Aussie Educator

Student Competitions

Throughout each year academic and other 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 groups. Where specific levels are important, this is included. In some instances, the listing is broken into further sub-directories, e.g. Language → Writing, Spelling, Public Speaking, Debating, … .

No sporting competitions are listed. These are often of a local nature, while state based options are usually notified either through major school or sporting bodies direct to schools. The same applies to Eisteddfods.


  • Aeronautical Velocity Challenge
    ‘A STEM initiative focussing on addressing Australia’s shortage of scientists and engineers. Students compete in teams of up to six students to design, produce, test & evaluate their prototypes’. Registration form available here.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • Australian and New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge
    ‘Motivates young people to learn about the brain. Created to inspire students to pursue careers in neuroscience research. A test of knowledge about important facts concerning intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke’.
    Round 1 was held during Brain Awareness Week. Details on Rounds 2 and 3 are available from the site.
  • Australian International Model Solar Challenge
    ‘Tens of thousands of Australian high school and primary students have participated in this hands-on science program’. The Tasmanian Model Solar Challenge is only one state level challenge as part of this.
    Australian Challenge will be held on held on 1 December 2018. Other details from the site. The Tasmanian Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • EV Challenge
    ‘Australia’s longest running electric motor sport competition, first established in 2001. The aim of the event is to have teams - mainly from high schools - design, build, test and construct a small single seat electric vehicle, powered by a limited battery capacity and built to a limited budget’. Based in Western Australia. Contact and other details available on the site.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • First Lego League [Australia]
    ‘Every September, FLL releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Each Challenge has two parts : the Robot Game and the Project’. The Australian part of an international group found at The Challenge - FIRST LEGO League.
    From August 1st, 2018 the detailed challenge missions will be published. Check the site for details relevant to you.
  • FIRST Tech Challenge
    ‘Designed for high school students to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams’. Through Macquarie University and FIRST Australia.
    The Tournament will be held 1-2 December 2018. Practice Scrimmages was held in NSW in October at Macquarie University; Queensland on 3 November 2018, at Grace Lutheran College. Other state details - check the site..
  • Global Cardboard Challenge
    ‘Celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination’. Resources available from the site. [USA, but done in 46 countries.]
    Cardboard Challenges can take place any time of year in any context. Day of Play usually held in October.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • International Mathematical Modeling Challenge [IM2C]
    ACER. ‘A new team-based mathematical competition for Australian secondary students. Operating in teams, comprising up to four students from the same school, participants must work collaboratively to solve a problem [set globally] by devising and applying an original mathematical model’. All details on the site.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • Kronosaurus Korner School Challenge
    ‘This year’s Challenge is a 2-part challenge. The task in each part is designed to appeal to a range of students. A wide range of outcomes are possible and anticipated. That is why the same challenge is to be presented to Junior [Gr 5-6], Intermediate [Gr 7] and Senior [Gr 8-9] teams. You may start the Challenge whenever you wish. Teams must submit their work to you no more than one month after starting the Challenge’.
    Submissions have now closed for 2018. Results will be emailed to participants.
  • Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians
    ‘Targets the top 20 per cent of primary students in Years 5 and 6 [also 3 and 4 in the Challenge Stage], and secondary students in Years 7 to 10’.

    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • MS Readathon
    A Reading Challenge supporting a charity. Four age groupings 0-6, 7-12, 13-17, 18 and Above. All details on their site.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • National Computer Science School Challenge
    ‘Online programming Challenge for high school students, run by the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney and NICTA. Unlike any other programming competition because we will teach you how to program as you compete’. Sign up your class here !
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • National History Challenge
    ‘Encourages students to use research and inquiry based learning to discover more about the past. Students from Primary years to Year 12, 19 years of age or younger in Australian schools’.
    National presentation held 3 December 2018.
  • NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge
    ‘A range of initiatives with one common purpose - to have more students, more active, more of the time !’.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • Opti-MINDS Creative Sustainability Challenge
    ‘A creative problem solving event for teams of participants from Preschool to Adult within 4 divisions. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended Challenges from one of the following categories : Language Literature; Science Engineering; Social Sciences’. Operates in Queensland, New Zealand and now Western Australia.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.

