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Treasury Research Institute Essay Competition

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

Entries for the 2018 competition are now open and will close at 5 pm (AEST) on Friday 27 July 2018.

A judging panel will determine a winning entry and commendable entries in August 2018.

The panel will be chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury, John Fraser, and include Diane Brown, Division Head – Financial System Division, and Dan Andrews, Chief Adviser – Structural Reform Group.

The winner will receive a prize of $2,500, with prizes of $1,000 each awarded to up to four runners up. In addition to having the essay published, the winner and runners up will have the opportunity to visit Treasury to meet with the Secretary as well as senior Treasury officials.

The essay

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

How should we evaluate the economic contribution of professional and amateur sport?

Entry is open to all students (undergraduate and postgraduate) enrolled at an Australian tertiary education institution as at the opening date for entries (Tuesday 3 April 2018). Treasury employees, contractors, and consultants to Treasury are not eligible to enter.

How to enter

Submit your essay through the below form before the closing date. All entrants must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions.

Essay competition form entry

  • 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, pdf, .

We received nearly 50 entries for the inaugural Treasury Research Institute Essay Competition  in 2017 and we look forward to an enthusiastic response again in 2018.

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