National History Challenge

The National History Challenge encourages students from years 5 to 12 to use research and inquiry-based learning to discover more about Australia and its past.

NFAW sponsors the Women’s Category, which raises the awareness of Australian school children of the role played by women in Australia’s history.

All students who participate in the National History Challenge receive a Certificate of Participation. Each Australian state and territory have a coordinator, and state and territory judging is undertaken locally. National judging takes place in October to determine category winners and the Young Historian of the Year finalists. From these finalists, the Young Historian of the Year is chosen. The prizes are presented to the winner at Parliament House, Canberra.

The History Teachers’ Association of Australia conducts the National History Challenge each year. Details about the Challenge and how to enter are available on the National History Challenge website.

Sponsors of other special categories include the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Old Parliament House and the National Archives of Australia.

To donate and help fund the Women’s Prize in the National History Challenge

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National History Challenge 2017-20

The theme for 2017 was Making a Better World. The winner of the NFAW Women’s History Prize was Kara Walker, Year 12, Albany Creek State High School Queensland for her essay entitled Germaine Greer: Loud and Proud. The judges commented that: This response considers the role of Germaine Greer in the feminist movement. The student critically analyses the role of Greer including the less favourable aspects of her work. They explore the contemporary and modern perspectives on her influence on the feminist movement. Of particular note is the student’s annotated bibliography which is superb.

The Theme for 2019 was Turning Points. The National Young Historian was Alice Ward of St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School for her piece on The East German Doping Scandal.

The Theme for 2020 is Contested Histories

NFAW 2020 Annual Dinner

The 2020 Annual Dinner will be held at the National Press Club on 9 November 2020. We are delighted to announce that the Guest Speaker will be Professor Helen Christensen AO, Director and Chief Scientist of Black Dog Institute (BDI).