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The Schools Reconciliation Challenge is an annual writing and art competition for young people across NSW and the ACT.

The Schools Reconciliation Challenge is one way for students to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia and contribute positively to Australian society, while meeting the objectives of the K-6 and 7-10 syllabus.

Every year, we ask students to create artworks and stories inspired by a theme, and to reflect on what reconciliation means to them. In 2018, our theme is Our Voices, Our Future!


Who can enter?

All young people in Years 5-9 (or of equivalent age), Indigenous and non-Indigenous, of all abilities, can enter. Young people may enter the competition through their school or independently. It’s free to enter.

When is the competition?

In 2018, the competition runs from 1 June to 28 September. Winners will be announced in October at the Schools Reconciliation Challenge exhibition launch. Selected artists and writers will be sponsored to travel to the exhibition launch. Selected works will be exhibited in Sydney, Canberra and regional locations across NSW and the ACT over 2017-18.

How to create?

Teachers: use the curriculum, activities, ideas and resources in this website to inspire and inform lessons about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. Use these lessons to assist students to develop artworks or stories which reflect their ideas about reconciliation and the theme Our Voices, Our Future!

Students: use the information and ideas  in this website to inspire you to create an artwork or written piece. You will need to get your teacher to help submit your entry.

Entry requirements

  • Artworks: 2D or digital, maximum size of A1. Must be accompanied by an Artist Statement
  • Writing: maximum 500 words, original creative writing that explores the theme. Must be accompanied by a Writer Reflection.

For specific information on how to enter and the competition terms and conditions go to the enter section of this website.

Visit our gallery of winning entries from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Schools Reconciliation Challenge.

Note to readers

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned that this website may contain references to deceased persons.

Throughout this website, the terms Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander are used wherever possible. In the interests of readability we use the terms Indigenous and non-Indigenous to refer to the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous Australians. The authors intend no disrespect.

Effort has been undertaken to ensure that the information contained in this website is correct, and the NSW Reconciliation Council regrets any errors or omissions may cause. Please contact us if you have a query regarding the information on this site.


The New South Wales Reconciliation Council

The NSW Reconciliation Council is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation. It is the peak representative body for reconciliation in NSW. Our purpose is to advance reconciliation by promoting the development of equitable and just communities that acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, cultures and values.

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This Kit was developed in consultation with the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) to ensure that the competition meets NSW curriculum outcomes for Stages 3 & 4.

Enter by 28 September 2018

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