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]
  •     [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.



2020 UAV Airborne Delivery Challenge

‘2020 is a dual-competition year where we hold both a high-school event [Airborne Delivery] and an adult event [UAV Challenge Medical Rescue]. The goal of the UAV Challenge is to demonstrate the utility of Unmanned Airborne Vehicles [UAVs] for civilian applications, particularly in those applications that will save the lives of people in the future’.

Held in Dalby, Queensland. Registrations are now open with the Team Registration deadline – 5pm Wednesday 19 August 2020. The Submission of the Technical Report and Video also 5pm Wednesday 19 August 2020. UAV Challenge event is on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 September 2020.


Asia Pacific Open Championships FIRST Australia

‘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.

Challenge has now been completed for 2020.

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, June - August 2020 [determined by state coordinator]. Round 3 : National Finals early December 2020. Round 4 : International Brain Bee [2020 site to be determined].


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 [boats and cars] usually close in November. Regional events are usually held from August on. The Australian-International Model Solar Challenge for 2020 is in late November or early December. Exact dates once these are advised. Car and Boat Regulations have now been published while Open Car Regulations will be published on 24 October 2020 [see details here].


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’.

The Global Final has now been held in the USA. Details in the First Look book available here.


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.

The event usually occurs around November each year. Exact dates once these are advised.


First Lego League [Australia]

‘Every September, FLL releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Each Challenge has two parts : the Robot Game and the Project’. The Australian part of an international group found at The Challenge - FIRST LEGO League.

Challenge launches on 1 August 2020. Registrations close two weeks before each event. National Championship usually held in early December. Exact dates once these are advised.


FIRST Tech Challenge

‘Designed for high school students to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams’. Through Macquarie University and FIRST Australia.

Qualifying events usually held in the last quarter of the year. National event held in December. Exact dates once these are advised.


Global Cardboard Challenge

‘Celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination’. Resources available from the site. [USA, but done in 46 countries.]

‘Cardboard Challenges can take place any time of year in any context’. However, the main Challenge is usually held in the last quarter of the year. Exact dates once these are advised.


International Mathematical Modeling Challenge [IM²C]

ACER. ‘A new team-based mathematical competition for Australian secondary students. Operating in teams, comprising up to four students from the same school, participants must work collaboratively to solve a problem [set globally] by devising and applying an original mathematical model’. All details on the site.

Challenge has now been completed for 2020.


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 to you no more than one month after starting the Challenge’. Deadline for submissions is normally in October. Exact date once this is advised.


Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians

‘Targets the top 20 per cent of primary students in Years 5 and 6 [also 3 and 4 in the Challenge Stage], and secondary students in Years 7 to 10’.

‘Maths Challenge is open from March - September 2020. Enrichment held between April and September. Registrations now closed. Results provided 12 October 2020’.


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.

‘Register your interest and we will keep you up to date ! Read as much as you can throughout August’. Sponsorship money normally needed before the end of October. Exact dates once these are advised.


National Computer Science School Challenge

‘Online programming Challenge for high school students, run by the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney and NICTA. Unlike any other programming competition because we will teach you how to program as you compete’.

Beginning dates for the following : Python Challenge, Web Comp [2 events], NCSS, Code Quest and Hour of Code are found on this page. Further details will be provided by them nearer these dates.

National Family Reading Month

Scholastic. ‘The Challenge is open to students, Scholastic Book Club Organisers and Teachers from registered participating schools in Australia. National Family Reading Month is the year’s biggest celebration of reading. Fairs held in May are supported with extra special tools, ideas and competitions to encourage families to Read More in May’.

Scroll down the page to get details.

Challenge has now been completed for 2020.


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. The theme for 2020 is CONTESTED hiSTORIES’.

Register on the site to receive an information kit. Submit your entry using the form on the site. Check the Key Dates page for details for each state. Closing Date is 28 August 2020.


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 [10 week] Challenge period commences any time after registration but must conclude by the last week of Term 3 to allow for award certificates to be printed and distributed to schools’. Awards received in December.


