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Race Discrimination Commissioner's Student Prize 2018

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Race Discrimination Commissioner's Student Prize 2018

The Race Discrimination Commissioner's Student Prize is an annual competition for school students aimed to promote research and discussion of racism among young people.

Entries closed 11 May 2018.


Who can enter

Students in Years 10 and 11 at a school in any Australian state or territory are eligible to enter.

What do entrants need to do

Entrants may write an essay (maximum 1,000 words) or record a speech (video or audio, maximum 5 minutes) and submit it to the Commission via the entry form by 11 May 2018.
Entrants must answer one of the following questions:

  1. “The responsibility of fighting racism is ultimately borne on the shoulders of its victims.” Do you agree?
  2. How does the history of race in Australia shape current debates about identity and human rights?

Enter the competition


A promotional poster for the Student Prize is available for download here.

Schools can print these off and display them to spread the word about the Prize.

Prize and judging

The winning student will be awarded a book voucher from Dymocks worth $150.00. Their work will also be featured on the Commission's website and in the Commissioner's monthly newsletter.

The winning student's school will be awarded a book voucher from Dymocks worth $500.00.

The best entry will be selected by the Race Discrimination Commissioner and the winner will be awarded their prize at the Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture in Sydney in June 2018.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

Last year's winner

The winner of the 2017 Student Prize was Kupa Matangira, a Year 10 student at Hunter Christian School.

Kupa took out the Prize with her essay ‘The Ugly Truth Behind Racism’. You can read more here.


Dr Tim Soutphommasane awarding prize to Kupa Matangira

Dr Soutphommasane awarding essay prize winner Kupa Matangira

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