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Treasury OECD Essay Competition


The Treasury Essay Competition is a national essay contest for Australian university students to commemorate Australia’s 50 years of membership of the OECD.

Entries for the competition are now open and will close at 5 pm (AEST) on Friday 13 August 2021.

A judging panel will determine a winning entry and commendable entries in September 2021.

Members of the judging panel are:

  • Chair: Mark Cully, First Assistant Secretary, Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Division, Treasury
  • Dr Alexander Robson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the OECD
  • Lisa Elliston, First Assistant Secretary, International Economics and Security Division, Treasury.

The winner will receive a prize of $2,500, with prizes of $1,000 each awarded to up to four runners-up.

Entrants should write an essay of no more than 2,000 words (not including references) that addresses the following topic:

In 2021 Australia will celebrate 50 years as a member of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). 

The OECD Convention, established in 1961, begins with an important statement: that economic strength and prosperity are essential for securing peace, preserving individual liberty and increasing general wellbeing.

Over the last 50 years, how has Australia’s membership of the OECD helped to improve our nation’s economic strength and prosperity? You may choose to answer this with respect to a particular policy field where the OECD has been prominent, or with respect to overall measures of strength and prosperity in Australia. What lessons are there for Australia’s ongoing engagement with the OECD?

You may wish to consult the following sources:

  1. Carroll, P and A. Kellow (2012) “Fifty Years of the OECD and Forty Years of Australian Membership,” Australian Journal of Politics and History, Volume 58, Issue 4: 512-525
  2. Grattan Institute (2020) “The Track Record of OECD Economic Surveys,” published online 3 September 2020.
  3. OECD (2018) Economic Surveys: Australia 2018, published online 9 September 2018.

Entry is open to all students (undergraduate and postgraduate) enrolled at an Australian tertiary education institution as at 30 June 2021. Treasury employees, contractors, and consultants to Treasury are not eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions are available below.

Entries should be submitted using the online entry form in PDF format before the closing date. All entrants must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions and include a signed entry form with their entry.