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.

Challenges

  • 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 have now closed; NSW State Finals now completed.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2017.
  • 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 entrants must confirm their participation with their regional Event Coordinator within one week of receiving their invitation to participate in this event. Events will take place on 25 and 26 November 2017.
  • 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.
    Regional Competition Dates November 2017.
  • 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.
    2017 Brisbane Scrimmage Saturday 4 November; 2017 Sydney Scrimmage, Sunday 5 November; 2017 Australia National Tournament 9-10 December.
  • 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.] The event is held during September or on 1 October.
  • 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.
    Competition has now been completed for 2017.
  • New ! 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’.
    Remember, only submit the work of one team for each level participating in the Challenge. November 15, 2017 is the deadline for submissions.
  • 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’.
    Three-week problem-solving program now completed; Enrichment Stage, 12-16 week in-depth program, Years 4-10, April to September. Results due 2 October 2017.
  • 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.
    Readathon reading period has now been completed.
  • National Computer Science School Challenge
    ‘Online programming competition 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’.
    Active for 5 weeks starting July, 2017 and running until Sunday 3rd September, 2017. Two involvement options. Sign up your class here !.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2017.
  • NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge
    ‘A range of initiatives with one common purpose - to have more students, more active, more of the time !’
    Commenced in Term 2 and concludes at the end of Term 3, 2017; See entry details on the above site.
  • 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.
    School registrations and Team Nominations are closed. State and National Finals 13 October..

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.
    This has now been completed for 2017.
  • Premier’s Be Active Challenge - SA
    The Challenge will run from start of Term 1 to end of Term 3. Approval of participants’ physical activity data will be from 7 July until 23 September 2017.
  • Read More in May
    Scholastic. ‘The competition is open to students, Scholastic Book Club Organisers and Teachers from registered participating schools in Australia’.
    Scroll down this page to get details.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2017.
  • Solar Boat Challenge
    DATTA SA. ‘A new and revamped Solar Boat competition open for all schools and teachers Year 5 to Year 9 is being organised’.
  • 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 Competition [see Science section below].
    Team Registration now closed for 2017. Final submission date is 3 October 2017.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2017.
  • New ! 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 competition is offered in Australia and Internationally. The first step is to nominate your school and be endorsed by a teacher at the school’. Registration can then follow.
  • 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’. The Tasmanian Science & Engineering Challenge details are found here.
    Events have now been completed for 2017.
  • 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 competition 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.
    Submissions close on Wednesday, October 11 2017. Finalists of the Challenge will be showcased on October 27 during the Education in Games Summit.
  • 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.
    Suggested dates : Challenge opened in July 2017; Entries close end of February 2018 [TBC].

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Competitions

Language

Debating

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’.
    Registrations are now closed for 2017.
  • 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.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • 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.
    Entries have now closed for 2017. All 2017 finals have now been completed.
  • Public Speaking
    Calendar, competitions, resources, more. NSW Department of Education Arts Unit. Includes the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition [government primary schools
    Entries now closed for 2017.], The Plain English Speaking Award
    Senior secondary students; all NSW schools; and the LJPSA [students aged 12-14 years, all schools, see above];
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • Voice of Youth
    ‘Public Speaking Competition for Secondary School Students’. Run by Rostrum.
    Competition dates and entry requirements vary from state to state - refer to your state information page for more detail.

Spelling

  • Spellmasters
    ‘Any Australian school student up to Year 9 may enter. Junior division : Grade 5 & under; Senior division : Year 9 & under’.
    Competitions began in Term 1, 2017 with winners, 2nd and 3rd place advancing to end of year final championships.