Premier’s Reading Challenges

  • Premier’s Active April
    ‘Part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to promote healthy and active lifestyles and get Victorians more active, more often’. Download an app via the “About” page on the site.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • Premier’s Be Active Challenge - SA
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • Readers Cup
    ‘Readers Cup is organised by the Queensland Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. It is a state wide competition for young readers’.
    Readers Cup has now been completed for 2018.
  • Read More in May
    Scholastic. ‘The Challenge is open to students, Scholastic Book Club Organisers and Teachers from registered participating schools in Australia’.
    Scroll down the page to get details.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • Space Design Competitions Australia
    ‘Hosts a number of industry simulation experiences for school students. These combine elements of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM], with an emphasis on teamwork, marketing, and human relations to provide a unique set of challenges for young people’. Linked to the Australian Space Design Competitions [see Science section below].
    Finalists were announced on 23 October 2018. National Finals 19-20 January 2019 USQ, St Lucia.
  • STEM Video Game Challenge
    ‘The Challenge is open to upper primary and secondary school students. Students are encouraged to design, build and submit an original educational video game that includes science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] content or themes’.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • The Quest [Brainways]
    ‘Each year, inspired by a different overarching theme, the Quest incorporates the main disciplines of Mathematics, Sciences and Humanities in a journey of discovery. The Quest Preliminary Challenge is offered over two days. In partnership with a number of universities, the Quest Challenge is offered in Australia and Internationally. The first step is to nominate your school and be endorsed by a teacher at the school’.
    Registration details for various regions are found via the site.
  • The Science and Engineering Challenge
    ‘The Challenge is designed to inspire students to study science and engineering at a senior level. Each day the students participate in a range of exciting hands-on activities’.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • The Tasmanian Science & Engineering Challenge
    ‘The Science and Engineering Challenge is a set of fun and competitive hands-on activities involving principles of science, engineering and technology’.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • Victorian Schools’ Games and App Challenge
    ‘The Challenge highlights the role of the Digital Technologies, Critical and Creative Thinking curriculum areas and their contribution to building the Education State. Links can also be made to the STEM agenda and the Tech Schools initiative. ’. The Challenge is open to students across Victorian schools in Years 6, 8 and 10. Individuals or teams may enter the challenge. If a class is multi-age, students from that other level are welcome to participate.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • Wombat Books Illustration Challenge 2017
    ‘Entrants must be aged between 7-18 years and school age. For students finishing Year 12 in 2017 they must submit while they are still at school. Children must have parental permission to be considered for the challenge’. All other details available from the site.
    Entries will close on 30 November 2018. Selected illustrations will be part of a book to be published in 2019.

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  • ACT Debating Union
    ‘Debating competitions for school students in the Canberra region’. Select “Competitions” from the main menu.
    Competitions have now been completed for 2018.
  • Debaters Association of Victoria - Schools
    ‘Competitions for schools across Victoria. Training and resources for debaters, teachers and adjudicators’. Primary, Junior, Secondary, Regional.
    Competitions have now been completed for 2018.
  • Debating - NSW
    ‘In addition to the Premier’s Debating Challenge [multiple levels]. The Arts Unit runs a number of other programs to provide opportunities for exceptional debaters in different age groups. These include the Primary Schools State Debating Championships involving teams of students in Years 5 & 6; the Junior State Debating Championships for students in Years 9 & 10; and the Combined High Schools Debating, for government school students in Years 11 & 12, competing in a series of debates against representative teams drawn from non-government schools’.
    Years 9 & 10 State Final on 9 November 2018. Other details from the site.
  • Queensland Debating Union
    Check the “Competitions” link to find both the Junior Secondary Competition ; Primary School Competition while all Brisbane Secondary Schools information, including dates, is found here.
    Years 9 & 10 State Final on 8 November 2018. Other details from the site.
  • Schools’ Competition Information [SADA]
    The UniSA SADA Schools’ Competition. 5 competitions from Junior to Senior.
    Competitions have now been completed for 2018.
  • Schools’ Competitions [TDU].
    Select “Competition” from the top menu. ‘Open to all secondary schools in southern Tasmania. Divided into six age groups’. The ‘Parliamentary Shield draws together the best debaters from public, independent and private schools around Tasmania’.
    Competitions have now been completed for 2018.
  • The Evatt Competition
    UN Youth Australia. ‘Evatt is a Model United Nations Security Council diplomacy competition for students in Years 9-12. More than 2 000 students compete in Evatt each year. The competition takes the form of a mock session of the UN Security Council. Teams of two students debate, amend, and vote on a prepared resolution from the perspective of their assigned nation. Each state and territory has its own Evatt Competition throughout the school year, with top students in each state going to the National Finals’. Links are provided for all states and territories.
    National final to be held in December 2018. The 2019 competition is projected to be held from May 2019. Monitor for details.

