Student Competitions

Each year, a multitude of competitions are available for students and schools. These cover all curriculum areas. Some are run by subject organisations, some by governments, some by private organisations, some by international groups.

Competitions listed fall into what would be classed as the “academic” areas, e.g. Language area, STEM, STEAM and the Social Sciences. Some of these are grouped under the heading of Challenges, e.g. Premier’s Reading Challenge, National History Challenge, … .

For ease of presentation, competitions are listed in curriculum areas plus an “Others” section. In some instances, the listing is broken into further sub-directories, e.g. Language → Writing, Spelling, Public Speaking, Debating, … .

Sporting competitions and events such as Eisteddfods can be found from a range of other sources.

Competitions vary from local to state level, national and international. While most are run in calendar years, others run across two years, e.g. Tropfest, ANZAC. Many are free to enter, others have entry fees either for individuals or teams. In addition, included competitions may apply to different levels or combinations of school levels as indicated above.

Note we have broken the listing over two pages. It is done for two reasons. The first is to limit the size of the pages for several factors related to their use. The second allows for further additions over the coming year either by recommendation or by discovery on our part.

As we did at the end of 2020, we will again be doing a full review of the Competition pages. Covid has affected a number of competitions this year with a number clearly indicating this. With others, details are sometimes just impossible to find. As a result, those which give no clear indication of running in 2022 will be removed. However, do not despair, we have a number of replacement competitions which have recently come to our notice and these will be added.
As previously, if you are aware of other suitable competitions or challenges, we would appreciate you taking a few moments if you can, to let us know so they can be considered for inclusion. Between us, we will hopefully end up with similar numbers to the current collection. More importantly, all of them should actually be available for any who wish to make use of them.

Specific levels are indicated through use of the following icons and through the descriptors provided with each competition.

  •    [Primary]
  •    [Secondary Years 7-10]
  •    [Senior Secondary Years 11-12]
  •     [Apprentices/Trainees].



2020 UAV Airborne Delivery Challenge

‘2020 is a dual-competition year where we hold both a high-school event [Airborne Delivery] and an adult event. The goal of the UAV Challenge is to demonstrate the utility of Unmanned Airborne Vehicles [UAVs] for civilian applications, particularly in those applications that will save the lives of people in the future’.

‘We are sad to report that there will be no UAV Challenge events held in 2021 due to the ongoing issues brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The UAV Challenge organisers will reassess the situation in early 2022’.


Asia Pacific Open Championships FIRST Australia

‘Each FIRST LEGO League partner [from 2020 invited regions] will receive a Google form link for pre-registration to be forwarded to qualified/invited teams. Registration will begin on Friday, 3 July at 8 am. Teams should plan to arrive in Sydney the night before’. Other details from the site.

Challenge has now been completed for 2021.

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, ageing, sleep, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke’. Round 1 in Schools, Round 2 is at State/Region Level. Round 3 is National. Organised for Year 10 students. Brain Bee lessons can be found here :

Monitor for details of the Brain Bee Challenge in 2022.


Australian International Model Solar Challenge

‘Tens of thousands of Australian high school and primary students have participated in this hands-on science program’. In addition to the main challenge, there are also state events found in the links below.

‘The regulations for this year are similar to 2020 BUT we have made a few minor changes. Please read them carefully. The date and time have [still] not been set and we hope to do that as soon as possible’ This has still not changed in the last month.

   UNSW SunSprint
Competition has now been completed for 2021.

   Tasmanian Model Solar Challenge
‘Will be held at Clarence High School, Bellerive on 20 November 2021’.

   Model Solar Victoria

   Infinite Energy Solar Car Challenge [WA]
Competition has now been completed for 2021.


Destination Imagination

‘We offer seven different academic Challenges in areas of STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics], fine arts, service learning, and early learning. 2020-21 Challenge Previews are found here’.

‘Global Finals 2022 is being planned for May 21-24, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA’. Starting a Team details are available from the site with a link to the Australian affiliate available to determine cost in A$s. Other dates will be added once these are available.


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.

Registrations will continue through 1 October or when supplies are exhausted, whichever comes first. Kits arrive in Australia in late July and shipments to teams begin. The season has now launched. Teams will work on their season Innovative Project and Robot Game from 1 August through the end of October. Regional qualifying events will be between 26 October and 20 November. National Championships occur in the first two weeks of December.


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 FIRST® Tech Challenge season in Australia began in June, when teams generally form and registration opened. Season kick-off is in early September when the season’s game is announced. The design and build season runs from September to end of October. Tournament season varies by region and can begin as early as October and continues through April. Regional Qualifying Events in Australia advance teams to the Australian National Championship [in December] and winners earn spots at FIRST Championship USA at the end of [the following] April.


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’.


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 held for 2021.


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.


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 2021.


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’.

Latest details from this page. The Hour of Code and the second Web Comp event have now been allocated 2021 dates. Find these on the above page.

National Family Reading Month

Scholastic. ‘The Challenge is open to students, Scholastic Book Club Organisers and Teachers from registered participating schools in Australia. National Family Reading Month is the year’s biggest celebration of reading. Fairs held in May are supported with extra special tools, ideas and competitions to encourage families to Read More in May’. Scroll down the page to get details.

Challenge has now been completed for 2021.


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. The theme for 2020 is CONTESTED hiSTORIES’.

Check the Key Dates page for 2021 dates for each state/territory [now nationally updated from 2020 with still only one state updated]. Closing Date has now passed.


NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge

‘A range of initiatives with one common purpose - to have more students, more active, more of the time !’.

The Challenge period officially commences in Term 2 and ends in Week 10, Term 3. The Challenge can be run at any point during this time frame. This would make the start of Term 3 the latest any school could finalise their registration. Check re the impact of Covid restrictions.


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.

Finals to be held 15-17 October 2021 at the University of Queensland.

Premier’s Reading Challenges


ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge

‘You can choose your own books or ask your parents, teacher, librarian at your school or Library for their suggestions. This year, why don’t you challenge yourself to read something different ?’

The Challenge has now concluded and Verification must have been returned. ‘Prizes will be awarded to winning schools in October 2021’.


NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

‘The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely’. There is now a separate Student’s Page as well as the main page.

Challenge has now closed for students. Certificates issued in Term 4.


