Australian Informatics Olympiad Committee Invitational Program

CAT Problems Committee Chair Dr David Clark
Director of Training, Informatics Robert Newey

Students with outstanding performances in the open events, particularly the AIO, may be invited to participate in invitational events which can eventually lead to selection for Australia at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). The first of these is the training school held in December each year. Further opportunities include individual mentoring, participation in the Australian Invitational Informatics Olympiad (AIIO) and the French-Australian Regional Informatics Olympiad (FARIO) and, if selected, participation in the International Olympiad of Informatics (IOI).


AIOC School of Excellence

The AIOC School of Excellence is an intensive 10-day training school at the Australian National University in Canberra in December. We invite approximately 25 students, based on their performance in the Australian Informatics Olympiad. Students learn more advanced algorithm design and data structures and, do a lot of programming in the computer labs. We also begin the process of training and selecting a team for the IOI.


Australian Invitational Informatics Olympiad (AIIO)

The AIIO was held for the first time in 2006, and is now held every February. Entry is by invitation only, and the final results (as well as the FARIO results in March) are used to select about 15 participants for the AIOC Selection School in April.

» AIIO Results | » More information on AIIO

Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad (APIO)

Held in May, this is a team event conducted by several countries in the Asia Pacific area. In 2017 APIO will be hosted by Australia. To find out more visit the official website


French-Australian Regional Informatics Olympiad (FARIO)

An annual competition held between French and Australian students over the internet (with NZ and Belgium recently added), this is a fun competition between the countries and forms part of Australia’s IOI team selection process.

» More information on FARIO


AIOC Selection School

The AIOC Selection School is an intensive 10-day training school at Macquarie University during April. Based on results in the invitational events above, and performance at the AIOC School of Excellence, we invite approximately 15 students. They undertake further training and at the conclusion of the school, Australia’s International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) team is selected.


International Olympiad in Informatics

The IOI is the pinnacle of competition in computer science for high school students around the world. Each country sends a team of four students to participate in ten hours of competition.
Students selected in the team are mentored from the time of selection until the beginning of a short training camp held immediately before departure for the IOI.

» Previous IOI Results | » Informatics Olympians