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.
‘Though open to all, the exams typically benefit high achievers in science from Years 10 and 11 and those who have high aspirations and enjoy a challenge. Year 12 students are welcome to sit the exam’. 4 separate exams in areas of Science. Information regarding these and other activities are found on this site. Individual exams and dates are listed below.
Registrations close on 17 July 2020. The Event date is 10 August 2020.
Registrations close on 17 July 2020. The Event date is 5 August 2020.
Registrations close on 17 July 2020. The Event date is 7 August 2020.
Registrations close on 17 July 2020. The Event date is 12 August 2020.
‘Would you like to design your own futuristic space station ?’ See details in the Challenges section above.
14th Annual ASDC Finals [UQ, St Lucia] 18-19 January 2020. International Final held in July 2020 in the US. New Event previously launched toward the end of March. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Aims to increase interest in water-related issues and research, and to raise awareness and knowledge of global water challenges. Open to all Australian high school students between the ages of 15-20’. 2 Flyers available to download covering entry and guidelines.
Entries have now closed for the 2020 competition. Shortlisted student presentations in week of 2 March 2020. Winner presented with award at Ozwater’20 in Adelaide on 6 May 2020. Stockholm Junior Water Prize Ceremony held during World Water Week in Stockholm in Late August. Next competition  registrations close in mid-December 2020.
‘BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards are Australia’s most prestigious school science awards. Primary or secondary school students [including homeschooled] or undertaking full-time secondary study in TAFE colleges’. Entry is via nomination only, through a state Science Teachers Association [STA] competition. Contact the relevant state association for details about their preliminary events and the nomination process.
Secondary student finalists attend an educational science camp in Melbourne 31 January-4 February 2020. International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), Anaheim, California held 10-15 May 2020. Entry into the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards is via nomination only, via a state or territory Science Teachers Association competition [see below].
‘Each entry should fall under one of the nominated themes. Age Groups include Early Childhood – Preschool to Year 2; Primary Years 3 to 6; Special Education - All age groups; Secondary//Post Compulsory Years 7 to 12. Selected entries may be eligible for the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards’.
Entries previously closed in mid-September. Judging and Science Fair Project viewing held later in September. Prize ceremony held toward the end of October. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Students are able to submit a scientific investigation or a working model of an invention or you may be able to submit your project to both categories. Young Scientist offers students from Kindergarten to Year 12 worthwhile incentives to carry out scientific investigations or inventions. It provides teachers with valuable resources and professional learning opportunities’.
All Key Dates for 2020 plus How to Enter are found on this page.
‘The Young Territory Young Scientist Competition is open to all Northern Territory school students. Encourage your teacher to submit your work’. There are several categories you can enter.
All entries previously closed at the end of September. Prizes and Certificates were presented in Darwin in November. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘An opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to grade 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes’.
Online Registrations by 7 October 2020. Other entry forms either 10 or 11 October 2020. Entries to be delivered on the same dates. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the University of Queensland on 24 October 2020.
‘The Oliphant Science Awards are a wonderful opportunity for school students from Reception to Year 12 to develop their interests in science through a competition with a range of categories to suit a wide variety of abilities and interests’.
Student registrations close 4 June and Judges registration close 5 June 2020. Final Judging Day is 22 August 2020. Presentation Ceremony [invitation only] held on 18 September 2020. All dates found on the Key Dates page.
‘There are seven sections to allow for individual students’ preferred learning styles. These are made up of theme related sections and open sections. Each section is divided into year group divisions’.
Entries previously opened in early May. Closing date for themed entries was mid-June. Research Investigation registration closed in the second half of August with submissions in the second half of September. Award Presentation held in late November. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Science based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria. The theme for 2019 is Destination Moon : more missions, more science’.
Registration opens on 24 February and closes 25 May 2020. Schools Pack 1 sent out 9 June 2020. All other dates are found on the Important Competition Dates 2020 page.
‘Aims to promote science teaching and learning through creative project work. Entries may be submitted by students from any school in Western Australia, or students under home tuition’.
School registration previously done in early February and student registration from early to mid-June through to late July. State judging in late August with a Presentation Ceremony in the second half of September. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘The ANSTO Big Ideas Forum brings 22 students and 11 teachers from across Australia to Sydney to meet world-class researchers and go hands-on with amazing technology. We are looking for people who are creative and passionate’. Year 10 students.
Application previously closed in mid-September.Competition previously held in mid-November. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Encourages critical thinking and problem solving skills. The Big Science Competition is an easy way to challenge students from years 7 to 10’.
Registrations close 22 April 2020. Event dates are 20-29 May 2020.
‘A non-competitive awards program supporting students to design and carry out their own open-ended science investigation or technology project. Focuses on the Science Inquiry Skills content descriptors of the Australian Curriculum’. Sections for Primary and Secondary.
Registration through the site. Once registered, materials are sent to you. Check New ! About CREST - CSIRO for a background on the program.
Links to these in 6 states and territories. Primary and Junior Secondary students.
Information and contacts for each state/territory via the links on the home page. The competition previously closed in early July and results were published during National Science Week in mid-August. Exact dates once these are advised.
One of a series of Championships covering a variety of areas. Points gained can be accumulated from multiple championships towards overall achievement both as schools and individual students.
The competition previously ran from late May to early June. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘The Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize encourages students with a passion for science and for communicating ideas to tell a scientific story via a short film’. Main website is found at an Australian Museum website. Multiple Teacher resources are available. Primary and Secondary competitions. Multiple competition options.
Program announced 5 February 2020. Entries open 4 March and close 1 May 2020. Finalists announced late July [date TBC]. Winners announced 26 August 2020.