Queensland Premier’s Reading Challenge

‘The Premier’s Reading Challenge is not a competition but a way to encourage students to develop a love of reading for life’. A School Information Kit should be available shortly. Teachers and parents can determine when they commence and conclude the reading challenge to suit their requirements, as long as they are within the time frames outlined.

For details, check the Key dates page.


South Australian Premier’s Reading Challenge

‘The Premier’s Reading Challenge is a literacy engagement program that was introduced by the Premier in 2004 to encourage students to read more books and enjoy reading and also to improve literacy levels’.

For details, check the Key Dates page.


Tasmanian Premier’s Reading Challenge

‘Reading is just like sport - the more you practise the better you get. I encourage students to take up the challenge of reading at least 10 books in 10 weeks’.

For details, check the Key Dates page. The actual Challenge has now been completed but PRC Certificates still to be mailed out and presented.


Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge

‘Literacy and numeracy skills lay the foundation for success in learning and in life. The challenge is a practical and fun way for children and students from birth to year 10 to build these life skills’.

For details, check the Key Dates page.


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 2021.


Premier’s Be Active Challenge - SA

‘The Challenge is to do at least 60 minutes of physical activity on at least 5 days of the week for at least 4 weeks’. Information for Government Schools, Non-Government Schools and Home Schools/Families.

The Challenge will run to the end of Term 3 [see specific details above]. Medals may arrive in PE Week [November].


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’.

All registrations and memberships for 2020 will be transferred over to 2021. We are looking forward to a great competition in 2021.

‘The State Finals were held Wednesday 1 September, 2021 and the results are being collated’.


Science and Engineering Challenge

‘A nationwide STEM* outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with communities, Rotary clubs, universities and sponsors. Through the SEC, students experience aspects of science and engineering which they would not usually see in their school environment’.

Check the Events page for all details. The National Final will be held in Bendigo, Victoria on Friday 29 October 2021.


Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge

Australian Culinary Federation. We ‘will be running Secondary School Culinary Competitions in SA, ACT, QLD & TAS. This competition is designed to establish and develop links between school and industry in an effort to encourage more students to enter the commercial cookery industry. The QLD Junior Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge Competition is for year 10 students studying Home Economics or Hospitality at high school. The Senior Secondary Schools Culinary Competition is for Year 11 and 12 students studying Home Economics or Hospitality at high school. The Winners of these competitions will be attending the National Secondary Schools Final’.

‘Due to the uncertainty of travel between regions the ACF regrets to announce that the National Secondary Schools Competition Final will not be held in 2021’.


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]. Students in Grades 8-12.

A Timeline is available from the home page which now shows the 2021 Challenge dates, ASDC Finals weekend - 15-16 January 2022.


STEM Video Game Challenge

‘The theme of next year’s STEM video game challenge is SCALE’. The Challenge is open to upper primary and secondary school students. Students are encouraged to design, build and submit an original educational video game that includes science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] content or themes’. Years 5-12.

Key Dates are on page 3 of the Mentors Handbook. Challenge has now been completed for 2021.

Student Blogging Challenge

‘The Student Blogging Challenge is about embracing all of the benefits of blogging — from learning digital writing skills, and digital citizenship, to developing an authentic audience and connecting with others around the globe. The challenge is made up of a series of 10 weekly tasks all designed to improve blogging and commenting skills, while connecting students with a global audience. The challenge is totally free and is open to both classes and individual student bloggers from all over the world. The challenge is open to all age groups [K-12] worldwide. However, it is most suitable for ages 8 to 16’.

The Student Blogging Challenge runs in October. It’s ideal for students aged about 8-16. It’s 100% free and runs for 8 weeks. Click on this link to sign up for email notifications about the Student Blogging Challenge.


The Game Changer Challenge

‘Think your school team has what it takes to solve a real-world wicked problem ? Do you want to learn new skills and unlock powerful design thinking tools and processes, while working with leading industry thinkers and having a whole lot of fun along the way ?’.

Challenge has now been completed for 2021.


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’.

Nominate Your School process is available here. Check available Programs here.


The Schools Recycle Right Challenge

‘The Schools Recycle Right Challenge runs from early October to mid-November and offers a wide range of recycling themed activities, lesson plans and events ideas that have been developed specifically for Australian schools. The aim of this guide is to assist you in planning your school’s National Recycling Week activities’.

The competition has been extended and will close at 5pm Wednesday 2 December 2021. Click here for full terms and conditions.

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 2021.


The Victorian Maths Challenge

‘The Victorian Maths Challenge encourages students and their families to engage in real life, everyday mathematics, through interactive challenges that promote problem solving. Each challenge has been designed as an open-ended maths task requiring limited amounts of time and materials, for families to do at home or out and about’.

No set times. These can be done at any time within the family or at school.


‘The ultimate performing and visual arts challenge for schools’. There are several Challenges which form part of this.


Dance School Challenge

Both ‘Dance school groups and Community Groups’ can enter this competition. Full details from the home page.

Challenge has now been completed for 2021. 2021 Show Dates are found on this page.


Primary School Challenge

‘The aim of Wakakirri is to teach students about themselves and others through the creating and sharing of stories and by this process develop students’ educational outcomes, lifestyle choices and community awareness’.

Registrations are now closed for 2021. 2021 Show Dates are found on this page.


National Screen Challenge
‘The Wakakirri Screen Challenge is inspired by Story Dance but allows schools to take their performance to another level by taking it off the stage and onto the screen’. Both Primary and Secondary Challenges.

Registrations are now closed. 2021 Show Dates are found on this page.


Secondary School Challenge

‘The Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge is an opportunity for students to explore career pathways in Performing and Creative Arts, Design, and Event Management’.

Registrations are now closed for 2021. 2021 Show Dates are found on this page.


New !Westpac Youth Impact Challenge

‘The Westpac Youth Impact Challenge is a nationwide initiative open to all young people around Australia aged 7 to 21 years. The Challenge aims to help young Australians solve problems in their local communities. To take part in the Challenge, participants must identify a local problem and brainstorm an innovative business or social change idea to solve it. Participants can choose to work individually, or in a group of up to 3’. All other details available from the site.

Registrations are now open and are due by 1:00pm on 10 December 2021 AEST.


