These School Holidays, tell Australia What Matters to you

What Matters?

Do you have an idea for how we could build a better society? Do you have an opinion that could change the way that adults think about an important issue?

If you're in years 5-12 and live in NSW or the ACT, the Whitlam Institute’s What Matters? essay competition is your chance to be heard.

Each year What Matters? asks school students to submit a 400-600 word opinion piece on the issues in society that are important to them.

In previous years, entries have covered topics as diverse as friendship, bullying, environmental issues, animals rights, whaling, technology, poverty and marriage equality.

The competition is judged by an eminent panel of writers and journalists and participants are in the running for a wide range of prizes including an iPad donated by Officeworks, a full-day creative writing workshop donated by The Writing Workshop, and a day at the Inspire Foundation.

Entries close Friday 3 May 2013. Entry forms can be downloaded from:

For more information, contact the Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney on 02 9685 9187, or keep in touch on Facebook at


8 April 2013

Contact: Danielle Roddick, Senior Media Officer