‘The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.’ – Bertrand Russell (Philosophical Essays 1910)
The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) is a national not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to enrich the teaching and learning of mathematics for students of all standards. We hold mathematics and informatics competitions, administer enrichment activities, conduct workshops for students and teachers, and publish books on mathematical enrichment for Australian and international students. The AMT selects and supports Australia’s international mathematics and informatics Olympiad teams.
The AMT is based at the University of Canberra with representatives on our board from the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Mathematical Society. We are supported by a vast network of passionate volunteers from Australia and around the world, including academics, members of professional mathematics societies, educators and working mathematicians.
The vision of the Australian Mathematics Trust is that all young Australians have the opportunity to realise their intellectual potential in mathematics and informatics.
Through our competitions and programs we support teachers and students to build their confidence and embrace an enjoyment of mathematics.
All problems for AMT competitions and enrichment programs are set to the highest standards. They are original problems composed and moderated in Australia by teams of Australia’s most experienced teachers and academics, working in volunteer committees. Our problems are designed to stimulate mathematical interest and enjoyment, and to provide a springboard for enriched learning, whilst supporting current Australian Curriculum standards.
The best known activity of the AMT is the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), which is the original mathematics competition in Australia, dating back to 1978. The AMC attracts hundreds of thousands of entries annually, from Australia and overseas.
The AMT also incorporates the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC), which has responsibility for the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA) program, and many open and invitational mathematics competitions, culminating in the selection of a team of students who represent Australia internationally at the International Mathematical Olympiad each year.
The third activity of the AMT focuses on the growing discipline of informatics. The Australian Informatics Olympiad Committee (AIOC) conducts the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition, formerly the Australian Informatics Competition (AIC), which promotes algorithmic and computational thinking, but requires no programming. The AIOC hosts other open and invitational competitions, and selects and supports Australia’s International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) team.
AMT Publishing offers a range of books, journals, past papers and merchandise. Our publications include pedagogical material and collections of problems of all standards with their solutions.
The Mathematics/Informatics Olympiads are supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Mathematics and Science Participation Program.