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 2018 Competition.

The 2018 Competition promotional materials (brochure, A4 poster and A3 poster) are available for schools. 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 on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, 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 2019 International Geography Olympiad will be chosen from Year 11 students who excel in the 2018 Competition and Geography’s Big Week Out.

Who can enter?

Students taking geography, or an integrated social science which includes geography, may enter. Students are graded at high school year levels - Year 7 and younger, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, and Year 12.

When do the important components happen?
Wednesday 21 March 2018 Entry deadline and payment
Wednesday 11 April 2018 Deadline for changes to entry
Wednesday 11 April 2018 Deadline for payment of entry
Wednesday 10 May 2018 Schools should have received Question packs
Thursday 17 to Thursday 31 May 2018 Competition in schools
Tuesday 13 June 2018 Answers to be received by Competition Office
Late June 2018 Prizewinners notified
Late July 2018 Results returned
Sunday 30 September to Friday 5 October 2018 Geography’s Big Week Out
How does a school enter?
  1. Publicise and promote the Competition: download the posters (A4 and A3) 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 open 22 January 2018 or post the Competition Office the entry form by Friday 21 March.
Any questions?

The FAQs contain more specific information on the Competition. Teachers, particularly those new to the Competition, need to read through them. If the answer is not there, contact us by email or phone 07 3368 2066.