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Join Australia’s largest history competition to lift the profile of history and recognise your students!

The Australian History Competition has been cancelled for 2020.  All schools will receive full refunds.
To help teachers who are looking for quality resources at this time we are making past papers available free of charge.
To access the papers login with your current username and password or click on the Registration button, enter your details and this will take you to the Past Papers.
We look forward to your support in 2021.




10th Anniversary

Professional Learning Experience for Teachers

As part of our 10th Anniversary celebration, we’re offering one participating teacher the chance of a 3 day Professional Learning Experience in historical Tasmania.


This has been deferred to 2021

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to run the competition on the specified competition date?

No. There is some flexibility about when you can run the competition to fit with your particular school’s diary and timetable. We do specify that if you run the competition earlier that you must collect all papers and source sheets and keep them secure until after the competition has finished.

Do all the students have to sit the competition at the same time?

No. We want the Australian History Competition to be as easy for teachers to run as possible. To save the need for gathering all students in one location or changing the timetable, you can run the competition in your normal timetabled classes provided that you collect all competition papers and source sheets and keep them secure until the competition is completed.

How will the Competition improve my teaching & my students’ performance?

The Australian History Competition will help your teaching in many ways. It provides an interesting, challenging and rewarding experience that will help motivate your students. The AHC also showcases to students and other staff that History is an important subject with opportunities to excel at a national level. By providing you with feedback about your students’ performance against national bench marks the Australian History Competition enables you to highlight areas of teaching where you (and your colleagues) excel. It also enables you to highlight areas of the curriculum where you may need to place more emphasis.

Will my year 7 or year 9 students be disadvantaged?

No. Your year 7 students are marked only against the year 7 students from other schools. The year 8 students are marked separately. The same applies for year 9 students.

What if my students haven’t done history yet this year?

The questions are designed to test historical skills and concepts so the content that students have covered is not significant to the way students may perform.

What feedback do teachers get on their students’ performance?

Teachers get online access to the results of each student for each question. We also provide school, state and national averages for each question so that you can compare how you students are performing. This year we are aiming to link each of the questions to specific historical skills and concepts specified in the Australian Curriculum: History so that teachers can see how their students are performing against the key elements of the curriculum.

Is it possible to do the competition online?

No. At this stage, with the experience of NAPLAN and the South Australian online testing system, we believe that the technical problems are too great. Most teachers find the current paper system easy to use and we don’t want to create extra stress for classroom teachers that can be caused by technical problems outside our control.


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