Public Speaking

  • Debaters Association of Victoria - Junior Public Speaking Competition
    ‘Every year the DAV runs a state-wide Junior Public Speaking Competition for students in Years 7 - 9’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award
    Training/competition for speakers in the 12-14 age group. Topics based on Australian history. This is the NSW site.
    State Final was at the Art Gallery of NSW on Friday 19 October 2018. The winner and runner-up at the state final will compete in a national final which is to be held on Monday 12 November 2018.
  • Plain English Speaking Award
    ‘The award aims to encourage and maintain the best use of clear effective spoken English’. All details on the site. Often run in each state by the Government Education Department [e.g. Victoria].
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Public Speaking
    Calendar, competitions, resources, more. NSW Department of Education Arts Unit. Includes the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition [government primary schools.
    Entries closed on 23 March 2018.], The Plain English Speaking Award
    Senior secondary students; all NSW schools; and the LJPSA [students aged 12-14 years, all schools, see above].
    Years 5&6 state final will be held at the Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre on Friday 16 November 2018. Legacy Competition details above.
  • Voice of Youth
    ‘Public Speaking Competition for Secondary School Students’. Run by Rostrum.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.


  • Spellmasters
    ‘Any Australian school student up to Year 9 may enter. Junior division : Grade 5 & under; Senior division : Year 9 & under’.
    Competition will not be run in 2018. Monitor for information regarding 2019.
  • The Premier’s Spelling Bee [NSW]
    Open to Primary school students.
    State Final 2 November 2018.
  • Word Mania Australia & New Zealand
    ‘Word Mania is a free competition for schools involving a seriously fun online game that challenges students to build as many words as they can in three minutes. The competition is by year level and open to Years 1 to 9. Play and raise funds for the Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation !’ Check the Word Mania Australia FAQ page for all details.
    Details of the 2019 Competition will be added as soon as these are available.