A number of challenges/competitions/involvements for different levels, e.g. Year 9, Year 10, K-6. Check the site for details about each of these.
A great way for educators to stay in touch is to sign up for regular email updates.
‘Aims to raise the profile of science in our community and encourages students to demonstrate their scientific abilities by entering a project into one of six categories. Registration is open to divisions from Prep to Year 12 [7 in all]’.
The Science on the Go Calendar will have a full listing of all events with relevant dates. 2020 Version should be available in January. Competition and Awards Night previously in the second half of August.
‘The largest global online science competition that celebrates the curiosity and investigations of young scientists everywhere !’
Submissions previously opened in mid-September and closed in mid-December. State Award winners in March, Regional finalists in April and Global Finalists in May of the following year. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘The International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition is an international science competition that enables students from all countries to prove their skills and to unleash their creativity in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics. IAAC gives you the unique opportunity to apply your skills to challenging problems’. Two levels - Junior : under 18 years on submission deadline; Youth : over 18 years on submission deadline’.
Qualification Round previously in mid-April with results announced later in the month. Pre-Final Round ran through May with Final held during June. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Designed for aspiring young engineers and scientists, who want to learn about the basic of futuristic space settlement design ! Teams of up to 4 develop a marketing brief for the space settlement scenario’. See details in the Challenges section above.
Registrations previously closed late in June, Qualifying Tenders in late August and Finalists announced in late September. Presentation Event previously held in late October. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Encourages students to look at how science impacts on people’s lives. Every school across Australia is invited to submit a science project in the competition to win cash prizes’. Primary students.
Submissions previously closed in late September. Award Ceremonies held by agreement. Exact date once this is advised.
‘To qualify for the STANSW Young Scientist Paper Plane State Championship you’ll need to throw over a specific time or distance’. See the site for details.
2020 STANSW Young Scientist Paper Plane State Championship will be held on 29 August 2020 at the University of Sydney. See this Young Scientist Awards page.
‘Robogals is a student run organisation that aims to inspire and empower young women to consider studying engineering and related fields’. A part of this is the Robogals Science Challenge. ‘The Robogals Science Challenge is an online competition for girls aged 5-15. The competition consists of 2 components : the minor challenges and a major challenge. Spanning 4 months, the Science Challenge will give participants a chance to explore different STEM topics’.
Competition previously launched in early March with the Minor Challenges. Second round were issued in late March. Major Challenge opened in late April with a final entry deadline at the beginning of August. Science and Engineering Day held in July. Finalists were announced and awarded in October/November. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Students [Year 5-12] carry out a science investigation and present their findings to science/industry judges. Judging days are held on Cradle Coast, Launceston and Hobart campuses in August-September each year. The Science Investigation Awards include the categories : Physical Sciences, Health, Engineering, Agricultural Science, and Environment’.
Awards previously began in late March. Monitor the New ! Key dates page for specific dates and venues for 2020.
Griffith University. ‘Held across two age groups, with the teacher’s competition running in conjunction with the senior student’s competition, it’s a fun-fuelled event that gives everyone the chance to celebrate and demonstrate their STEM knowledge !’ Queensland Academies , Health Sciences Campus.
Registrations previously opened in Term 3 with the event held in mid-August. Exact dates once these are advised.
Western Australian schools. ‘A series of separate online science competitions. ScienceiQ is for school teams of four students’. Years 5 to 9.
Competitions [2 rounds each term] throughout the year. Once finalised, dates for all event will be found here.
Australian Academy of Science. ‘This competition is a fantastic opportunity for students of all year levels to engage hands-on with the periodic table, develop a deeper understanding of key principles of chemistry, and foster an appreciation of the wider impact of chemical sciences throughout life and society. The competition format has been developed in consultation with ASTA and teachers from across the country to align with the science syllabus of schools’.
Entries usually opened at the end of April and the event ran through Term 2 with the winners announced in National Science Week in August. Exact dates once these are advised.
ASTA. ‘A national science award program for students between Years 1 and 10’. Two sections - Years 1-4 and Years 5-10.
The program is ongoing with no given deadlines.
‘Applying science, being creative, and having fun ! There’s also the challenge of getting your machine to achieve its task’. Open to Year 10 students in Victoria.
Registrations previously opened in mid-March and closed one week later. The Competition Day was in early August. The New ! Contest schedule will be found here once finalised.
‘The Bragg Prize is an annual award celebrating the best non-fiction science essay written for a general audience and is designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science writers, researchers and leaders. Students write a short piece about ‘Not-so-smart technology’, which must be 800 words or less’. Open to all high school students in Years 7–10.
The competition will re-open in April 2020. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘The Prize hopes to encourage young people to learn about sustainability and clean energy from an early age. We ask schools to submit proposals for funding consideration to implement sustainability measures in their schools. Open to all high schools with students between 11-19 years old. The application must be supported by the school and its management’.
Award Ceremony for the previous prize will be held in January 2020. Exact dates for the next prize once these are advised.
Updated ! iGEM Competition
‘Annual, world wide, synthetic biology event aimed at undergraduate university students, as well as high school and graduate students’.
Registration for iGEM 2020 will open early in 2020. In the meantime save the date for the iGEM 2020 Giant Jamboree 29 October-2 November 2020. Exact dates once these are advised.
Students in Years 8-10 and 11-12 in Queensland. ‘The competition is designed to inspire current science students to become the next generation of plant and agricultural scientists and support teachers to deliver their science curriculum in a plant-based context. The competition provides an interactive learning opportunity with school-based experiments and an optional day of workshops and awards’.