Writing

  • 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.
  • New ! CKT’s Author Competition
    ‘Your submission must be suited for the 3-12 year age market’. Open to all people.
    Entries opened 1 August and close 15 October [11.59 pm], 2017.
  • Creative Writing Competition
    ‘Express yourself and enter the University of Adelaide Creative Writing competitions. Submit one or two pieces of work, fiction or non-fiction with a maximum of 1 500 words each’.
    Open for South Australian high school students annually between July and August
  • CYA Hatchlings
    ‘All writers/illustrators who are between 8 - 18 years old, who have not been published in book format within the CYA genres’.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
    ‘The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia’.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • New ! FAW Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers¬†Short Story Competition
    ¬†For Australian School Children. ‘Entries are sought in four sections corresponding to different year groupings’. Other details available from the site.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • 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’.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • 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.
    Entries must be received by 5pm, Friday 15 September 2017
  • Gen zED!! Competition
    ‘Choose from the story options and have a go at writing your own ! Entry is open to Year 3-8 students in WA schools’.
  • Updated ! 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 ?’
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • Heywire [ABC]
    ‘Open to people aged 16-22, to submit a story about life in Australia outside the major cities’.
    Enter by September 15, 2017 to be in the running.
  • International Poetry Writing Competition [Ipswich Poetry Feast]
    ‘An annual poetry writing competition giving poets of all ages the opportunity to compete. Widely promoted to schools, libraries and the general community’. All details and guidelines available from the site.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • New ! 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 close 5.00pm AWST Friday 29 September 2017.
  • 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.
    It’s open now ! Unlike previous years, now it is open until we reach a certain number of entries. The ceiling entry number for each round of the competition is 500.
  • New ! 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’.
    Entries close 6 October 2017.
  • New ! Poetry and Short Story Writing Competition [Write4Fun]
    ‘Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and get their creative juices flowing to write on any topic and in any style. Students from all grades are welcome to enter - Kindergarten to Grade 12’.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • 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.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • 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 have now opened and will close on 10 December 2017. A short list will be announced on 19 February 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’.
    Entries are still open and the Competition closes 3 October 2017.
  • 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 2017.
  • The Somerset Novella Writing Competition
    ‘Open to all Australian high school students. Supported by Bond University and Penguin Group’.
    Entries closed in December 2016. State winners had the opportunity to attend the Somerset Celebration of Literature 5 to 17 March 2017.
  • The Somerset National Poetry Prize
    ‘The purpose is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students’.
    Entries closed in December 2016. State winners had the opportunity to attend the Somerset Celebration of Literature 5 to 17 March 2017.
  • 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.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • 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’.
  • 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 TOPIC and in ANY STYLE. Students from ALL GRADES are welcome to enter - Kindergarten to Grade 12’.
  • 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.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • 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 closed for 2017..

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Mathematics

  • New ! 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’.
    Registration is still open. Competition runs from September 27th to October 10th, 2017.
  • Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads
    Up to 30 students from an individual school comprise a team. Registration and other information from the site.
    Olympiads Final Competition Date : 6th September 2017.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2017.
  • New ! Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT]
    Four divisions for students across Australia, beginning with Upper Primary . All information available on the site.
    Competition will be held on Tuesday 27 March 2018.
  • Have Sum Fun Online
    MAWA. ‘HSFOL is designed to foster mathematical problem solving for students in Years 3-10 across Australia’.
    Registration is available for each of the remaining three terms. See site for details.
  • 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’.
  • Maths Talent Quest
    MAV, Victoria. ‘All students from the Early Years to Year 12 can enter the Maths Talent Quest’.
    Registrations now closed for 2017.
  • SA School Mathematics Competition
    ‘For South Australian students in Years 6 - 12’. All other details from the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2017.
  • 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 2017.

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Other Areas

  • 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’.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • 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’.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • German School Film Festival [Goethe-Institut]
    Multiple age groups - Years 3 to 6, Years 7 to 9, Years 10 to 12. ‘Production of a short feature film, animation or cartoon film in German. Maximum length 4 minutes’. Entry forms and other information from the site.
    Entries close : 8 September [other states/territories than SA and WA]. Awards 6 September [SA, WA] and 26 October [other states/territories], 2017.
  • 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]’.
    Registration and competition now completed for 2017.
  • 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 Competition and Official Closing and Sitting Dates for 2017 competitions are found on this page.
  • 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.
    Registration are now closed for 2017.
  • 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 2017.
  • Panda Competition
    ‘Conducted every year by the Australia China Friendship Society and is open to students from Preschools, Primary schools and High schools’.
    Closing date for all entries is Friday 22 September 2017.
  • 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’.
    The 2017 Australasian Philosothon to be held at the St Andrews Anglican School in Sydney NSW on Monday 25th September-Wednesday 27th September.
  • SBS National Languages Competition
    ‘An initiative aimed to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia’. Open to children nationwide aged four to 18.

