Civics for Citizenship Essay Competition

The Rotary Club of Hobart has established a “Civics for Citizenship” essay competition to encourage civic literacy amongst Tasmania’s school children.

This competition seeks to promote interest in, and participation in the civic culture of Tasmania through a debate on the foundation principles of citizen engagement with our democracy.  

The Rotary Club of Hobart believes it is important to encourage the next generation of leadership to reflect on where their democratic values came from in order to appreciate the need to use them and preserve them

The Rotary Club particularly embraces the concept of an essay competition as this connects well to the Club’s special community service theme of literacy.

Literacy has been a hidden problem in Tasmania for too long.  The Rotary Club adopted the theme to contribute to solving the problem through a series of projects over three years.   It is hoped that the Civics for Citizenship Prize will inspire students to express creatively their interest in Tasmania’s law, history, politics or just a love of writing. 


There are two competitions: 

For Students in Year 7 and 8

Does being a “good Tasmanian” contribute to the development of an effective Australian national identity?  

For Students in Year 11

 “Should Section 44 of the Australian Constitution be reformed to preserve an inclusive sense of national identity? Please explain your answer.”


The final date for submission will be 28th September 2018 for Years 7 and 8 and 31st October for Year 11.  The competition is open to years 7 and 8 for the first competition and Year 11 for the second competition for all Tasmanian schools. Participating schools can submit up to two essays per school.


There are three prizes for the competition for Students in Year 7 and 8 – The first prize has a value of $500; second prize $300 and third prize $100.

The winner for the Year 11 competition will receive one week in Canberra, all expenses paid, to attend the “Rotary  Adventure in Citizenship   sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hobart. 

More details can be found here.