Use the Sunflower Competition 2020 EOI to be notified when registrations open for the 2020 competition. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Provides a major focus for secondary school students on the relevance of chemistry’. Secondary students.
registration previously opened in early March and closed in early June. The event will be held on 27 July 2020. Other dates once these are advised.
‘Designed to encourage those students who enjoy Chemistry, particularly its practical side, to develop their skills and to reward those who attain a high level of proficiency. All secondary schools are invited to compete in their local state-based competition’.
Dates and Contacts are available from the above site for competing states [scroll down to the listing at the bottom of the page]. Select your own state for dates, venues and contacts. National Finals will be held during Term 3. Exact date once this is advised.
‘A Beamline for Schools competition remains open to teams of at least five high-school students aged 16 and up with at least one adult supervisor, or “coach”. Think of a simple, creative experiment and submit your written proposal and short video. Previous winners have investigated the structure of the pyramids, looked for particles that no-one has seen before, or have developed their own particle detector. What would you do ?’
Proposals can be submitted until midnight on 31 March. A New ! Pre-Registration Form is available here. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘The nature of the tournament promotes scientific research and problem solving stretching the participants to work on very complex problems. The official qualifying tournament for IYPT2019 was the IYPT Australia Challenge held on 3 and 4 December 2018’. Secondary students.
Registrations previously opened in August and closed at the end of October with the Australian event being held in December. Exact dates once these are advised. You can also check on the Schedule Page once it is up to date..
General Social Sciences Topics
‘The Education Perfect Humanities Championship is a 3-day online event celebrating learning and achievement in Geography, History & Social Sciences. With over 20 000 participants each year, this is a great opportunity to inspire students’ Humanities learning while they compete on a global scale. Suitable for students from Year 5 to Secondary’.
Event previously held in the second half of March. Exact dates once these are advised.
Economics & Business Studies
‘Open to all high schools in Australia. Teams must consist of four students in total and can include any combination of students from Year 11 and 12. Each team will be emailed a real-world written case study, and will have four weeks to submit a solution in a written report’.
Registrations are now open. Previously, case released in early March, Written submission due and final registrations closed and at the end of April, Finalists were announced at the beginning of May and the Champion’s Round was run in mid-May. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘The competition is open to all full-time secondary school students enrolled in a registered secondary school in Australia at the time of submission of their entry. Individual finalists from each state/territory will be required to personally present their plan to a panel of judges in Sydney’.
‘Applications for the next PYOE Competition will open in 2020’. Entries previously opened in April and closed in August with State and National Finals in October. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘We’re turning the normal ESSI Money game that is played all year round into a national competition for two weeks ! Students compete in one of two age brackets : 12-15 or 16-18. The 3 highest scores in each age category will be the winners’. All other details including registration process and form available from the site. Download the App from the above site.
Activity only runs for two weeks each year. Details from the site. Find information on ESSI Money and ESSI Money PLUS here. These are alternate activities.
‘For young people aged between 15-35 years. The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a global program and an online platform, which supports the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]’.
Entries previously opened in March with a deadline at the end of July. Finalists were announced in early September. Winners were announced in October. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘A flexible teaching program that provides a resource for teachers to use at three levels. You can use only the Asia Wise Challenge or all three sections. Separate programs for lower [Aust. years 7 & 8 - NZ 8 & 9] and upper [Aus years 9 & 10 - NZ 10 & 11]’.
Asia Wise can be used at any time from March to December. You need to register two weeks before you wish to use the program. Register online or by email.
‘Challenges secondary school students to demonstrate their geographical knowledge and skills. Rewards student excellence with great prizes, including selection for Australia’s international geography teams’.
Information should be posted to school in January 2020. 2020 Competition dates from 18 March to 1 April. Other dates once these are advised.
‘The aims of the competition are to promote children’s creative representation of the world, to enhance their cartographic awareness and to make them more conscious of their environment. This year’s them is We love maps. The awards are given every two years’.
Next competition not till 2021. Monitor for details later in 2020.
‘The International Geography Bee is a worldwide geography quiz competition for primary and secondary school students. Please select a region or the World Championships from the menu bar to learn more’. The Australia & New Zealand information is found here.
The expected inaugural date of the Australia and New Zealand event would be somewhere between June and September 2021. Check here for How to Qualify for the International Geography Bee World Championships. These will be held July 12-19, 2020 – On Board a Carnival Cruise.
‘Students will learn how to use the latest spatial technology to create maps. Maps will focus on improving livability or solving local environmental problems’.
All details are available through either the YouTube presentations or the Instruction sheets [both Primary and Secondary]. Previously held in late November. Exact date once this is advised.
‘A competition for the best 16 to 19 year old Geography students from all over the world. Four students represent each country in a series of Geography tests in [generally] a four-five day program’.
Linked to the Australian Geography Competition listed above. Previously held from the end of July in to early August. The 2020 event will be held in Istanbul, Turkey. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Provide a photo or image to communicate an identified urban problem and explain your ideas for a solution in 200-300 words. The competition is open to Year 10, 11 and 12 Victorian secondary school students only’.
Previous entries were open from early July to early September with the event held later that month. Exact dates once these are advised.
ABC Splash. ‘Create a 60-second video about where you live, describing what makes it special. You can talk about your street, neighbourhood, hometown or school; you can focus on one thing, such as a plant or animal species; or you can talk about a historical fact or geographical landmark. They’re looking for great examples of local geography or history, and how you use your English and media literacy skills’. To submit entries you need to go to the linked ABC site.
Previously the competition was held in late November. This and other dates once these are advised.
‘Open to all Australian primary and secondary schools. Schools can enter as an individual class or the whole school, with a limit of one entry per school’.