Opti-MINDS Creative Sustainability Challenge

‘A creative problem solving event for teams of participants from Preschool to Adult within 4 divisions. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended Challenges from one of the following categories : Language Literature; Science Engineering; Social Sciences’. Operates in Queensland, New Zealand and now Western Australia.

Regional event dates will be found under Important Dates on the home page. State and national finals 17-18 October 2020.

Premier’s Reading Challenges


ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge

‘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 ?’

‘The Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge commences in Term One each year and concludes in Term Three. Ensure your school has registered for the Challenge via the online School Registration Form’. Challenge ends in September.


NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

‘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.

‘Challenge closes for student entries Friday August 28 2020. Challenge closes for coordinator validations Friday September 11 2020’.


Queensland Premier’s Reading Challenge

‘The Premier’s Reading Challenge is not a competition but a way to encourage students to develop a love of reading for life’.

Key dates for all aspects of this event can be found on this page.


South Australian Premier’s Reading Challenge

‘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’.

Use the Key Dates page to find all relevant dates.


Tasmanian Premier’s Reading Challenge

‘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’.

Use the Key Dates page to find all relevant dates.


Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge

‘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’.

Use the Reading Challenge Dates for all relevant dates.


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 2020.


Premier’s Be Active Challenge - SA

‘The Challenge is to do at least 60 minutes of physical activity on at least 5 days of the week for at least 4 weeks’.

The challenge is held during the period covered by Term 1 through Term 3 [25 September]. ‘Medals will aim to be sent out in PE Week [November]’. Other dates once these are advised.


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’.

‘The State Final will take place during The Brisbane Writers Festival in September’. Check the Timeline page for further details.


Science and Engineering Challenge

‘The Challenge is designed to inspire students to study science and engineering at a senior level. Each day the students participate in a range of exciting hands-on activities’.

State details will be found on the Events page. The 2020 National Final will be held on Friday 23rd October in Taree, NSW.


Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge

Australian Culinary Federation. We ‘will be running Secondary School Culinary Competitions in SA, ACT, QLD & TAS. 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’.

Details about Regional/State and National events are found on the site. National Event is to be held 8-10 August 2020 in conjunction with the International Culinary Challenge, held on 6-10 August.


Updated ! 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.

For Australian dates scroll down the Competitions page to the “Key Dates” section. July 2020 - International ASDC Finals at the Kennedy Space Centre [USA].


STEM Video Game Challenge

2020 Theme is SCALE. 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 closes 5 August 2020. Winners announced September 2020. Awards Ceremony at a date to be confirmed’.

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. Registrations will open in September. October Challenge date once this is advised.


Updated ! 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 ?’.

‘Winners contest the state final in August [3-7 TBC] in Sydney’.


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.


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’.

Previously began in early October and finished in mid-November. Exact dates once these are advised.

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 2020.


The Victorian Maths Challenge

‘The Victorian Maths Challenge encourages students and their families to engage in real life, everyday mathematics, through interactive challenges that 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 within the family or at school.


‘The ultimate performing and visual arts challenge for schools’. There are several Challenges which form part of this.


Dance School Challenge

Both ‘Dance school groups and Community Groups’ can enter this competition. Full details from the home page.

Registrations are now closed. Wakakirri has moved its live performance season shows to Term 4 2020 Show Dates for all Challenges and venues [ACT, NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia] can be found on this page.


Primary School Challenge

‘The aim of Wakakirri is to teach students about themselves and others through the creating and sharing of stories and by this process develop students’ educational outcomes, lifestyle choices and community awareness’.

Registrations are now closed. Wakakirri has moved its live performance season shows to Term 4 Updated ! 2020 Show Dates for all Challenges and venues [ACT, NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia] can be found on this page.


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. These close on 7 August 2020. 2020 Show Dates for all Challenges and venues [ACT, NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia] can be found on this page.


Secondary School Challenge

‘The Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge is an opportunity for students to explore career pathways in Performing and Creative Arts, Design, and Event Management’.

