Competition details

Pest Invaders – an army of ants!
© Queensland Government

Topic: Pest invaders

The full competition instructions/guidelines (and other applicable resources) will be emailed to registered schools prior to the opening date.

Register your interest now.

Plant science project awards

Mandatory (all year levels):

Task 1

Perform an experimental investigation on your choice of either: insects, weeds or plant diseases (disease spores and barley seeds provided) and submit a scientific report and science journal detailing your research and findings. You are permitted to modify the set experiments (provided in the full instructions) if you wish to investigate different variables. You may also complete all 3 experiments if you wish.

Task 2

Submit a poster about an invasive pest detailing how/why it was introduced, the impact it has on our native environment (with a focus on Australian agriculture) and what measures are in place to help eradicate or control the pest.

Mandatory (years 7-12 only)–optional for primary students:

Task 3

Communicate (via a poster, PowerPoint or video) how an invasive pest has or could have an impact on international agriculture and global food security and what measures are in place to help control the spread of exotic/invasive pests.

Art in AgRiculTure awards


Create a freehand artwork (e.g. advertisement or poster) with the aim to educate your peers on how they can help stop the spread of invasive pests.

Key dates

Competition opens 29 January 2019
Competition closes 28 June 2019
Results announced (via email) Mid-late July 2019
Awards day and Agricultural Science Expo 13 August 2019
(during National Science Week)