Entries previously opened in January and closed in late May. Exact dates once these are advised.
Northern Territory. ‘The tour will support students to explore the history of Anzac Day and Australia’s involvement in various conflicts and peacekeeping missions. It will provide an opportunity for three year 9 or 10 students, accompanied by two chaperones, to visit battlefields of significance to Australia and the Anzacs’.
2019 Winners now listed on the site and will travel during 2020. Entries for the coming year will close in August and the winners will be announced in September. They will travel in 2021. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘In 2019 the competition will be offered to years 7, 8, 9 and 10. The Year 9 and 10 paper will be broadly based on the Australian Curriculum : History for Years 9 and 10. The Year 7 and 8 paper will be broadly based on the Australian Curriculum : History for Years 7 and 8. Each competition will present 50 multiple choice questions’.
he closing date for registration is 31 March 2020. The 2020 Competition date is set for Wednesday 3 June although the competition can be run at any time from Monday 1st to Friday 5th of June. We will return student results and certificates in early August. The Competition Details page provides further information.
‘The Extension History Essay Prize is open to essays that satisfy the requirements of the NSW HSC Extension Project, are the product of genuine research and represent ‘interesting and well written history’. The Prize is sponsored by the University of Sydney’s Department of History’. There are also special category prizes which may be entered. Details on the above page.
Entry Forms usually available in May with a closing date of mid-September. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Inspire your Year 5-10 students to create stories based on historical events and people’. Three levels - Years 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8 and Years 9 and 10.
Remember the competition is open only to Victorian students or students from schools that are institutional members of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria.
Entries previously opened in mid-February and closed in early August. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Two history quiz competitions which are held around the world. The Bee is for individual students; the Bowl is for teams. This website has all the details on our tournaments for students in Australia. This tournament is open to all students and teams as long as they have not yet played our current Australian set of questions – it does not require prior qualification’.
Entries for the regional Tournaments previously opened in April with the events being held during June. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Students can qualify in any of the following ways. The International History Olympiad is a celebration of history attended by some of the best young history students from around the world, featuring numerous competitive and non-competitive events. The Olympiad is held every two years, therefore, the next Olympiad will be held in July 2020 ’. All relevant details from the site.
Check the How to Qualify page for confirmed dates and other information.
‘The National History Challenge [NHC] is an exciting contest that encourages students to use research and inquiry-based learning to discover more about the past. Students are the historians. They can investigate their community, explore their own and their family’s past and consider ideas throughout history. Entrants may be students from Primary years to Year 12, 19 years of age or younger in Australian schools’. The theme for 2020 is CONTESTED hiSTORIES.
State Presentation dates will be found on the Key Dates page once finalised. National Presentation Date is early December. Exact dates once these are advised.
Northern Territory. ‘The study tour will visit important military sites in Hawaii to get an understanding of the mutual experience and sacrifice of the people in the NT and Hawaii from their involvement in the bombing of Darwin and Pearl Harbour, and the ongoing importance of peacekeeping missions today. Three year 10 or 11 students from NT schools will travel to Hawaii’.
If shortlisted by your principal, ensure your school forwards your application by post, email or in person by mid-August 2019. Exact date once this is advised.
‘The Prize is open to students in Years 9 and 10 currently enrolled in all Victorian Government, Catholic and Independent Schools. An annual competition held overseas study tour of sites where Australians have served in war, centred on Gallipoli or the Western Front’. Also see this site, and also this site which has extensive detail.
Premier’s announcement ceremony for recipients early in February 2020. In 2020, prize recipients will travel to Vietnam and Singapore in September and regional finalists will travel to Canberra in July. Closing date for the next competition has previously been in October. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Victorian Primary Schools are invited to show off their creative skills and submit their design for the annual Shrine’s Remembrance Day poster’.
Subscribe to the Shrine Education Enews to be notified of relevant details
Entries previously closed in early October. Exact date once this is advised.
‘Open to all students currently in Year 9 in government and non-government schools in Tasmania, as well as home-schooled students at the same year levels. The winners will travel to Turkey, Belgium and France for approximately 12 nights [incorporating Anzac Day]’. Information also available from this site.
Dates of travel linked with the last prize is April/May 2020. Closing date for this has previously been in August. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Gives 8 Queensland high school students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Anzac tradition first-hand. Open to all eligible Year 8-12 Queensland high school students’.
There is a tour briefing and research workshop in January 2020 for those travelling this year. Successful students and 2 teacher chaperones will tour important memorial sites in London and the Western Front battlefields in France and Belgium, in April/May 2020. Exact dates once these are advised for the next Prize process.
‘Provides the opportunity or eight students and two teachers to win a fully-funded two-week study tour of Europe’s World War I battlegrounds. Open to all Year 9 and 10 students in South Australia’.
Information about the 2020 Prize will be released in early 2020.
‘A national competition for Year 9 and 10 students’. Details are on the site. The Australian War Memorial Simpson Prize site is also worth visiting.
Travel for 2019 winners will take place in 2020. Exact dates for the next Prize process once these are advised.
‘Students in Years 5-9 from the Gladstone and Western Downs regions have the unique opportunity to pitch their innovative ideas to solve some of today’s greatest challenges through the 2019 Future Makers STEM Awards. The Gladstone region includes the Gladstone and Rockhampton Local Government Areas. Students are tasked with using STEM [science, technology, engineering and maths) knowledge and skills to identify a local problem with real-world context and pitch a solution that relates to one of the competition topics (Environment, Recycling, Natural Disaster and Health]’. All details from the site.
Winner’s prize includes the opportunity to showcase your submission at the World Science Festival Brisbane in Gladstone and Chinchilla 2020.