Registrations are now closed. Wakakirri has moved its live performance season shows to Term 4 2020 Show Dates for all Challenges and venues [ACT, NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia] can be found on this page.


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.

‘This year there are new entry requirements [check the site for details]. Entries close 30 November 2020’.

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ACT Debating Union Competitions

‘Debating competitions for school students in the Canberra region’. Different competitions described on this page include the following.


The Junior Open Competition

‘The Junior Open Competition caters for students in Years 6-8. Find competition details’ via this page.

‘Check the Calendar for specific dates and venues.


The Junior Premier Competition

‘The Junior Premier Competition caters for students in Years 5-7. Find competition details’ via this page.

‘The Semester 2 competitions run from August to October and typically include 4 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds. These competitions include the Junior Premier [Years 5-7]’. Check the Calendar for specific dates and venues.


The Senior Open Competition

‘The Senior Open Competition caters for students in Years 9-10. Find competition details’ via this page.

‘Check the Calendar for specific dates and venues.


The Senior Premier Competition

‘The Senior Premier Competition caters for students in Years 8-10. Find competition details’ via this page.

‘The Semester 2 competitions run from August to October and typically include 4 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds. These competitions include the Senior Premier [Years 8-10]’. Check the Calendar for specific dates and venues.


Welcome to The Advanced Open Competition

‘The Advanced Open Competition caters for students in Years 11-12. Find competition details’ via this page.

‘Check the Calendar for specific dates and venues.


The Advanced Premier Competition

‘The Advanced Premier Competition caters for students in Years 11-12. Find competition details’ via this page.

‘Check the Calendar for specific dates and venues.

Debaters Association of Victoria

‘Competitions for schools across Victoria. Training and resources for debaters, teachers and adjudicators’. Schools and Junior Secondary Competitions.

‘2020 topics and resource guides were released in Term One, 2020’.


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’.

Junior Competition will be held on 18 October 2020. Intermediate and Senior Competition dates still to be finalised. Check this page for final details for both of these. Venues for all have been provided.


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’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.


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.


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.

Dates and Venues in Term 3 are found on the Regional dates page. Schools Competition 2020 Finals Information details are found on this page.


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. Held at University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.

Registrations are now closed. Other 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.


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’.

Entries closed. Draws previously sent to all schools with rounds and dates. Other dates can be found on this page.


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. Check back during Term 3 for further information.


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’.

Previously took place in early December. Exact dates once these are advised.


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’.

Finals previously held in November, following 5 rounds and semi-finals. Exact dates for all sections once these are advised.


Queensland Debating Union
‘We run a variety of programs, including annual debating competitions for grades 5 to 12 in Brisbane and Toowoomba’. Use the links on the right to access information for various groups. Competitions are held for the following - Brisbane Secondary Schools, Junior Secondary Competition and Primary School Competition.

Use the Calendar page to access fixtures, dates and other information.


Schools’ Competition Information [SADA]
The UniSA SADA Schools’ Competition. 5 competitions - Junior [Years 5-7]; Intermediate [Years 8-9, Levels A and B] to Senior [Years 10-12, Levels A and B].

Entries are now closed. Other details from the site.


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’.

TDU’s Executive has made a decision to suspend the Schools Competition until further notice.

The 2020 Schools Competition resumed in person at New Town High School on Wednesday July 22 2020.


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.

For relevant details see the Evatt in Your State section on the home page. Numerous dates have now been added with each of these.

Public Speaking

Debaters Association of Victoria - Public Speaking Competitions

Every year the DAV runs a series of Public Speaking Competitions for students in Years 5 - 12’. Details of all aspects of these can be found on the following pages.


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.

Held on 14 October 2020 in North Region and 28 October 2020 in the South Region. Registration not yet open for either.


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.

Finals to be held throughout Terms 3 and 4. Dates for specific Regions are found at the bottom of the above 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 2020.


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 2020.


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.

Legacy Clubs in each state/territory are to arrange the conduct of the competition leading to participation in the National final. The National final will be held each year, normally on the Monday nearest Remembrance Day [11th November] - 9 November 2020 [TBC].


Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award [NSW]

Training/competition for speakers in the 12-14 age group. Topics based on Australian history. In NSW, the competition is run by the The Arts Unit, Department of Education.

Entries are now closed. See the How does the competition run ? section of the page for other dates and venues.


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’.

Information for Schools is found here. This includes registration date [now closed], dates and venues for the competition..


Plain English Speaking Award

‘The award aims to encourage and maintain the best use of clear effective spoken English. PESA is a public-speaking competition for students aged 15-18 years’. Details on the site. Often run in each state by the Government Education Department [e.g. ACT NSW [see below as well], South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia].

Other dates for 2020 are yet to be announced. The 2020 National Final will be held in Sydney from Friday 8 to Monday 10 August 2020. Remaining dates as they are advised.

Public Speaking

Calendar, competitions, resources, more. NSW Department of Education Arts Unit. Includes the following competitions, plus others previously listed.


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’.

The Years 3 & 4 State Final was previously held in late October, and the Years 5 & 6 State Final previously held in mid-November. Exact dates once these are advised.


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’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.


Secondary Schools’ Public Speaking Competition [Queensland]

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’.

Senior Competition held in August. For other levels, Heats to Finals held in October with a Grand Final in early November. Exact dates once these are advised.


Voice - UN Youth Australia

‘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’. Links are provided to each state body, e.g. NSW and Queensland.

Initial Rounds have previously been in mid-October to early November, followed by Semi-Finals and Final ending in early December. Some offer the opportunity to express interest and be updated on relevant details. Check state links for exact dates and procedures.


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.

The 2020 Rostrum Voice of Youth activities will be cancelled [in all states and territories with the exception of Tasmania where local competitions will be held later in the year when health directives allow]. We look forward to providing an opportunity for the voice of Australia’s young people to be heard in Rostrum Voice of Youth in 2021.

Information kits were to be sent to schools in Term 1, 2020. See above..


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 now closed. Regional Finals take place in many N.S.W. schools across the state 31 August - 11 September 2020. State Final, Friday 6 November 2020.


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 Word Mania Australia FAQ page for all details.

Check the FAQs page [What are the Competition Dates ?] for all details.

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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 closed 26 June 2020. Theme is Vision. Other details once these are advised.


Australian Girl Kids Competition

‘Wombat Books is reopening its Australia Girl Kids Competition. We’re seeking original short stories from school-aged students [aged 5 - 13] to publish in the Australian Girl series. Short stories should explore day-to-day adventures in the city or outback; should be uniquely Australian; and can include environmental, sustainability or other relevant issues in the plot’.

Previously closed at the end of November, with winners announced early in the following year. Exact dates once these are advised.


Australian Writers’ Resource - Competitions

Competitions done in Closing Date order. Not all are for students or young people, but all have a clear indication of the age range and topic/format.

Competitions listed in months corresponding to closing dates.


Ayn Rand Essay Contest 2020

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. Beginning this year, we have two Anthem contests for two sets of grade levels.

Entry has now closed. Other details available from the site.

   - Also includes students and non-students up to the age of 25.

Ayn Rand Essay Contest 2020

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.

Entry deadline for the contest is 21 September 2020. Other details available from the site.

Ayn Rand Essay Contest 2020

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.

Entry deadline has now passed. Other details available from the site. See the FAQs.


CYA Hatchlings
‘All writers/illustrators who are between 8 - 18 years old, who have not been published in book format within the CYA genres’.

Competitions have now been completed for 2020.


Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
‘The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia’.

Results announced during early September. Participation certificates are mailed between October-November every year. Exact dates once advised.


Education Perfect [EP] English Championships

‘The Education Perfect English Championship is a 7-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’.

Register for access. Completed for 2020.


Everything is a Genre Competition

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.

Competitions have now been completed for 2020.


FAW NSW Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers

Short Story Competition for Australian School Children. ‘Entries are sought in four sections corresponding to different year groupings’.

Entries close 31 August 2020 with winners announced during Term 4. Exact date once advised.

