Throughout each year a range of competitions and challenges are available for students and schools. These cover all curriculum areas from Language to The Arts. Some are run by subject organisations, some by governments, some by private organisations, some by international groups.
“Challenges”, such as the Premier’s Reading Challenges, are listed in a separate section.
For ease of presentation, competitions are listed in curriculum areas. In some instances, the listing is broken into further sub-directories, e.g. Language → Writing, Spelling, Public Speaking, Debating, … .
Specific levels are indicated both in writing and through the use of the following icons.
[Primary]; [Secondary Years 7-10]; [Senior Secondary Years 11-12].
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.
- Australian Science Olympiads
‘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.
Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Biology
Next event date is 12 August 2019. Registration closing date when advised. Certificates to schools in October 2019.
Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Chemistry
Next event date is 7 August 2019. Registration closing date when advised. Certificates to schools in October 2019.
Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Earth and Environmental Science
Next event date is 9 August 2019. Registration closing date when advised. Certificates to schools in October 2019.
Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Physics
Next event date is 14 August 2019. Registration closing date when this advised. Certificates to schools in October 2019.
Australian Space Design Competition
‘Would you like to design your own futuristic space station ?’ See details in the Challenges section above.
Annual ASDC Finals were held 19-20 January 2019 at the University of Queensland [St Lucia].
Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize
‘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 for the 2019 Competition closed on 14 December 2018. Presentation in the week commencing 4 March 2019. Winner notified Monday 18 March 2019. Award presentation Wednesday 8 May 2019. Stockholm World Water Week 24–29 August 2019.
BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards
‘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.
26 Student Finalists announced 2 January 2019. Award Ceremony 5 February 2019. 12-17 May : Intel International Science and Engineering Fair [ISEF].
SEA*ACT : Science Fair
‘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’.
Science Fair entries due 13-14 September 2019. Judging on 15 September and project viewing on 16 September 2019. Winning projects viewing 21-25 October with the Prize Ceremony on 25 October 2019.
STANSW Young Scientist Awards
‘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’. New categories have been added.
Deadline for Innovative and Engineering Design and OSHClub Inventions and Innovation projects is 30 August 2019. Judging of these on 31 August 2019. Public display of these is 28 September 2019. Deadline for STANSW Scientific Investigation and MANSW Working Mathematically Awards is 4 September. Judging for these is 7 September for the MANSW Awards and 13 September for the STANSW entries. STANSW Young Scientist Awards Presentation Ceremony is 31 October 2019..
Young Territory Young Scientist Competition
‘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 which you can enter.
All entries normally required by late September and Awards presented in November. Exact dates once these are advised.
Updated ! Queensland Science Contest [STAQ]
‘An opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to grade 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes’.
Registration required in early October and entries submitted in mid-October. Awards Ceremony held in late October. Exact dates once these are advised.
Oliphant Science Awards [SASTA]
‘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’.
New & Country Schools Incentive applications close 24 May and Student Registrations close 6 June 2019. Amendment dates to be confirmed. Delivery of entries from 24 June to 12 July 2019. Judging days during August. Presentation Ceremony on 20 September 2019..
Tasmanian Science Talent Search
‘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’.
Closing date for themed sections is mid-June. Entries to be registered and work submitted by the second half of September 2019. Exact dates once these are advised.
Science Victoria : Science Talent Search
‘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 25 February and closes 27 May 2019. Schools pack 1 - 11 June 2019. All Experimental Research and Creative Writing - Submit entries electronically from 17 June to 21 July 2019. Country Entries - Posters and Photography during the same period. Judging day 3 August 2019. Schools Pack 2 - 19 August 2019. Schools pack 3 - 7 October 2019. Exhibition and Presentation Day, 28 October 2019 [TBC].
Science Talent Search [STAWA]
‘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’.
Registrations - Schools from second half of March to beginning of July and Students from mid-June to late July. Entries due and Judging held in the second half of August with a Presentation Ceremony in mid-September. Exact dates once these are advised.
New ! Big Ideas Forum [ANSTO]
‘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.
The Big Ideas Event is held early in November. Applications for 2019 opening will be notified as soon as possible. Exact dates once these are advised.
Big Science Competition
‘Encourages critical thinking and problem solving skills. The Big Science Competition is an easy way to challenge students from years 7 to 10’.
Pen & Paper registrations close 24 April 2019. Online registrations close 17 May 2019. Event dates are 20-29 May 2019.
Updated ! CREST [CSIRO]
‘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 How CREST works for a background on the program.
