DFAT’s iSAY Competition 2019

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s inaugural iSAY Essay Competition has now closed. We received nearly 100 well-researched and considered essays all up and are currently undertaking the difficult task of judging. We expect to announce the top placed entrants and runners up shortly.

Categories

The competition is comprised of three categories:

  • Australian high school student category, open to students enrolled in years 11 and 12 at an Australian high school.
  • Australian university student category, open to undergraduates at any accredited university in Australia.
  • ASEAN university student category, open to undergraduate students of universities in any Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member country.

The competition will promote understanding of the many ways in which trade has benefited Australia and the world. The ASEAN undergraduate university student category honours the 2019 Australia now program, which is focused on engaging and celebrating the vitality, diversity and capability of youth across Southeast Asia.

Prizes

All categories

The top-placed entrant (the author of the winning essay) in each of the three categories will become a special guest contributor to DFAT’s flagship online and print magazine, business envoy, with their winning entry published in a future edition.

Australian university undergraduate student category

The three Australian university undergraduate student category finalists (the author of the winning essay and two runners-up) will receive return flights to Canberra and accommodation to present their ideas at a Youth Forum at DFAT's Diplomatic Academy. Please note this event will now take place on Monday 16 September 2019 to accommodate the extension of the competition (formerly advertised date was Monday 12 August 2019).

In addition, the top-placed Australian university undergraduate entrant (the author of the winning essay) will receive return flights and accommodation to attend an Australia now event in an ASEAN country nominated by DFAT.

ASEAN university undergraduate student category

The two ASEAN university undergraduate student category finalists (the author of the winning essay and one runner-up) will receive return flights to Canberra and accommodation to present their ideas at a Youth Forum at DFAT's Diplomatic Academy on Monday 16 September 2019.

Essay Topics

Entrants should write an original essay of up to 750 words for high school students and up to 1500 words (including references) for university students.

The 2019 iSAY Competition topics are:
Australian high school student category Australian and ASEAN university undergraduate student categories
Australia is part of the global economy. How has international trade and globalisation benefited Australia and your city, town or community? ASEAN represented 14 per cent of Australia’s total trade in 2017-18 and 4 per cent of Australia’s two way investment at the end of 2017.
What are the barriers to a closer trade and economic relationship and how can Australia and ASEAN countries work together to overcome them?

Submit your application by 11:59pm AEST Friday 12 July 2019 by email to: trade@dfat.gov.au

See below for terms and conditions of entry.

Please submit your iSAY Competition entry in 12pt Times New Roman font and include the following information in your covering email:

  1. your full name, and if under 18, the name of your parent or guardian who consents to your entry;
  2. the name and address of your high school or university and the course you are studying;
  3. your email address, and if under 18, the email address of your parent or guardian who consents to your entry;
  4. the word count of your essay;
  5. confirmation that you have read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Entry, and if you are under 18, confirmation that your parent or guardian has read and accepted the Terms and Conditions of Entry; and
  6. in the case of the top placed entrants and runners-up, consent, and if you are under 18, consent from your parent or guardian, for DFAT to publish your name, the name of your university or high school, the state or territory of your university or high school and your photograph on DFAT channels, including but not limited to, DFAT’s website, DFAT social media accounts and the business envoy magazine.

A judging panel will be drawn from within DFAT.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING THE COMPETITION