FAW Tasmania - Nairda Lyne Award

‘For an original, unpublished short story suitable for children aged 8-12 years’.

Entries are now closed. Winners previously announced in November.

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 are now closed. Results announced at the August General Meeting. Other date once advised.

GC O’Donnell Essay Prize

‘A prize of $3 500 will be awarded to the author of an essay displaying original thinking on a topic of the author’s choice regarding copyright and the protection of the interests of authors. The competition is open to any interested persons including authors, lawyers and students’. Biennial competition.

This is a Biennial Competition. The next event should run in 2021.


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 ?’

‘Previously winners were officially announced in July/August’. Exact date once this is advised.

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’.

Competition did not appear to run in 2020.


Updated ! International English Olympiad

The ‘International English Olympiad is 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 8 November 2020 online. All efforts are made to declare the results within 4 weeks from the date of the test. Exact date once this is advised.


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]’.

‘The selection process is now underway. Winners will be announced on this website on October 31, 2020’.


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.

Entries closed 31 July 2020. Awards presented in Ipswich at a date still to be confirmed [previously November].


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 maximum 500 words.

Winners to be announced via social media and email 29 August 2020.


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.

Entries close 5.00pm 9 October 2020. Winners announced on Katharine Susannah Prichard’s birthday on 1 December.


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 2020.

National Child Writes Competition

‘Unlike previous years, where the competition was opened for a certain period of time during the school year, now it is open until we reach 500 entries. The National Child Writes competition is open to all Australian 10 year old 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.

The overall competition will close as soon as the 500th entry is received or at the end of the school year, whichever is first. Regular updates about the number of entries will be made via


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.

Competitions have now been completed for 2020.


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’.

Melbourne Writers Festival will be a Virtual Event in 2020. Monitor for effect on Out Loud.

Heats usually take place in early to mid August, with the Final as part of Melbourne Writers Festival in the last week of August. Check the site for details for 2020.

Updated ! 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.

Now in partnership with Storyathon. Entrants must write a micro-story of exactly 100 words.Open to students in Years 3-8. Students can register and start now.


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 Friday 18 September 2020. Other dates if these are advised.


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. Other dates once these are advised.


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’.

Shortlist previously announced in October. Winners were announced in November-December. Exact dates once these are advised.


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.

A Presentation Evening will be held in mid-October. Exact date once this is advised.


Redgum Young Writers Award

‘Designed to discover the talent of children aged between 9 and 13 years of age. This award seeks to develop the writing skills of this particular age group and assist these children to find their unique voice through storytelling. The award can be entered by individuals, or by schools as part of their writing programs’.

Watch for the 2021 competition in the latter part of the year.


SAETA Young Writers Award

‘The Young Writers Award is open to all South Australian students. It is free of a topic. You may write poetry or prose, up to 1 000 words. There are categories from Reception to Year 12’.

Young Writers Launch is in August 2020. Other dates once these are advised.


Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition

‘Open to all Australian high school students. Supported by Bond University and Penguin Group’. [Previously listed as the Storyfest Novella Writing Competition.]

Entries opened Monday 27 July 2020 for the 2021 competition.


Somerset National Poetry Prize

‘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’.

Entries opened Monday 27 July 2020 for the 2021 competition.


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’.

Judging is 8 August 2020.

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 previously opened in early July and closed at the beginning of October. Winners were announced at the end of November. Exact dates once these are advised.


New ! The ISF-UNESCO Short Story Competition

‘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. Participants must be between 12 and 18 years old [inclusive]. The Competition is open to all regardless of their nationality or city of residence. A second page link is found here and provides full details of the competition.

The deadline for the competition has been extended to 15 October, 2020. We regret that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it won’t be possible to invite the winners to Paris to receive their awards. Instead, all Gold winning laureates will receive an iPad. All Gold, Silver and Bronze laureates will be invited to participate in an online ceremony in December 2020.


New ! The Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers

‘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’. .

Entries close at 11:59pm AEST on Monday 17 August 2020. Other dates as they are advised.