Open to students in Years 8 and 9 [in Australia]. Separate information on the site for a number of areas around Australia and New Zealand. You can now also choose an optional Digital Design component.
Register now to be kept up to date. Registration previously closed in May. A Kit has previously been posted to schools in June with submissions in August and judging in September. Exact dates once these are advised.
Updated ! Australian Informatics Olympiad
‘A national computer programming competition held annually in early September. Students write short computer programs to solve three problems that vary in difficulty. There are two papers : Intermediate for students up to Year 10, and Senior for students up to Year 12’.
Entries close 20 August 2020. The Australian Informatics Olympiad [AIO] will be held on Thursday 27 August 2020. Results usually sent in October. The top 25 students will be invited to a 10-day intensive training school in December where they will learn higher-level algorithms and data structures.
‘Facilitating engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, students learn vital skills for the future through designing, building and testing an original video game. A full copy of the Challenge rules and submission guidelines are included in the Mentors Handbook’. The 2020 theme is Scale.
Mentor registration previously occurred in mid-February. Game submission opened in the second half of July and closed in early August. Winners were announced in early October. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘An international initiative whose goal is to promote computational thinking for teachers and students ages 8-17 / school years 3-12]. Bebras is aligned with and supports curricula across Australia. Bebras Australia is run by NICTA under the Digital Careers program. In addition to the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge, In addition to the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge, Bebras 365 is available as a free resource throughout the year’.
Open for two weeks, twice a year. The first is 9-23 March 2020. The second previously began at the end of August and ran into September. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Code Quest is an annual computer programming competition where teams of 2-3 High School students each work together for 2.5 hours to solve problems by using JAVA, Python, VB.net, C, and/or C++ programming to complete the “quest”. The problem set consists of 15-20 challenging problems created by Lockheed Martin engineers and computer programmers’. All other details from the New ! Australian site. Free to enter but entrants need to pay for their own accommodation.
Previously the quest ran in Australia in early to mid-August. Register through the site [January, TBC].
Formerly the Australian Informatics Competition [AIC]. ‘A one-hour problem-solving competition which seeks to identify computer programming potential. There are four papers : Upper Primary, Years 5-6; Junior, Years 7-8; Intermediate, Years 9-10; Senior, Years 11-12’. Detail also included in the Mathematics section above.
Entries usually open in February. Australian entries close 15 April [Paper] and 22 April [Online]. CAT will be held on Wednesday 29 April 2020.
‘An initiative of Engineers Australia, delivered free of charge to Australian schools. Lower primary, primary and middle years students work, applying their problem-solving skills to designing, constructing and unravelling exciting engineering projects’.
Engineers Australia is currently considering options for reviewing and refreshing the EngQuest program to ensure we offer the most up to date and engaging content across a range of digital delivery channels. The EngQuest website and program materials will be offline until this review is complete. This review is still ongoing.
‘The world’s largest secondary school technology program. Involves over nine million students from 17 000 schools in 31 nations’. World finals held in September.
Schools must register by 30 April and students must register by 30 June. National Event previously held in March and International Event in September. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘An FRC team consists of high school students typically aged 14-18. These students have to work together to design, build, program and drive robots’.
Game previously announced in January with entries closing on the Tournament Day. Both South Cross regional and South Pacific Regional held in mid-March. Duel down Under held in late July. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Year 12 students are invited to submit digital photographic work [one photograph for each student]. The work submitted can be on any theme. Submissions must include Student’s Name, School and Year Level’.
Submissions previously closed at the end of May. Exact date once this is advised.
‘For pre-university students [e.g., high school and secondary school students ages 13-17] with the goal of encouraging young people to participate in open source development’.
The contest begins for students on December 3, 2019 at 05:00 [Australian Eastern Daylight Time]. All student work must be submitted by 23 January 2020. Grand Prize Winners and Finalists announced 10 February 2020. Grand Prize Winner trips in June 2020.
‘A friendly five-week competition where thousands of school students come together to learn to code. Teachers can sign up their students, and students competing individually at home are also welcome. Programming challenges are released at the beginning of each week, along with interactive notes that teach you everything you need to complete them’. Multiple streams available.
Grok Code Quest previously ran from late October to the beginning of December with Challenges released at the beginning of each week. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘The Head On Student Prize is open to Australia’s young photographers [School years K-12]. Images must be produced by a photographic device which captures images [phone and experimental processes welcome], in colour and//or black & white. You may enhance the image and apply filters’. See Terms and Conditions for all other details. Closing date is usually in February.
‘The world’s premier student technology competition’. Multiple options. Students must be at least 16 years of age and satisfy a number of other requirements. Individual and team competitions.
You need to be able to sign in to a Microsoft account to access the site.
You need to sign in to your account [or create one] to register. Registration and submission occur in January. Online Semi-Finals from till February 2020. Regional Finals in February and March. These are followed by the World Championship at a date to be announced. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Getting involved is easy. Jaguar Primary School Challenge engages primary students as young as 5 years old in building and racing a paper based F1® car. The program has been designed as a subset of the High School F1 in Schools™ STEM Challenge and is aimed at students in years K-7’.
The challenge is available to run at any time throughout the year but you need to register to take part.
‘Designed for high school students from Year 9 to Year 12. It challenges them to develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating real languages’.
‘The next competition will take place in March 2020. Further details available shortly’.
‘An annual statewide initiative for all Queensland students in Year 3 to Year 10. Students can enter as individuals or in pairs. You must code an interactive and innovative digital solution to raise awareness of cybersafety, and help Queenslanders by providing tips to improve their cybersafety’.
Previously held in early September. Exact date and other details once these are advised.
