Public Policy Case Competition 2019

Challenging ideas. Bold solutions. National impact.

Click here to register as a team or individually.

We are proud to announce that ESSA’s national Public Policy Case Competition will be coming back for its sixth year in 2019.

If you are highly passionate about Australian politics or looking to gain policy experience, then the Public Policy Case Competition is for you. The competition is designed with accessibility in mind, while still giving participants the flexibility to propose in-depth solutions to one of Australia’s most pressing issues. No prior knowledge is assumed, and participants will be provided with resources to start building their policy response.

Interstate finalists will be provided with the opportunity to present at the University of Melbourne finals to a panel of experts from policy and consulting backgrounds, with associated costs such as airfare and accommodation while in Melbourne covered by the Economics Students Society of Australia.

The overall winners will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and one-on-one mentoring with the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, and gain first hand experience and be able to see the practical applications of public policy.

The best-performing first-year team will receive the Department of Treasury and Finance First Year’s Prize, which will consist of $250.

Students may register as a team of 2–4, or to register as an individual to be matched with a group.


  • Current undergraduate or postgraduate student at an Australian university
  • For Victorian participants, able to attend PPCC Heats on Monday May 20, 6pm
  • For all participants, able to attend PPCC Final on Wednesday May 22, 5:45pm



Open now until Sunday May 19 at 12pm AEST

WORKSHOP (for Victorian participants):

Attend the preparation workshop hosted by our sponsors Strategy&, Department of Treasury and Finance, and AlphaBeta on Monday April 16 6pm and get off to a great start to your submission.


Monday May 13 (9am) to Sunday May 19 (12pm) AEST


Monday May 20, 6pm (hosted at the University of Melbourne and Monash University)

Interstate participants will be contacted to make alternative arrangements.


Wednesday May 22, 5:45pm (hosted at the University of Melbourne).

Please Check out the FAQs if you have more questions.

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