The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers

‘The prize is open exclusively to Australian secondary school students. Submissions of fiction or non-fiction may be up to 3 000 words in length. Submissions of poetry may be up to 100 lines in length’. Details on the site.

Winners usually announced at the Melbourne Writers Festival event in August. Exact date once this is advised.


Updated ! 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’. More details can be found in this flyer.

Entries now closed. Check regarding specific dates for online and offline entries. Certificates previously awarded in September. Exact dates once these are advised.

The Wombat Award

Henry Lawson Memorial & Literary Society. ‘Kids 12 years and under are invited to enter up to three poems for a chance to win one of three prizes. The school libraries of the prize winners will also receive children’s titles from Ford St Publishing’.

Entries previously opened in the September of the previous year and closed at the end of April in the current year. Winners are announced in June of the current year. Exact dates once these are advised.


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.

In light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, details for the 2020 Tim Winton Award for Young Writers are still being finalised. More information on the 2020 awards including opening and closing dates for entries will be available in late May.

Entries opened at 9.30am on Monday 20 July. To enter, register and submit your story online before 5.30pm on Friday 14 August 2020.


What Matters ? Competition [Whitlam Institute]

‘A writing competition that gives Year 5 - 12 students in NSW, Victoria, ACT, WA and Tasmania a chance to say what matters to them in society today’.

Winners previously announced in August and Awards Ceremony held at the beginning of September. Exact dates once these are advised.


Write a Book in a Day

Write a Book in a Day is a unique, creative and challenging team competition for writers of all ages. Teams of up to 10 have just 12 hours to complete a book from start to finish. To make it even more fun, unique parameters must be included in the story’.

The competition period runs from 1 June to 30 September 2020. A Short List will be announced in late October. Final judging will take place in November. Exact dates once these are advised.


Write4Fun Poetry and Short Story Writing Competition

‘Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and get their creative juices flowing to write on any theme.

Monitor the site for details.


‘WriteOn is an annual writing competition for NSW students in Years 1 to 6. WriteOn is designed to encourage young students to develop their writing skills in an engaging way’. NESA.

Entries closed 3 July 2020 with Winners presented with awards in late August.


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 Upcoming Writing Competitions page.

‘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’.


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’.

Competitions have now been completed for 2020.

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2020 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’.

The Olympiad has previously run late in October at two venues, with Prize Winners awarded on the day. Exact date once this is advised.


Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads

‘A competition for students in Years 5 and 6 of primary schools and Years 7 and 8 of secondary schools from around Australia and New Zealand. It is aimed at challenging participants’ maths problem solving abilities’. Registration and further information from the site.

Remaining Competition dates are : 5 August and 16 September [each date is a Wednesday]. All other details including information about Trials are found via the home page.

Australian Mathematics Trust

‘The Australian Mathematics Trust is a leading provider of mathematics and algorithmics enrichment programs and global competitions. We hold mathematics and algorithmics competitions, administer enrichment activities, conduct workshops for students and teachers, and publish books on mathematical enrichment for Australian and international students’.

Competitions are listed below.


Australian Mathematics Competition

‘For students of all standards. Students are asked to solve thirty problems in 60 minutes [Years 3 to 6] or 75 minutes [Years 7 to 12]. There is an entry fee, but this is modest’. Two modes : online and pen/paper.

The competition now runs from 30 July 2020 to 6 August 2020 to allow for smaller sessions and social distancing. Victorian schools - Years 11 and 12 and if schools not shut down at the same time. Schools that are shut down will be done 27 August to 2 September 2020.


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 2020.


Education Perfect [EP] - 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.

Teachers need to sign-up in order to enter a team and get information. EP Maths Championships : 15 - 22 September 2020.


Kangourou sans Frontières [KSF]

‘An online maths competition for years 3–12 in Australian schools. KSF is a great lead-up event for the Australian Mathematics Competition [AMC]. Entry only available when packaged with the AM’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.


Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians

‘The program offers three modules that can be taken independently of each other or as a progressive course’. These are the Maths Challenge, Maths Enrichment and Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad. All details from the sites.

