Throughout each year a range of competitions and challenges are available for students and schools. These cover all curriculum areas from Language to The Arts. Some are run by subject organisations, some by governments, some by private organisations, some by international groups.
“Challenges”, such as the Premier’s Reading Challenges, are listed in a separate section.
For ease of presentation, competitions are listed in curriculum areas. In some instances, the listing is broken into further sub-directories, e.g. Language → Writing, Spelling, Public Speaking, Debating, … .
Specific levels are indicated both in writing and through the use of the following icons.
- [Secondary Years 7-10]
- [Senior Secondary Years 11-12]
No sporting competitions are listed. The same applies to Eisteddfods. Those listed fall into what would be classed as the “academic” area, e.g. Language area, STEM and STEAM.
Not all are of a competitive nature. Some are free to enter, others have entry fees.
Note we have broken the listing over two pages. It is done for two reasons. The first is to limit the size of the pages for several factors related to their use. The second is to allow for continued additions over the coming period by recommendation, or discovery on our part.
If you are aware of any other competitions or challenges suitable for inclusion please let us know about them so we can make this an even more comprehensive listing both overall, and for specific areas.
‘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.
‘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.
The event will be held 3, 4, 5 July 2020 [Friday, Saturday, Sunday] at Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW.
‘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 1 : Online Quiz, throughout March 2020 Brain Awareness Week. 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].
‘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.
‘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’.
Destination Imagination tournaments typically begin in February of each year and run through April. The Global Final is 20-23 May 2020 in the USA. Details can be found in the First Look book available here.
‘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.
‘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.
Regional and State Competitions are held first. National Championship usually held in early December. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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.
‘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.
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.
IM²C Team registrations opened in January. Problem is made available on 10 March 2020. Final date for submission of reports [end of the competition period] is 27 March 2020. Results announced in Mid-July 2020.
‘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.
‘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’.
‘Registrations start in February. Maths Challenge will open in March-June 2020. Results are due 26 June 2020’. Exact dates once these are advised.
A Reading Challenge supporting a charity. Four age groupings 0-6, 7-12, 13-17, 18 and Above. All details on their site.
‘Registrations open in March 2020. Register your interest now 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.
‘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.
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.
‘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 New ! Key Dates page for details for each state [Only Tasmania at time of inclusion].
‘A range of initiatives with one common purpose - to have more students, more active, more of the time !’.
‘The school principal will receive 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.
‘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.
Opened in late January. Individual entries close in June and teams in July. Actual challenge begins in mid-July. Regional event dates will be found on the site. State and national finals usually in October. Exact dates once these are advised.
Premier’s Reading Challenges
‘You can choose your own books or ask your parents, teacher, librarian at your school or Library for their suggestions. This year, why don’t you challenge yourself to read something different ?’
‘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.
‘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 opens for student entries Monday March 2, 2020. Challenge closes for student entries Friday August 28 2020. Challenge closes for coordinator validations Friday September 11 2020’.
‘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.
‘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.
‘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.
‘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.
‘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.
Entries usually open late January and run until the end of April. For other details ‘be the first to know now the Website is live from January 2020’.
‘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. ‘Medals will aim to be sent out in PE Week [November]’. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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’.
‘Teams need to register via this website before the end of Term 1. Regional co-ordinators will organise Regional finals to take place towards the end of Term 2. The State Final will take place during The Brisbane Writers Festival in September’. Check the Timeline page for further details.
‘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.
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 found on the site. National Event is to be held 8-10 August this year in conjunction with the International Culinary Challenge, held on 6-10 August.
‘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.
Annual JSDC ASDC Finals have now been completed. July 2020 - International ASDC Finals at the Kennedy Space Centre [USA]. New dates once these are advised.
‘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.
‘Mentor Registration opened 18 February 2020. Entry normally closes in late March. Game submission opens 22 July 2020. Game submission closes 5 August 2020. Winners announced September 2020. Awards Ceremony at a date to be confirmed’. Other dates once these are advised.
‘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 opened in February. The challenge will begin 15 March, 2020 and runs for 8 weeks. October Challenge dates once these are advised.
‘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 ?’.
‘Applications close end of Term 1 on Thursday, 9 April 2020. The Game Changer Challenge is back, now with four regional and two city heats in Term 2, with the winners contesting the state final in August [3-7 TBC] in Sydney’. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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.
