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Nearly 20,000 students nationwide, aged four to 18 years, entered the inaugural SBS National Languages Competition 2016. The hugely successful competition is back and it’s going to bigger and better this year.
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9 May 2017 - 5:24 PM  UPDATED 5 Oct 2017 - 2:36 PM

This competition is now closed. 

Thank you to everyone who entered.

We received so many amazing entries.

The judging has been completed and the winners have been notified.

The announcement and showcasing of the winning entries will be on Monday 30 October.

1.     What is the SBS National Languages Competition?

The SBS National Languages Competition 2017 is an exciting initiative to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia. It’s a nationwide competition to engage school children and reflect on the cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity of Australia's multicultural society.

We’re calling out to all students aged four to 18 years across Australia who are learning a language other than English.

To enter, students need to upload a video (maximum 30 seconds long) describing ‘What learning a language means to you?’ Remember, the video is to be in any language other than English and the more creative the better!

2.     When does it start?

Competition entries are open from 9:00am on Monday 24 July 2017 (AEST) until Midnight on Friday 1 September 2017 (AEST).

With entries opening soon after the school holidays finish, why not get the students to start preparing their videos in the break?

3.      Who is eligible?

The competition is open to all school students across Australia who are learning a language other than English. The entrants are categorised into four groups:

  • Category A: Junior Primary (Aged 4 – 7)
  • Category B: Primary (Aged 8 – 12)
  • Category C: Junior High School (Aged 13 – 15)
  • Category D: Senior High School (Aged 16 – 18)

All institutions offering language learning are accepted.

4.      What do participants win?

There will be four grand prize winners (one from each age category) who will receive:

  • iPad Pro 12.9 inch 256GB for the winner and one for his/her school
  • Full days pass to Luna Park in Sydney for two

Winners will also be invited to attend the SBS National Languages Competition award ceremony at SBS headquarters in Sydney in October 2017.

Selected winners who do not reside in NSW at the time of the above award ceremony will receive return airfares (for them and a parent/ guardian) from their capital city and one night’s accommodation in Sydney to attend the ceremony.

5.      When will winners be announced?

One winner will be nominated from each age category, in total there will be four winners of the SBS National Languages Competition. Winners will be notified by email and phone in September 2017.

Winners will be notified by email and phone.

6.      Resources for schools

We need your support to make the SBS National Languages Competition a huge success!

To help spread the message, the following resources are available:

  • Poster – Print-friendly A3 version to be pinned on the school notice boards to
  • encourage participation
  • Flyer – This is a more detailed A4 version aimed at teachers, parents and guardians
  • FAQs – For teachers, parents and guardians
  • Terms and Conditions

Please also share print-outs of the posters and FAQs documents with language teachers, parents and guardians.

Do you have a school newsletter that you can promote the competition in? We’d be happy to help schools with written copy and images needed as per requirement.

7.      Key contacts

For technical problems and general enquiries, please email us at

For media enquiries, contact

You can also join our National Languages Competition Facebook group to follow updates and ask questions.  

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