Wombat Books Illustration Challenge

‘Entrants must be aged between 7-18 years and school age. For students finishing Year 12 in 2019 they must submit while they are still at school. Children must have parental permission to be considered for the challenge’. All other details available from the site.

‘This year there are new entry requirements’ [check the site for details]. Entries close 30 November 2021.

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ACT Debating Union Competitions

‘Debating competitions for school students in the Canberra region’. Different competitions described on this page include the following.


The Junior Open Competition

‘The Junior Open Competition caters for students in Years 6-8. Find competition details’ via this page.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


The Junior Online Competition

‘The Junior Premier Competition caters for students in Years 5-7. Find competition details’ via this page.

Semester 2 competitions run from August to October and typically include 5 preliminary rounds and 1 final round. These competitions include the Junior Online [Years 5-8], Senior Online [Years 9-10] and Advanced Online [Years 11-12].


The Senior Open Competition

‘The Senior Open Competition caters for students in Years 9-10. Find competition details’ via this page.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


The Senior Online Competition

‘The Senior Premier Competition caters for students in Years 8-10. Find competition details’ via this page.

Semester 2 competitions run from August to October and typically include 5 preliminary rounds and 1 final round. These competitions include the Junior Online [Years 5-8], Senior Online [Years 9-10] and Advanced Online [Years 11-12].


Welcome to The Advanced Open Competition

‘The Advanced Open Competition caters for students in Years 11-12. Find competition details’ via this page.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


The Advanced Online Competition

‘The Advanced Premier Competition caters for students in Years 11-12. Find competition details’ via this page.

Semester 2 competitions run from August to October and typically include 5 preliminary rounds and 1 final round. These competitions include the Junior Online [Years 5-8], Senior Online [Years 9-10] and Advanced Online [Years 11-12].

Debaters Association of Victoria

‘Competitions for schools across Victoria. Training and resources for debaters, teachers and adjudicators’. Schools and Junior Secondary Competitions.

Competition details and dates can be found below.


British Parliamentary Competition

‘The DAV hosts annual BP competitions for Juniors [Years 7 to 8], Intermediate [Years 9-10] and Seniors [Years 11 to 12]. Each competition takes place over a single day, with students participating in a training session conducted by experienced British Parliamentary debaters, before taking part in a three round tournament of debates’.

2021 dates are now available on the above page and began in September.


Monash Asian Studies Debate Competition

‘A debating competition open to students from Years 10-12, in conjunction with the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University. The topics will focus on contemporary issues relevant to Asia’.

2021 dates still not advised.


Junior Secondary Program

‘An introduction to debating for junior secondary students in Years 7 and 8. The program is designed to provide training in the basic skills and structure of debating whilst also giving students an opportunity to participate in three ‘friendly’ inter-school debates’.

‘The JSP runs over four sessions in Terms 3/4 in various regions throughout Victoria’. The 2021 Information Pack is now available. Registration is now closed. Dates and Region information now available via the home page.


Schools Competition

‘Our focus is to make the competition as inclusive as possible, providing a welcoming but competitive environment for students to hone their skills and build their confidence. The competition is open for students in Years 9 to 12’. Dates and Draws linked from this site. Registration packs sent to schools.

Check the Dates and Regions page for dates. Only Round 5 left to be completed at all venues.


University of Melbourne Science Week Debate Competition

‘A Debating Competition for students in Years 9 and 10. The topics will focus on contemporary issues in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths]. This competition is an excellent opportunity for students. Held at University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.

If held in Science Week in 2021, this should have ended in August. [Dates still not available].

Debating - NSW

‘The Premier’s Debating Challenge is open to government schools throughout NSW, with age divisions for teams from Year 5 all the way up to Year 12. In addition, a number of other programs provide opportunities for exceptional debaters in different age groups’. See Specific details below.


Premier’s Debating Challenge

This has multiple levels. ‘The Premier’s Debating Challenge is open to all NSW government schools, with the aim of developing the public speaking and reasoning skills of students from Years 5 to 12. The Challenge has four different state-wide age divisions’.

The Years 9-10 State Final still to be held in Parramatta on Monday 8 November 2021.


Combined High Schools Debating

‘The Combined High Schools took part in a series of debates between teams drawn from the CHS and the three major non-government groupings [Greater Public Schools, Combined Associated Schools and Archdale Representative Schools]’. Year 11 and 12 students.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


Junior State Debating Championships

‘The Junior State Debating Championships provide unique opportunities for talented debating students from NSW government schools in Years 9-10 to engage in debates and workshops within the context of an annual camp’.

‘The Junior State Debating Championships are held over three days at the end of Term 4’. 2021 dates once these are advised.


Primary Schools State Debating Championships

‘Ten regions of NSW select their four best primary school debaters to represent them at the Primary Schools State Debating Championships’.

This Championship will be held at the beginning of November at Collaroy in Sydney. Exact 2021 dates once these are advised.


Queensland Debating Union
‘We run a variety of programs, including annual debating competitions for grades 5 to 12 in Brisbane and Toowoomba’. Use the links on the right to access information for various groups. Competitions are held for the following - Brisbane Secondary Schools, Junior Secondary Competition and Primary School Competition.

All current information is provided via links on the home page above. Check dates by following Home -> Students -> Resources -> QDU Calendar.


Schools’ Competition Information [SADA]
The UniSA SADA Schools’ Competition. 5 competitions - Junior [Years 5-7]; Intermediate [Years 8-9, Levels A and B] to Senior [Years 10-12, Levels A and B].

Registrations are now closed. Download the Schools’ Competition Program information from the School’s Competition link on the home page.


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’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


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.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.

Public Speaking

Debaters Association of Victoria - Public Speaking Competitions

Every year the DAV runs a series of Public Speaking Competitions for students in Years 5 - 12’. Details of all aspects of these can be found on the following pages.


Primary School Public Speaking Competition

‘The competition aims to give young speakers the opportunity to put their ideas forward in front of an audience whilst expanding their knowledge of current affairs. Students will develop the “building blocks” of public presentation’. For students in Years 5 and 6.

2021 dates still not advised.


