Competition Terms and Conditions

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Who Can Enter?

To win the Power Trip prize, entrants must be:

  1. Female students who are attending school in grades 10, 11 or 12 in 2017.
  2. Be 15 years of age by 2 December 2017.
  3. Attend a school that is located at least 50 kilometres away from a town with a population 80,000 persons or more.
    • a) For example, if you attend school in Alice Springs (population 28,000), you’re eligible to enter. If you attend school 30 kilometres out of Newcastle, NSW (population 300,000) then you are ineligible to enter.

How to Submit an Entry?

Entries must be submitted to by 11.00 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on 8 September 2017 . Written entries should use this Template.  The competition will be open for entries from 25 July 2017.


You can submit your entry via a 2-minute video or a 400-word written essay, story, poem, blog post or article.  A couple of things to keep in mind – references are not included in the word limit, and if you choose to submit a video please keep your video smaller than 100MB and record it in landscape.

Terms & Conditions

  1. The Country to Canberra Leadership Competition runs between 25 July 2017 and 8 September 2017:
    • a) Entries must be received via the Country to Canberra Leadership Competition Portal by no later than 11.00 pm AEST on 8 September 2017.
    • b) Country to Canberra reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is received after the aforementioned time/date.
  2. Entries should not be longer than 400 words if in written format or no longer than 2 minutes if in video format. Country to Canberra reserves the right to use its discretion if a video or written entry goes over the word or time limit.
  3. Only one entry per person is allowed.
  4. Entries must be in English, written or spoken. If a English is an entrants second language/the entrant is Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD), please declare this in your submission email. This will taken into consideration when marking the entries. Please contact the team if you require any assistance or guidance.
  5. Previous Country to Canberra competition winners (those that visited Canberra on the ‘Power Trip’) are not eligible for the 2017 prize.
  6. Entrants must be attending school in grades 10, 11 or 12 in 2017, be living in a rural or remote area and be currently attending school.
    1. For the purposes of the competition, this means someone that lives more than 50km away from a city of 80,000 people. If you’re uncertain whether you qualify, please contact Country to Canberra.
  7. Parents/Legal Guardians of competition winners must be willing to sign a Talent Release Form.
  8. Parents/Legal Guardians of the competition winners must also be willing to sign a legal consent form, and a medical form, that allows the winners to travel to Canberra between 3-6 December 2017.
  9. Winners must be available to travel to Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, unaccompanied, between 3 December 2017 and 6 December 2017 and attend all Power Trip events.
    • a) Country to Canberra is cognisant of the fact that final exams may impede on the ability for Year 12 students to be able to travel on these dates. Unfortunately, Country to Canberra is unable to change the Power Trip dates and therefore, students must be available on the specified dates.
    • b) If a winner is unable to attend after being selected, the prize will be provided to a runner-up. Efforts will be made to provide the affected individual with mentoring and other opportunities as deemed appropriate by Country to Canberra.
  10. Winners will be required to participate in media events in the period leading up to, during and after the Power Trip. If winners do not wish to participate in these events, then they will be unable to receive the prize. Country to Canberra will still publish their entries on the Country to Canberra website.
  11. Winners must behave both before and during the ‘Power Trip’ in a manner that aligns with the values of Country to Canberra. If a winner is deemed to be acting in a manner contrary to these values, Country to Canberra reserves the right to revoke the prize or return the winner to their home state at the winner’s own cost.
  12. Country to Canberra reserves the right to disqualify any entry that goes over the relevant word or time limit, students who do not provide a Talent Release or Consent Form or for any other reason decided by the Country to Canberra management team, in line with our values.


  1. The winning entries will be published on Country to Canberra’s website. They may also be used on Country to Canberra’s social media channels, as appropriate.
  2. By entering the competition, you are agreeing for Country to Canberra to publish your entry and are providing Country to Canberra with consent to re-publish your work.
  3. Entrants agree that if they are chosen to be in the Top 40 Country to Canberra will be the sole proprietor of all intellectual property associated with the entry (and hence, the entries can be re-published on different platforms, including by our sponsors).
  4. Country to Canberra reserves the right to modify the format and content of entries for publication purposes.

Selection Process

  1. The selection process is explained on the Marking Process and Selection Criteria webpage. Entries will be shortlisted by a Country to Canberra representative, and winners will then be selected by an objective marking panel. Marking will be undertaken in accordance with the prescribed selection criteria which is available here: Selection Criteria. All entries must address the 2017 competition question.

The Prize

Multiple regional, rural and remote young women will win our Leadership Competition and win an all-expenses paid ‘Power Trip’ to Canberra. Winners will be flown out to Canberra on 3 December 2017 and stay until 6 December 2017. This prize consists of the following:

  1. Main Day 1:
    • A full-day of inspiring activities and training at the the nation’s top institution, Australian National University;
    • Pubic Speaking training from TEDxCanberra;
    • Meeting your very own mentor;
    • Inspiring special guest speakers and meetings with awesome activists, media personalities and more.
  2. Main Day 2:
    • You’ll be guest of honour at our Powerful Women’s Breakfast to meet with motivating female leaders. In past years, winners have met with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann, UN Women Australia’s Executive Director Janelle Weissman and so many more amazing women.
    • A special lunch at Parliament, as well as private meetings! In past years, Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, Deputy Nationals Leader Fiona Nash, Senator Jacqui Lambie and more.
    • A behind-the-scenes tour of Parliament House and special tickets to Question Time.
  3. Other perks:
    • Fun sight-seeing activities;
    • Access to 6 free online mentorship sessions through our Country to Canberra mentor initiative;
    • Flights to and from your closest airport to the ACT;
    • Paid-for accommodation, food and incidentals;
    • Access to Country to Canberra’s alumni network after the trip;
    • Winning essays and videos will be published on the Country to Canberra website, as well as by our sponsors and key partners to provide national exposure.
  4. Country to Canberra will aim to select at least one winner from each state and territory (bar the ACT). Runners-up will have their competition entries published on the Country to Canberra website as part of the ‘Top 40’ and promoted on social media channels.

Declaration for Submission

  1. In submitting an entry to the 2017 Country to Canberra Essay Competition, you declare that the entry provided is your own work and has not been published previously by another website or entered into another competition. You have read all of the terms and conditions and agree to abide by them.

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