Education competitions

The Anzac Day Schools' Awards and the National History Challenge are opportunities for students to engage with Australia's wartime history in significant and meaningful ways.

We invite you to enter these competitions to explore the wartime experiences of Australians and the significance of commemoration.

Anzac Day Schools' Awards

The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) is proud to host the Anzac Day Schools' Awards.

This national competition recognises the work of students, teachers and schools to engage with veterans and honour Australia's wartime history.

The theme for 2022 was Engaging with veterans: Stories of peacekeeping. This aligns with commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Australian peacekeeping operations in 2022.

We are pleased to announce the 2022 winners.

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National History Challenge

This is a research-based competition for primary and secondary students in Australia. It is run and organised by the History Teachers' Association of Australia (HTAA).

DVA sponsors the Australian Wartime Experiences category of the National History Challenge.

Students who enter this category will gain an understanding of the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served Australia in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

The theme for 2022 was Causes and Consequences. Entries closed on 26 August 2022.

Students are encouraged to think about events in Australia's wartime history and consider their causes and consequences.

Some possible areas of research might include:

  • The evolution of the commemorative tradition in Australia.
  • Australia's role in the Pacific theatre of World War II.
  • The history of military conscription in Australia.
  • Post-World War II conflicts involving Australian service personnel.
  • The effects of war on the home front.

These are just some ideas for your entry. Use them as a launchpad for your research. Be creative!

Check key dates on the National History Challenge website.


Last updated: 8 September 2022

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DVA (Department of Veterans' Affairs) (2022), Education competitions, DVA Anzac Portal, accessed 29 November 2022, https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/research-education/competitions
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