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Inaugural Treasury Research Institute Essay Competition

The inaugural Treasury Research Institute Essay Competition is a national essay contest for Australian university students that aims to promote engagement with important economic policy issues.

Entries open Wednesday 29 March 2017 and entries close at 5pm (AEST) on Friday 14 July 2017. A panel will determine a winning entry and two commendable entries in August 2017.

The panel will be chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury, John Fraser and include Treasury’s Chief Advisor on structural reform, Hamish McDonald, and Principal Advisor on macroeconomic conditions, Angelia Grant.

The winner will receive a prize of $2,500, with prizes of $1,000 each awarded to the two runners-up. In addition, the three winning entrants will have the opportunity to visit Treasury to meet with the Secretary as well as senior officials.

Entrants should write an essay of no more than 2,000 words (including references) that addresses the following topic:

What do you believe will be most important for ensuring Australia’s future economic prosperity, and why?

Entry is open to all students enrolled at an Australian tertiary education institution as at the opening date for entries. Treasury employees, contractors, and consultants to Treasury are not eligible to enter.

Entries should be submitted in word format using the form below before the 14 July 2017 closing date. Files names should include the student’s name and student ID number (for example: JaneSmith_12345678). All entrants must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions.

Essay Competition Entry Form

  • Please include your area code.
  • Please attach your essay in Word format. Please include your name and student number in the file name. For example: JaneSmith_12345678.
    Accepted file types: doc, docx.
  • I hereby declare that I have read all the terms and conditions and agree to abide by them. This essay, entered in the Treasury Research Institute Essay Competition, is my own work and complies with the essay guidelines. I confirm that I meet the eligibility criteria and agree to the publication of my essay should my entry be successful.

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