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Treasury Research Institute essay competition – Terms and conditions

Entry and eligibility

  1. All entries must be submitted via the Treasury Research Institute website by 5pm (AEST) Friday 14 July 2017. Entries submitted after this time will not be eligible. All submissions received by the closing date will receive confirmation of receipt.
  2. Photo identification will be required from winning entrants prior to awarding prizes.
  3. Entrants must be enrolled at an Australian university as at 29 March 2017 to be eligible to enter. This includes undergraduate, postgraduate and part time students. Entrants must provide their student number with their application.
  4. Treasury employees, contractors, and consultants to Treasury are not eligible to enter.
  5. Entrants must complete an entry form, sign the declaration and comply with all terms and conditions for their entry to be eligible.

Essay guidelines

  1. Entries must be submitted in a Word document with a cover page, title and author. Text should be presented with 1.5 spacing and in 12 pt. font size. The pages should be numbered.
  2. The file name of the essay should only include the author’s name and student number, for example, JaneSmith_12345678.
  3. Entries must be a single essay of up to 2,000 words including all titles, references (including in-text citations and reference lists) and notes. Essays should be written in English and may include charts or diagrams if necessary.
  4. Referencing style: Treasury prefers the Vancouver system of numbered referencing or the documentary-note system.
  5. Entries must be original works written by an individual author. Entries must not infringe upon anyone’s copyright. Essays that are deemed to contain plagiarism will be disqualified. Multiple entries are not permitted.
  6. Entries should not be on offer to other publications or prizes or anthologies for the duration of the Treasury Research Institute essay competition.
  7. Previously published, prize-winning, or broadcast essays will not be accepted. (Previous online appearances constitute prior publication.) Entries will be deemed ineligible if they are under contract to another publisher or broadcaster.
  8. Translations are not eligible.
  9. Copyright in the essay remains with the entrant.

The judging process

  1. Essays will be shortlisted by Treasury staff following the closing date.
  2. The shortlisted essays will be assessed by a judging panel of senior Treasury staff, chaired by the Treasury Secretary .
  3. Essays will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Engagement with the topic and with contemporary economic policy issues.
    • Interpretation and command of economic concepts.
    • Use of evidence to present a compelling analysis.
    • Originality of ideas and strength of argument.
    • Quality and clarity of language and writing style.
  4. The judging panel’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into about the judgements or the judging process. Treasury reserves the right not to award a prize.

Winning entries

  1. The winner will receive AU$2,500. The two runners-up (commendable entries) will each receive AU$1,000.
  2. Winners will be notified by email prior to the winners being announced.
  3. The winning essays will be published on the Treasury website, Treasury Research Institute website and Treasury’s social media accounts.
  4. The winners may be required to take part in an event, media and social media activities.
  5. Treasury may edit the winning essays prior to publication and will consult the author if required.
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