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 2016.
  2. Be 15 years of age by 20 November 2016.
  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 via email to  by 11.00 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on 9 September 2016 . Use the 2016 Submission Template when submitting your entry.


You can submit your entry via a 2-minute video, a 2-minute audio podcast or a 400-word written essay, story, blog post or article.

Terms & Conditions

  1. The Country to Canberra Essay Competition runs between 27 July 2016 and 9 September 2016:
    • a) Entries must be received by the Country to Canberra email inbox ( ) by no later than 00 pm AEST on 9 September 2016.
    • 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 or audio format. Country to Canberra reserves the right to use its discretion if a video, podcast or essay goes over the word or time limit.
  3. Only one entry per person is allowed.
  4. Entries must be in English, written or spoken.
  5. Previous Country to Canberra competition winners (those that visited Canberra on the ‘Power Trip’) are not eligible for the 2016 prize.
  6. Entrants must be attending school in grades 10, 11 or 12 in 2016, 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 a legal consent form that allows the winners to travel to Canberra between 20-23 November 2016.
  9. Winners must be available to travel to Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, unaccompanied, between 20 November 2016 and 23 November 2016 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 essays 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 decides by the Country to Canberra management team, in line with our values.

The Prize

At least 10 regional, rural and remote young women will win our Leadership Competition and score an all-expenses paid ‘Power Trip’ to Canberra. Winners will be flown out to Canberra on 20 November 2016 and stay until 23 November 2016. This prize consists of the following: 

  1. Main Day 1: 
    • A full day of leadership training at the Australian National University, co-hosted by Raising Hope Education Foundation;
    • Pubic Speaking training run by TEDxCanberra;
    • Team-building exercises run by Defence Force Recruiting;
    • A morning yoga session;
    • Inspiring special guest speakers;
    • In the evening, you will be guest of honour at an exclusive Country to Canberra cocktail event. You’ll attend alongside members parliamentarians, members of the community, inspiring leaders, volunteers and more.
  2. Main Day 2: 
    • You’ll be guest of honour at our traditional Powerful Women’s Breakfast, to meet with motivating female leaders, including senior executives, MPs and Senators. In the past, attendees have included former Chief Minister and now Federal Senator Katy Gallagher, President of the National Rural Women’s Coalition Pat Hamilton, ACT Woman of the Year Amanda Whitely, the highest female executive at Defence Rebecca Skinner, Cathy McGowan MP, Gai Brodtmann MP and many more amazing women;
    • A behind-the-scenes tour of Parliament House and special tickets to Question Time;
    • A tour of the Australian War Memorial, lead by female Defence members;
    • Private meetings with Ministers and MPs at Parliament. In past years, winners have met with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop MP, Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek MP and Deputy Nationals Leader Senator Fiona Nash, plus more!
  3. Other perks: 
    • Access to 6 free online mentorship sessions with a trained Raising Hope mentor;
    • 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, videos or podcasts will be published on the Country to Canberra website, as well as by our sponsors and key partners to provide national exposure.
  4. At least 10 young women will win the prize in 2016, with one coming 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 25’ and promoted on social media channels.


  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 25 that they will sign a Talent Release Form which makes Country to Canberra 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. Entries must answer the 2016 competition question. At least one winner will be selected from every state and territory, except the ACT.

Declaration for Submission

  1. In submitting an entry to the 2016 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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