  • Alan Marshall Short Story Award
    ‘The award celebrates the art of writing and honours the life and work of Australian literary icon, Alan Marshall’. An Open competition, Australia wide [entry fee] and a Local competition, for people who live, work or study in the Shire of Nillumbik [entry is free]. Entrants must be 18+ at time of entry.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Around Australia Illustration Challenge 2018
    ‘We’re seeking original illustrations from Australian school-aged students [aged 5 - 18] to publish in a unique picture book by the team at Wombat Books. Winning illustrations will be published in the book titled Around Australia in 30 Places which is due for release in 2019’.
    Entries close 30 November 2018. Details from site.
  • Australian Creative Writing Challenge
    Also known as the National Writing Challenge. ‘Use your awesome storytelling skills to create a 500 word short story of your own. Three age groups 7-8 Years, 9-10 Years and 11-12 Years. The winning story in each category will be turned into a physical book for you to keep’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Australian Writers’ Resource - Competitions
    Competitions done in Closing Date order. Not all are for students or young people, but all have a clear indication of the age range and topic/format.
    Competitions listed in months corresponding to closing dates.
  • Black Cockatoo Art and Story Competition
    ‘WHO ? Aboriginal youth aged 10-20 from rural or remote locations in Australia’.
    The competitions opens in November 2018. There is an Early Bird Draw in December and it closes in mid-February of the following year [2019].
  • CKT’s Author Competition
    ‘Your submission must be suited for the 3-12 year age market’. Open to all people.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • CYA Hatchlings
    ‘All writers/illustrators who are between 8 - 18 years old, who have not been published in book format within the CYA genres’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
    ‘The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • FAW NSW Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers 2018
    Poetry Competition for Australian School Children. ‘Entries are sought in four sections corresponding to different year groupings’. Other details available from the site.
    Competition itself has now been completed for 2018. Winners announced 3 November 2018.
  • FAW Tasmania 2018 Nairda Lyne Award
    ‘For an original, unpublished short story suitable for children aged 8-12 years’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Future Leaders Writing Prize
    ‘Designed to recognise and reward talented young writers. It aims to encourage expressive and creative writing. Australian Year 11 and 12 students are invited to submit a piece of writing [800 to 1 000 words]. The essays can be fiction or non-fiction and on any topic’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • GC O’Donnell Essay prize 2017
    ‘A prize of $3 500 will be awarded to the author of an essay displaying original thinking on a topic of the author’s choice regarding copyright and the protection of the interests of authors. The competition is open to any interested persons including authors, lawyers and students’. All details can be found at this link - GC O'Donnell Prize. Biennial competition.
    Next competition is 2019. Monitor for updates late in 2018.
  • Get Writing Prize [University of Southern Queensland]
    ‘Are you the next Shakespeare or J.K. Rowling ? If you are an Australian high school student in Years 7-12 with a passion for writing poetry or short stories this competition is for you ?’
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Heywire [ABC]
    ‘Open to people aged 16-22, to submit a story about life in Australia outside the major cities’.
    Entries opened on 17 September 2018. You need to submit entries prior to 16 September 2019.
  • International Poetry Writing Competition [Ipswich Poetry Feast]
    ‘An annual poetry writing competition giving poets of all ages the opportunity to compete. Widely promoted to schools, libraries and the general community’. All details and guidelines available from the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Poetry Competition
    ‘Open to Australian residents and citizens only’. There is a youth section which is free to enter. This has a line count of 50 lines of poetry.
    Entries are now closed for 2018. Winners announced at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre on Sunday 2 December 2018.
  • Laura Literary Awards
    There are both Poetry and Prose sections with various age levels. Run by a group in South Australia. All details on the entry form.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • National Child Writes Competition
    ‘Open to all Australian primary-school aged child writers and illustrators. The judges will be looking for originality, creativity and character, as well as correct punctuation and grammar for writers and consistency of artistic skills for illustrators’.Small entry fee. All other details available from the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award
    ‘Ekphrasis [Ek-fra-sis] is a genre of poetry that explores works of art and seeks to “get inside” its visual subject’. Three competitions. Open for Poets in Australia [entry fee], Local [for Poets who live, work or study in the Shire of Nillumbik. Entry is free] and Youth [aged 11-18. Entry is free]. See site for details about the exact requirements linked to the award.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • OzKids Literature Program
    Covers all year levels [3 sections]. ‘This is your chance to have your work assessed by our panel of authors and published in our quarterly magazine’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • QIEU Literary Competition
    ‘This year, our union is pleased to announce the introduction of Year 5 into the Section D category. The competition is now open to entrants from Years 5-12 students as well as teachers in Queensland state and independent schools and Northern Territory independent schools. Poster and Entry Form available’ from the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Redgum Young Writers Award
    ‘Designed to discover the talent of children aged between 9 and 13 years of age. This award seeks to develop the writing skills of this particular age group and assist these children to find their unique voice through storytelling. The award can be entered by individuals, or by schools as part of their writing programs’.
    Entries close Monday 17 December 2018. Short list announced Wednesday 20 February 2019. Winner Announced Wednesday 6 March 2019.
  • Updated ! Storyfest Novella Writing Competition
    ‘Open to all Australian high school students. Supported by Bond University and Penguin Group’. [Previously listed as The Somerset Novella Writing Competition.]
    Entries for the 2019 Competition are now open and close on Friday 7 December 2018. Somerset Storyfest will be held on 20-22 March 2019 where winners will be announced.
  • Updated ! Storyfest National Poetry Prize
    ‘The purpose is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students’. [Previously listed as The Somerset National Poetry Prize.]
    Entries for the 2019 Competition are now open and close on Friday 7 December 2018. Somerset Storyfest will be held on 20-22 March 2019 where winners will be announced.
  • Student Bush Poetry
    The Royal Queensland Show [EKKA]. ‘Pint-sized poets can take to the stage and showcase their favourite poetry in Ekka’s Student Bush Poetry Competition [Students]. Students can compete in classes for established or original poems and have six minutes to belt our their bush ballads to a live audience’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • The Andy Griffiths Kids Writing Competition
    ‘Open to Australian primary school students. Word limit is 400 words. Judged by the one and only Andy Griffiths ! Full terms and conditions are found here’.
    The winner will be announced on 30 November 2018.
  • The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers
    ‘The prize is open exclusively to Australian secondary school students. Submissions of fiction or non-fiction may be up to 3 000 words in length. Submissions of poetry may be up to 100 lines in length’. Details on the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • The Wombat Award
    Henry Lawson Memorial & Literary Society. ‘Kids 12 years and under are invited to enter up to three poems for a chance to win one of three prizes. The school libraries of the prize winners will also receive children’s titles from Ford St Publishing’.
    Entries opened 1 September, 2018. Entries close 30 April, 2019. Winners announced June 2019.
  • Tim Winton Award for Young Writers
    ‘The award is open to Western Australian school students aged five to eighteen. Submissions must be an original piece of writing, no more than 2 000 words in length and be the sole work of the entrant’. Multiple age groups.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • What Matters ? Competition [Whitlam Institute]
    ‘A writing competition that gives Year 5 - 12 students in NSW, ACT and Tasmanian students a chance to say what matters to them in society today’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Write a Book in a Day
    Write a Book in a Day is a unique, creative and challenging team competition for writers of all ages. Teams of up to 10 have just 12 hours to complete a book from start to finish. To make it even more fun, unique parameters must be included in the story’.
    Writing process has now been completed.Winners announced during November 2018.
  • Write4Fun Poetry and Short Story Writing Competition
    ‘Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and get their creative juices flowing to write on any
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • WriteOn
    ‘WriteOn is an annual writing competition for NSW students in Years 1 to 6. WriteOn is designed to encourage young students to develop their writing skills in an engaging way’. NESA.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Young Writers Award
    AATE. ‘Open to all South Australian students. Free of a topic. Write poetry or prose, up to 1 000 words. Categories from Reception to Year 12’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.

