The National Geographic Channel Australian Geography Competition is a joint initiative of The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland and the Australian Geography Teachers' Association and is proudly sponsored by National Geographic Channel.
The Competition promotes the study of geography in Australian secondary schools. It is open to students studying geography, or an integrated social science that includes geography, in all years of secondary school.
Initially held in 1995, the Competition has a wide appeal to students, their families and teachers. In 2011 it attracted entries from approximately 80,000 students.
The Competition is held each year in late March. It consists of multiple-choice questions testing geographical knowledge and skills. The answer sheets are centrally marked and all the participants receive certificates. Students are graded at three levels depending on their age junior for students 13 and under; intermediate for students 14 and 15 years old; senior for students 16 and over.
Australia's teams to three international geography competitions are chosen from students who excel in this Competition.
Students under 16 who come first in their State or the combined Territories compete in a Final in late May/early June. The top student each year wins an all-expenses paid trip to represent Australia in the biennial National Geographic World Championship, organised and sponsored by the National Geographical Society. Our second-placed students from two years play off for the third team position.
For senior students, the top male and female students in Year 11 or lower, in each State and the combined Territories, participate in Geography's Big Week Out a mix of stimulating and hands-on geographical activities. Australia's teams to the International Geography Olympiads and the Asia-Pacific Regional Geography Olympiads are selected from the students at the Big Week Outs.