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Science

  • 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.
    Registrations are now closed for 2017. Dates for individual exams are found on the Key Dates page.
  • Australian Space Design Competition
    ‘Would you like to design your own futuristic space station ?’ See details in the Challenges section above.
  • 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’.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • Be Kind to Animals Week School Competition
    ‘The nationwide competition is about inspiring and empowering students to take positive action for animal welfare. All Australian primary and secondary schools are eligible to enter and submit a photo or video that demonstrates their kind deed’.
  • 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.
  • Big Science Competition
    ‘Encourages critical thinking and problem solving skills. Challenges secondary students from Australian and International schools in Junior, Intermediate and Senior divisions’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2017.
  • 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.
    Annual Registration through the site.
  • Crystal Growing Competitions
    Links to these in 6 states and territories. Primary and Junior Secondary students.
    National and individual state and territory Dates and Information Contacts available via this page.
  • 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.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • Expedition Class
    Has 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 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 2017.
  • Google Science Fair
    ‘The largest global online science competition that celebrates the curiosity and investigations of young scientists everywhere !’
    Google Science Fair has now been completed for 2017.
  • 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.
    Entries close on Friday 22 September 2017.
  • Queensland Science Contest [STAQ]
    ‘An opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to grade 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes’.
    Register your entry online and pay $5 per individual entry before Monday, October 9, 2017. Send or bring your entry to the University of Queensland on Friday, 13 or Saturday, 14 October, 2017. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the University of Queensland on Saturday, 28 October, 2017.
  • Robogals
    ‘A student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology’. A non-competition process. Who, What, Why provides all details.
  • New ! Science 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’.
    Registrations are now closed for 2017.
  • Science iQ [STAWA]
    Western Australian schools. ‘A series of separate online science competitions. ScienceiQ is for school teams of four students’. Year 5 to Year 10.
    Dates for Term 1, 2, 3 and 4 Competitions [2 rounds each term] are found here.
  • Science Victoria : Science Talent Search
    ‘Science based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria’.
    Registrations and Entries are now closed for 2017.
  • 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 have now closed for 2017.
  • 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.
  • STANSW Young Scientist
    ‘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.
    Registrations are now closed for 2017.
  • 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 2017.
  • UTAS Science Investigations Awards
    ‘Students [Year 5-12] carry out a science investigation and present their findings to science/industry judges’.
    Judging will be held in Launceston on Tuesday 5 September, 2017; Burnie Thursday 7 September, 2017; and Hobart Thursday 14 September, 2017.
  • 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’.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.

Biology

  • Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Biology
    See details at the main entry in the Science section above.
  • iGEM Competition
    ‘Annual, world wide, synthetic biology event aimed at undergraduate university students, as well as high school and graduate students’.
    Entries have now closed for 2017. Other details from the calendar on the site.
  • UQ Sunflower Competition
    Students in Years 8-10 and 11-12 in Queensland. Awards for different aspects.
    Registrations and submissions are now closed for 2017.

Chemistry

Physics

  • Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Physics
    Competition has now been completed for 2017.
  • IYPT Australia
    ‘The nature of the tournament promotes scientific research and problem solving stretching the participants to work on very complex problems’. Secondary students.
    The IYPT Australia Challenge 2017 will be held at Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Brisbane, Queensland on December 4 and 5, 2017.

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Social Science

Economics & Business Studies

  • Australian Economics and Business Studies Competition
    ‘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 have now closed for 2017. See the information page for key dates.
  • 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 and written submissions now closed for 2017.
  • Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition
    ‘Secondary students studying in Australia or New Zealand are invited to enter the competition by completing a 3 000 word plan on a creative idea for a small business’.
  • 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]’.
    Entries are now closed for 2017. Finalists announced 3 September 2017. Winners announced 22 October 2017.

Geography

  • 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 [Aus 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.
  • 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’.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • 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 now completed for 2017.

History

  • 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 in 2016 are invited to enter’.
    Competition now closed for 2017 [Usually runs August to February].
  • 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 closed for 2017.
  • Australian History Competition
    ‘Each competition will present 50 multiple choice questions. Questions will focus on key elements of the Australian History Curriculum - sound historical knowledge, historical skills and historical understandings’. Year 10 and Year 8 Competition levels.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • Beersheba 100th Anniversary Art Competition
    ‘The competition is open to Australian, New Zealand or Israeli citizens living in Australia currently in school Years 9-10. The work must be an original, unassisted artwork completed during the school years of Years 9 or 10 and not entered in any other competition’.
    Entries now closed for 2017.
  • 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. Victoria.
    Entries close 7 September 2017.
  • Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize
    ‘An annual competition held to select Year 9 or 10 students [Victoria] for an overseas study tour of sites where Australians have served in war, centred on Gallipoli or the Western Front’.
    Entries have now opened for 2017-18. They must be received by Tuesday 3 October 2017.
  • 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.
  • 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]’.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • 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’.
    Applications are now open. Student applications close on Friday 15 September 2017; Chaperone Expressions of Interest are now closed for 2017.
  • 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 have now closed for 2017.
  • The Simpson Prize
    ‘A national competition for Year 9 and 10 students’. Details are on the site.
    The 2018 question is now available. Send to your State or Territory Coordinator by the closing date, Friday 10 November 2017.

