2021 Treasury OECD Essay Competition

Entries are now open for the 2021 Treasury Essay Competition. This is a national essay contest run by The Treasury for Australian university students. This year the topic commemorates Australia’s 50 years of membership of the Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD).

Who can enter?

Entry is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled at an Australian tertiary education institution as at 30 June 2021.

The topic

In 2021 Australia will celebrate 50 years as a member of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). 

The OECD Convention, established in 1961, begins with an important statement: that economic strength and prosperity are essential for securing peace, preserving individual liberty and increasing general wellbeing.

Over the last 50 years, how has Australia’s membership of the OECD helped to improve our nation’s economic strength and prosperity? You may choose to answer this with respect to a particular policy field where the OECD has been prominent, or with respect to overall measures of strength and prosperity in Australia. What lessons are there for Australia’s ongoing engagement with the OECD?

The prizes

The winner will receive a prize of $2,500, with prizes of $1,000 each awarded to up to four runners up.

The finer details

All the details on how to enter, the judging process and the terms and conditions, are available on the Treasury website.


Entries close at 5 pm (AEST) Friday 13 August 2021.

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