‘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 Science and Engineering Challenge is a set of fun and competitive hands-on activities involving principles of science, engineering and technology’.
‘School registrations for 2020 are now open. Events will be held in Hobart - 19-22 May, Launceston - 25-26 May and Burnie - 28-29 May 2020. The Science and Engineering Tasmanian State Final will be held on Monday 1 June 2020 in Burnie. Registration only through the site’.
‘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.
Both ‘Dance school groups and Community Groups’ can enter this competition. Full details from the home page.
Registrations are now open. These close on 3 April 2020. 2020 Show Dates for all Challenges and venues [ACT, NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia] can be found on this page.
‘The aim of Wakakirri is to teach students about themselves and others through the creating and sharing of stories and by this process develop students’ educational outcomes, lifestyle choices and community awareness’.
Registrations are now open. These close on 3 April 2020. 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.
‘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 open. These close on 3 April 2020. 2020 Show Dates for all Challenges and venues [ACT, NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia] can be found on this page.
‘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.
Selected illustrations from 2019 will be part of a book to be published in 2020. ‘This year there are new entry requirements [check the site for details]. Entries close 30 November 2020’.
‘Debating competitions for school students in the Canberra region’. Different competitions described on this page include the following.
‘The Junior Open Competition caters for students in Years 6-8. Find competition details’ via this page.
‘The Semester 1 competitions run from March to June and typically include 6 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds. These competitions include the Junior Open [Years 6-8]’. Check the Calendar for specific dates and venues.
‘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 caters for students in Years 9-10. Find competition details’ via this page.
‘The Semester 1 competitions run from March to June and typically include 6 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds. These competitions include the Senior Open [Years 9-10]’. Check the Calendar for specific dates and venues.
‘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.
‘The Advanced Open Competition caters for students in Years 11-12. Find competition details’ via this page.
‘The Semester 1 competitions run from March to June and typically include 6 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds. These competitions include the Advanced Open [Years 11-12]’. Check the Calendar for specific dates and venues.
‘The Advanced Premier Competition caters for students in Years 11-12. Find competition details’ via this page.
‘The Semester 1 competitions run from March to June and typically include 6 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds. These competitions include the Advanced Premier [Years 11-12]’. Check the Calendar for specific dates and venues.
‘Competitions for schools across Victoria. Training and resources for debaters, teachers and adjudicators’. Schools and Junior Secondary Competitions.
‘2020 topics and resource guides will be released in Term One, 2020’.
‘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’.
Registration date still to be finalised. 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.
‘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’.
Previously held in May. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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.
‘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.
‘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.
Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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.
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 late February. Draws previously sent to all schools with rounds and dates. Other dates can be found on this page.
‘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. but no details are as yet available. Check back in Term 2 for further information.
‘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.
‘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.
Final date for registration for Secondary School entries is 7 February 2020 and for JRR entries is 15 May 2020 [Draft Dates]. Use the Calendar page to access fixtures, dates and other information.
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].
The closing date for entries is Friday 6 March 2020. The 2020 Schools’ Competition Program is to be published late March.
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’.
Registration closed in February and the competition will start on 11 March 2020. March with events beginning about a fortnight later. Other dates once these are advised.
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. Exact dates once these are advised.
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.
‘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.
‘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.
From Term 2 [with finals to be held throughout Terms 3 and 4]. Dates for specific Regions are found at the bottom of the above page.
‘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’.
To be held on 17 May 2020 with winners announced on the day.
‘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’.
Registration closes 20 April 2020 or when capacity is reached. To be held 26 April 2020 with winners announced on the day.
‘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].
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 close 10 April 2020. See the How does the competition run ? section of the page for other dates and venues.
‘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 [30 April 2020], dates and venues for the competition..
‘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.
Calendar, competitions, resources, more. NSW Department of Education Arts Unit. Includes the following competitions, plus others previously listed.
‘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’.
Entries close 20 March 2020. Local finals held in the last four weeks of Term 2. The Years 3 & 4 State Final 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 has provided an invaluable opportunity for NSW senior students to improve their confidence and to develop their speech writing and public speaking skills’.