‘A project-oriented educational initiative. Teams work in a co-operative and supportive environment in three distinct challenges : Dance, Rescue and Soccer. Primary and secondary students’.
The 2020 Australian Open will be held in Adelaide on 9 to 11 October 2020. Other dates once these are advised.
‘A state-wide competition for Year 5 to 12 students who investigate a topic of their choice. Students then present their findings to judges from research and industry. The judging is followed by a public presentation’. Operates in North-West Tasmania, Northern Tasmania and Southern Tasmania.
Awards previously began in late March. Monitor the New ! Key dates page for specific dates and venues for 2020.
‘Teams consist of up to 5 young women in primary or secondary school [ages 10-18, although younger students with the maturity necessary to complete the program are encouraged to participate]’.
Registrations for teams and mentors opens 8 March 2020. Our 12 week schedule begins in Term 2. Other dates once these are advised.
‘The 2019 So You Think You Can Design - Textiles challenge is now live ! And if you want to engage your students in the world of wearable technologies, then don’t miss it’. Download further information at this link.
Register prior to the event. Previously entries were submitted in mid-April, Finalists compete at an event in the first part of May. Exact dates once these are advised.
The Global Technology Entrepreneurship Program for Girls. ‘Any girl or young woman [ages 10-18] interested in Technovation Girls is eligible to compete. All students must be between the ages of 10 to 18 as of August 1, 2020. All students must identify as female. No males can enter the competition.Teams are composed of 1 to 5 students. Students can only join 1 team. Competition Divisions are based on the age of the oldest student on the team. Students can participate in Technovation Girls for multiple seasons until they reach the age of 18’.
Registration opened in the second half of October 2019. Official start of the 2020 Season is 14 January, 2020. Last day to register as a student or mentor is 16 March, 2020. Judge registration opens on 23 March, 2020. Competition submission deadline is 20 April, 2020. Regional Pitch Events and Online Judging is done between Mid-April and Mid-May. Semi-Final Judging is done in Early June 2020. The Technovation Global Summit will be held in August 2020.
‘The Archibull Prize will engage Secondary school students in agricultural and environmental awareness through art, design, creativity and teamwork by providing a blank Archie for students to create an artwork on or to use as the subject of an artwork which focuses on the [nominated] theme’. Find details from the following downloads : Important Dates and The Program.
Check the Important Dates link above for a time outline of the event. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘The ATOM Photo Comp is an initiative of Australian Teachers of Media [ATOM]. It provides Australian and New Zealand student and adult photographers with the opportunity to submit a folio of three  photographs adhering to a theme, and win fantastic prizes in the process. The theme for the 2019 competition is Texture. The competition runs across five age-group categories : Lower Primary [Years F–3]; Upper Primary [Years 4–6]; Lower Secondary [Years 7–9]; Upper Secondary [Years 10–12]; and Open’.
‘Entries for2020 will open soon’. All entries must be submitted online, previously by the first third of May. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘The goal of the main challenge is to program a robot to navigate the Martian terrain. This can be done by writing a program or group of programs to make the rover autonomous and collect data. To encourage good coding practices, students will be given a higher score for well documented and formulated code’. All other details and registration form from the site.
Materials for 2020 are now available through the site. Challenge previously held in the second half of October. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘We invite schools to enter two students from Year 5 and Year 6 in the Top Coder Competition. Students will work collaboratively in a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere with coding and robotics coaches’. Includes both Robotics and Scratch Coding competitions. Held in Sydney for NSW schools.
Previously ran from the second half of June to mid-August. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘A web competition for high school students. Web.Comp 2019 will run for 5 weeks, starting February/March. Each week, we’ll release interactive notes with the information you’ll need to complete the week’s web design challenges. The last week will be a web design tournament where you can submit your own design and vote on everyone else’s ! Students can sign up now via the above site’.
Previously opened in January/February and ran for 5 weeks from a date in early March. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Open to students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Wool4School sets the challenge to design an original outfit made from one of the world’s most innovative and natural fibres - Australian Merino wool’.
Registrations opened at the beginning of December and close on 29 May 2020. Submissions close on 23 July 2020. Winners announced on 20 August 2020.
Apprenticeship or Traineeship; Undertaking or completed studies towards a qualification at an RTO/TAFE or University
‘Australia’s Largest Trade and Skill Competition ! Competitions [are] held on a Regional, national and international level. All three levels of competition run biennially’.
WorldSkills Australia operates in 34 regions across Australia. Register here. Regional and International events were held in 2019. The next New ! WorldSkills Australia National Championships will be held in Perth on 13-15 August 2020. Contact your closest Regional Coordinators for more information.
‘The competition’s alignment with the school curriculum enables students to apply what they learn in their ICT/Digital Technologies classroom to develop a technology related project of their choice’.
Registrations previously began in February with a deadline of mid-June. Project Report Submission Deadline was the end of term 2. Check other Key Dates when you have logged in in. Exact dates once these are advised.
Updated ! Zero Robotics
‘Zero Robotics is a free international robotics programming competition which challenges participants to test their coding skills on NASA robots known as SPHERES [Synchronised, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites] aboard the International Space Station. Teams from high schools around the world program the SPHERES to solve challenge’. Led in Australia by the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies. Further information can be found at Zero Robotics, based at MIT in the United States.
ZeroRobotics returns in 2020. It is planned for the Fall in the US [September/November]. If interested, sign up here to be added the Zero Robotics High School tournament 2020 mailing list : Link to Mailing List and/or contact the University of Sydney via the title link above.
Junior section where ‘ the entrant must be under 18 years of age at the date of close of entries. Entries must fit the criteria of any of the other nine categories’. Categories available on the site.
Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year entries are open until 24 January 2020. Short List announced in March. Prize winners will be announced on 27 August 2020.
‘Make sure you’re on our mailing list to be notified when the next Design an Ad Contest launches’. Western Australian students.
Previously submissions were possible from May till early July. Exact dates once these are advised.
Find relevant information for Primary and Secondary students by selecting the “Entering” section of the menu. Includes film, animation and other media areas.
‘Entries for 2020 opening soon’. Entries previously closed in mid-June, Finalists were announced in September and Awards were presented in November. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Our goal in showing films from around the world, all made either FOR or BY kids, is to show teens and tweens that making a film can be a powerful way to tell a story, express your emotions, state a point of view and [more importantly] to have fun!’ Multiple sections and themes. Also check this page for additional details, USA Based.
Initial Deadline previously occurred in mid-June. Notification Date was in September and the Event Date was in mid-November. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Encourages South West [WA] students to explore the medium of film and use multi-media formats for production, awareness, marketing and audience reach. Participants need to be 13-18 years old and attending secondary school. This years Cinesnaps theme is The Watch’.
The 2020 Entry Pack is now available. Entries could be registered during June with Finalists announced in late July. The Grand Finale event previously ran at the end of August. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘National competition for primary and secondary school students or film-makers under 18 years old’. Part of Flickerfest.
Selected films for 2020 FlickerUp will screen on Saturday 18 January 2020. Entries for the competition previously opened in July and closed in November. Exact dates for the next competition once these are advised.
International Short Film Festival. ‘Entry is open any student who was enrolled in Year 6-12 [Year 13 in some states] anytime between 9 Oct 2018 and 6 August 2019. Entry is free’. Select Young Filmmakers Competition link on the home page for all details and forms.
Previously, documents had to be submitted to the supervising teacher by the end of August then uploaded in early September. Winning entries were screened in early October. Exact dates once these are advised.
Updated ! Little Big Shots
‘Little Big Shots is Australia’s largest and only annual touring film festival curated especially for kids. Featuring a selection of short and feature films, the festival lands in all major Australian capital cities. A kids jury awards the best international, local, and child-made films each year’.
Little Big Shots was part of CHIFF [Children’s International Film Festival] in 2019. This will be monitored to see what happens in 2020. Related dates once these are advised.
Cultural Diversity Week. ‘The Primary School Short Film Competition called on our state’s youngest filmmakers to produce a short film that explores what multiculturalism looks like’.
‘For all enquiries about the competition, please contact us’. Winning entries are screened during Victoria’s Multicultural Festival in the second half of March. Dates once these are advised.
‘SmartFone Flick Fest is Australia’s international smartphone film festival for filmmakers of all ages. We are a world-wide festival open to anyone with a smartphone or tablet and a great idea for a short film’. Entry fee applies. SF3 Kids Pick Flick is for students under 16 years of age.
Entries previously closed at the beginning of August and films were screened and Awards given in mid-September. Exact dates once these are advised.
ACMI. An ‘epic moving image competition for Primary and Secondary school students. Screen It is designed to educate, encourage and foster the next generation of young moving image makers. The Screen It theme for 2020 is . . . ’.
Entries previously opened in early July and closed in late September. Winners announced soon after this. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘If you are currently enrolled in Year 7-12 at any Australian or New Zealand Secondary School you are qualified to enter. As long as your entry is postmarked by the due date, your entry will be accepted with no problems’. Check the Entries link for further information.
Entry date previously in mid-July with Short List announced in August. The Festival and Awards happened in October. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘The Sydney International Festival of Films by Children is the largest festival of child-produced films in Australia and is part of an international network of similar Festivals. The Festival exists to give Australian children under 13 years the opportunity to screen their films in an international context alongside their peers from all over the world. Entries are currently being accepting for screening in 2020’.
No event was held in 2019 and we await details for 2020. Entries were previously open all year round. Dates and other details as they become available.
‘Each film must be based on the year’s theme. You can create a piece of fiction, a documentary, a community-service announcement or a music clip [be sure to adhere to copyright rules !]. Your film can be animated or live-action. It might be funny or serious’.
‘Entries for 2020 opening soon. Stay tuned’ [previously in early March]. Exact dates and other details once these are advised.
‘The RFF’s most popular short film competition invites filmmakers of all levels to find inspiration and tell your story through film. Each short film must take inspiration from one of the categories nominated for the year’.
Non-Competition entries previously closed at the end of August and Competition entries closed late in September. Awards announced at the Real Film Festival in November. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Trop Jr is our signature event of 16 finalist films, showcasing the work of incredibly talented filmmakers as individuals or in teams, aged 15 years and younger. Each year, Trop Jr includes a “signature item” which needs to be incorporated into the entries to ensure that they are unique and are made specifically for Trop Jr. This year’s signature item is : . . . ?. Entries must be seven minutes or less, and Trop Jr must be their world premiere. Download our Filmmaker Entry Kit for more information, including technical requirements’.
Tropfest will be held 9 February 2020. The next competition is likely to open in October, close in January 2021 and winners screened in February 2021. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘A new component as a part of HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures 2019. We invite students from secondary and tertiary institutions or youth groups, either as individuals or as a group. We are interested in works that respond to the themes of history, culture, remembrance, love, cycles of life and the passage of time. We are open to a wide range of artistic approaches, materials and forms. For more information, please email the curator or contact the office on 02 8575 8100’.
Entries previously closed in May, with Final Student Statement and Forms in late June and installation in late August. Opening Event held in early September. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘The Art Design Awards are open to preschool, primary and secondary school students and teachers in independent schools throughout Queensland. Poster and Entry Form available’ from the site.