Junior Public Speaking Competition

‘Students will develop the “building blocks” of public presentation — confidence, clarity, and the development of arguments — which are very important skills both in and out of school’. For students in Years 7 and 8.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


Intermediate Public Speaking Competition

‘Intermediate students [Years 9 and 10] will be given the opportunity to extend their existing public speaking skills by presenting one prepared and two impromptu speeches’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


Senior Public Speaking Competition

‘Senior students [Years 11 and 12] will be given the opportunity to extend their existing public speaking skills by presenting one prepared and two impromptu speeches [extended times compared to Intermediate students’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award

‘The prepared speech is on a topic of the competitor’s choosing on any subject relating to the ideals of voluntary service, social justice, caring, personal effort, personal sacrifice and/or mateship. The speech should have substance which, in the space of time available, should be developed logically to a convincing conclusion. The topic chosen will be broad in nature, capable of a variety of interpretations to suit the experience and background of 12 to 14-year-olds’. There is also an impromptu speech.

See below for State details.


Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award [NSW]

Training/competition for speakers in the 12-14 age group. Topics based on Australian history. In NSW, the competition is run by The Arts Unit, Department of Education.

2021 Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award Information provides all dates and details.


Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award [Melbourne]

‘The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award is aimed at enhancing the oral communication and public speaking skills of secondary students aged 12 to 14 years, and help young people appreciate the ideals of Legacy – voluntary service, caring, mateship and remembrance’.

Registration has previously closed at the end of April. A copy of the 2021 Venue Dates for Regional Finals is available here. Further Information for Schools on the Competition and Guidelines is available here.


Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award [South Australia]

‘The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award is aimed at enhancing the oral communication and public speaking skills of secondary students aged 12 to 14 years, and help young people appreciate the ideals of Legacy – voluntary service, caring, mateship and remembrance’.

State Final has now been held. National Final to be held in November 2021.


Plain English Speaking Award

‘The award aims to encourage and maintain the best use of clear effective spoken English. PESA is a public-speaking competition for students aged 15-18 years’. Details on the site. Often run in each state by the Government Education Department [e.g. ACT, NSW [see below as well], South Australia, Updated !  Victoria, and Western Australia].

Competitions have now been completed for 2021.

Public Speaking

Calendar, competitions, resources, more. NSW Department of Education Arts Unit. Includes the following competitions, plus others previously listed.


Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition

‘Encouraging primary school students to explore ideas of multiculturalism in Australia, as well as giving them a place to practice their public speaking skills and improve their confidence’.

Competition has commenced. Finals previously held in November. Details to follow.


The Plain English Speaking Award

‘The Plain English Speaking Award has provided an invaluable opportunity for NSW senior students to improve their confidence and to develop their speech writing and public speaking skills’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


Secondary Schools’ Public Speaking Competition [Queensland]

The English Speaking Union. ‘This competition requires students to speak on a subject of their choice inspired by a broad ESU nominated topic connected to ESU’s philosophy. Students in the Grand Finals will speak to new nominated topics for the required Prepared and Impromptu speaking section’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


Voice - UN Youth Australia

‘Voice is a unique public speaking competition for students in Year 7-10. Voice invites you to solve issues that affect your community, nation, and the world. From homelessness to climate change, we want to hear you pitch your big ideas’. Links are provided to each state body, e.g. NSW and Queensland.

Check the link for your state to see exact dates, venues and procedures. Some offer an option to use an Expression of Interest form so you are guaranteed details as required. Still showing 2020 dates though you can provide an Expression of Interest for 2021 via the site if desired [check individual states for this option].


Voice of Youth

‘The competition is divided into Junior and Senior Divisions. Junior students must be at least 11 and in years 7, 8 or 9 as at 1st January. Senior students must be under 18 years of age and in years 10, 11 or 12 at 1st January. Seniors speak for eight minutes and Juniors for six minutes’. Operates in all states [use links on the site]. Run by Rostrum.

Competitions have now been completed for 2021.


The Premier’s Spelling Bee [NSW]

‘The NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee is a fun way to encourage literacy amongst public primary school children’. Open to Primary school students in Years 3-6.

State finals [live or online TBC] 5 November 2021.


The Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee
‘The inaugural PM’s Spelling Bee is planned to run in term one by free classroom educational literacy site KidsNews. and is open to all students across Australia in Grades 3 to Year. The PM’s Spelling Bee will be a digital competition run online in school classrooms8’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.

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Adelaide Plains Poets Poetry Competition

‘Work entered in this competition must be original, in English, unpublished and not have won a prize in any other competition. Authors retain copyright. Theme is Location. Poems entered must in some way refer to the theme’. School [primary and secondary] student entry is free. One poem of no more than 60 lines.

Still showing 2020 information.


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 age range and topic/format. New listings this Month are at the top of the home page

Competitions listed in months corresponding to closing dates. Be sure to check the Update at the top of the above page.


Ayn Rand Essay Contest 2020

Anthem Essay Contest. ‘The Ayn Rand Institute has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her view—not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. Theme : one of three set questions on Anthem’. There are separate prizes for Australian entrants. Beginning this year, we have two Anthem contests for two sets of grade levels.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.

   - Also includes students and non-students up to the age of 25.

Ayn Rand Essay Contest 2020

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest. ‘The Ayn Rand Institute has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her view—not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. Theme : one of three set questions on Atlas Shrugged’. There are separate prizes for Australian entrants. This contest is for students and non-students up to the age of 25.

Entry Deadline has passed. ‘We [then] typically contact all the Atlas Shrugged contest entrants by [the following] January of the contest year’.

Ayn Rand Essay Contest 2020

The Fountainhead Essay Contest. ‘The Ayn Rand Institute has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. Theme & one of three set questions on The Fountainhead’. There are separate prizes for Australian entrants. This contest is for students in Years 11-12.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


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 closed for 2021.


Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
‘The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


Education Perfect [EP] English Championships

‘The EP English Championships [EPEC] designed to create a fun learning environment to engage students in learning English, foster healthy competition amongst students and provide an opportunity to acknowledge and reward academic success in schools’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


Everything is a Genre Competition

8 to 18 years of age. ‘We’re starting a new competition category to coincide with our inaugural day for authors of all genres and ages’. Extensive details available from the site. Be sure to check the Guidelines link at the bottom for further details including dates.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


FAW NSW Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers

Short Story Competition for Australian School Children. ‘Entries are sought in four sections corresponding to different year groupings’.

