ISAY Essay Competition 2019

Entries now close 11:59pm AEST Friday 12 July 2019.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is pleased to launch the inaugural iSAY Essay Competition.

Categories

The competition is comprised of three categories:

Australian high school student category

  • open to students enrolled in years 11 and 12 at an Australian high school.

Australian university student category

  • open to undergraduates at any accredited university in Australia.

ASEAN university student category

  • open to undergraduate students of universities in any Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member country.

The competition will promote understanding of the many ways in which trade has benefited Australia and the world. The ASEAN undergraduate university student category honours the 2019 Australia now program, which is focused on engaging and celebrating the vitality, diversity and capability of youth across Southeast Asia.

Prizes

All categories

The top-placed entrant (the author of the winning essay) in each of the three categories will become a special guest contributor to DFAT’s flagship online and print magazine, business envoy, with their winning entry published in a future edition.

Australian university undergraduate student category

The three Australian university undergraduate student category finalists (the author of the winning essay and two runners-up) will receive return flights to Canberra and accommodation to present their ideas at a Youth Forum at DFAT’s Diplomatic Academy on Monday 12 August 2019.

In addition, the top-placed Australian university undergraduate entrant (the author of the winning essay) will receive return flights and accommodation to attend an Australia now event in an ASEAN country nominated by DFAT.

ASEAN university undergraduate student category

The two ASEAN university undergraduate student category finalists (the author of the winning essay and one runner-up) will receive return flights to Canberra and accommodation to present their ideas at a Youth Forum at DFAT’s Diplomatic Academy on Monday 12 August 2019.

Essay Topics

Entrants should write an original essay of up to 750 words for high school students and up to 1500 words (including references) for university students.

The 2019 iSAY Competition topics are:
Australian high school student category Australian and ASEAN university undergraduate student categories
Australia is part of the global economy. How has
international trade and globalisation benefited
Australia and your city, town or community?
ASEAN represented 14 per cent of Australia’s total trade in 2017-18 and 4 per cent of Australia’s two way investment at the end of 2017.

What are the barriers to a closer trade and
economic relationship and how can Australia and
ASEAN countries work together to overcome
them?

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