The National History Challenge is an exciting contest that encourages students to use research and inquiry-based learning to discover more about the past. Students are the historians. They can investigate their community, explore their own and their family’s past and consider ideas throughout history. The NHC encourages the use of primary and secondary sources and offers a variety of presentation styles. It rewards students with generous cash prizes and travel opportunities. There is NO entry fee for the NHC.

For more information go to: National History Challenge


The Competition is prepared by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia and run in conjunction with The Giant Classroom. While a primary goal has been to provide an interesting and challenging competition for students, we also see this as an opportunity to support teachers in the implementation of the new Australian Curriculum: History. It provides a quality resource that demonstrates approaches to the assessment of knowledge, skills and understandings.

In 2019 the competition will be offered to years 7, 8, 9 and 10. The Year 9 and 10 paper will be broadly based on the Australian Curriculum: History for years 9 and 10. The Year 7 and 8 paper will be broadly based on the Australian Curriculum: History for years 7 and 8. Separate prizes will be offered to state and national champions for each year group.  

For more information go to : Australian History Competition


Australian Geography Competition is a contest for Australian secondary school students, assessing their geographical knowledge and skills. The Competition aims to encourage student interest in geography and to reward student excellence

To find out more and enter your students, visit the competition website


The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students. The competition encourages participants to focus on the significance of Anzac Day and to consider what Anzac Day means to them and to Australia.

Further detail including due dates can be found via the link Simpson Prize


These Northern Territory-specific prizes allow NT students in Years 10 and 11 to travel to Europe or Hawaii to better understand Australia's shared history with France and the United States of America. 

Please visit the Anzac Spirit Study Tour and the Peace in the Pacific Study Tour pages for more information.