Entries have now closed. Winners previously announced at the beginning of November. Exact date once this is advised.

FAW Tasmania - Nairda Lyne Award

‘For an original, unpublished short story suitable for children aged 8-12 years’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.

Furious Fiction Writing Competition

‘The Furious Fiction writing competition is a monthly competition which is presented by the Australian Writers’ Centre, this fun, fast – and best of all – FREE short story challenge blasts off on the first Friday of every month. Anyone in the world aged 17 years and older is able to take part. Each month a new topic is provided – generally which will entail a specific topic of location, an action and specific words’.

Opens : 5pm [Sydney/Melbourne time] on the first Friday of the month. Closes : 55 hours later [midnight, Sunday]. Word limit : 500 words.

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 2021.

Heywire [ABC]

‘Open to people aged 16-22, [living] anywhere in Australia apart from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth, to submit a story about life in Australia outside the major cities. Your entry can be in any format : audio, video, photos or text’.

‘You were able to enter by emailing your story to us at ABC Heywire Competition by September 16, 2021 to be in the running to win’.


International Essay Contest for Young People

The Oi Peace Foundation. ‘This annual essay contest is organised in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world. This program is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Program [GAP] on Education for Sustainable Development [ESD]’.

All prize winners will be announced on October 31, 2021 [Japanese time] on this website. Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in December 2021.


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 close on 3 October 2021. Prizes and Awards follow after this.


Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition

‘Spooky story submissions may involve paranormal or supernatural themes, including magic, ghosts, spirits or altered states of realism. Youth section [8-18 years of age] open to both WA and interstate writers’. Free to enter. This has a maximum 500 words. Now has a small entry fee.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Poetry Competition

‘Open to Australian residents and citizens only’. There is a youth section [10-18 years of age] which is free to enter. This has a line count of 50 lines of poetry.

Entries have now closed. Winners previously announced on Katharine Susannah Prichard’s birthday on 1 December.


Laura Literary Awards

There are both Poetry and Prose sections with various age levels. Run by a group in South Australia. No entry fee for school students. All necessary details on the entry form.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


New !Little Stories.Big Ideas

‘Little Stories, Big Ideas is a flash fiction competition for Secondary School Students. Winners will be chosen from 2 categories, Years 7 to 9 and Years 10 to 12. We hope to inspire and encourage the next generation of storytellers. The competition runs four times per year, and is free to enter. Each quarterly competition will have a theme. Entries must be 100 words or less, and incorporate the current theme. How the theme is included is up to the imagination of the writer. Any literary style is welcome – short-story form, poem, haiku, limerick, song – but entries must be in English’.

Entries close Friday October 1st at Midnight.

National Child Writes Competition

‘Unlike previous years, where the competition was opened for a certain period of time during the school year, now it is open until we reach 500 entries. The National Child Writes competition is open to all Australian 10 year old writers and illustrators. The judges will be looking for originality, creativity and character, as well as correct punctuation and grammar for writers and consistency of artistic skills for illustrators’. Small entry fee. All other details available from the site.

The competition has been cancelled. However, there is FREE ACCESS TO OUR ONLINE PROGRAM - Write your own book !


Updated !Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing

‘Stay tuned, the exciting new format for the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing will be revealed soon, bigger and better than ever’. An Open competition, Australia wide [entry fee] and a Local competition, for people who live, work or study in the Shire of Nillumbik [entry is free]. Entrants must be 18+ at time of entry.

‘Entries for the 2022 NPCW are now open. Entry to ‘local’ and ‘youth’ categories is free. Entries must be electronically submitted by 11:59pm on advertised the closing date [Sunday November 7, 2021]’.


OutLoud Eco!Slam!

‘Schools develop, edit, rehearse and polish an original spoken word poetry performance and then present their pieces to professional judges. There’s a two-minute limit with both Secondary AND Primary schools invited to enter’.

Previous link is found here.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.

Oxford Australian Children’s Word of the Year

‘Proudly partnering with Storyathon. ’ Entry information and other relevant details from the site.

Still showing 2020 details.


Updated !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’.

Closing Date is Friday, 1st October, 2021.


Patrick White Indigenous Writing Awards
‘ These awards are open to all Indigenous Australian students in NSW from Kindergarten through to Year 12, with a Group Competition for Years K – 3’.

Entries close at 5pm on 31 October 2021. Entry details are found here.


Poem Forest

‘Previously listed as Poetry Object. POEM FOREST is a free nature writing prize that literally breathes life back into the natural world that sustains us. In partnership with The Australian Botanic Garden, POEM FOREST deepens our connection with nature by inviting students and communities to create and publish poems inspired by the natural environment. All submitted poems will be published’.

Use This page for a listing of all dates from the competition through to the announcement of winners in November.


QIEU Literary Competition

‘The competition is open to entrants from students [Years 5-12] and 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 2021.


SAETA Young Writers Award

‘The Young Writers Award is open to all South Australian students. It is free of a topic. You may write poetry or prose, up to 1 000 words. There are categories from Reception to Year 12’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


Storyathon [Let’s Write Microstories]

‘STORYATHON is an exciting and free online event for Year 3 to Year 8 from Australia and New Zealand. Students are challenged to write a story that is EXACTLY 100 words. They’re tiny narratives challenging students to tighten their language, experiment with words and focus their message. Fewer characters, fewer events, a better eye for detail !’ Entry information and other relevant details from the site.

Storyathon runs once each term. You can choose how often you would like to participate - there is no obligation to participate every term. Students may create up to three stories each term.


Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition

‘Open to all Australian high school students. Supported by Bond University and Penguin Group’. [Previously listed as the Storyfest Novella Writing Competition.]

Entries for the next competition [2021-2] opened on 26 July 2021 and close on 3 December 2021.


Somerset National Poetry Prize

‘The purpose is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students, to affirm it as a worthwhile literary pursuit, and to stimulate excellence in writing. It also aims to inspire and enrich youth literature’.

Entries for the next competition opened on 26 July 2021 and close on 3 December 2021.


