The School of Mathematics and Statistics Research Competition provides high-school students with the opportunity to understand what it means to conduct mathematics and solve mathematical problems.

The students will be given a set of eight open-ended questions from which they choose one. They can then use some of the methods used by mathematical researchers to investigate their problem; they can gather data, simplify, visualise, hypothesise, conjecture and prove. The aim of the competition is to allow students to use their creativity and problem-solving skills to make choices about how best to ask and answer questions about their chosen project. Students can compete individually, or they can compete as a team in order to foster a positive environment, giving them the opportunity to reason and work collaboratively.


Students must be currently enrolled in an Australian government or non-government school. The competition is open to three age groups: Juniors (Years 5 - 6), Intermediate (Years 7 - 9) and Senior (Years 10 - 12).

Students may compete individually or in a team of up to three people. If a team includes students from different age groups, then they must register in the age category of the oldest student. Schools may enter multiple teams, but students may only participate in one team.

The 2021 brochure will be available early in 2021. If you would like to express an interest in taking part and be sent the brochure, please click the link below.

Expression of interest