All secondary students at St Anthony of Padua Catholic College Austral have the opportunity to compete in national, international and industry-based competitions covering an array of academic areas to appeal to most students.
Aurecon is an international engineering firm which holds a competition across Australia and New Zealand for school students. All Stage 5 Engineering students will be encouraged to compete at the school stage of the competition. A team will be selected to represent the school at the next stage, where they will be required to build a bridge, which will be tested with the latest computer-based software to replicate the forces bridges face in nature.
Students participate in a state-wide computer competition run by the University of New South Wales that assesses a wide range of computer skills areas. The competition is open to all students from Years 7 to 10.
The English Writing Competition is provided by ICAS, the University of NSW, and requires a text-type based response. Stimulus material and detailed instructions are supplied. The competition is open to all students who will receive a certificate and an information feedback sheet.
Macquarie University hosts a two-day Business Innovation Challenge (BIC). This competition gives the student the chance to team up and solve real-world business problems. The student will receive industry and academic mentoring and will pitch their solution to a panel of industry judges. The student will participate in a complete design life-cycle and gain skills crucial for the 21st Century workplace.
Tournament of the Minds is an international competition. It is a problem solving program for teams of students from Years 7–10. The teams are required to solve open ended challenges from one of the following disciplines: Applied Technology; Language and Literature; Maths Engineering; and Social Sciences. Tournament of the Minds is for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way.