Crystal Growing Competitions
Links to these in 6 states and territories. Primary and Junior Secondary students.
Check on state/territory links on the above page for details regarding dates and related information. Crystals are usually grown during Term 2.
Education Perfect - Science World Championships
One of a series of Championships covering a variety of areas. Points gained can be accumulated from multiple championships towards overall achievement both as schools and individual students.
Usually held over a week in the second half of August. Exact dates once these are advised.
Eureka : Sleek Geeks Science Prize
‘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 Updated ! Australian Museum website. Multiple Teacher resources are available. Primary and Secondary competitions.
Entries open 1 February and close 3 May 2019. Finalists announced late July [date TBC]. Winners announced 28 August 2019.
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.
Updated ! Gold Coast Schools Science Competition [Science on the GO]
‘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]’.
Competition usually takes place in late August followed by the announcement of winners and the Presentation Ceremony by the end of August. Exact dates once these are advised.
Google Science Fair
‘The largest global online science competition that celebrates the curiosity and investigations of young scientists everywhere !’
Submissions closed 12 December 2018. State Award Winners announced March 2019. Regional Finalists announced April 2019. Global Finalists announced May 2019.
Growing Tall Poppies Program
Griffith University. ‘The program is an aspirational program for Year 10 female high school students considering a future career in science, with a focus on physics. Students who are invited to be a part of the program take part in a free three-day workshop with real-life physicists on campus at Griffith University’s Nathan campus’.
The program is usually held over three days in early October. Exact dates once these are advised.
Junior Space Design Competition
‘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.
Entries usually close at the end of June with submissions due in the first part of October. Finalists are announced in the last part of October. Presentation Event held in November at University of Queensland, St. Lucia. Exact dates once these are advised.
NATA Young Scientist Award
‘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 close late in September. Award Ceremony by agreement among those involved. Exact dates once these are advised.
New ! Paper Plane Challenge
‘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.
Usually held in the last part of August. For Regional NSW students and other Australian students a video of your throw must be uploaded with your entry the day before. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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 2018. ‘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’.
Registration for 2019 opens March/April. Exact dates for this and other times once these are advised.
Science and Engineering Investigation Awards [University of Tasmania]
‘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’.
All events are held during September 2019. For specific dates at the three centres for Judging display and presentations see the above page..
Science Trivia Challenge
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.
The STEM Trivia Challenges will be held on 13 August 2019. Registrations will open term 3, 2019. An information pack will be sent to registered schools before the Event.
Science iQ [STAWA]
Western Australian schools. ‘A series of separate online science competitions. ScienceiQ is for school teams of four students’. Years 5 to 9.
Dates will be found for all Term Competitions [2 rounds each term] here on they have been established.
Updated ! SPECTRA
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.
The Amazing Spaghetti Machine Contest
‘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 open mid-March. Tasks and teams are announced after this. Progress reports are due mid-May, mid-June and mid-July. Judging Day and public viewing occurs in the first part of August. Exact dates once these are advised.
Zayed Future Energy Prize
‘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’.
The Award Ceremony for the previous event will be held on 14 January 2019. Submissions for the next event open in mid-April and close in early August. Judging begins in late October. Exact dates 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’.
Registrations between the start of February and the end of March. Once approved, they will receive their DNA Distribution Kit sometime in April. Work in the lab will take place between May-August. Exact dates once these are advised.
UQ Sunflower Competition
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’.
Registration and Weigh-in Day are both in May. Exact dates once these are advised.
Australian National Chemistry Quiz
‘Provides a major focus for secondary school students on the relevance of chemistry’. Secondary students.
Entries open 4 March and close on 7 June 2019. ANCQ 2019 will be held on Tuesday 30 July 2019.
RACI Titration Competition
‘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. Select your own state for dates, venues and contacts.
Updated ! A Beamline for School Competition 2019
‘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 ?’
Registrations opened in July 2018. Submission of proposals and videos must be done by 31 March 2019. Winners will be announced in June 2019. Winners conduct their experiment at DESY [Hamburg, Germany] in September/October 2019 [exact dates defined by their accelerator schedule].
‘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.
Exact dates for the next Australia Challenge once these are advised.
Economics & Business Studies
Australian Economics and Business Studies Competitions
‘Both competitions will comprise of 40 multiple-choice questions. Students will be competing in two divisions : Junior Division - Year 11 and below or Senior Division - Year 12 and equivalent’. UNSW.
Registrations close at the end of March 2019. Economics Competition is held early in May and the Business Studies Competition is held in mid-May. Marking is done in June and Schools receive results in August. Exact dates once these are advised.
