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The Australian Mathematical Olympiad Invitational Program

Director of Training: Dr Angelo di Pasquale

Chairman, Senior Problems Committee: Norman Do

The Australian Mathematical Olympiad Program is a program from which about the top 100 students from the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians and the Australian Mathematics Competition take extra preparation which can lead to selection in the Australian team to participate in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The IMO is the pinnacle of competition between students of pre-University level from different countries.

Invitational Arrangements

Participation in this program is by invitation. For the Senior Contest and Australian Mathematical Olympiad (AMO) invitations are issued by the AMOC state directors, who also offer and coordinate local training in their states.

For invitations to participate in higher events, these are made by the national director of training. This includes the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO), School of Excellence and Selection Schools. Selection of the Australian team to participate at the IMO is made at the culmination of the Selection School.

In order to be considered for an invitation, it is necessary to have records of outstanding results in the

Selection to participate in the Selection School is further based on performance in the

  • Australian Mathematical Olympiad (AMO) and
  • Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO)
which are both discussed below.

The AMOC Senior Contest

This four-hour senior examination is the first of AMOCís national mathematics contests. The paper is set by the AMOC Senior Problems Committee. Typically, up to 100 students (generally Year 10 or 11 but sometimes younger students showing great potential) are invited to enter. Past results of this event can be found here.

AMOC Extension Program

In each State or Territory, the AMOC State Director is responsible for the provision of state training for identified students. The form which this takes varies and interested students or teachers should contact the AMOC State Director for details.

Australian Mathematical Olympiad

Typically, up to 100 students (generally Year 10 or 11 but sometimes younger students showing great potential) are invited to enter. The paper is set by the Senior Problems Committee. The most successful students are invited to sit the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad and considered for participation in the IMO Selection School. Past results can be found here.

Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad

This is a regional mathematics Olympiad involving countries around the Pacific Rim. For the most recent results, click here.

Training Schools and Mentor Program

The AMOC holds three schools annually and a mentor program. About Twenty five students normally attend the School of Excellence held in Melbourne in December. About half are contenders for the next IMO team. The remainder are Year 10 (or younger) students who are regarded as strong contenders for later teams.

Following the December School, participants are invited to complete some correspondence work.  

The Team Selection School is held in April, normally in Sydney over Easter. Like the School of Excellence it is attended by about 25 students. Students are provided with preparatory work for the December and April Schools.

After the Selection School, the six team members plus reserve are assigned mentors, usually past Olympians from their own town, and undertake specially prepared exercises on a regular basis.

Finally, the selected team attends a training camp immediately prior to the IMO, usually held at, or near, the IMO venue. In recent times this has been held jointly with the UK team and culminates in the Ashes contest, held annually since 2008.

International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

This is the premier international competition in mathematics for secondary students. Whereas this event commenced in 1959 Australia has participated since 1981. Its results include:

Year Location      Medals                            Ranking
1981 Washington DC 1 bronze                          23/27
1982 Budapest      1 bronze                          21/30
1983 Paris         1 silver, 2 bronze                19/32
1984 Prague        1 silver, 2 bronze                15/34
1985 Helsinki      1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze        11/38
1986 Warsaw        5 bronze                          15/37
1987 Havana        3 silver                          15/42
1988 Canberra      1 gold, 1 bronze, 1 HM            17/49
1989 Braunschweig  2 silver, 2 bronze                22/50
1990 Beijing       2 silver, 4 bronze                15/54
1991 Sigtuna       3 bronze, 2 HM                    20/56
1992 Moscow        1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze, 1 HM  19/56
1993 Istanbul      1 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze        13/73
1994 Hong Kong     2 silver, 3 bronze, 1 HM          12/69
1995 Toronto       1 silver, 4 bronze, 1 HM          21/73
1996 Mumbai        2 silver, 3 bronze                23/75
1997 Mar del Plata 2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze         9/82
1998 Taipei        4 silver, 2 bronze                13/76
1999 Bucharest     1 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze, 1 HM  15/81
2000 Taejon        1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze        16/82
2001 Washington DC 1 gold, 4 bronze                  25/83
2002 Glasgow       1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze, 1 HM  26/84
2003 Tokyo         2 silver, 2 bronze, 2 HM          26/82
2004 Athens        1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze, 1 HM  27/85
2005 Merida        6 bronze                          25/91
2006 Ljubljana     3 silver, 2 bronze, 1 HM          26/92
2007 Hanoi         1 silver, 4 bronze, 1 HM          22/93
2008 Madrid        5 silver, 1 bronze                19/93
2009 Bremen        2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze, 1 HM  23/104
2010 Astana        1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze, 1 HM  15/96
2011 Amsterdam     3 silver, 3 bronze                25/101  
2012 Argentina     2 silver, 4 bronze                27/100
2013 Colombia      1 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze        15/100

For more information, and a database on students who represented Australia, press here.