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Secondary students from throughout Victoria have been submitting heartfelt and powerful works for over five years as part of our Transport Accident Commission (TAC) student writing and artwork competition. 

Schools are invited to select and submit student writing and/or art/design from Year 9 and Year 10, VCE or VCAL on a theme around the TAC resources:

Many schools have implemented road safety programs such as the year 11 Fit to Drive workshop or the year 10 Keys Please information session. Students are also welcome to submit an entry based on the information received during their sessions regarding safe driver and passenger behaviour, and road safety issues in general.

The competition fits in with Context Writing, a key aspect of VCE English which is introduced at Year 10. For this year's competition it has been extended to invite art/design pieces from students. The competition also has relevance to creativity and students can submit art/design materials that focus on aspects of road safety.

Competition prizes

Prizes are awarded to students from Melbourne metropolitan schools and Victorian regional/rural schools in the following categories:

  • best piece of student writing from a Year 9 or Year 10 student
  • best piece of writing from a VCE or VCAL student
  • best piece of art/design material from a Year 9 or Year 10 student
  • best piece of art/design material from a VCE or VCAL student

Students can submit up to three pieces in each category. Prizes are a $200 voucher for driving lessons and a $50 book voucher.

The closing date for submission of pieces this year is Friday 16 September 2016.

Writing pieces can be developed as a part of the existing English curriculum. The teaching resources presented in this area of the TAC website can be used for this purpose.

For further information please call (03) 5225 6954

Recent winners





  • Creative/Imaginative Writing: William Gallagher, Year 12, St Patrick's College, Ballarat 
  • Creative/Imaginative Writing: Carmen Keiso, Year 10, Princes Hill Secondary College.

See the 2012 winning entries.

Previous winners


  • Creative/imaginative writing: Umesh Pathy, Year 10, Ballarat Grammar
  • Expository writing: Simone Pianko, Year 10, Bialik College
  • Creative/imaginative writing: Dylan Demasi, Year 11, Northern Bay College Corio
  • Creative/imaginative writing: Samuel Anderson, Year 11, De La Salle College Malvern   

 Prior to 2011:

  • Creative/imaginative writing: Denee Dang, Year 9 Marian College
  • Expository writing: Damien Griffiths, Year 10, St Kevin's College, Toorak
  • Creative/imaginative writing: William Gallagher, Year 10, St Patrick's College, Ballarat
  • Creative/imaginative writing: Holly Clark, Year 11, Star of the Sea
  • Creative/imaginative writing: Rebecca Adams, Year 12 VCAL, Catholic Regional College Sydenham
  • Expository writing: Rosie Cooper, Year 10, Star of the Sea College - Society expects too much from teens
  • Creative/imaginative writing: Emma Flemetakis, Year 9, Deer Park Secondary College - Leave me alone
  • Expository writing: Peter Petros, Year 10, De La Salle College, Malvern - Society expects too much from teens