Entries now open and close 19 March 2020. Previously - local finals were held in Weeks 1 and 2 of Term 2. Sydney Region winners and Regional Winners previously met in a semi-final in mid-June with a State Final at the end of June. Exact dates once these are advised.
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 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.
‘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.
Registration previously opened in the second half of February and closed early in March. State Finals in late June were followed by a National Final in late July. Information kits will be sent to schools early in Term 1, 2020. Other dates once these are advised.
‘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 and wordlists launch the first day of Term Two and close on the last day of the term [Monday 27 April - Friday 3 July]. 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 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.
Practice Rounds previously ran from late May to early August. Competition and Final Rounds were in early and late August respectively. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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 close 26 June 2020. Theme is Vision. Exact dates for all stages once these are advised.
‘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.
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.
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 deadline for the contest is 30 April 2020. Other details available from the site.
- Also includes students and non-students up to the age of 25.
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 September. Other details available from the site. Exact date once this is advised.
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 for the contest is 28 May 2020. Other details available from the site.
‘All writers/illustrators who are between 8 - 18 years old, who have not been published in book format within the CYA genres’.
Entries are now open and close 4 April 2020. Shortlist announced in June and the Winners in July 2020. Exact dates once these are advised.
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
‘The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia’.
Entries are accepted from 1 March to 30 June 2020. Results announced during early September. Participation certificates are mailed between October-November every year. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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’.
Register for access. Exact dates once these are advised.
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.
Entries are now open and close 4 April 2020. Shortlisted people were notified in the second half of June and Winners announced in early July. Exact dates once these are advised.
Short Story Competition for Australian School Children. ‘Entries are sought in four sections corresponding to different year groupings’.
Entries previously closed at the end of August with winners announced during Term 4. Exact dates once these are advised. 2020 page still to be developed.
‘For an original, unpublished short story suitable for children aged 8-12 years’.
‘Entries close on 31 March 2020 and must be postmarked by this date to be eligible for judging’. Winners previously announced in November.
‘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’.
Please send all submissions electronically in a word document by 31 May 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Results usually announced in August. Other dates once these are advised.
‘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.
‘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 ?’
‘The competition previously opened in February and closed in late May. Judging occurred in June with winners officially announced in July/August’. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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’.
Previously submissions opened in February and closed in mid-September. Exact dates once these are advised.
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 was previously held in December and is held online. All efforts are made to declare the results within 4 weeks from the date of the test. Exact dates once these are advised.
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]’.
‘Entries close 15 June 2020 [midnight your time] and are done online’. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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 previously opened in late March and closed early in August. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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.
Deadline for entries is 11.59pm AWST 29 March 2020. Winners announced 29 August 2020. Other dates once these are advised.
‘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 but form not yet available. Winners announced on Katharine Susannah Prichard’s birthday on 1 December. Other dates once advised.
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.
Entries are now open. Closing date is 9 April 2020. Winners will be announced on Saturday 13 June 2020 at their Presentation Night.
‘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.
Regular updates about the number of entries will be made via www.facebook.com/ChildWrites. Dates once these are advised.
‘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.
Short List announced 20 May 2020. Winners announced in June. Exact date once this is advised.
The Economist. ‘As part of the Open Future initiative we are holding an essay contest. It is open to people between 16 and 25 years old. Essays should be no longer than 1 000 words’. Other details available from the site.
Deadline for submissions was previously the end of July. Winning entries displayed on the OpenFuture Initiative site around October. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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’.
Workshops usually take place in June. Heats take place in early to mid August, with the Final as part of Melbourne Writers Festival in the last week of August. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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 previously opened pre-July and closed in the second half of September. Exact dates once these are advised.
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.
‘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’.
Entries open 21 March 2020 and close 22 May 2020. Shortlist was announced in October. Winners were announced in November-December. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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.
Entries close 19 June 2020 [one month earlier than usual] with a Presentation Evening held in mid-October. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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’.
Entries closed on 16 December 2019. Short List announced 19 February 2020. Winners announced 31 March 2020. Watch for the 2021 competition in the latter part of the year.
‘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’.
Closing date is Friday 22 May 2020. Young Writers Launch is in August 2020. Other dates once these are advised.
‘Open to all Australian high school students. Supported by Bond University and Penguin Group’. [Previously listed as the Storyfest Novella Writing Competition.]
