What are the Australian Science Olympiads?

The ultimate challenge for science students



About the Australian Science Olympiads

The Australian Science Olympiads are a national enrichment program for secondary science students.

The Australian Science Olympiads provide rewarding opportunities for students to extend themselves way beyond school science through challenging exams, stimulating extensions and enrichment programs and international competitions.

Australian Science Olympiads are a staged enrichment program where students receive support and recognition for their efforts.

Stage 1: Australian Science Olympiad Exams

The Australian Science Olympiad Exams are challenging exams students sit in their school during July and August.  Students can access free support to prepare themselves for the exam, and their performance is recognised with certificates and special invitations to residential and enrichment programs.

We also offer the Junior Science Olympiad Exam for students in Years 7-10. Learn more about the Junior Science Olympiad exam and note the dates below:

Key dates:

Junior Science Olympiad: Friday 29 July 2022
Australian Science Olympiads – Physics: Tuesday 2 August 2022
Australian Science Olympiads – Earth and Environmental Science: Wednesday 3 August 2022
Australian Science Olympiads – Biology: Thursday 4 August 2022
Australian Science Olympiads – Chemistry: Friday 5 August 2022

Each exam costs $15 + GST. 

Registration process: 

Registration for the 2022 Australian Science Olympiads will open in mid-2022. We encourage all students and schools interested in taking part in 2022 to sign up for our e-newsletter. 

Stage 2: Australian Science Olympiads Summer School

Based on their performance in the Australian Science Olympiad Exams, students are invited to attend the Australian Science Olympiads Summer School. This enrichment program is an opportunity for students to further extend themselves in their discipline, connect with subject experts, and develop new friendships with like-minded student from across the country.

Stage 3: International Science Olympiads

Based on their performance at the Australian Science Olympiads Summer School, students will go on to represent Australia at one of the International Science Olympiads in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics and the Junior Science Olympiads.


Students must be Australian citizens at the time they are offered a place to attend the Australian Science Olympiad Summer School or the Australian Junior Science Olympiad Spring School.

Students attending an Australian Science Olympiad Summer School (Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science or Physics) must not yet have completed year 12 at the time of attendance at the Summer School. 

Students in Year 7 – 10 may sit the Australian Science Olympiads in addition to the Junior Science Olympiads. 

Students attending the Australian Junior Science Olympiad Spring School must be 15 years or younger on 31 December of that year (they must not be turning 16 during the calendar year).