‘Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit’ – Stefan Banach 1892–1945, Polish mathematician
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. Our vision is that all young Australians should have the opportunity to realise their intellectual potential in mathematics. We conduct a number of mathematics competitions and enrichment programs throughout schools in Australia and in nearly 40 countries around the globe. The AMT is the only organisation providing a complete pyramid of enrichment programs, ranging from suitable for the average student to providing the only pathway to representing Australia at International Olympiads in mathematics and informatics. We hold open events for all students and invitational competitions for identifying exceptional mathematical talent. Our competitions and enrichment programs focus on problem solving as essential in unlocking a student’s success in the understanding of mathematics. All of our activities feature original problems created by Australia’s leading mathematics teachers and academics.
Australian Mathematics Competition
Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians
The Mathematics Olympiads are supported by the Australian Government Department of Education through the Mathematics and Science Participation Program.
The Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA) is a staged program designed to help teachers motivate, stimulate, encourage and develop mathematically interested students in Years 3 to 10 to bring forth the talent and potential within. Teachers find the materials valuable, allowing them to better assist the students in their care. The MCYA program may be particularly useful in schools where teachers work in isolation and have a handful of talented students spread out over a number of classes.
Challenge Stage (March–June)
The CHALLENGE Stage is an opportunity for students who enjoy mathematics to develop their problem-solving skills. It consists of four problems for Years 3 and 4 students (Middle Primary) and Years 5, 6 and 7 students (Upper Primary), six problems for Years 7 and 8 students (Junior) and six problems for Years 9 and 10 students (Intermediate). Teachers can select a consecutive three-week period between March and June for students at their school to participate. Detailed support notes, solutions and extension problems are provided to teachers.
Enrichment Stage (April–September)
The ENRICHMENT Stage consists of six different parallel programs run over a six-month period with comprehensive student and teacher support materials. Each of the six programs is aimed at different levels of students in Years 5 to 10. It is an opportunity for talented students who enjoy mathematics to formally extend their knowledge of mathematics with course work that augments the school curriculum.
AIMO – Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (6 September)
Schools that participate in the MCYA Challenge and Enrichment Stages are invited to enrol interested students, seeking a further mathematics challenge, in this 4-hour exam in September. High achievers in the AMC are also invited to enter and be challenged with a range of interesting questions. The AIMO is one of the competitions used to identify students who may be offered special enrichment classes and other opportunities to enhance their enjoyment and knowledge of mathematics. » Enter now
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Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee Invitational Program
The Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC) Invitational Program is a program which offers the top students from the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians and the Australian Mathematics Competition extra enrichment opportunities, and 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. For more information about our informational program click on the link below.
Australian Statistics Competition
Registration closes early August, entries due beginning of September
Supported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics
The Australian Statistics Competition (ASC) is an activity that assists teachers to present lessons on data and statistics in a relevant and relaxed environment. The chance and data stream of school mathematics syllabi is particularly well suited for practical, project-based and team-based learning activities, and the competition offers a framework and focus to support such learning activities.