academic skills and greatly assists learning in general. Cost covers registration, accommodation and food over the two/three days. Each year the top three schools from each state have been invited to participate in the Australasian Philosothon’.
    ACT Philosothon now completed for 2019.
    Australasian Philosothon will be held 1-3 October 2019. Names of students and teachers by 9 August 2019. Students questions due by 13 September 2019.

  • New ! Say No to Bullying Poster Competition
    ‘The aim of this competition is to raise awareness of bullying and to assist schools and organisations to identify and address bullying behaviours in their communities. We are working with you to build a community of upstanders who will say no to bullying’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    SBS National Languages Competition
    ‘An initiative aimed to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia’. Open to Australians of all ages.
    Entry opens in mid-October and closes in mid-November. Winners notified in November and Award Ceremony in December. Exact dates once these are advised.
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    New ! School Competitions [Royal Agricultural Society of NSW]
    ‘Competitions take place as trials at school and culminate in an excursion to the Sydney Royal Easter Show to compete against schools across NSW. They cater for all schools in metropolitan, regional or rural areas – regardless of school size and resources. All Competitions offer FREE entry for schools’.
    Key Dates & Schedule are found here. They run from August of one year to the Show held over the Easter period in the following year.
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    New ! Tax, Super + You Competition
    ‘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’.
    Entries opened 3 June 2019 and close 23 August 2019.
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    New ! The Future Park Design Ideas Competition
    ‘How can parks shape Melbourne’s urban form ? Where should this new public open space be located, how should it be configured and what is its role ? Victorian high school students studying art, design, environmental studies and associated subjects are encouraged to submit proposals within the student category’.
    Entries opened 31 May 2019 and close 1 August 2019. Short listing early September 2019. Exhibition early October 2019. Winners announced 10-13 October 2019.
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    TOM - Tournament of Minds
    ‘Tournament of Minds is a problem solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. Australia and New Zealand now have brand new challenges for STEM and The Arts. You will need to create an account in order to use the portal for School Registration, Team Nominations and to access other tournament resources’.
    State Branches run challenges for each state. Go to this page for all details including dates for each of these.
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    You Are Not Alone
    ‘The video competition by Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation is open to Victorian secondary and tertiary students, individually or in groups. Just create a 60-second video on the nominated theme – either working individually, or as part of a group’. All other details on the site.
    Entries usually open in July and close early October 2019. Winners are announced in late October. Exact dates once these are advised.

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