Who can enter?

To enter the essay competition you must be:

  • studying either full or part time (undergraduate or postgraduate) at a recognised Australian university by the close of applications 31st August 2020
  • over the age of 18 years as of the date of submission.

How to submit an entry?

Entries must be submitted via contact@agrieducate.com.au by 11:59 pm (AEST) on 20th September 2020 using the Essay Competition Template. Entries will not be accepted after this time.

Essays must be submitted into one of the following categories:

  1. Science (e.g. agriculture, medicine, life sciences, nutrition)
  2. Engineering / IT
  3. Law/Arts/Social Sciences/Extension/Education
  4. Economics/Commerce/Business

The category will be determined by the school or faculty in which your degree sits. If you are unsure please email contact@agrieducate.com.au well in advance of the closing date for confirmation.


The essay must be no more than 1500 words in length and address the following question:

Agriculture and food security around the world is consistently challenged by a range of factors; be they

  • climatic (e.g. droughts. floods),
  • social (e.g. declining rural populations, investment in local infrastructure and services),
  • environmental (e.g. biodiversity, carbon and GHG emissions ),
  • economic (e.g. lack of access to capital, agricultural subsidies in select nations),
  • workforce (e.g. attraction and retention of skilled labour),
  • geopolitical e.g. (trade),
  • technological (e.g. rise of digital agriculture), or
  • consumer and public perception (e.g. animal welfare concerns, acceptance of GMO crops).

Yet the global pandemic has highlighted the importance of agriculture and the food supply chain globally, demonstrating the importance of farmers, agribusiness professionals, researchers and service providers associated with this essential industry. 

In this context, identify one major issue affecting agriculture or food security in your region, and tell us how your discipline could be contributing to overcome this issue

Terms and Conditions

  1. The AgriEducate essay competition runs from the 20th July 2020 until 11:59 pm (AEST) on the 20th September 2020.
    • Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm (AEST) on the 20th September 2020 via email using the template.
    • AgriEducate reserves the right to disqualify any entries received after the competition has closed.
  2. Entries must not exceed the 1500 word limit (excluding references, headings and title text) and AgriEducate reserves the right to use its discretion should entries exceed this limit.
  3. Only one entry is allowed per person.
  4. By entering the competition, you declare that the submitted work is entirely your own. AgriEducate will immediately disqualify any work suspected of being plagiarised or suspected to be subject to academic misconduct.
  5. Entries must be written in English. If English is a second language or the entrant is Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, please declare that in your entry form.
  6. By entering the competition, entrants declare that material does not infringe on any copyright or licenses. It remains the entrants’ responsibility to ensure this is the case. AgriEducate is not liable for any losses as a result of entering this competition.
  7. The views expressed in the essays do not reflect on the views of AgriEducate, and remain solely the views of the entrant.
  8. By entering the competition, you declare that all information provided is correct and not misleading, and you meet the eligibility requirements. If AgriEducate suspects that any false information has been provided, or if an entrant is ineligible, the work will be disqualified.
  9. AgriEducate reserves the right to withdraw applications at any stage for any reason determined appropriate by AgriEducate.
  10. AgriEducate reserves the right to extend or modify the closing date.


  1. By entering the competition, the entrant grants AgriEducate and the sponsors the right to reproduce, publish, and use the submitted work and entrants details as required for appropriate purposes, without royalty, commission or further reimbursement. The work will be attributed to the entrant/author at all times practicable.
  2. AgriEducate reserves the right to modify and format the essays for publication purposes.

Essay Selection

  1. Essays will be marked by a panel of judges chosen by Sponsors and AgriEducate. As part of the competition AgriEducate will provide submitted essays and entrant details to each member of the judging panel, in the relevant category.


  1. AgriEducate reserves the right to determine the final outcome of the competition, and to name and order winners and prizes, in discussion with sponsors and judges.
  2. AgriEducate reserves the right to modify or remove any prizes if required, or not to award a prize.
  3. Prizes are not transferable, not assignable and not substitutable.
  4. A prize will not be awarded for the Global/Open category.
  5. By entering the competition, the entrant gives permission for AgriEducate and sponsors to use the winners name, likeness and work for promotional purposes, and other purposes deemed appropriate.
  6. Participants agree that AgriEducate and sponsoring entities are not liable for any damages or losses arising from the competition.
  7. The entrant will be solely responsible for any costs or taxes incurred as part of the competition, or claiming of the prize, including but not limited to any taxes.
  8. All submitted work is subject to the AgriEducate Privacy Policy.
  9. There is no entry fee for the competition.