BlueShift Business Case Competition
‘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 opened in October 2018. Early Bird registrations close 3 March 2019. Case released the following day. Written submissions due and registrations close on 29 April 2019. Finalists are announced on 7 May and the Champions Round is held 18 May 2019..
Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition
‘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’. See brochure for further details.
Entry forms are usually available in April. Entries to state/territory association by the end of August. State judging held during September. Finalists from each state/territory to present before National Judges early in October. Exact dates once these are advised.
Updated ! Suncorp ESSI Money Challenge
‘ 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.
Competition normally held during August. All activities are held in this month. Winners announced in October. Exact dates once these are advised.
Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition
‘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]’.
Competition usually launches in mid-March with a deadline for entries at the end of July and Winners announced in October. A full timeline will be provided on the site. 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.
Australian Geography Competition
‘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’.
Competition information has been sent to schools [January]. Deadline for entry is 1 March 2019. Competition dates are 27 March to 10 April. Answer Sheets to be forwarded by 24 April. Winners notified by late May and results returned by late June. Exact dates once these are advised.
New ! Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition
‘The aims of the competition are to promote children’s creative representation of the world, to enhance their c artographic 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’.
Entries must be submitted between 1 November 2018 and 15 March 2019. Selected entries forwarded to reach the International group by 1 May 2019. Forms available from the site.
Updated ! International Geography Bee
‘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’. Australian information is found under the Australia & New Zealand link in the top menu. Qualification is valid for two  years.
3 Preliminary Rounds and one or two rounds of playoffs for the top students from the preliminaries. Exact dates for all activities once these are advised .
New ! MapIT
‘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].
Updated ! The International Geography Olympiad [iGeo]
‘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 above competition. 2019 Competition will run from 30 July to 5 August, 2019 and will be held in Hong Kong.
Urban Futures Competition [RMIT University]
‘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’.
Entries open in the first half of July and close in the first half of September. Short-listed entries will be notified the day after closure of entries. Award Ceremony in the second half of September. Exact dates once these are advised.
Where I Live Competition
ABC Splash. ‘Create a 60-second video about where do 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.
Competition normally ends in late November. Exact dates once these are advised.
Anzac Day Schools’ Award
‘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’.
Competition opening date is usually in January with a closing date for entries toward the end of May. Exact dates once these are advised.
Anzac Spirit Study Tour
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’.
Entries submitted at school level by late July. Short-listed entries to be forwarded by schools by late August. Successful applicants announced in November. Winners to travel in the following year. Exact dates once these are advised.
Australian History Competition
‘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’.
Entries close 31 March 2019. The next competition date is 5 June 2019.
HTAV Historical Fiction Competition
‘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 from 2018, the competition will be open only to Victorian students or students from schools that are institutional members of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria.
Entries open 11 February 2019 and close 5pm on 2 August 2019.
New ! International History Bee & Bowl [Australia–New Zealand Division]
‘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’.
Please sign up at least a week before the tournament. Tournaments in Melbourne and Adelaide [plus any new ones in 2019] are usually held in June. Exact dates once these are advised.
National History Challenge
‘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 2019 is People and Power.
Monitor for when entry is open. Competition usually closes at the end of August. State Presentation dates found on Key Dates page. Winners notified mid-October. National Presentation held at the beginning of December. Exact dates once these are advised.
Peace in the Pacific Study Tour
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 early August. Exact date once this is advised.
Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize
‘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 New ! this site.
Premier’s announcement ceremony for 2018-19 Prize recipients in early February 2019. Closing date for next competition is usually early October with an Interview Day in early December. Exact dates once these are advised.
Remembrance Day Poster Competition
‘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 Updated ! Education Enews to be notified of relevant details
Entries usually close in early October. Finalists must be available to attend the Poster Competition presentation to be held on Remembrance Day 11 November. Exact date once this is advised .
The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize
‘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.
All other sections of the Competition have now been completed. Travel in April/May 2019.
Next competition has a closing date of late August. Students notified in September and official presentations made on October. Exact dates once these are advised .
Updated ! The Premier’s Anzac Prize [Qld]
‘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’.
A tour for the Prize which began in 2018 will take place in 2019.
The next Anzac Prize will open April with an application closing date in early October. Chaperone expressions of interest close in early September. Exact dates once these are advised.
Updated ! Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize [SA]
‘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’.
Entries close 17 May 2019. Winners will participate in the State Government’s fully funded study tour to Vietnam during the October school holidays in 2019.