Maths Enrichment will be open from April-September 2020. Results due back 2 October 2020. The AIMO will be held on Thursday 10 September 2020. Entries for this close 4 September 2020.


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’.

Registration is now open. ‘Term 3 : Years 3-10, 10 August to 28 August 2020. Term 4 : Years 4-10, 19 October to 6 November 2020’.


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 2020..

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’.

Warm Up will run from 6-12 August 2020. Games run from 13-15 August 2020. Winners listed on the main site once these are finished. Other dates once these are advised.


MAT Problem Solving Competition

‘The event consists of a set of mathematical problems which aim to test the student’s logic. There are normally 12 questions for each of the three divisions [Junior - Years 7 & 8; Intermediate - Years 9 & 10; Senior - Years 11 & 12]’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

M. L. Urquhart Mathematics Competition [Tasmania]

‘The M. L. Urquhart Mathematics Competition is an annual problem solving competition for Tasmanian students in Years 11 and 12. This Competition is the most mathematically demanding of competitions conducted by the Association. Students have three hours in which to attempt five questions’.

Event to be held 23 September 2020 with registrations opening in Term 2.

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.

Digital entries only in 2020. National Judging 11 September 2020 with a National Awards Ceremony on 25 October 2020. Other dates if these are advised.


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 1 August 2020. Entries due to be uploaded 3-7 August 2020. State Judging 10-14 August 2020. State Awards Ceremony 8 September. National Judging 17 September, Awards in October 2020. Exact date for this once it is advised.


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’.

Delivery of entries required by 19 August while Judging is 20-25 August 2020. Display of entries 26 August 2020. Pick-up of entries 26-27 August 2020.


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 5 August 2020. All other dates are listed on the page given above [scroll down to access these].


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 Mathematical Investigation category for this process.

Register your entry online before 7 October 2020. Submit online entries by Wednesday 7 October 2020. Post, email or bring your entry [with completed consent form to the University of Queensland on either 10 [after 6pm] or 11 October [8-9am] 2020. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the University of Queensland on 24 October 2020.


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].

All Key Dates and Details can be found on this page.


SA School Mathematics Competition

‘For South Australian students in Years -12’. All other details from the site.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.


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’.

The 2020 Competition is postponed due to COVID-19. We hope to be in a position to run the competition in August 2020.

Cancelled. New date 5 May 2021.

see above.


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’.

Cancelled. Hopefully to run as normal in 2021.

See above.


The University of Queensland/QAMT Year 5/6 & 7/8 Quiz

Other relevant details are found on the site. ‘2020 venues will be available in Term 2, 2020’.

Check this QAMT page for what is happening with this quiz.

Y5/6 Quiz – Round1/District : 13 July – 7 August; Regional Round : 10 August – 7 September. Y7/8 Quiz – Round1/District : 13 July – 7 August; Round 2/Regional : 10 August – 7 September. Finals and activities program TBC – usually held on the Thursday of Week 3, Term 4 at UQ, St Lucia. Exact date once this is advised.

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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 leadership and public speaking training and so much more ’. Years 10-12. Note the Eligibility Criteria.

Entries opened in July and close 11pm 4 September 2020. Written or video entries. Power Trip currently planned for 28 November-2 December 2020 but prize may come in a form other than travel.


Decathlon 2020

‘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.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.


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. The theme for 2020 is Farming : Looking Forward and Looking Back – the beauty of the four seasons’.

The RNA has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Royal Queensland Show [Ekka] in the best interests of public health. If you have already entered this competition for 2020, our Finance department will issue a full refund of your entry fee.

All events have been cancelled for 2020.


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 though it is aligned for Year 2 students’.

The RNA has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Royal Queensland Show [Ekka] in the best interests of public health. If you have already entered this competition for 2020, our Finance department will issue a full refund of your entry fee.

All events have been cancelled for 2020.


Ethics Olympiad

‘The Ethics Olympiad makes an exciting and educationally important international experience integral to an academic competition incorporating core elements of both the Ethics Bowl and Philosothon, two innovative approaches to teaching ethics hugely popular with students and acclaimed widely by educators ’. Information for Middle Schools and Junior Schools are found on these pages.

