Awards and Scholarships

Young Archies Awards

The 2021 Young Archies award winners have been announced! 

Based on the famous Archibald Prize, the Young Archies Awards is a portrait competition open to all students in Department of Education schools and colleges. 

Awards are presented in year categories for the best portrait of a person created by a student during the 12 months before the closing date. 

Portraits can be in any 2D media, such as a drawing, painting or collage, and must be of someone personally known to the student. 

Entries for this year’s competition closed on Friday 6 August 2021.   

Winners were announced on Saturday 4 September at Hobart Town Hall:  



2021 Young Archies Virtual Exhibition 

All entries received in this year’s competition can be viewed in the 2021 Young Archies Virtual Exhibition.   


Viewing the virtual exhibition 

Move around the space by clicking on the floor, or the map in the bottom-left corner. 

  • Clicking on the artwork will bring up the title of the portrait, the artist’s name, school and the description of their piece. 
  • If you click, hold and drag the mouse you can swivel around to see more. This comes in handy when moving around corners! 
  • For further information click the ‘i’ button located in the top-right corner. 
  • Artwork has been placed in alphabetical order according to the student’s first name, starting on the left wall of each ‘hallway’ and then to the right. 


While you are visiting the virtual exhibition, don’t forget to write down the details of your favourite artwork and vote in the 2021 Young Archies People’s Choice Award (one vote per person). 


Voting closes on Sunday 17 October 2021, and the winner will be announced on Friday 22 October 2021. 


2021 Young Archies Awards – Travelling Exhibition: 

The artwork of the 2021 Young Archies Awards prize winners will be displayed in a travelling exhibition around Tasmania.   

They will be at the following locations: 

  • Hobart Library Tuesday 07 September – Saturday 18 September 2021 (1st Floor) 
  • Launceston Library Tuesday 21 September – Saturday 02 October 2021 (Learn Floor – Level 2) 
  • Devonport Library Tuesday 05 October – Saturday 16 October 2021 (1st Floor) 


Please check for directions and library opening times. 


Previous Winners: 


  • The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize

    The 2021 Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize competition is now open!

    The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize (FMMP) is an essay competition open to all Tasmanian students in Year 9 and Year 10.


    Prize winners take part in a study tour that will travel in 2022 to visit sites and landmarks of war time. The 2021 Prize will be awarded to twelve students – six each from Year 9 and Year 10.


    The FMMP Study Tour will travel to either France and Belgium, or Albany and Darwin – subject to travel clearances and public health advice.


    Information on how to enter is available here:

    • Student Information Sheet
    • Student Entry Form
    • Teacher Information Sheet
    • Teacher Expression of Interest Form

    Students are to submit their entries to their school.

    Entries close Friday, 20 August 2021

    For further information on the 2021 Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize contact the Project Officer by phone (03) 6165 6196 or email


    The 2019-2020 winners of the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize were:


    • Amelia Hanson – Riverside High School
    • Chi Canty – Scotch Oakburn College
    • Elijah Hughes – Kingston High School
    • Lachlan Rogers – Taroona High School
    • Melanie Shoobridge – Tasman District School
    • William Zeeman – The Hutchins School


    • Phillip Stanley – MacKillop Catholic College
    • Shelley Hollister – Devonport High School


    • Barry Quinn – RSL Tasmania

    Department of Communities Tasmania

    • Barry Quinn – RSL Tasmania

    Parliamentary Representative

    • Rosemary Armitage, MLC

    View the Previous Winners of the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize.


    Tasmanian Training Awards

    The Tasmanian Training Awards are conducted annually by Skills Tasmania. The Awards recognise, reward and honour the achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students for their endeavours in gaining the highest standards of knowledge and skills within their industry.

    They also recognise and honour the achievements of employers, small businesses and training organisations for their dedication to providing the highest quality training and improving the skills of the workforce in this State.

    The Hardie Fellowships

    Professor Hardie was appointed Dean of Education at the University of Tasmania in 1946 and remained there until his retirement in 1976. Following the death of Professor Hardie in 2002, a generous bequest of $7.5 million from his estate has enabled the establishment of a Hardie Fellowship Trust. This provides a number of teachers employed by the Department of Education, Tasmania with the opportunity to undertake a period of research or study at an approved university in the United States of America (USA) each year.

    2016-2017 Hardie Fellowship recipients:

    • Susan Bullen
    • Group 1: Sarah Geale and Darren Sangwell
    • Group 2: Joshua Dean and Mark Sivills

    2015-2016 Hardie Fellowship recipients:

    • Group 1: Michael Davy and Andrew Harris
    • Group 2: Jan Hunt, Hayley Noonan, Adam Potito and Judy Travers
    • Group 3: Kelly Dyer, Duncan Groves and Natalie Odgers
    • Group 4: Jenny Dudgeon, Chloe Simons and Andrew Walsh.

    2014-2015 Hardie Fellowship recipients:

    • Group 1: Judith Fahey, Debra Fisher, Trudy Pearce and Jarrod Williams
    • Group 2: Shane Frost, Jill Burrill, Monique Carter and Marcus Cramp
    • Group 3: Dane Hardy, Scott MacCrum, Hayley Noonan and Ben Wilson
    • Group 4: Marie Phillips, Phillipa Clymo, Neil Harris, Catharina Stam and Kenneth Price

    Further Information

    What Matters? Tasmania 2021

    Closing deadline has been extended!

    Students now have until Friday 21 May 2021 to submit their entries in this year’s competition.  You can do this through either your school or from home

    To submit an entry, or for further information and competition guidelines visit the What Matters? Writing Competition page on the Whitlam Institute website.

    What Matters? Writing Competition

    What Matters? is a writing competition that gives Tasmanian Year 5-12 students the opportunity to write about what matters to them in society today. This may mean considering the following questions:

    • What actions do you think should be taken to build a better society?
    • What would you change if you could?
    • What do you want other people to care about?

    Students submit an original written work between 400-600 words in prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction.


    In Tasmania prizes are awarded in four categories: Years 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12.

    Category Winners will receive $350, and $200 is awarded to each Category Runner Up.

    An Overall Tasmanian Winner will be selected from Category Winners, with an additional prize provided by the Department of Education.

    All entrants will receive a certificate of participation from the Whitlam Institute.

    For further information on the Tasmanian What Matters? Competition contact the Project Officer by phone (03) 6165 6196 or email