The Simpson Prize
‘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.
The Winners of the Simpson Prize begun in 2018 will travel in 2019. Entries for the next Simpson Prize will need to be submitted by early November 2019, with travel the following year. Exact dates once these are advised.
Aurecon - Bridge Building Competition
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.
Registration deadline is usually in the second half of May. A kit containing materials is sent out in June. Designs have to be submitted early in July. Event is held at the beginning of August. Exact dates once these are advised.
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’.
The Olympiad will be held on 22 August 2019. Students who submit a solution to at least one problem will receive a certificate.
Australian STEM Video Game Challenge
‘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 Mentor’s Handbook’.
Mentor registration opens 19 February 2019. Game submission opens 24 July and closes 7 August 2019. Winners announced 7 October 2019.
Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge
‘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’.
The challenge is open twice a year for 2 weeks in the second half of March and the first half of September. Exact dates once these are advised.
Chevron Focus Environment Competition
‘The Chevron Focus Environment competition is suitable for primary and secondary students, and links to the WA Curriculum & Science, Media Arts, English and HASS’. Note the specific competition rules about content and submission process.
Competition normally closes in late September and a selection of inning entries are printed in The West Australian in November. Exact dates once these are advised.
Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT]
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.
The next Competition will be held on 2 April, 2019.
‘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. We expect this review to be underway through until late 2019.
F1 in Schools [REA Foundation]
‘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.
National Final to be held in March of 2019. All other relevant dates are found via the Events Calendar in the menu at the top left of the page.
FIRST Robotics Competition
‘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’.
Southern Cross Regional Event held in Sydney from 10-12 March 2019. South Pacific Regional Event held in Sydney from 15-17 March 2019. Duel Down Under to be held in July 2019. Monitor for Volunteers and Teams Registration dates. Exact dates once these are advised.
Future Leaders Photography Prize
‘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 to be forwarded electronically by the end of May. The finest submissions will be featured on the Future Leaders Photography Gallery [www.futureleaders.com.au]. 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’.
Grand Prize Winners and Finalists from 2018 Code-in announced 8 January 2019. Next contest announced at the end of August. Contest opens for entry by students late in October and closes in mid-December. Winners and Finalists announced early January 2020. Exact dates once these are advised.
Grok Code Quest
‘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.
Competition runs from the end of October to the beginning of December. Challenges released at the beginning of each week. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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 can now register for the 2019 Cup. Competition begins in late July. Regional Finals held between February and May of the following year with the World Championship in May of that year. Official Rules and Regulations are found on the Imagine Cup Competition Resources page.
Jaguar Primary School Challenge
‘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 do need to register.
OzCLO - Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad
‘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’.
Regional round : Wednesday 13 March 2019; National round : Wednesday 27 March 2019. Other details from the site. International Linguistics Olympiad held on 29 July-2 August 2019 in Yongin, Korea.
New ! Premier’s Creating Queensland’s Future Coding Competition
‘Students from state, independent and Catholic schools in Queensland can enter. Students can enter as individuals or in teams of up to four people. They need to create a digital solution that meets the theme for the year’.
Entries normally close in the second half of June. Exact dates 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’.
Last day to register is 1 October 2019. Event will be held 11-13 October 2019. Event will be held in Melbourne. Details about state activities are found through the menu at the top left.
Science and Engineering Investigation Awards - University of Tasmania
‘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.
Dates are : North West Tasmania - Judging Days 3 and 4 September; Project displays and Presentation 5 September; Northern Tasmania - Judging Day 5 September; Project displays and Presentation 10 September; Southern Tasmania - Judging Day 12 September; Project displays and Presentation 18 September 2019.
Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero
‘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]’.
Launch date is 8 March 2019 and last date to register is 20 April 2019. Start with modules on 29 April - start Module 2 on 20 May, Module 3 on 10 June and Modules 4 on 1 July. Submission deadline is 26 July 2019. Judging done in August with Showcase events around Australia in September. You can sign up to Technovation World Challenge in October.
So You Think You Can Design
‘DATTA Australia is inviting schools throughout the country to participate in So You Think You Can Design - the student competition that demonstrates the creative, innovative and challenging work taking place in the Design & Technologies learning area’. See YouTube videos about this at this link.
Register then take the challenge during Technologies Week in late October, Entries close at the end of October. Winners announced at DATTA National Conference early in December. Exact dates once these are advised.