2020 State winners will be invited to the Somerset Storyfest to be held on the Gold Coast from 18-20 March 2020. State and national Winners will be listed on the Storyfest web site. Entries open Monday 27 July 2020 for the 2021 competition.
‘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’.
2020 State winners will be invited to the Somerset Storyfest to be held on the Gold Coast from 18-20 March 2020. State and national Winners will be listed on the Storyfest web site. Entries open Monday 27 July 2020 for the 2021 competition.
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 open 20 April and close 17 July 2020. Judging is 8 August 2020.
‘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.
‘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.
Entries previously opened in mid-April and closed at the end of June. Winners were announced at the Melbourne Writers Festival event in August. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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 close 30 June 2020. Check regarding specific dates for online and offline entries. Certificates previously awarded in September. Exact dates once these are advised.
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.
‘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 previously opened at the beginning of June and closed near the end of June. Finalists were announced in early August and an exhibition held during August and September. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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’.
What Matters opened for registration on 28 January 2020. It previously closed in early May. Winners were announced in August and an Awards Ceremony was held at the beginning of September. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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’.
Registration opens 1 May 2020. The competition previously opened at the beginning of June and closed at the end of August. A Short List was released in October and winners announced in early November. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and get their creative juices flowing to write on any theme.
Registration previously opened at the beginning of February and closed in early April. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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 have previously closed early in July with Winners presented with awards in late August. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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’.
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’.
Closing date is Friday 22 May 2020. Young Writers Launch is to be held in August 2020. Exact date once this is advised.
‘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.
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’.
Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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.
2020 Registration is now open and close at the end of March. Competition dates are : 25 March, 6 May, 17 June, 5 August and 16 September [each date is a Wednesday]. All other details including information about Trials are found via the home page.
‘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.
‘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 AMC has five divisions. Australian entries close : 16 July [Paper], 23 July [Online]. The competition will be held on Thursday 30 July 2020.
Four divisions for students across Australia, beginning with Upper Primary. Two modes : online and pen/paper. More information available from the site.
Australian entries close : 15 April [Paper], 22 April [Online]. The competition will be held on 29 April 2020.
‘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’.
This event is held on 19 March 2020.
‘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 Challenge will be open in March-June 2020. Results are due 26 June 2020. Maths Enrichment will open from April-September 2020. Results are due back 2 October 2020. The AIMO will be held on Thursday 10 September 2020. Entries for this close 4 September 2020.
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.
Registration required in order to access information. 7 day event previously held at the end of July to early August. Exact dates once these are advised.
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 1 : Years 5 and 6, 17 Feb to 6 March. Term 2 : Years 5-10, 25 May to 12June 2020. Term 3 : Years 3-10, 10 August to28 August 2020. Term 4 : Years 4-10, 19 October to 6 November 2020’.
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’.
Team registrations open 28 January 2020. IM²C 2020 problem becomes available 10 March 2020. The IM²C 2020 will occur from 10-27 March 2020. Final date for submission of reports is 27 March 2020. Results announced mid-July 2020.
‘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 previously opened in mid-July. Entries previously closed at the end of Warm Up. 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.
‘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]’.
Entries previously due by mid-March with the event held about a week later. Winners announced in Term 2. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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 previously held in late September with registrations opening in Term 2. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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 11 September 2020 with a National Awards Ceremony on 25 October 2020. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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 previously opened at the beginning of March and closed early in July. State Judging was in mid-August with a State Awards Ceremony in early September. Exact dates once these are advised.
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’.
Registrations open 14 April and close 17 July 2020. Delivery of entries 19 August while Judging is 20-25 August 2020. Display of entries 26 August 2020. Pick-up of entries 26-27 August 2020.
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 opens 4 May and close 5 August 2020. All other dates are listed on the page given above [scroll down to access these].
‘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.
‘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].
Previously launched at the end of March with registrations closing at the end of Term 2. Entries had to be delivered and judging was held at the end of August. Selected entries then sent to the National Quest. State Awards Ceremony held late in October. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘For South Australian students in Years 6 - 12’. All other details from the site.
Entries are now closed. The School Mathematics Competition will be held in schools on 18 March 2020. Winners and their parents are invited to the Presentation Night to be held on 24 June 2020 at Pembroke School, Kensington Gardens.
