For teachers

The National History Challenge is a nationally recognised competition aimed at engaging students in historical research. As well as building historical literacy the challenge develops student confidence and creativity.

Involve your students

  • Register your students online at the National History Challenge website.
  • The challenge can be entered by individual students, a whole class or school.
  • Every student who attempts historical research relating to the theme is entitled to a participation certificate.
  • Participation can form part of student assessment. Alternatively you may have existing assessment tasks which can be submitted as entries.
  • Teachers who facilitate participation will receive a certificate to add to their professional development portfolio at the completion of the challenge.

Curriculum links:

The Old Parliament House category targets the National Civics and Citizenship curriculum as well as being relevant to every State and Territory history curricula.

In general students will:

  • Use and evaluate a range of primary and secondary sources. A primary document study forms part of the requirements for entries.
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • Evaluate others’ view points in order to develop and argue their own.
  • Reference written and visual material included in their essay.

Civics and Citizenship Key Learning

Download the years 7-9 Civics and Citizenship Key Learning matrix.

The Museum of Australian Democracy’s Australian Prime Ministers Centre sponsored this category in the 2008 National History Challenge. Find out more about the latest National History Challenge.

The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students. More information is available on the National History Challenge site.