[Also a Teacher Challenge]
STEM Student Challenge [ASTA, Education Perfect]
‘STEM puts Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths into real world contexts, and this is your students’ opportunity to navigate and answer complex, real world questions !’
Teacher Challenge normally takes place from late June to late July and the Student Challenge takes place from the end of July to mid-August. Exact dates once these are advised
The Global Technology Entrepreneurship Program for Girls. ‘To be eligible to participate in Technovation as a student, you must be between the ages of 10 to 18 as of August 1, 2018 and identify as female. To be fully registered, you must form or join a team. Teams can range in size from 1-5 girls. Your team’s division – Junior or Senior – depends on the age of all team members’.
Official Season Launch 7 January 2019. Deadline to sign up is 20 March 2019. Submission Deadline is 23 April 2019. World Pitch is in August 2019. Sign up for our newsletter to receive registration information and season updates.
Textile Art Piece [TAP] Challenge
‘The art piece being submitted may be a hanging art quilt, an ornament, a pocket, a pouch of any shape [based on the theme]. A minimum of two  entries per school’. NSW students only
Entries to be received by late September 2019. Other details from the site. Exact dates once these are advised.
The Mars Rover Challenge
‘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.
The Challenge is held over two days late in October. Exact dates once these are advised.
The Victorian Schools Games and App Challenge [Coding Challenge]
‘Open to students in Victorian primary and secondary schools, although the challenge is best suited to primary school children in Year 2 and above. Offers students the chance to learn how to code - or to build on their existing coding skills’.
Schools work on creating their games/apps during Term 3. Submissions need to be made early in October. The Challenge will culminate at the Education in Games Summit in late October 2019. Exact dates once these are advised.
New ! Top Coder Competition [ANSTO]
‘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.
Program will run from 1-30 August 2019. Further details available in early 2019. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘A web competition for high school students. Web.Comp 2019 will run for 5 weeks, starting from February. 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’.
Next Competition starts 4 March 2019 and runs for 5 weeks.
Wool4School Student Design Competition
‘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’.
Entry/submissions opened in December 2018 and will close on 25 July 2019. Winners announced in late August 2019. Exact date once this is advised.
- Apprenticeship or Traineeship; Undertaking or completed studies towards a qualification at an
RTO/TAFE or University
Updated ! WorldSkills Australia
‘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 36 regions across Australia. To find out about Regional Competitions happening near you contact your closest Updated ! Regional Coordinator. Updated ! Register here. The next Regional and International events will be held in 2019. The next National events will be held in 2020.
Young ICT Explorers
‘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’.
2019 registrations will open in February. Registration deadline is 16 June 2019. Project Report Submission is at the end of Term 2. Judging follows. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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.
SIS Finals at The University of Sydney [and Europe/MIT] Early January 2019. Applications for next year’s competition will open in March 2019.
ANZAC Nature Photographer
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.
Persons [Entrants] were only able to enter photographs in the Competition until Friday 25 January 2019. Announcement of the winners on 15 August 2019.
Design an Ad Competition
‘Make sure you’re on our mailing list to be notified when the next Design an Ad Contest launches’. Western Australian students.
Entries usually open in May and close at the end of June. Exact dates once these are advised.
Find all 2018 information for Primary and Secondary students by selecting the “Entering” section of the menu. Includes film, animation and other media areas.
Entries for the 2019 SAE ATOM Awards opened in November 2018. Other exact dates once these are advised.
New ! Boston International Kids Film Festival
‘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. USA Based.
Selected entries are screened in Boston over a three day period in mid-November. Exact dates once these are advised.
Updated ! CinéfestOZ Short Film Competition
‘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’.
Competition opened on 1 December 2018 and closes on 28 June 2019. Finalists are shown during CinefestOZ Festival Week [28 August – 1 September 2019].
‘National competition for primary and secondary school students or film-makers under 18 years old’. Part of Flickerfest.
Flickerfest winners were screened at Bondi Beach in January 2019. Entries for the next competition will open in July and close in late October with screening in January 2020. Exact dates once these are advised.
New ! Heart of Gold
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.
Documents must be completed and handed to supervising teacher by 30 August 2019. Entries must be uploaded by 5 September 2019. Winning entries will be screened at the festival held in Gympie on 3-6 October 2019.
New ! Little Big Shots
‘The festival still stands as Australia’s premiere kids’ film festival event - a niche Australian event, that tours capital cities from June every year, following the LBS Festival at ACMI over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend’.
Submission deadlines [standard and late] occur in December. Selected films shown from early to mid-June. Also become available online. Exact dates once these are advised.