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  • AoCMM - Math Modeling Competition
    ‘AoCMM is a maths modeling competition held each year. Students under 21 from any countries can compete online in teams of up to four individuals. The team will be given 14 days to research on two real world problems. Teams will be given specific topics to conduct independent research which they’ll present in the form of an organised research paper. Last year, 118 teams from 24 different countries participated. Register now for this year’s competition’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads
    Up to 30 students from an individual school comprise a team. Registration and other information from the site.
    Olympiads have now been completed for 2018.
  • Australian Mathematics Competition
    ‘For students of all standards. Students are asked to solve thirty problems in 60 minutes [Years 3 to 6] or 75 minutes [Years 7 to 12]. There is an entry fee, but this is modest’. Two modes : online and pen/paper.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018. The next competition will be held on 1 August 2019.
  • Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT]
    Four divisions for students across Australia, beginning with Upper Primary. Two modes & online and pen/paper. More information available on the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018. The next competition will be held on 2 April 2019.
  • Education Perfect - Maths World Championships
    One of a series of Championships covering a variety of areas. Points gained can be accumulated from multiple championships towards overall achievement both as schools and individual students.
    The Maths Championship have now been completed for 2018.
  • Have Sum Fun Online
    MAWA. ‘HSFOL is designed to foster mathematical problem solving for students in Years 3-10 across Australia’.
    2018 Quiz Dates : Term 4 [Yrs 7-10] began 22 October and will end 9 November.
  • IM2C International Mathematical Modeling Challenge
    The Australian Challenge. ‘The International Mathematical Modeling Challenge is a new team-based mathematical competition for Australian secondary students. Constrained to a period of five consecutive days, teams unpack the given problem, hypothesise, test, and develop a working solution, before preparing and submitting a report on their solution to the Australian judging panel’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018. The IM2C 2019 will happen toward the end of Term 1 in 2019.
  • Investigating with Mathematics
    ‘Aims to promote interest in mathematics and foster positive attitudes amongst students, teachers and parents. Students from Kindergarten to Year 10 in NSW are eligible to enter’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians
    ‘The Challenge is a staged program designed to help teachers motivate, stimulate, encourage and develop mathematically interested students in Years 3 to 10 to bring forth the talent and potential within. The first two stages provide problems and course work to extend and develop students in mathematical problem solving’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Matific - The Australian and New Zealand Maths Games
    ‘The Matific Maths Games is a friendly online maths competition aimed at improving students confidence and maths skills. Any primary school with a minimum of 100 students or class with a minimum of 10 students can participate in the Matific Maths Games’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • MAT Problem Solving Competition
    ‘The event consists of a set of mathematical problems which aim to test the student’s logic. There are normally 12 questions for each of the three divisions [Junior - Years 7 & 8; Intermediate - Years 9 & 10; Senior - Years 11 & 12]’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Maths Talent Quest
    MAV, Victoria. ‘All students from the Early Years to Year 12 can enter the Maths Talent Quest’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Maths Talent Quest [MAWA]
    Western Australia. ‘All students from Foundation to Year 12 can enter the Maths Talent Quest. The Maths Talent Quest is categorised into year levels from foundation to year 9 and a combined Years 10-12 level. Children in early years settings are also welcome to enter the MTQ, these entries will be entered at a Foundation level’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • SA School Mathematics Competition
    ‘For South Australian students in Years 6 - 12’. All other details from the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • School Mathematics Competition : The University of Melbourne
    ‘The competition is of a demanding standard, designed to identify real mathematical talent. The competition is separated into three divisions : Junior Division - Students in years 7 and 8; Intermediate Division - Students in years 9 and 10; Senior Division - Students in years 11 and 12’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • The UNSW School Mathematics Competition
    ‘Secondary school students in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Two divisions : Junior, up to and including Year 10, and Senior, Years 11 and 12. Designed to assess mathematical insight and ingenuity rather than efficiency in tackling routine examples’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • World Maths Day
    ‘World Maths Day is a free, fun, online competition with up to 4 million students world-wide participating. The competition measures speed in arithmetic and numeracy skills on the Live Mathletics platform and runs for 48 hours and is open to all schools around the world. Students earn points from a maximum of 20 games during the 48 hour period’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.