Entries previously closed in late July with an Exhibition and Awards Evening in early September. Exact dates once these are advised.
Open to students in Primary schools and Years 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 in secondary schools. It ‘invites photographers to interpret “Contemporary Life in Australia” with an emphasis on Australians going about their day-to-day life’.
Entries open in January and close in March. Exact dates for these and other timeline events once they are advised .
Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. ‘Open to students of high schools and colleges in Canberra and Queanbeyan. Entries must be submitted through the student’s school or college. All photographs must be taken in the Australian National Botanic Gardens’.
Entries previously closed at the beginning of October with an exhibition of entries from the end of October to mid-November. Prizes awarded in November. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Offers students an opportunity to develop their photographic skills and gain recognition for their efforts’. Three school levels for entry. Art Gallery of NSW.
Entries previously opened in the second half of September . Exact dates for the timeline once these are advised.
‘Any child attending an Australian primary school can enter this competition. Students can enter individually or as part of a combined school effort. The competition is judged in three categories : Foundation Year [Prep] and Year 1; Years 2, 3 and 4; and Years 5 and 6. Show us how your brain is amazing by creating an artwork for our creative art competition. Your artwork must be inspired by the brain and fit on A4-size paper. You can use pens, pencils, crayons, textas or paint’.
registrations previously opened in mid-February and closed in early May. Exact dates once these are advised..
Art competitions and exhibitions for primary and secondary students in Catholic schools in Western Australia. Registration forms on the site.
Primary level begins in july and the secondary level at the end of July. Primary Exhibition in the first half of August and the Secondary Exhibition in the second half of August. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘This international art competition is open to all students 11-19 years old. Students must be enrolled in primary or secondary school, or the home school equivalent. The theme for the 2020 Challenge is Take Action : Conserve Coral Reefs’.
The deadline to apply for the Science without Borders® Challenge 20 April, 2020. This document provides a wealth of detail about the event including. .
There are five categories available for you to choose from. These include Drawing, Painting, Indigenous, Photography and Computer Art. Entry form available from the site. You can also review a wide range of previous entries in all categories.
Entries close 18 September, 2020.
‘This visual art award is open to Western Australian school students and encourages imagination, innovation and creativity’. Multiple levels for different age/grade groups.
Registrations previously opened at the end of April and closed in the second half of May. Finalists were announced in late June. Exhibition from mid-july to early August.Exact dates once these are advised.
‘Students in Years 7-12 are invited to paint a portrait of a well known Australian; an Australian they respect/admire; or undertake a self portrait’.
Previously listed as The Black Swan Prize.
SJOGHC Touring Exhibition runs till 5 February 2020. ‘Call for Entries will commence in April 2020’. Entries [previously closed at the end of July with Finalists announced in mid-August. Winners were announced in mid-November. Touring exhibition from December to February 2021. Exact dates once these are advised.
Art Gallery NSW. ‘The Young Archie competition invites budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 to submit a portrait. There are four age categories : 5-8 year olds, 9-12 year olds, 13-15 year olds and 16-18 year olds’.
Online entry form available 29 January 2020. Entries must be received before 8 March 2020. Finalists announced 30 April 2020. Young Archie exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW 9 May-6 September 2020. Exact date for announcement of Winners once this is advised.
‘An annual National Songwriting Competition for every Primary and Secondary School, both public and private, in Australia’. Terms & Conditions found here. Winner automatically agrees to perform their winning song at the request of ACMF for a 12 month period from mid-November.
Entries previously opened mid-July. All entries had to be submitted online no later than the end of August. Winners posted on their website. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘The competition is open to young people aged 12-21 years. To enter write a 30 second composition and submit a score and recording online’.
‘Entries for the 2020 Fanfare Competition will open in February 2020 with a deadline of 5pm, Monday 1 June 2020’. Selected participants normally announced in late June, Workshops in July and August, Recording in September. Exact dates for these once these are advised.
‘Australia’s richest and most prestigious competition for young opera and classical singers’. Suited to senior secondary and tertiary students. People must be under 26 years of age. Find all details and dates on the How to enter page.
Entries previously opened late February and closed in late March. Heats were held in the first half of May, Sem-Finals in early August and the Final in early September. Exact dates once these are advised.
University of Southern Queensland. ‘Entry into the Competition is free and open to an ‘Eligible Entrant’ [Entrant or You] who is an Australian Secondary School Student currently in Years 10-12 who is the sole author of the Song [written lyrics] submitted’. Other details available from the Terms and Conditions link in the How to Enter section of the home page.
Entries previously opened in late February and closed in early May. Award Ceremony previously held in August. Exact dates once these are advised.
National Songwriting Competition. ‘For all schools - primary and secondary, State and independent, metropolitan, regional and remote. Registration is free Winners have the chance to participate in a one day songwriting workshop [travel and accommodation provided]’.
The 2020 Songwriting Competition has now opened. Entries for the competition close on 19 February 2020. Celebration Day 2020 will take place on 5 November 2020.
Updated ! Score IT!
‘A state-wide film-scoring competition open to all secondary school students in Queensland. The competition challenges young composers to create an original composition to accompany a short film produced by the Griffith Film School. Based on year level, students compete in either Score IT! Junior or Senior by composing and recording a soundtrack using instruments of their choice’.
Entries previously open at the end of January and closed in early May. Finalists were known in July with an Awards Ceremony in late July. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘We’re looking for the BEST act in high school’. At least 50% of the group/act must be in high school. Details on site. The Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative runs in conjunction with the Unearthed High program.
Registrations previously opened in the first half of June and closed at the end of July. The competition ran throughout August. Exact dates once these are advised.