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  • The Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize 2020 is now open

    The Premier's Spirit of Anzac Prize provides 22 students with the opportunity to participate in an overseas study tour to sites where Australians have served in times of war and peacekeeping. In addition, 20 regional finalists will visit Canberra and be invited to attend the Premier's ANZAC Day Luncheon.

    The Prize is open to students in Years 9 and 10 currently enrolled in all Victorian Government, Catholic and Independent Schools.

    Competition closing date

    • 5pm, Tuesday 8 October 2019 – early applications are encouraged

    How to enter

    Step 1: Check you’re eligible

    • You have permission from a parent or guardian.
    • You’re in Year 9 or Year 10 and enrolled in a Victorian registered school (Government, Catholic or Independent) in the year your entry is submitted.
    • If your entry is shortlisted, you need to be available for a group interview in Melbourne in early December 2019. The interview is a mandatory part of the selection process.
    • You’re an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia in the year of the study tour.
    • Entry is largely your own work, without assistance from other students, teachers or family members.
    • Your entry doesn’t break any copyright laws.
    • Your entry is provided in Word or PDF format.
    • Your entry can be used to promote the competition.
    • You’re available to present to local schools and communities, if needed.
    • You have or can apply for an Australian passport, which is valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel.

    Step 2: Select a topic for the focus of your entry from the list below

    Topic 1: Explore or represent the perspectives and experiences of Australians in war.

    Topic 2: Explore or represent the ways Australia’s involvement in war changed the role of women in Australian society.

    Topic 3: Explore or represent how communities commemorate and remember those who have fought for Australia.

    You can select from WWI, WWII, the Vietnam War or more recent conflicts when responding to your chosen topic.

    Step 3: Presenting your submission

    You can present your entry as:

    • an essay up to 1,000 words (word count doesn’t include references or footnotes)
    • poem, short story or other literary form
    • audio presentation (maximum 10 minutes)
    • video presentation (maximum 10 minutes)
    • musical composition – a song or instrumental
    • web page
    • artwork – painting, drawing, photograph, textile or other art forms

    Step 4: Research your chosen topic

    You can source materials from:

    • interviews
    • experiences of friends or relatives
    • media sources
    • online research
    • local libraries, ex-service organisations such as the Returned and Services League (RSL) and historical societies

    You need to acknowledge all sources and provide an annotated bibliography.

    Step 5: Include an annotated bibliography listing reference material

    You need to include a bibliography or listing for all entry types. Please provide in Word or PDF format, that doesn’t exceed 5MB.

    Step 6: All entries (excluding essays) need to include a statement of intent

    Your statement should be no more than 500 words and needs to cover:

    • how you conducted your research
    • why you choose your format
    • how the format relates to the research and topic
    • your conclusions on the topic

    Please create your statement in Word or PDF format and check that it doesn’t exceed 5MB.

    Step 7: Check your attachments are the right size and format

    Before beginning the online application, check your attachments are in the right format.

    Digital presentations

    For a webpage, audio presentation, video or musical composition – upload to YouTube and include the URL in a Word or PDF attachment. Please check the document doesn’t exceed 5MB.


    Please provide an image of your artwork in PDF format, that doesn’t exceed 5MB. We’re unable to accept the original artworks.

    Essay, short story or poem

    Please provide in Word and PDF format, that doesn’t exceed 5MB.

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    Key dates

    Competition closing date: 5pm, Tuesday 8 October 2019 – early applications are encouraged.

    Student Group Interview Day: early December 2019

    Premier’s announcement ceremony for recipients: early February 2020

    Overseas study tour

    • Travel dates: Term 1 holidays, 2020
    • Tour of Australian military service and culturally significant sites

    Canberra study tour

    • Travel dates: Term 2 holidays, 2020
    • Tour: 3-day tour of the Australian War Memorial and surrounding sites

    Prize selection process

    Step 1: A selection panel will judge your entry based on:

    • relation to the theme: 35%
    • quality of historical research: 35%
    • presentation: 30%

    Step 2: Finalists will be invited to an interview

    If your application is shortlisted, you’ll be asked to attend a group interview day. The group interview is a mandatory part of being able to participate in the study tour. The group interview day will be held in early December 2019.

    For the group interview, you need to prepare:

    • a portfolio outlining your achievements and participation in school and community activities
    • 3-minute presentation about your entry

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    Last updated on Thursday, 14 February 2019