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 2020 Competition.

The 2020 Competition promotional materials (brochure 2020, A4 poster 2020 and A3 poster 2020) will be available for schools by late January 2020. 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 (book vouchers 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 2020 International Geography Olympiad will be chosen from Year 11 students who excel in the 2019 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 major prizes.

When do the important components happen?
Wednesday 26 February 2020 Entry deadline and payment
Monday 2 March 2020 Deadline for changes to entry
Wednesday 26 February 2020 Deadline for payment of entry
Friday 13 March 2020 Schools should have received Question packs
Wednesday 18 March to Wednesday 1 April 2020 Competition in schools
Wednesday 22 April 2020 Answers to be received by Competition Office
Monday 18 May - Friday 22 May 2020 Prizewinners notified
From Monday 8 June 2020 Results returned
Sunday 27 September - Friday 2 October 2020 (Perth) 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 is now OPEN or post the entry form to: Australian Geography Competition, c/o The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland, PO Box 625, Spring Hill, QLD 4004 in time before the 26 February entry deadline.
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 3330 6907.