New ! Primary School Short Film Competition
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’.
The winning films are announced and screened at a presentation ceremony during Victoria’s Multicultural Festival at Federation Square 16-24 March 2019. Other details from the site.
New ! SmartFone Flick Fest
‘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.
Finalist films will be selected to screen in the SF3 Gala Awards Final Night, at the beginning of October. Other 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 2019 is ... LISTEN!!!’.
Entries open in early July and close in late September with winners announced shortly after this. Exact dates once these are advised.
New ! StuffIT
‘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.
Earlybird Entry Due Date is late May with the Entry Due Date in the middle of July. Shortlisted films are announced in August. Festival and Awards Presentation mid-October. Exact dates once these are advised.
New ! The 1-Minute Film Competition
‘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’.
All entries must be submitted online by early August. Six finalists in each of the 4 groups will be announced in early October. Winners will be announced at the ATOM Awards in mid-November. Exact dates once these are advised.
New ! The Real Film Festival
‘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’.
Closing date for non-competition entries is late in August. Closing date for competition entries is late September. Late entries [for competition only will be accepted until mid-October with an extra fee. Exact dates once these are advised.
New ! HIDDEN Rookwood Students
‘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 close 11 April 2019. Successful Notification 30 April 2019. Installation of sculptures 19-20 August 2019. Opening Event is 7 September, with Exhibition dates from 7 September to 7 October 2019.
QIEU Excellence in Art Design Awards
‘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 close in the second half of July. Exhibition and Awards Presentation at the beginning of September. Exact dates once these are advised.
Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes
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 16 January 2019 [for photographs taken between 8 March 2018 and 6 March 2019] and close 6 March 2019. Winners announced at the 2019 Exhibition in Sydney at the beginning of May..
Schools Photographic Competition
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 close at the beginning of October. Entries are then exhibited until the second half of November. Prizes are presented at the beginning of November 2019. 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 are now open and close at the end of July 2019. Only winners and highly commended entrants will be contacted by the Gallery. These are announced in September 2019. 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 Artworks to be delivered in the second half of July with their exhibition running from late July into August. Secondary Artworks to be delivered from the end of July to early August with the exhibition running during middle to late August. Award presentation is in mid-August. Exact dates once these are advised.
International Student Art Contest – Science without Borders® Challenge
‘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 2019 Challenge is Connected Ocean : No Barriers, No Boundaries, and No Borders’.
Deadline for entry is 22 April, 2019. All winners will be notified by email.
OzKids Art Competition
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 for the new competition will close on 4 October, 2019.
Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists
‘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 open at the end of April and close in the second half of May. Finalists are exhibited during early to mid-August. Exact dates once these are advised.
The Black Swan Prize
‘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’.
Entries open in early April and close in late July. Finalists are selected in late August. Exhibition from late October to late November. Winners announced mid-November. Exact dates once these are advised.
Young Archie Competition
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 2019 and close 10 March 2019. Finalists announced 2 May 2019. Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW from 11 May to 8 September 2019. Winners announced at a date to be confirmed..
ACMF National Songwriting Competition
‘An annual National Songwriting Competition for every Primary and Secondary School, both public and private, in Australia’.
Entries open in mid-July. Entries close in late October 2019. Winners announced on the website. Winner automatically agrees to perform their winning song at the request of ACMF for a 12 month period from mid-November. Exact dates once these are advised.
Artology - Fanfare Competition
‘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’.
Submissions will reopen in January 2019. Submission Deadline is 3 June 2019. Eight Selected Participants announced on 21 June 2019. Other details still to be finalised.
Australian Singing Competition
‘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 open 23 February and close 26 March. Heats at selected venues 7-15 May. Semi-finals 8-11 August. Finals 6-8 September 2019.
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 n the How to Enter section of the home page.
Entries open 25 February and close mid-June 2019. Winners will be invited to attend an Awards Ceremony to be held in August. Exact dates once these are advised.
Music : Count Us In
National Songwriting Competition. ‘For all schools - primary and secondary, State and independent, metropolitan, regional and remote. Registration is free’.
Submissions are due by mid-February 2019. Celebration Day is held at the beginning of November. Exact dates once these are advised.
‘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 for 2019 opened 29 January and close 24 May. Finalists are selected in July. Winners take part in the Awards Ceremony 25 July 2019 as part of the 2019 Queensland Music Festival.
Unearthed High Competition
‘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.
Entries open in mid-June and close at the end of July. Finalists, then the winners, will be announced during the first half of August. Exact dates once these are advised.