‘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’.
All student registrations and payments due by 1 May 2020. This year’s Exam is to be held on 6 May 2020. Results provided in mid-late August. Awards Ceremony will be held 17 October 2020.
‘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’.
Information Packs previously sent out in March. Entries previously closed in the second half of May. The competition event will be held 10 June 2020. Award Ceremony held 18 September 2020 at UNSW.
Other relevant details are found on the site. ‘2020 venues will be available in Term 2, 2020’.
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.
‘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’.
Registrations previously closed early in March. You can download a 2020 pack from the site. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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 date for previous entries has been in mid-July. Exact date, plus any other relevant dates once these are advised.
‘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.
Information about the 2020 competition will be released in May 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.
Dates and Venues for Regional and State Events can be found on this page. The National Final will be held 27-30 June 2020. The theme for the Finals will be Space. It will be held at Knox Grammar, Sydney, NSW.
‘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’.
Entries are now open and close 24 July 2020. Judging done on 28 July 2020. You can download a complete competition schedule here.
‘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’.
Entries are now open and close 19 July 2020. Judging occurs on 5 August 2020. You can download a complete competition schedule here.
New ! 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.
Senior School teams can register interest for 2020 participation on this page [still available]. Previous events have been held in May-June in each capital city. Exact dates once these are advised.
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 previously closed in early September. Winning schools and classes were announced at the SAE ATOM Awards Student Awards Presentation, held in mid-November. Exact dates once these are advised.
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].
Applications previously closed in the second half of March. Short listed applicants were interviewed in late April. Winners received a trip to Germany in January of the following year. Exact dates once these are advised.
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 by invitation only. The preliminary rounds for the 2020 event will be held from Tuesday, 5 May to Friday, 15 May on the Bond University campus on the Gold Coast. The National Grand Finals will also be held on campus on Saturday, 30 May 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. All occur in August or September. Offline assessments only available for Years 3 & 4 [AU] and Years 4 & 5 [NZ], closing date Tuesday, 20 July 2020.
‘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’.
Register for access to the package of dates and other information. Competition previously ran from late August to early September. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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. Promotion previously started in the second half of July. Online and mail entries 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.
‘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’.
Competition previously held just prior to the end of Term 3. Exact date once this is advised.
‘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 Timetable Sheet [.pdf] for the various Rounds, Elimination Rounds, and Finals will be available shortly. Rounds previously began in late February. Monitor the site for when this is available.
‘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  8229 0264.
‘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.
‘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.
You can complete an Expression of Interest Form on the home page. Preliminary Rounds, Semi-Finals and Grand Final have previously been held in August. Exact dates once these are advised.
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.
‘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 have previously opened in February with the closing date at the end of September. Judging date was in early October and an Award Ceremony followed this. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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 were previously submitted over a period from the end of July to mid-August. Results were announced and awards distributed after the conclusion of the Show. Exact dates once these are advised.
Updated ! 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’.
Deposits due 1 April 2020 with names of students and teachers by 7 August 2020. Final payments due by 24 August 2020. Student question were due by 13 September 2020. Philosothon held in Melbourne from 29 September to 1 October 2020.
‘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’.
‘Participation Packs will be sent to you at the beginning of Term 1 2020. Entries close on 31 March 2020 [suggested to complete the posters to coincide with the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence - 20 March 2020]. We will announce finalists and notify schools in April 2020. An Awards Ceremony will be held in Sydney for finalists and their special guests in June 2020. Schools will be notified of winners. Exact dates for these once they are advised’.
‘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.
‘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 via the individual competition links on the above page, then click on the Key dates & Schedule in the top menu. Competitions open in November of one year for the Show held over the Easter period in the following year.
‘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 is now open and close on 5 June 2020. Submissions must be made by 25 September 2020.
‘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 previously opened early in June and closed in the second half of August. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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’.
In February 2020, Finalists, along with short listed entries will be featured in a special edition of Landscape Architecture Australia.
‘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’.
‘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’.
Teacher Information Sessions on 18 March 2020. Preliminary Rounds begin 18 May 2020. Quarter Finals 13 July and Semi-Finals 27 July 2020. Grand Final will be held on 20 August 2020.