History of the AMT

The first Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was run in 1978 out of a small office at the Canberra College of Advanced Education. 2017 marks the 40th AMC.

The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) was formed in 1992 from the Australian Mathematics Foundation, the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee and the University of Canberra, which became the trustee. Associate Professor Peter O’Halloran was designated Executive Director of Mathematics Activities.

Since then the AMT has seen growth in the numbers of students participating in the AMC, the development and success of comprehensive mathematical enrichment programs, an expansion to include competitions in informatics, and the provision of teacher professional development and workshops for students.

A more detailed breakdown of the history of the Australian Mathematics Trust from its early days through to 2012 can be found at AMT History, curated by Emeritus Professor Peter Taylor.