Aussie Student Inventions

Get started with your invention now, entries open in August!

What’s involved?

The 2021 Aussie Student Inventions Competition is now open to all primary and secondary students. In partnership with the producers of ‘Aussie Inventions That Changed The World’, the search is officially back on for Australia’s most innovative students. Each winner will get an incredible mentorship opportunity and $3,000 cash!

This popular competition is running throughout Term 3, 2021. Now is the time to start thinking of your invention. It can be any type, size or functionality. It could solve a problem, make life more interesting or just be incredibly cool!

Key dates
Start your project: July-August 2021
Entries open: 22 August 2021
Entries close: 17 September 2021
Finalist announced: November 2021
Winners announced: December 2021
Register for the competition
Curriculum links
  • ACHASSI097
  • ACHASSI125
  • ACHHS164
See all curriculum codes…

Incredible prizes up for grabs

The winning submission in each category (primary, lower secondary, upper secondary) will win $3,000 cash! Each winner will also get access to money-can’t-buy mentoring and guidance from our panel, to help make your concept or prototype a reality.

Professional Mentoring

Two mentoring sessions with the judging panel, to help them make their concept a reality.

$3,000 cash

Per winning entry towards their creation process.

Exposure to Networks

Invaluable exposure to networks of innovators, via the networks of judging panel, and ClickView’s industry peers, audiences and customer network.

How to enter

Your invention can be of any type, size or functionality. It could solve a problem, make life more interesting or just be incredibly cool. You can submit your entry in one of three categories: primary, lower secondary, upper secondary. Make sure you include both parts – A and B.

Part A – Written Submission

Please include:

  1. Your name and school
  2. Invention name
  3. Description of your invention
  4. What problem you’re solving, or how your invention makes life better
  5. The challenges you faced in the inventing process, and how you overcame them
  6. An Australian Inventor or inventing team that inspired you, and why. Please refer to the series, ‘Aussie Inventions That Changed The World’.
Download Template
Part B – 2-3 Minute Video

Please include:

  1. The invention of course! This could be a working model, a prototype, computer graphics, drawings of photos.
  2. The real-life problem you’re solving.
  3. The invention process, the challenges you faced, and how you overcame them.
  4. An Australian Inventor or inventing team that inspired you, and why. Please refer to the series, ‘Aussie Inventions That Changed The World.’.
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Entries open on 22 August 2021

Register for the competition and we’ll send you the submission templates and resources to help share the competition with your staff and students.

Register for the competition

Watch ‘Aussie Inventions That Changed The World’ for inspiration

Led by a team of four expert hosts, this entertaining series uncovers how each invention worked, why it was extraordinary in its time and the conditions that lead to its ultimate successes, with a few instructive failures along the way. Comedian, actor and, well, brainiac Matt Parkinson heads up a team of expert co-hosts; science journalist Anja Taylor, inventor Sally Dominguez and historian David Hunt.

Episode 1 – Home Life
The surprising stories behind four helpful household inventions to improve Home Life: Gilbert Toyne created
an Aussie backyard icon – the rotary clothes hoist – only to have it made famous by someone else. Myra Taylor improved women’s lives with her Boneless Corset leaving a legacy of freedom we still enjoy today. Mervyn Richardson forever changed the suburban landscape with his Victa Lawnmower, while Dr Steve Cummings and Bruce Thompson achieved huge water savings around the world with the Dual Flush Toilet.

Episode 2 – Communication
Australian inventors have boldly re-imagined communication across the spectrum of technologies: Graeme Clark’s
extraordinary Bionic Ear delivered deaf patients the sound of speech; John O’Sullivan and his CSIRO team created the world’s first high-speed WiFi that dramatically changed the communication landscape worldwide; Henry Sutton’s visionary ‘Telephane’ was designed in Ballarat decades before the Television and post-master James Raymond established the world’s first Pre-Paid Postage system in Sydney in 1838 with his delightfully simple pre-paid envelope.

Episode 3 – Wartime
The fires of war become the forges of Australian invention. William Scurry invented a decoy Drip Rifle to
help Anzacs safely evacuate from Gallipoli. Alexander Worsfold built his all-terrain Transporter to hurry injured soldiers to field hospitals on the Western Front. Adelaide-born Howard Florey and his team developed the wonder drug Penicillin that was first deployed amongst infected allied soldiers during World War Two. And from Wollongong, Evelyn Owen’s Sub Machine Gun out-performed its competitors and become known as ‘the diggers’ darling’.

Meet our Judges

Sally Dominguez

Sally Dominguez is an inventor, serial entrepreneur, architect and futurist with seven international product awards. Sally designed the Adventurous Thinking innovation strategy used as a 10X Mindset by organisations including NASA. She judged Car of the Year for 10+ years, was an expert judge on ABC’s New Inventors, and co-hosted Aussie Inventions That Changed The World. Sally is an ambassador for Good Design Australia, Faculty at Singularity University in Silicon Valley and teaches Adventurous Thinking at Stanford.

Mark Pesce

Mark currently hosts the Award-winning podcast “The Next Billion Seconds”, he’s also a multiple award-winning columnist for “This Week in Startups Australia” and co-Inventor of VRML (the standard for 3D on the Web and a core component of MPEG-4). And if that’s not enough, he’s also the author if six books and was a judge on ABC’s ‘The New Inventors’

Evan Clark

While studying a B. Telecommunication Engneering a UNSW, Evan invented a way to deliver on-demand HD video to schools over IP networks using MPEG-4 compression standard. The underlying invention was “predictive file transfer” and led to his co-founding of ClickView in 2003. Evan won the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award (Emerging category, Eastern Region). He continues to enhance education by leveraging immersive rich-media technology in AR and AI-driven non-linear video playback.

Check out our judge Sally Dominguez’s submission example

Competition FAQs

Need more info? Browse our FAQs below or send your questions to

We don’t have a ClickView subscription, can we still enter the competition?
Yes! We welcome entries from all Australian schools. The competition is free to enter and open to the wide education community. It’s a fun way to inspire the next generation and a great activity for students to get involved in.
Where can I watch ‘Aussie Inventions That Changed The World’?
To make the most of preparing for the competition, we encourage you to watch Aussie Inventions that Changed the World. Scroll down and click the videos below.

If your school doesn’t have a ClickView subscription, no problem. We can arrange free access until the end of Term 3, 2021 for your staff and students so you can watch the series. Please contact us here.
How is the competition linked to the curriculum?
The Aussie Inventions That Changed The World series is aligned to multiple outcomes in the Australian Curriculum. View the curriculum links here. As part of the competition, we encourage your students to watch the series for inspiration.
How can I share this competition with staff and students?
We’re working on a suites of resources, including announcement letters and social media graphics for you to share with your staff, students and parents. Register for the competition and we’ll send you the resource pack.

Please feel free to use any part of the content for your newsletters, emails or social media.
Important Details

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Past winners

2020 Aussie Student Inventors

4 winners | Australia


Dom’s DAB Device

Dominic Fisher
Sacred Heart Primary School



Jack Lantry
St Joseph’s Primary School, East Maitland



Jorja Suga
Clancy Catholic College, West Hoxton



Poppy Briggs and Lucy Lönnqvist
St Mary’s Anglican Girls School