Competitions

In-school competitions and programs

Our core passion is finding new and stimulating ways to help young Australians - like you - become creative problem solvers! And we believe that enjoying the challenge of maths is the most effective way to get them there.

We run heaps of maths-based competitions and programs in schools, so if you're interested, ask your teacher about how you can participate.

If you’d like to see what our competitions are like, go to our competition practice portal for the Australian Maths Competition (AMC) and the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition.

And if you still need more, see our range of past papers.

All competitions and programs

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Kangourou Sans Frontières

March 2021 / Competition / Open

An online maths competition for years 3 to 12 available only to schools also competing in the AMC.  

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Australian Maths Competition

July 2021 / Competition / Open

Australia’s largest school-based mathematics competitions. With an online or paper version, it’s an engaging 30-problem competition, open to students in years 3 to 12.

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Maths Challenge

March-June 2021 / Program / Open

A fun problem-solving program for students in years 3 to 10, designed to extend their maths skills. Interesting problems are presented in a staged approach to encourage critical thinking. Taken individually or as a small group, Challenge runs over three to four consecutive weeks between March and June.

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Maths Enrichment

April-September 2021 / Program / Open

An extension program that offers course work and problems to develop new concepts and skills. Designed for students from years 4 to 10 over seven different stages. Enrichment can be run flexibily over 12 to 16 weeks between April and September.

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Computational and Algorithmic Thinking

March 2021 / Competition / Open

A competition for years 5 to 12 which incorporates unique three stage tasks that encourage students to develop informal algorithms and apply them to test data of increasing size or complexity. The CAT is run by teachers in schools (online or paper) and aims to identify coding potential.

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Oxford University Computing Challenge

May 2021 / Competition / Open & selection

The OUCC builds on the CAT competition and is aimed at students who have an interest in coding. OUCC helps students develop their skills in programmed solutions for computational thinking problems. It is a two-round competition, with the first round being open to all students, and the second round being an invitational event for the top 20 students in each division from the first round.

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Australian Informatics Olympiad

August 2021 / Competition / Open

A national computer programming competition held in term 3. Students write short computer programs to solve problems that vary in difficulty. The competition does not test computer literacy or knowledge, but is focused on problem solving through programming skills.

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Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad

September 2021 / Competition / Open

Also known as the ‘AIMO’, this four-hour exam is for talented students up to year 10. It is appropriate for those who have completed the Gauss or Noether Enrichment stage, high achievers in the AMC, and students who have acquired knowledge of Olympiad-level problem solving.

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Curious Minds

Starting December 2020 / Program / Invitational

Curious Minds is a six-month invitational program that combines two residential camps and a mentoring program, for girls in years 8–10 who are interested in STEM. Students are invited based on their performance in the AMC and CAT, as well as the Big Science Competition. The program also targets girls who are disadvantaged, rural/remote and/or Indigenous.