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Other Areas

  • Australia’s Next Top Lawyer 2018
    Entrants must be Australian resident undergraduates studying law to be eligible. This year’s question is “What do you think is the most important development in Australian legal history ?”’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Country to Canberra’s Leadership Competition
    ‘At least 10 young women will win a once-in-a-lifetime all-expenses paid ‘Power Trip’ prize to Canberra to meet inspiring politicians and CEOs, attend exclusive events, tour Parliament, receive an leadership and public speaking training and so much more ’. Years 10-12. Note the Eligibility Criteria.
    The Winners have their Power Trip from 24-28 November 2018.
  • Decathlon 2019
    ‘The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines. It is open to students from Years 5 to 11’. There are local and state competitions as well as the national one.
    Initial information about Themes and Regional and State Events can be found at the above link. Further 2019 dates and locations will be confirmed by the end of 2018.
  • Ekka : Education on Show Competition
    ‘A competition devoted to showcasing work by Queensland students and covers a wide range of contemporary curriculum related skills and activities’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Ekka : School Garden Competition
    ‘For school students to learn and apply their gardening schools in a fun, competitive environment and win fantastic prizes for their school. Open to both primary and secondary students’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • English Emperor
    ‘Students from Classes 5 to 12 are eligible to appear in the Olympiad. Students should register for their respective category. Any student can enrol for the test through our website’. All information available from the site.
    The last date for registration is 24 December 2018. The Olympiad will be held on 13 January 2019. The test will be held ONLINE. Results should be declared within 4 weeks of this date..
  • Goethe-Institut Year 10 Awards
    ‘The Goethe-Instituts invite promising Year 10 students of German from schools to apply for the Student Scholarships’. Separate competitions apply for NSW/ACT, Victoria and South Australia, each in conjunction with the German Teachers Association in that area. Only 2 applications per school.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • High School Mooting Competition
    Bond University. ‘The competition is designed to challenge students to prepare, articulate and defend complex arguments in order to solve problems. More generally, it introduces the students to the courtroom environment and gives them some insight into the workings of the legal system. Entry is targeted towards Year 11 and 12 students, [however entries from Year 10 Students will be considered]’.
    Registrations are now open. Preliminary rounds held from Tuesday, 7 May to Friday 17 May 2019 and take place on the Bond University campus on the Gold Coast. The National Grand Final will be held on Saturday, 1 June 2019.
  • ICAS
    ‘Independent skills-based assessments with a competition element. The most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments and school tests for primary and secondary school students’. Run by Educational Assessment Australia UNSW.
    All competitions and assessments have now been completed for 2018.
  • Inter-school Mock Trial Competition
    Law Society of Western Australia. ‘Students enrolled in years 10, 11 and 12 and who are not older than 18 years of age as at 31 December. Schools may enter more than one team’. Western Australia.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • MLTANSW Linguafest
    ‘Students need to create and submit a short film which should be submitted using the relevant link. The film should be based on the theme A celebration. Following the format of the Tropfest competition, somewhere in the film, students need to have sunglasses. The teacher/school submitting the film MUST be a CURRENT [financial] member of the MLTANSW in order to access the information’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Language Perfect World Championships
    ‘Join over 1 000 schools and 300 000 students from around the world to learn vocabulary in foreign languages. Anyone can participate, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never learnt a language before’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018. We will be announcing 2019 registration shortly !
  • Language Perfect Australian Regional Championships
    ‘These championships are free, and all states/territories compete over the same time frame. Regional Championships are suitable to students from all year levels. The competition is relevant for everyone. This is not just for the highest performing students, it’s an exciting event that’ll engage students from a wide spectrum of learning abilities’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • One More Page
    linked with a children’s ‘book podcast called ‘One More Page’. It’s all about kids’ books with author interviews, book reviews and more. Every fortnight we have a competition which includes prize giveaways ’.
    A new competition is offered every fortnight.
  • Panda Competition
    ‘Conducted every year by the Australia China Friendship Society and is open to students from Preschools, Primary schools and High schools’ in the ACT and Queanbeyan.
    Entries have now closed for 2018. Other relevant details from the site.
  • Philosothon
    ‘Held in various Australian states. The rationale for the Philosothon methodology is based on empirical evidence that teaching children reasoning skills early in life greatly improves other cognitive and academic skills and greatly assists learning in general. Cost covers registration, accommodation and food over the two/three days’.
    Australasian Philosothon has now been completed for 2018.
  • SBS National Languages Competition
    ‘An initiative aimed to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia’. Open to Australians of all ages.
    Entry is open from 9:00am on Monday 15 October 2018 [AEST] until 11:59pm on Sunday 18 November 2018 [AEST].
  • TOM - Tournament of Minds
    ‘Tournament of Minds is a problem solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. in 2018 Australia and New Zealand will have brand new challenges for STEM and The Arts. You will need to create an account in order to use the portal for School Registration, Team Nominations and to access other tournament resources’.
    State Branches run challenges for each state. Go to this page for all details including dates for each of these. The International Final has now been held for 2018.
  • You Are Not Alone
    ‘The video competition by Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation is open to Victorian secondary and tertiary students, individually or in groups. Just create a 60-second video on the theme You are not alone – either working individually, or as part of a group’. All other details on the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.