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 out their bush ballads to a live audience’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


Updated !The ISF-UNESCO Short Story Competition

‘With the aim to foster imagination, resourcefulness and ingenuity, UNESCO and the Idries Shah Foundation [ISF] launch the World Tales Short Story Competition in close collaboration with the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities of UNESCO [ICCAR]. Young teenagers from all over the globe are invited to write about challenges of today and tomorrow in the format of a short story, and share their perspectives. Participants must be between 12 and 18 years old [inclusive]. The Competition is open to all regardless of their nationality or city of residence. A second page link is found here and provides full details of the competition.

Closing date for the next competition’s entries should be in December 2021. Actual dates for the next competition as soon as these are advised.


The Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers

‘The Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers is a developmental award open to Australian secondary school-aged students across the nation. The prize recognises writing excellence in three categories : Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry. Entries can include writing for readers of any age’. .

Entries have now closed. Shortlisted entrants attend an event in October.


The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

‘The Competition is an opportunity for all young Commonwealth citizens and residents, regardless of region, education or background, to share ideas, celebrate their story and have their voice heard - all whilst developing key skills’. More details can be found in the Terms and Conditions.

‘Certificates will be sent to individual’s nominated email address at the end of the judging process in September 2021’.


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.

Finalists were announced Mid-September. Exhibition is 4 to 31 October 2021.


Toolangi C.J. Dennis Poetry Festival & Poetry Competition

‘As a result what was previously categorised as primary and secondary school student categories are now : School Students: Preps up to and including Grade 4; School Students : Grade 5 up to and including Year 8; and School Students : Year 9 up to and including Year 12. Prize money has also been increased slightly for each of these categories’.

Entries have now closed. Winners should have been notified by now.


What Matters ? Competition [Whitlam Institute]

‘A writing competition that gives Year 5 - 12 students in NSW, Victoria, ACT, WA and Tasmania a chance to say what matters to them in society today’.

Competition entries have now closed and the 2021 Shortlist announced.


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’.

Registrations opened 1 May 2021. The FAQ page has a Key Dates section which provides more details. A short list of finalists, followed by winners, will be notified in November.


‘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 2021.


Write the World

‘Each month Write the World holds a new competition, developed around a particular idea or genre of writing, such as poetry, fantasy, sports journalism, or flash fiction. Competitions encourage you to dig deeper into the writing process, try out new genres and share your work with a sea of eager readers’. For topics see their Upcoming Writing Competitions page.

September 2021 to August 2022 topics are now listed.

‘Each month Write the World holds a new competition, developed around a particular idea or genre of writing, such as poetry, fantasy, sports journalism, or flash fiction’.

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2021 WA Junior Mathematics Olympiad

‘The aim of the competition is to identify the most gifted students in mathematics. The competition is designed for all bright Year 8 and 9 and exceptional Year 7 students. No calculators. Brains only’.

‘Individual paper : Tuesday, 19 October, 2021 for 100 minutes starting between 2:30pm and 4pm, online at your school. Team paper : Saturday, 23 October, 2021 from 9:00am – 12 noon at two venues - UWA [for Perth students] in Arts Building centred around Alexander Lecture Theatre and at a venue in Bunbury, yet to be confirmed. Prize Ceremony : Saturday, 23 October 2021 [approx. an hour after the completion of the Team Paper] at UWA’..


Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads

‘A competition for students in Years 5 and 6 of primary schools and Years 7 and 8 of secondary schools from around Australia and New Zealand. It is aimed at challenging participants’ maths problem solving abilities’. Registration and further information from the site.

All 2021 Competitions have now been completed. ‘2022 Registration opens soon’. Details about Awards are found on the Results & Awards page.

 Australian Mathematics Trust

‘The Australian Mathematics Trust is a leading provider of mathematics and algorithmics enrichment programs and global competitions. We hold mathematics and algorithmics competitions, administer enrichment activities, conduct workshops for students and teachers, and publish books on mathematical enrichment for Australian and international students’. Not included is the Australian Mathematical Olympiad - ‘Around 200 students are invited to participate in this event from Australia and New Zealand’.

The Australian Informatics Olympiad, Australian Invitational Informatics Olympiad, Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT] as well as the Oxford University Computing Challenge are also run by the Australian Mathematics Trust and are listed as a group under the Australian Mathematics Trust heading in the Technology section of the Competitions pages.

Competitions are listed below.


Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad

‘This four-hour contest is designed to stretch talented students. It is suited to years 7 to 10 level and particularly for those who have completed Maths Enrichment [Gauss or Noether level]; are high achievers in the Australian Mathematics Competition [AMC]; students who have acquired knowledge in Olympiad problem solving. We also use the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad [AIMO] as one of the competitions to determine which students are selected to a number of invitation only events’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


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 2021.


Kangourou sans Frontières [KSF]

‘An online maths competition for years 3–12 in Australian schools. KSF is a great lead-up event for the Australian Mathematics Competition [AMC]. Entry only available when packaged with at least the AMC’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


Maths 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. One of three modules including Maths Enrichment and Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad that can be taken independently of each other or as a progressive course’. Further information can be found here. Note : Late entries may be processed but materials cannot be guaranteed to arrive by the event date.

Challenge has now been completed for 2021.


Maths Enrichment for Young Australians

‘One of three modules including the Maths Challenge and Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad that can be taken independently of each other or as a progressive course. Each student participates in one stage. The stages are in order of difficulty with general year level recommendations’. Full details, including stages, from the site. Note : Late entries may be processed but materials cannot be guaranteed to arrive by the event date.

School results to be submitted by 14 October 2021.


Education Perfect [EP] - Maths 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 2021.


Have Sum Fun Online

MAWA. ‘HSFOL is designed to foster mathematical problem solving for students in Years 3-10 across Australia. Teams can log on at any time during each set week and have an hour to complete each round’.

These will be held as follows : Term 4 - Years 3-10, 25 October to 12 November 2021. Registration Instructions are found here.


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 2021.


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 2021.

M. L. Urquhart Mathematics Competition [Tasmania]

‘The M. L. Urquhart Mathematics Competition is an annual problem solving competition for Tasmanian students in Years 11 and 12. This Competition is the most mathematically demanding of competitions conducted by the Association. Students have three hours in which to attempt five questions’.

The Competition will be held on 11-15 October 2021. Other details from Mathematical Association of Tasmania.

National Mathematics Talent Quest

‘The National Mathematics Talent Quest is unique in Australia. The quest accepts the top entries from states and territories across Australia. For those states that don’t have a local competition, schools are welcome to enter their student’s investigations through the Mathematical Association of Victoria’s competition’. Entries come from the following competitions.

