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 2017 Competition.

The 2017 Competition promotional materials (brochure, A4 poster and A3 poster) are available for schools. The 2015 and 2016 can be viewed on line.

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 receive books and special certificates, to be selected to particpate in Geography's Big Week Out on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, books, medals - and to get certificates for their portfolios, 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 2018 International Geography Olympiad will be chosen from Year 11 students who excel in the 2017 Competition and via 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 1 March 2017 Entry deadline and payment
Wednesday 8 EXTENDED TO 17 March 2017 Deadline for changes to entry
Wednesday 8 EXTENDED TO 17 March 2017 Deadline for payment of entry
Wednesday 29 March 2017 Schools should have received Question packs
Wednesday 26 April to Tuesday 9 May 2017 Competition in schools
Tuesday 23 May 2017 Answers to be received by Competition Office
Late June 2017 Prizewinners notified
Late July 2017 Results returned
Sunday 1 to Friday 6 October 2017 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. Enter online or post the Competition Office the entry form by Friday 17 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 on, email competition@rgsq.org.au or phone 07 3368 2066.