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The JJ and Lydia Eden prize

The Eden prize is funded by the 1956 John Joseph Eden bequest. The prize embraces the notion of making the world a better and happier place.

2017 competition

Students are asked to create a persuasive text of no more than 800 words that answers the question:

"What can the Arts do to make the world a better and happier place to live?"

Display the 2017 poster (PDF 1.3MB) in your school to promote this year's Eden prize.


The prize is open to all year 10 students in public schools who want the opportunity to share their ideas about the world in which they live.

A maximum of 3 entries can be submitted by each school. Schools are encouraged to conduct their own Eden prize competition to determine the entries for the 2017 Eden prize judging panel.

Submitting the entry

If you are a student you should contact your teacher about applying. For more information, download the:

Entries must be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 8 September 2017 to:

Malcolm McInerney
2017 Eden Prize
Learning Improvement division
Department for Education and Child Development
31 Flinders Street 

The Eden prize and the Australian Curriculum

Schools are encouraged to have their Year 10 students participate in the Eden Prize because of its connection with essential elements of the Australian Curriculum, including:

  • Humanities and social sciences: History, geography, civics and citizenship, economics and business.
  • English – Literacy strand: Creating texts including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues.
  • The Arts: The role in the development and expression of cultures and communities.
  • Science – Science as a Human Endeavour strand: Advances in science and emerging sciences and technologies can significantly affect people's lives.
  • History: Developments in technology, public health, longevity and standard of living during the twentieth century, and concern for the environment and sustainability.
  • Sustainability: The sustainability of ecological, social and economic systems is achieved through informed individual and community action that values local and global equity and fairness across generations into the future.
  • Civics and citizenship – Contribute to civil society: Plan, implement and evaluate ways of contributing to civil society at local, national regional and global levels.

2016 winners

This 2016 essay question was inspired by the introduction of the Australian Curriculum: civics and citizenship.

Students were asked to respond to the question:

"What can local governments do to improve the quality of community life and the happiness of groups and individuals?"

  • First prize $1250: Jun Yi Teh from Henley High School
  • Second prize $750: Mitch Malthouse from Keith Area School
  • Third prize $500: Jessica Pretlove from Bordertown High School


Eden prize

Email: malcolm.mcinerney [at] sa.gov.au