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  • 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 Space Design Competition
    ‘Would you like to design your own futuristic space station ?’ See details in the Challenges section above.
    Finalists have now beern announced. Presentation event on 3 November 2018. Annual ASDC Finals 19-20 January 2019. Both the last two at 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 close 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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.
    Prizes and winners certificates will be presented at a Ceremony to be held in Darwin in November 2018.
  • Queensland Science Contest [STAQ]
    ‘An opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to grade 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes’.
    Contest has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Science Victoria : Science Talent Search
    ‘Science based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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.
    ‘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. All relevant details available from the site.
  • Crystal Growing Competitions
    Links to these in 6 states and territories. Primary and Junior Secondary students.
    Competitions have now been completed for 2018.
  • 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.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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 Australian Museum website. Multiple Teacher resources are available here. Primary and Secondary competitions.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Expedition Class
    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.
  • 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 has now been completed for 2018.
  • Google Science Fair
    ‘The largest global online science competition that celebrates the curiosity and investigations of young scientists everywhere !’
    Submissions opened 13 September 2018. Submissions close 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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.
    Finalists were announced on 23 October 2018. Presentation event at the University of Queensland [St Lucia] on 4 November 2018.
  • 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.
    Competition itself has now been completed for 2018.
  • Robogals
    ‘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’.
    Submissions for the 2018 Challenge have now closed.
  • 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’.
    Competitions have now been completed for 2018.
  • 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.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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 for all Term Competitions [2 rounds each term] are found here.
    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.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018. The Award Ceremony will be held on 14 January 2019.


  • iGEM Competition
    ‘Annual, world wide, synthetic biology event aimed at undergraduate university students, as well as high school and graduate students’.
    Check the Calendar for details of items on an extensive range of dates across the remainder of the year..
  • 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’.

    Competition has now been completed for 2018.


  • Australian National Chemistry Quiz
    ‘Provides a major focus for secondary school students on the relevance of chemistry’. Secondary students.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018. 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.


  • Beamline for School Competition 2019
    ‘The 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].
  • IYPT Australia
    ‘The nature of the tournament promotes scientific research and problem solving stretching the participants to work on very complex problems’. Secondary students.
    Registrations closed on 3 October 2018. Names deadline 15 November 2018. Australian tournament held 3-4 December 2018. Check Home/Schedule page from the menus for all details.

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Social Science

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.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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 has now been completed for 2018.
  • Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition
    ‘For young people aged between 15-35 years. The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a global programme and an online platform, which supports the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.


  • Asiawise Project
    ‘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 7 December 2018. 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 has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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 Zealandlink in the top menu.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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. Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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 go to This site.
    Competition ends 26 November 2018.


  • ACT Chief Minister’s Anzac Spirit Prize
    ‘Creative responses may include a poem or short story piece, video/digital presentation, musical composition, photographic display, sculpture, craft or artwork. Along with the creative response, students are also required to include a rationale of no more than 500 words and a bibliography. All ACT students in years 9 or 10 are invited to enter’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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 has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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’.
    The successful applicants will be announced in November 2018.
  • 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.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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’.
    National Presentation held 3 December 2018.
  • 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’.
    Students from NT schools will travel to Hawaii in early December 2018.
  • 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’.
    2018-19 Prize now open. Entries closed in October 2018. Student Group Interview Day in early December 2018. Premier’s announcement ceremony for recipients in early February 2019.
  • 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 Education Enews to be notified of relevant details
    Finalists must be available to attend the Poster Competition presentation to be held on Remembrance Day Sunday 11 November 2018.
  • 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.
  • The Premier’s Anzac Prize [Qld]
    ‘Gives 50 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’.
    Student applications and Chaperone Expressions of Interest have now closed. The tour will take place in 2019.
  • 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’.
    Check back soon for more details on the 2019 Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize.
  • 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.
    Entries close 9 November 2018 for the 2019 Prize. The Winners of this year’s Simpson Prize will travel in 2019.