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Technology

  • ATOM Awards
    Find all the categories for Primary and Secondary students by selecting the “Entering” section of the menu.
    Competition has now closed for 2017.
  • 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.
    Registrations for the 2017 competition are now closed.
  • 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 2017.
  • 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 next round is held in September 2017.
  • New ! Chevron Focus Environment Competition
    ‘To enter, you must submit a photograph with a title that represents an aspect of the category in which it has been entered with a caption of 25 words or less placing the photograph into the context of the category for which it has been entered. Prizes will be awarded for each category in the following age groups : Years K-2, 3-6, 7-10 and 11-12 ’. Western Australia.
    Entries close Friday September 22, 2017.
  • New ! CO2 Dragster State and National Competition 2017
    This is the DATTA WA version with a link to the national site. Details are available from the site regarding registration and much more.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • 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’.
    The competition has now been completed for 2017.
  • 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.
  • 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’.
    Registrations are now closed for 2017.
  • Farm Safety Video Competition
    ‘The competition aims to raise awareness about farm safety in agriculture’s next generation, using the words [and vision !] of 13 to 21 year olds to encourage better safety behaviour among their peers, families and Australia’s broader farming sector. The video clip can be about a personal experience, something close to your heart or about something you’ve seen or heard about that you want to create some awareness around’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2017.
  • 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 2017.
  • FlickerUp
    ‘National competition for primary and secondary school students or filmmakers under 18 years old’. Part of Flickerfest.
    FlickerUp 2018 Entries Deadline : 6 October 2017.
  • 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’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2017.
  • 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’.
    Entries will re-open for the next Code In in November 2017.
  • 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.
    All details available from the site.
  • 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’.
    Registrations have now closed for 2017.
  • 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’.
    The competition will be held over the weekend of 23-24 September 2017 at the University of Queensland.
  • 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]’.
    Registrations and submissions are now closed for 2017.
  • 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’.
  • VEX Robotics Australian Competition
    ‘The VEX Robotics Competition is the ultimate STEM activity for middle school and high school students [ages 11-18]’.
  • Web.Comp 2017
    ‘A web competition for high school students. We’ll teach you how to build a website as we go along, rather than expecting you to be an expert already’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2017.
  • Wood Show Challenge
    ‘The Sydney Timber and Working with Wood Show will once again play host to this years Stage 5 Wood Show Challenge. The challenge is open to teams of 4 students from Year 9 and Year 10’.
    Still to be confirmed for 2017.
  • 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’.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • 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.
  • 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’.
    Registrations and Submissions have now closed for 2017.

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The Arts

  • ANZANG 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.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • 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 is now closed for 2017.
  • New ! 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.
    Entry to the 2017 Design an Ad competition has now closed.
  • 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. In 2017, our union has established a new category, Indigenous Art Years 5-12. Poster and Entry Form available’ from the site.
    Entries have now closed for 2017.
  • 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 in January 2018 for the next Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.
  • 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’.
  • 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’.
    Entries are due on Monday 25 September 2017.
  • 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.
  • New ! The Pixel Prize
    ‘Welcome to the Australian Catholic University’s digital image competition ! The Pixel Prize is open to high school students from Australia [New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland] who have a passion for photography and graphic design’.
    Entries close for Australian entrants 5pm Friday 15 September 2017 [AEST].
  • Wakakirri
    ‘The ultimate performing and visual arts challenge for schools’. Sections on site for students [primary & secondary] and teachers.
    All Venues and Show Dates are found on this page.

Art

  • 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 2017.
  • New ! CKT’s Illustrator Competition
    ‘Your submission must be suited for the 3-12 year age market’. Open to all people.
    Entries opened 1 August and close 15 October [11.59 pm], 2017.
  • New ! 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.
    Entries have closed and the competition is completed for 2017.
  • Updated ! OzKids Gallery
    ‘Open to Australian primary and secondary school students and free to enter. Children can choose to enter into any one of the following categories : drawing, painting, photography or computer art and will be judged according to 3 different age groups’.
    Entries close 6 October, 2017.
  • 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 have now closed for 2017.

Music

  • ACMF National Songwriting Competition
    ‘An annual National Songwriting Competition for every Primary and Secondary School, both public and private, in Australia’.
    Entries close 26 September 2017.
  • 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 2017.
  • Australian Singing Competition
    ‘Australia’s richest and most prestigious competition for young opera and classical singers’. Suited to senior secondary and tertiary students.
    Competition has now been completed for 2017.
  • Music : Count Us In
    ‘For all schools - primary and secondary, State and independent, metropolitan, regional and remote. Registration is free’.
    Register now. Celebration Day is 2 November 2017.
  • 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 closed for 2017.
  • Triple J 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.
    Competition has now been completed for 2017.

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