'Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organised society'. Franklin D Roosevelt
About the competition
Think outside the box and create an entry that highlights the value of tax and/or super in the community.
Who can enter
The competition is open to all students in years 7 – 12 enrolled in the Australian education system.
For judging, the entries will be split into two categories:
- Junior (Year 7-9)
- Senior (Year 10-12)
Types of entries students can submit
There are no limits on what students can submit but examples include:
- Write It - short stories, a script or a marketing proposal
- Make It - artworks, comic strips, songs or a prototype of an app or game
- Film It - videos, skits or music clips.
The students can submit up to three entries per person/group. A separate entry form must accompany each entry.
There is no entry fee.
How to enter
Entries open at 9.00 am AEST Monday 3 June 2019 and must be received by 11.59pm AEST on Friday 23 August 2019. Late entries will not be accepted.
Entries that are not endorsed by a school or community organisation will only receive the prize money allocated for the student/s. The prize money allocated for the school or community organisation will be forfeited.
Note: Any individuals that appear in your entry must complete a separate film/photo consent form.
There are limits on the file size of digital entries:
- entries submitted online have a maximum upload limit of 5MB
- entries submitted by post have a maximum file size of 4GB.
Acceptable digital entry file formats are:
- video and audio: MP3, MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV
- image files: PNG, JPG , PDF
- website: URL address
- social media: for example, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram.
Note: Entries must not include branding, images, logos or government crests which are the property of or represent the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). For example, if a YouTube listing contains any part of the ATO logo, name or brand, or gives the impression that it is official in nature, the entry will be disqualified and we will request its removal or amendment.
Winners and prizes
The total prize pool is $6,200. The following prizes are available in both the Junior and Senior categories:
- First prize winner ($400 plus $600 for their school or community organisation)
- Second prize winner ($250 plus $400 for their school or community organisation)
- Third prize winner ($150 plus $300 for their school or community organisation)
- People’s Choice Award ($400 plus $600 for their school or community organisation)
Prizes will be provided as a pre-paid card and posted to the addresses provided on the entry form. If the winning entry is a group entry, the entrants will be responsible for splitting the prize. If a school or community organisation does not endorse an entry, that portion of the prize will be forfeited.
Selection of winners
The ATO will shortlist entrants from each category (Junior and Senior). Shortlisted entrants will be invited to submit a short two-minute video pitch to explain their approach to the judging panel. The entrants will be given one week to submit their videos. The judging panel will select the first, second and third place winners from the shortlisted entries. The People’s Choice Award will be selected by the public from the shortlisted entries. The public will be able to vote on taxsuperandyou.gov.au for a period of two weeks. The winning entries will be announced in September. The winners will be:
- notified by email
- published on taxsuperandyou.gov.au
- published in a media release.
What the judges look for
- Originality: How original is the concept presented?
- Execution: How well is the idea executed?
- Value: What is the potential marketing value of the concept?
- Relevance: How relevant is the idea to tax and super?
All decisions of the judging panel are final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
Use of shortlisted and winning entries
If your entry is shortlisted, you agree to take part in all reasonable publicity activities that may occur. You must allow the ATO to use your entry on ATO websites (taxsuperandyou.gov.au, ato.gov.au, and the ATO intranet) and on the ATO’s social media channels (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn YouTube and atoTV) for the purposes of determining the People’s Choice Award, promotion of the competition and to support other marketing and communication campaigns.
Stay tuned to the Tax, Super + You website for news about the 2019 competition.