State and Territory details listed below. Nominated dates for several state rounds are found on this page.


Maths Talent Quest

MAV, Victoria. ‘All Victoria and Tasmanian students from the Early Years to Year 12 can enter the Maths Talent Quest. Entry is open to individuals, small groups or classes from Prep-12 and are categorised into year levels from Prep to Year 9 with a combined year 10 -12 level. Certain winners will also qualify for the National Maths Talent Quest where winners will also be announced at the MTQ Awards Ceremony’. In 2021 we will continue will a digital format and online judging system.

Registration, delivery and judging have now been completed. Award Ceremony to be held 21 October 2021.


Investigating with Mathematics

‘The purpose of the investigation is to explore ‘real-life’ situations and problems to engage students and teachers in mathematics. It involves students formulating their own questions from a given situation. Investigating with Mathematics tasks meet Working Mathematically syllabus outcomes as well as outcomes in the strands in which the investigation takes place. All students from Kindergarten to Year 12 in NSW are eligible to enter’.

All 2021 dates are now available from the above page, ranging through to the National Awards Ceremony in October.


Maths Talent Quest [MAWA]

Western Australia. ‘Open to all primary and secondary students, the Maths Talent Quest aims to promote interest in Mathematics and foster positive attitudes amongst students, teachers and parents. The Maths Talent Quest is categorised into year levels from Foundation to year 9 and a combined Years 10-12 level. Children in early years settings are also welcome to enter the MTQ, these entries will be entered at a Foundation level’.

‘Schools will be notified by email of winning entries’.


Queensland Science Contest [Mathematical Investigations]

‘The Queensland Science Contest is an opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to Grade 12 to have their [scientific] work judged for awards and prizes’. Select the Mathematical Investigation category for this process.

Register your entry and Submit online entries by 7 October 2021. Regulation permitting, judging takes place between 11 and 31 October 2021. Regulation permitting, the Awards Ceremony will be held mid to late Term 4.


South Australian Maths Talent Quest [Primary R-7]

‘The best of these entries will then be entered into the [NMTQ] National Maths Talent Quest’. There are three levels. This is the Primary level. There is also the Junior Secondary Mathematics Enrichment Project and the South Australian Mathematics Talent Quest [Senior Division].

2021 details are now available. Check the Key Dates and Details page, it provides a list of all 2021 dates with the Award Ceremony on 25 October 2021.


SA School Mathematics Competition

‘For South Australian students in Years -12’. All other details from the site.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


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’.

School Mathematics Competition 2021 Awards Ceremony to be held at The University of Melbourne on 9 October 2021.


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 2021.


The University of Queensland/QAMT Year 5/6 & 7/8 Quiz

Other relevant details are found on the site. ‘Schools that have registered teams will receive further information on running the Quiz, the Quiz PowerPoint, Quiz files for printing, and ‘official certificates’ for their students’.

The State Finals will be held online on Thursday 21 October 2021.

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Other Areas


Country to Canberra’s Leadership Competition

‘At least 15 young women will win a once-in-a-lifetime all-expenses paid ‘Power Trip’ prize to Canberra to meet inspiring politicians and CEOs, attend exclusive events, tour Parliament, receive leadership and public speaking training and so much more ’. Years 10-12. Note the Eligibility Criteria.

‘Our 2021 Leadership Competition is now closed’.


Decathlon 2021

‘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.

Details about 2022 [Regional, State, National and even International] dates, venues and contacts can be found on the Events page.


Ekka : Education - Competitions

This page provides access to all competitions in the Education sector of EKKA. Each provides all relevant details for what is required including dates, etc..

Two examples of the various competitions are provided below. A third [Student Bush Poetry] is found in the Language section.


Ekka : Education on Show Competition

‘A competition devoted to showcasing work by Queensland students [Prep to Year 12] and covers a wide range of contemporary curriculum related skills and activities. The theme for 2020 is Farming : Looking Forward and Looking Back – the beauty of the four seasons’.

Check with Ekka re dates, etc., following the move of the show to October 2021.


Ekka : School Garden Competition

‘The School Garden Competition is a great opportunity for school students to learn and apply their gardening skills in a fun, competitive environment and win fantastic prizes for their school. Open to both primary and secondary students though it is aligned for Year 2 students’.

Check with Ekka re dates, etc., following the move of the show to October 2021.


Ethics Olympiad

‘The Ethics Olympiad makes an exciting and educationally important international experience integral to an academic competition incorporating core elements of both the Ethics Bowl and Philosothon, two innovative approaches to teaching ethics hugely popular with students and acclaimed widely by educators’. More on How it works is found here. Information for Junior Schools is found here.

Details, including dates for all states and territories [and New Zealand] are found at this link for the 2021 Senior School Ethics Olympiad [this was held in May] and here for the 2021 Middle School Ethics Olympiad.


First Pitch

Australia’s largest national entrepreneurship competition for kids ages 8-13. ‘We’re shining the spotlight on our young Australian entrepreneurs, who have a real passion and want to show us what they’re made of. Are you a budding inventor ? A quirky scientist ? A creative artist ? An aspiring engineer ? A magical maths mind ? An ideas person ? The possibilities are endless. Submit your 3 minute pitch by the deadline’.

Use the Apply Now link to enter. Entries close on 7 October 2021. First Pitch For Kids will take place on 21 October 2021. Winners will be announced at the end of the event.


Front Page

The News of the Future - Schools Competition. ‘Front Page is an initiative of Nine and Australian Teachers of Media [ATOM]. It provides Australian schools and classes with the opportunity to create and submit a short school newspaper, and win fantastic prizes in the process. The competition includes three age-group categories. Schools that intend to enter Front Page will be able to access a free digital subscription to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald, accessible to all students and staff members within their school’.

Entries are now closed. Winners will be contacted by email. 2021 ATOM Awards Student Awards Presentation will be held in Melbourne on Wednesday 10 November 2021.

Goethe-Institut Year 10 Awards [Student Scholarships]
‘The Goethe-Instituts invite promising Year 10 students of German from schools to apply for the Student Scholarships’. Separate competitions apply for NSW/ACT and Victoria, each in conjunction with the German Teachers Association in that area. Only 2 applications per school. [Bottom, right on this page].

