Coordinator Information Downloads 

Click here to view the 2024 Project Categories including topic titles for Photography, Posters & Science Writing. 

Please find below information and helpful downloads for all our Oliphant Science Awards Coordinators to share with their staff and participants!

2024 Navigating the Oliphant Science Awards in your School Webinar recording


Key Dates 2024

Applications for 2024 New Schools Incentive, Country Schools Bursary and Regional Student Travel Fund are now open.


  • Monday 15 January - Student registrations open. 
  • Look at Information at the Oliphant Science Awards website, distribute Student Information, Category Information and Rules to students.
  • Monday 19 February - Coordinator Webinar which this year, is not just for new coordinators. The changes for the 2024 competition will be outlined - the webinar is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions!  
  • Monday 4 March - judging registrations open
  • Sunday 24 March - applications for New Schools Incentive and Country School Bursary close.
  • Distribute Registration Forms - Negotiate a date with your students to return their Student Registration Form with enough time to complete your online registrations before the closing date (Friday 17 May).


  • Firday 17 May - Registrations to be completed & entered online; we recommend that you keep a copy of the forms for your records (SASTA does not require any copies unless specifically requested).
  • Friday 17 May - Judging Registrations close.
  • Friday 24 May - Online amendments period closes
  • Friday 31 May - Second and final amendment submissions (through Google Form) close
  • Friday 7 June - Regional Student Travel Fund applications close
  • Friday 7 June - Friday 28 June - Science Writing, Scientific Inquiry and Multimedia  and reports for Programming, Apps and Robotics MUST be submitted online. Please ensure Electronic Cover Sheets are submitted with each entry (these can be downloaded by Coordinators via their Coordinators Login).
  • From Friday 5 July - Round 1 Judging: Electronic Entries (Science Writing, Scientific Inquiry and Multimedia) sent out to judges. These must be judged and returned to SASTA by Sunday 21 July.


  • Monday 22 - Friday 26 July - Crystal Investigations and Models & Inventions reports and risk assessments MUST be submitted online. Supporting documents for Games (Supporting Videos for submission) may also be submitted. Visit the online project submission page for full details. 
  • Saturday 27 July - Programming, Apps & Robotics Judging Day (by appointment only!). 
  • Wednesday 31 July - Crystal Investigation, Games, Models & Inventions, Photography and Posters to be delivered to Adelaide Showgrounds. Full details to be provided to coordinators closer to the date.
  • Thursday 1 August - Round 2 Judging (Crystal Investigation, Games, Models & Inventions, Photography and Posters)
  • Friday 2 to Sunday 4 August - Open Day at Science Alive!
  • Monday 5 August - Project collection day

Open Day 2024

We’re excited to partner with Science Alive! again for our Open Day event in 2024!

Models & Inventions entries and winning entries from all other categories will be on display from Friday 2 August - Sunday 4 August 2024 at the Adelaide Showgrounds.

There will also be a range of come and try activities as well as a full program of exhibitions and science shows on offer from Science Alive!

If you are a country/regional school you are eligible for the 2024 Regional Student Travel Fund to support students to attended Open Days. Find out more information here.

All students who enter the Oliphant Science Awards will be eligible for discounted entry tickets. More information will be provided closer to the date.


  • October 2024 - Presentation Ceremony (Invitation Only).
  • October 2024 - All Participation and Highly Commended Certificates will be sent to Schools. Professional Development Certificates will be sent to judges.
  • December - Topic titles for 2025 available on the Oliphant Science Awards website

 Please be advised these dates are subject to change, times to be advised at a later date.

Below are some resources that may be useful in planning for the Oliphant Science Awards

Frequently Asked Questions for OSA Coordinators

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards on 7 Mar 2024

We have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions from Coordinators for the Oliphant Science Awards below. If your question isn't answered below please contact the SASTA office on 8354 0006 or...  more...

Country Schools: Participating in the Oliphant Science Awards

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards on 13 Apr 2022

The Oliphant Science Awards (OSA) are open for all South Australian schools to enter – whether that be entering individual students or entire student cohorts. We asked the Oliphant Coordinators from 3 different...  more...

How to support your students in developing a Scientific Inquiry project

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards on 26 Jun 2020

In this 4 part video series, we will be breaking down ways to support your students to develop a Scientific Inquiry project for the Oliphant Science Awards. There are clearly defined sections that...  more...

Stuck on how to run The Oliphant Science Awards in 2020?

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards on 23 Apr 2020

SASTA has asked some of our experienced OSA Coordinators to share their ideas and plans for utilising the competition under current circumstances so have a read and see if you can help get...  more...