Information for Schools

The Australian Geography Competition is an initiative of the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland and the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association. We would like to invite your school to participate in the 2021 Competition.

The 2021 Competition promotional materials was posted to schools in late January 2021. Past Question booklets and answers can be downloaded from here.

Why enter?

For the teacher/school: to promote interest in geography in your school, to reward student excellence, and to receive recognition, with top 10 schools in Australia announced, and the top school in each State and combined Territories receiving a prize.

For the students: to receive certificates and results sheets for their portfolios, to compete for prizes given to the highest-performing geography students in each State and combined Territories in each Year level (books and special certificates, and for the highest in Australia, medals), to be selected to participate in Geography's Big Week Out in South East Queensland, and to be selected to represent Australia at the International Geography Olympiad.

Competition format?

The Competition is made up of multiple-choice questions testing geographical knowledge and skills. We supply the questions and answer sheets. You run the 35-minute Competition and return the answer sheets. We mark them and send back results and certificates.

International team

Australian team members to the 2022 International Geography Olympiad will be chosen from Year 11 students who excel in the 2021 Competition and Geography’s Big Week Out.

Who can enter?

The Competition is school-based and designed for students from Year 7 to Year 12. Schools may, however, enter younger students if they wish. Only students enrolled in geography or an integrated humanities or social sciences subject which includes geography are eligible for prizes.

When do the important components happen?

End of January

Competition information posted to schools

Sunday 28 February 2021 Entry deadline and payment
Tuesday 2 March 2021 Deadline for changes to entry
Friday 12 March 2021 Schools should have received Question packs
Thursday 18 March to Wednesday 31 March 2021 Competition in schools
Friday 16 April 2021 Answers to be received by Competition Office
Late May 2021 Prize winners notified
Mid June 2021 Results returned

Tuesday 10 August - Monday 16 August 2021

 International Geography Olympiad

tba (changing due to COVID19) Geography’s Big Week Out, South East Qld
How does a school enter?
  1. Publicise and promote the Competition: download the poster (available early 2021) or find the hard copies posted to your school.
  2. Collect entry fee of $4 for each participating student (if students are paying individually).
  3. Online Entry is now OPEN.
Any questions?

The FAQs contain more specific information on the Competition. Teachers, particularly those new to the Competition, need to read through them. Detailed information is also available in the Terms and Condition. If the answer is not there, contact us by email competition@rgsq.org.au or phone 07 3330 6907.