The 2021 event has been cancelled due to Covid.

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’.

‘We have been working incredibly hard behind the scenes to actively work out how best to proceed with the upcoming National High School Mooting Competition. Due to a number of unknown restraints, the unfortunate decision has been made to not host the National High School Mooting Competition in 2021. We thank you for your understanding’.


New !KSCPP Essay Contest

‘To promote understanding and appreciation of Korean history and culture, KSCPP is hosting its 1st National Essay Contest in Australia. We have held a similar contest for students in the US for the past 14 years, and are now expanding the program to Australia, Canada and the UK. The essay contest is open to students in two groups : Group A [Years 5-8] and Group B [Years 9-12]. Choose from one of two topics based on the book Chung Hyo Ye, which can be downloaded for free from this site. Submit entries to with the subject heading “2021 Essay Contest”. There will be three winners in each section : 1st prize [$500], 2nd prize [$200], 3rd prize [$100]. Honorable mentions [$50] may also be awarded at the panel’s discretion’. Check other details on the site.

All submissions are due by November 7, 2021. The winners will be announced no later than December 5, 2021.


Languages Championships - Education Perfect [EP]

‘The Championship is a 7-day online event celebrating learning and achievement in Languages. With approximately 200 000 participants each year, this is a great opportunity to inspire your students’ language learning while they compete on a global scale’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


Little Big Idea

‘The big competition for inventive little kids. Our judges will select 12 finalists in mid-October. Each will be invited to a day-long workshop in Melbourne. They’ll be guided on how to refine their invention, and how to put together a final video pitch. From these video pitches, our judges will declare the 3 winners. Want to stay updated for littleBIGidea in 2019 ? Register your interest so we can keep you posted’.

‘Unfortunately, the competition is closed for this year. But it’ll be back and better than ever next year’.


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 nominated theme. Following the format of the Tropfest competition, somewhere in the film, students need to have a particular object. The teacher/school submitting the film MUST be a CURRENT [financial] member of the MLTANSW in order to access the information’.

Entries have now closed. Finalist’s films will be screened towards the end of Term 4. Other dates if these are advised.


Mock Trial Competition [The Law Society of NSW]

‘Open to schools across NSW for students in Years 10 and 11, the program aims to introduce students to the NSW judicial system by providing practical experience into the running of a court case in a true-to-life adversarial setting. Students learn advocacy, debating and problem-solving skills’. Years 10-11.

The competition runs from 23 February - 26 November 2021. The first four rounds are held in the ten regions from February to late June. The top 64 teams then compete on a knockout basis until the Grand Final which will be held in December. Use the Find out More link for further information.


Mock Trial Competition [Law Society of South Australia]

‘The Law Society of South Australia Mock Trial Competition comprises a series of simulated court cases contested by students from years 10, 11 or 12 and is designed to bring young South Australians closer to the workings of our State’s legal system while teaching them to present a persuasive argument’. Years 10-12.

Competitions have now been completed for 2021.


Mock Trial Competition [Law Society of Western Australia]

‘The Mock Trial Competition provides an enjoyable, dynamic way of introducing students to the law. It provides students with an opportunity to learn valuable skills in research and the development and presentation of a persuasive argument. The cases are presented by two teams – a prosecution/plaintiff team and a defence team – made up of students playing the roles of barristers, solicitors, witnesses and court officials’. Years 10-12.

The Dates page covers all Rounds including Finals [all now completed] and Grand Final [held in October].


NSW Negotiations Competition [UN Youth]

‘The competition takes the form of several rounds of formal negotiations over disputed topics between teams. Each individual structured negotiation consists of two teams of two students, representing their respective nations, proposing and debating solutions to find mutually beneficial resolutions to disagreements based in real-world situations’.

Competitions have now been completed for 2021.

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. The site provides details about when entries close for each competition.


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. ‘Judging of the entries will take place early in the school holidays and presentation of prizes will be on a date to be advised’.


Perth Royal Show - Schools Competitions

‘The Schools Competitions encourage schools and students to gain involvement and knowledge in all aspects of horticulture, sustainability and agriculture, as well as encourage their interest through researching and learning about these fields. We would like to create an interest in the next generation about agriculture and the significant role it plays in the world. There are currently 6 competitions to get involved in’.

2021 dates can be found here.


Updated !Philosothon

‘Held in Australian states. The rationale for the Philosothon methodology is based on empirical evidence that teaching children reasoning skills early in life greatly improves other cognitive and academic skills and greatly assists learning in general. Cost covers registration, accommodation and food over the two/three days’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.

Say No to Bullying Poster Competition

2020 Theme : Celebrate our differences and create a colourful world. The aim of this competition is to raise awareness of bullying and to assist schools and organisations to identify and address bullying behaviours in their communities. We are working with you to build a community of upstanders who will say no to bullying’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


School Competitions [Royal Agricultural Society of NSW]

‘Competitions take place as trials at school and culminate in an excursion to the Sydney Royal Easter Show to compete against schools across NSW. They cater for all schools in metropolitan, regional or rural areas – regardless of school size and resources. All Competitions offer FREE entry for schools’.

Competitions have now been completed for 2021.


Tax, Super + You Competition

‘If you’re a student in Year 7–12, we want you to think outside the box and develop creative products that highlight the value of tax and/or super in the community. You can be as creative as you like - some examples include : Write It - short stories, a script or a marketing proposal; Make It - artworks, comic strips, songs or a prototype of an app or game; Film It - videos, skits or music clips’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.


Updated !TOM - Tournament of Minds

‘Tournament of Minds is a problem solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. Australia and New Zealand now have brand new challenges for STEM and The Arts. You will need to create an account in order to use the portal for School Registration, Team Nominations and to access other tournament resources’.

Updated !State Branches run challenges for each state. Updated !Register for Tournament of Minds via this page. The Tournament of Minds International Final will be held on the weekend of 16/17 October 2021.

University of Southern Queensland Secondary Schools Moot Competition

‘Hosted by the School of Law and Justice and established for schools in the Darling Downs, Lockyer, Ipswich and Springfield regions, this free competition broadens the knowledge and experience of law for Year 11 and 12 secondary students’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.

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