Awards and Scholarships

Young Archies Awards

The Young Archies Awards are modelled on the famous Archibald prize.

The awards are presented in year categories for the best portrait of a person of any age, created by a student in a Tasmanian Government school or college, during the 12 months before the closing date. Portraits submitted can be created in any 2D media, such as a drawing, painting or collage, and must be of someone personally known to the student.

Entries are to be received by the Project Officer by the closing date: Friday 14 August 2020

Schools can post or deliver artwork to: DoE – Learning Events, Level 1 / 199 Collins Street, Hobart TAS 7000

Please see the Information Pack (PDF, 1.21MB) and required Artwork Label (PDF, 132KB) for this year’s competition.

Previous Winners:

  • The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize

    Open to all Year 9 students in Tasmanian schools, the Frank McDonald Memorial Prize has been established to honour Tasmania’s last World War 1 veteran, Frank MacDonald MM.

    The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize is open to all students currently in Year 9 in government and non-government schools in Tasmania, as well as home-schooled students at the same year level.

    The prize is a joint initiative of the Tasmanian State Government and the RSL Tasmania.

    Further information about the prize is available online at Department of Communities Tasmania.

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


    • 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


    • Craig Coutts – Primrose Sands RSL

    Department of Communities Tasmania

    • Kristy Broomhall – Tour Leader

    Parliamentary Representative

    • Guy Barnett, MP

    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

    The 2021 What Matters? Tasmania writing competition is now open!

    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.

    ENTRIES CLOSE 14 MAY 2021 To submit your entry, or for further information and competition guidelines visit the What Matters? website HERE

    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