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  • ATOM Awards
    Find all 2018 information for Primary and Secondary students by selecting the “Entering” section of the menu.
    Student Awards Evening is 14 November 2018. Entries for the 2019 SAE ATOM Awards will open in November 2018.
  • 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.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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 Information Pack’. Same detail included in Challenge sections as well.
    Competition itself has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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’.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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 an submission process.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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.
    Competition has been completed for 2018. The next Competition will be held on 2 April, 2019.
  • EngQuest
    ‘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’.
    Registrations details available from the site. No dates required.
  • 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.
    State Finals have now been held. National Final in March of 2019.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • FlickerUp
    ‘National competition for primary and secondary school students or film-makers under 18 years old’. Part of Flickerfest.
    Flickerfest winners will screen at Bondi Beach in January 2019.
  • 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’.
    The Competition has now been completed for 2018. The finest submissions will be featured on the Future Leaders Photography Gallery [].
  • Google Code-in
    ‘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 began for students on October 24, 2018. All student work must be submitted by Wednesday, 12 December 2018. Grand Prize Winners and Finalists announced 7 January 2019.
  • 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 levels available.
    Competition runs from 29 October to 2 December 2018. Programming challenges are released at the beginning of each week.
  • Imagine Cup
    ‘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. 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.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018. The dates of the OzCLO 2019 competition will be announced later in the year.
  • RoboCupJunior Australia
    ‘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’.
    RoboCupJunior has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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]’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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.
    The Winners will be announced on 5-8 December 2018 at the DATTA Australia National Conference.
  • 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 !’
    Competition has now been completed for 2018
  • Technovation
    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’.
    Registration for Technovation 2019 opened on October 1. 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 [2] entries per school’. Other details from the site. NSW students only
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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’.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2018.
  • Web.Comp 2019
    ‘A web competition for high school students. Web.Comp 2019 will run for 5 weeks, starting from February 2019. 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 in February 2019..
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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 31 regions across Australia. To find out about Regional Competitions happening near you contact your closest Regional Coordinator. Register here. The next Regional and International events will not be held until 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’.
    Details for the National Finals Young ICT Explorers event will be announced soon.
  • 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.
    3D Submission Deadline has now passed; Alliance formation on Saturday 3 November; SIS Code submission on Monday 16 December [11am AEDT]; SIS Finals at The University of Sydney [and Europe/MIT] Early January 2019. Applications for next year’s competition will open in March 2019.

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The Arts

  • 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.
    The next competition will run from late 2018 to January 2019.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Design an Ad Competition
    ‘Make sure you’re on our mailing list to be notified when the 2018 Design an Ad Contest launches’. Western Australian students.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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 have now closed for 2018. The exhibition of entries will be at the Gardens from Tuesday 30 October to Sunday 19 November. Prizes will be presented on Saturday 3 November 2018.
  • Screen It
    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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Screenshot Competition
    ‘Offers students an opportunity to develop their photographic skills and gain recognition for their efforts’. Three school levels for entry. Art Gallery of NSW.
    Competition itself has now been completed for 2018. Only winners and highly commended entrants will be contacted by the Gallery.
  • Wakakirri
    ‘The ultimate performing and visual arts challenge for schools’. Sections on site for students [primary & secondary] and teachers.
    2019 information is beginning to appear. 2019 Show Dates – Primary Challenge are found here and 2019 Show Dates – Secondary Challenge are found here.


  • Angelico Exhibition
    Art competitions and exhibitions for primary and secondary students in Catholic schools in Western Australia. Registration forms on the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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. Artwork will be evaluated on the quality of the artwork, originality, and adherence to the theme’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • OzKids Art Competition
    There are five categories available for you to choose from. These range from Digital Art to Indigenous. Entry form available from the site.
    Entries for the new competition will close on 4 October, 2019.
  • Primary School Art Competition [Cultural Diversity Week, Vic.]
    ‘This competition calls on budding young artists to think about our state’s amazing diversity and creatively express what multiculturalism means to them’. Primary school students from across Victoria. Teachers Resource Kit available to download.
    Linked to Cultural Diversity Week. Competition now completed for 2018.
  • Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists
    ‘This visual art award is open to Western Australian school students and encourages imagination, innovation and creativity’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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’.
    This year’s Black Swan Prize Youth Awards Exhibition will be held at Brookfield Place Tower 1 from Monday 29 October – Friday 23 November 2018.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.


  • ACMF National Songwriting Competition
    ‘An annual National Songwriting Competition for every Primary and Secondary School, both public and private, in Australia’.
    Entries have now closed for 2018. Winner automatically agrees to perform their winning song at the request of ACMF for a 12 month period from mid-November.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Australian Singing Competition
    ‘Australia’s richest and most prestigious competition for young opera and classical singers’. Suited to senior secondary and tertiary students. Find all details and dates on the How to enter page.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Get Songwriting
    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 this site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Music : Count Us In
    National Songwriting Competition. ‘For all schools - primary and secondary, State and independent, metropolitan, regional and remote. Registration is free’.
    Submissions closed in February and Celebration Day is on 1 November 2018.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018. Entries for 2019 will open in January.
  • 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.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.

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