  1. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (“DFAT”) ‘iSAY Competition’ (the “Competition”) is open to Australian year 11 and 12 high school students, undergraduate students of all disciplines at accredited Australian universities and universities located in member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) (‘Entrants’).
  2. The Competition is comprised of three categories:
    1. Australian high school student category – open to students enrolled in years 11 and 12 at an Australian high school.
    2. Australian university student category – open to undergraduates at any accredited university in Australia.
    3. ASEAN university student category – open to undergraduate students of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member country universities in honour of the 2019 Australia now program.
  3. Employees of DFAT, its contractors and /or their immediate family members may not enter the Competition. Immediate family member means spouse, de facto partner, child, grandchild, parent, grandparent and/or sibling (and their spouses).
  4. DFAT reserves the right to verify the eligibility of each Entrant and to exclude and/or disqualify any Entrant who does not meet the eligibility requirements. By entering the Competition, the Entrant warrants that he or she is eligible.
  5. Entrants to the Competition shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions. Any entry not complying with these Terms and Conditions is invalid.
  6. To enter the competition, Entrants must submit one essay in 12 point Times New Roman font that addresses the topic set for the appropriate category. The essay must be accompanied by the following details:
    1. the Entrant’s full name, and if under 18, the name of a parent or guardian who consents to the Entrant’s submission being made;
    2. the name and address of the Entrant’s high school, or university and the course the entrant is studying;
    3. the Entrant’s email address, and if under 18, the email address of a parent or guardian of the Entrant who consents to the Entrant’s submission being made;
    4. the word count of the Entrant’s essay; and
    5. confirmation that you have read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Entry, and if the Entrant is under 18, confirmation that the Entrant’s parent or guardian has read and accepted the Terms and Conditions of Entry.
    6. in the case of the top placed entrants and runners-up, consent, and if the Entrant is under 18, consent from the Entrant’s parent or guardian, for DFAT to publish the name of the Entrant, the name of the Entrant’s university or high school, the state or territory of the Entrant’s university or high school and your photograph on DFAT channels, including but not limited to, DFAT’s website, DFAT social media accounts and business envoy magazine.
  7. The submission must be sent via email to trade@dfat.gov.au
  8. Any questions about how to enter or in connection with the Competition are welcome via email to: trade@dfat.gov.au with ‘iSAY Competition’ as the subject line.
  9. Entrants are responsible for the cost (if any) of submitting their entry.
  10. The essay must not have been published previously in/on any other publication.
  11. The opening date and time of the Competition is 8 May 2019 at 12.01pm (AEST, Australian Eastern Standard Time). The closing date and time of the Competition is 28 June 2019 at 11.59pm (AEST, Australian Eastern Standard Time). Entries received outside this time period will not be considered for the Competition. DFAT reserves the absolute discretion to extend the closing date and time of the Competition.
  12. DFAT will accept no more than one essay per individual in the Competition. The person submitting the essay must be the author. DFAT will not accept entries that have been previously submitted to, or that have won, any local or international essay competitions. Entries which DFAT determines have involved fraudulent practices, such as false email addresses, plagiarism or any other illegitimate behaviour to gain advantage over other Entrants, will be disqualified from the Competition.
  13. By submitting an entry to the Competition, you (the Entrant) grant DFAT:
    1. Permission for your essay to be published in business envoy, on the DFAT website, including but not limited to www.dfat.gov.au and on DFAT’s social media accounts, including but not limited to https://www.facebook.com/dfat.gov.au/
    2. A non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, non-transferable, perpetual licence to use, republish, edit, copy and/or modify your Competition entry in any medium (including in electronic format, hard copy and in DFAT, its state and territory office and overseas mission publications).
    3. The right to use your name and the name of your place of study as well as its location for the sole purpose of identifying you as the author of your entry and/or as a winner of the Competition, without payment of additional consideration and except where prohibited by law. This includes, but is not limited to, announcing the result of the Competition and publishing the name of the winners and the name and location of the place of study on the DFAT website, DFAT social media accounts and business envoy magazine.
  14. Entrants also hereby waive all your moral rights in your entry. Notwithstanding the afore-going waiver, in order to use entries as intended and advised in these Terms and Conditions, (i) DFAT, its state and territory offices and overseas missions may need to modify entries, including but not limited to publishing excerpts and DFAT, its state and territory offices and overseas missions shall endeavour in undertaking such modifications to maintain the integrity of your entry; and (ii) DFAT, its state and territory offices and overseas missions shall identify the authors of all entries published.