Now online via Zoom.

Senior School teams can register interest for 2020 participation on this page [still available]. All Middle School event dates are found here.


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 now close 28 August 2020. Online submission. Winners will be announced at the SAE ATOM Awards Student Awards Presentation, to be held in Melbourne in November 2020.

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. [Bottom, right on this page].

Due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus [COVID-19] the German Film Festival including the ‘Kino for Kids’ school screenings will be rescheduled to a later date in 2020.

Winners received a trip to Germany in June July of 2021. Applications open in the second half of the year.

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 2020.



‘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 Sitting [and Closing] dates for particular areas. Now have two dates for each. Other dates possible on request. Offline assessments only available for Years 3 & 4 [AU] and Years 4 & 5 [NZ].


Languages Championships - Education Perfect [EP]

‘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’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.



‘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’.

You can register your interest now via the site. Online and mail entries previously closed in mid- to late September. Finalists were announced early in October. Winners were announced in mid-November. They must be able to travel to the US in the first half of 2021. Exact dates once these are advised.


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’.

Deadline for submission of films – Wednesday, 18 September 2020 [no entries will be accepted after this time so please complete all of the technical tasks well in advance]. Other details on the site.


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.

Online Registration forms for the 2020 competition are now available. A 2020 Mock Trial Timetable is now available.


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.

If you would like further information about the Mock Trial Competition, please contact Member & Community Services on [08] 8229 0264.


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.

Dates for 2020 covering all rounds and the Final are found on this page.


NSW Negotiations Competition [UN Youth]

‘The competition takes the form of several rounds of formal negotiations over disputed topics between teams. Each individual structured negotiation consists of two teams of two students, representing their respective nations, proposing and debating solutions to find mutually beneficial resolutions to disagreements based in real-world situations’. Students from Years 10 - 12.

Now online with Zoom. You can complete an Expression of Interest Form on the home page. Negotiations’ main competition, with preliminary rounds finishing 2 August and finals on the 17th August, is the centre-point of the event.

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.


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 must be received by 5pm Sunday 27 September 2020. Judging date previously in early October and an Award Ceremony followed this. Exact dates once these are advised.


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’.

Show to be held from 26 September to 3 October 2020.



‘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’.

Deposits were due in April with names of students and teachers by 7 August 2020. Final payments due by 24 August 2020. Student questions were due by 13 September 2020.

Now to be held Online 29 and 30 September 2020.

Say No to Bullying Poster Competition

2020 Theme : Celebrate our differences and create a colourful world. 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 2020.


SBS National Languages Competition

‘An initiative aimed to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia’. Open to Australians of all ages.

Entries previously opened in the latter half of August and closed in the second half of September. Winners were announced in the second half of October. Exact dates once these are advised.


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’.

2020 Sydney Royal Easter Show Cancellation. We are implementing a number of measures to deal with refunds of your entry fees and will be in touch shortly with an update on this process.

Competitions open in November of one year for the Show held over the Easter period in the following year.


Schools for Sustainability

‘Teams of students from Years 7 to12 explore the ecological situation in their place of residence, street or school. With concrete ideas and actions, they draw the public’s attention to the existing ecological situation. To conclude, they must submit project documentation’. Some teaching materials are available from the site.

Registration closed on 5 June 2020. Submissions must be made by 25 September 2020.


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’.

There will be no competition in 2020.


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 are now closed for 2020. Finalists, along with short listed entries,1/Aug/2020 8:42 will be featured in a special edition of Landscape Architecture Australia.


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’.

Registrations now open. Tournament Day is 12 September 2020 ONLINE. Other dates after you register.

State Branches run challenges for each state. Register for Tournament of Minds via this page.

University of Southern Queensland Secondary Schools Moot Competition

‘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’.


Preliminary Rounds began in May. Quarter Finals 13 July and Semi-Finals 27 July 2020. Grand Final will be held on 20 August 2020.

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