Enter the Buy Smart Competition

To enter the Buy Smart Competition, you need to download the student entry form, complete your entry project, and submit these to us by the closing date.

You will find a helpful and interesting workbook together with the entry form in the student entry kit below. You may wish to follow this workbook to guide you through the competition process.

Download the student entry kit for:

  • Entry hints and tips
  • Eligibility and judging criteria
  • Conditions of entry
  • Important competition dates
  • How to submit
  • Official entry form

Learn more about the Buy Smart Competition.

Competition closing date

The closing date for the 2021 Buy Smart Competition is Friday 17 September. Entries will be accepted anytime until that date - you don't need to wait for the deadline to submit yours!

If you live in a rural or remote location and aren’t sure if your entry will make it to Brisbane in time, email the Buy Smart team at or phone us on 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Getting your project back

Unfortunately, entries are not generally returned after judging—we keep them at our Brisbane office, except in extraordinary circumstances.

We keep the entries as examples for other participants in the future to get inspired. We get very excited by everyone’s work and love taking them to show them off when we visit schools to help inspire other students for their entries.

Film and photo consent

We receive many different types of entries, and they often show students’ faces in videos or photographs. We also have photographs and video being taken throughout the award ceremony. Photographs of winners and their entries are posted on our website.

However, we understand that some people may not want their entry or photo to be used to encourage other students to enter future competitions. If this is the case, please contact us to discuss your options.

Video length requirements

We love to see technology incorporated into your projects. Entries made up of or including recorded media (i.e. video, audio) are limited to either:

  • 5 minutes for a single recording
  • 10 minutes in total if multiple recordings are included in an entry.

More information

Download the student entry kit (PDF, 7.7MB) for a full list of entry conditions.