  15. Entrants’ essays must be your own work, must not be copied, must not contain any third-party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use, must not include obscene, defamatory, distasteful or offensive language, not be in breach of any applicable law or regulation, or in breach of any confidentiality obligations owed by you to third parties. Entrants indemnify and hold DFAT harmless from any and all claims by any third party arising out of the use of the Entrant’s entry, including but not limited to claims of infringement or violation of the intellectual property or privacy rights of the third party.
  16. If DFAT has reason to believe your entry is not your own work or otherwise breaches these Terms and Conditions, then DFAT may not consider it and may disqualify it.
  17. Personal information provided by the Entrant will be handled by DFAT in accordance with its obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and stored by DFAT on a secure electronic database. Personal information collected by DFAT includes your name, contact details the name of your university or high school and your photograph.
  18. DFAT is collecting your personal information for the purposes of the iSAY Essay Competition. If DFAT does not collect your personal information, DFAT will not be able to identify and contact you, as the author of your entry and/or as a winner of the Competition. DFAT will not disclose your personal information to entities outside DFAT.
  19. Any personal information held by DFAT will be destroyed once it is no longer required for these purposes. For further information on how DFAT will handle your personal information, including how you can access and seek correction of personal information that DFAT holds about you; and how to make a complaint if you have a concern or believe DFAT may have breached an Australian Privacy Principle, please consult our Privacy Policy at http://dfat.gov.au/about-us/about-this-website/pages/privacy.aspx
  20. A judging panel drawn from within DFAT will choose one top-placed entry from each of the three categories, and two runners-up up in the Australian university student category, and one runner-up in the ASEAN university student category from all the valid Competition entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  21. The decision of the top-placed entry of the Competition in each category, and runners-up in the Australian university student and ASEAN university student categories, is at the complete discretion of DFAT.
  22. Entries will be assessed against the following criteria:
    1. addresses the topic and makes compelling, reasoned arguments;
    2. provides evidence of a breadth and depth of knowledge on the topic; and
    3. quality of the writing and construction of the essay.
  23. The top-placed Entrant in each category of the Competition will be awarded following the Competition closing on 28 June 2019 at 11.59pm (AEST, Australian Eastern Standard Time). The decision is final and binding on every Entrant and no correspondence will be entered into with unsuccessful Entrants.
  24. The top-placed Entrant of each category will become a special guest contributor to DFAT’s flagship online and print magazine, business envoy, with their entry published in a future edition.
  25. In addition, the following prizes will also be awarded:
    1. In the Australian university student category:
      1. The top-placed Entrant will receive return economy flights from their nearest capital city in Australia to an ASEAN country nominated by DFAT, accommodation in that ASEAN country, and a per diem, to attend an Australian now event. DFAT will not be responsible for any other costs associated with travel.
      2. The top-placed Entrant and two runners-up will receive return economy flights from their nearest capital city in Australia to Canberra, accommodation in Canberra and a per diem, to present the ideas in their essay at a special Youth Forum at DFAT’s Diplomatic Academy on Monday 12 August 2019. (Please note, to accommodate the extension of the competition period, this event will now take place on Monday 16 September 2019). DFAT will not be responsible for any other costs associated with travel to Canberra.
    2. In the ASEAN university student category:
      1. The top-placed Entrant and one runner-up will receive return economy flights from the nearest airport to their place of study at a university in an ASEAN member country to Canberra, accommodation in Canberra, and a per diem, to present the ideas in their essay at a special Youth Forum at DFAT’s Diplomatic Academy on Monday 12 August 2019. (Please note, to accommodate the extension of the competition period, this event will now take place on Monday 16 September 2019). DFAT will not be responsible for any other costs associated with travel to Canberra.
  26. DFAT will notify the top-placed Entrants and runners-up by email after the closing date and time of the Competition. If DFAT is unable to contact a top-placed Entrant and/or runner-up within two weeks, that top-placed Entrant and/or runner-up will forfeit their award and DFAT reserves the right to select another top-placed Entrant and/or runner-up from the relevant category, in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  27. DFAT reserves the right to, at its absolute discretion and without prior notice, vary, amend, delete or supplement any of these Terms and Conditions and the Entrant’s continued participation in the Competition amounts to acceptance of any revised Terms and Conditions. The Entrant should check DFAT’s website on a regular basis for any changes to these Terms and Conditions. If an Entrant does not agree to a change, he or she may withdraw from the Competition by email.
  28. DFAT reserves the right to, for any reason and without any obligation to state a particular reason, cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition. In the event of such cancellation, termination, modification or suspension, DFAT may at its absolute discretion elect not to pick a Winning Entrant in each or all of the categories of the Competition. The decision of DFAT to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition will not give rise to any liability to pay compensation of any nature to any Entrants.
  29. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by the laws of the Australian Capital Territory.
Last Updated: 22 July 2019
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