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Transport Accident Commission - Student competitions 2016


The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) is running two separate competitions in 2016 for students in Years 9 to 12 across Victoria. There are four primary objectives behind these competitions:

  • to enhance existing curriculum resources produced by the TAC and allow students to pursue particular areas of interest within the materials. The TAC materials are designed around Australian and Victorian curriculum models and meet all relevant assessment requirements
  • to encourage deeper reflection and thinking on issues around road trauma, safety and peer relationships
  • to reward excellence in writing and creative design in student work produced in Victorian classrooms
  • to publish exemplary student work to an audience beyond the student's immediate school.

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

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


The main resources are as follows:

Documentary films

Short films



Opinion piece

Road safety related websites

Road safety information sessions or workshops (if applicable)

Curriculum links

The competition is designed to complement existing VCE and AusVELS courses, providing students with stimulus material focused on road safety and peer behaviour. Ideally, the material can be formally taught in English, Health, History or Civics classes at Year 10 and VCE Legal Studies and English. The TAC website contains detailed courses for this purpose. The competition also has relevance to the development of a design brief in Visual Arts and students can submit art/design materials that focus on aspects of road safety.

Suggested writing forms

Personal: creative: diary, journal, narrative story

Expository: written in the style of a feature article, outlining the main arguments on an issue

Persuasive: an opinion piece exploring both sides of the argument before coming to a reasoned conclusion

Poetry: students are encouraged to explore other styles such as 'slam poetry' which would be effective when writing on issues around road safety.

Themes/ ideas for 2016

The following findings were published in a study undertaken by Monash University and Deakin University entitled 'What a great night': The cultural drivers of drinking practices among 14-24 year-old Australians'. After reading the material, reflect on the questions to follow. Coupled with the classroom resources provided by the TAC, this excerpt from the report should provide useful stimulus for writing and artwork.

Alcohol consumption is a central feature of Australian culture and identity, particularly for young people. 

Many young people aged 18-24 drink alcohol on a regular basis. Drinking to intoxication is a common feature of socialising for young people aged 15-24 and is viewed as an important and largely pleasurable social experience.

Mostly, young people frame their drinking experiences in a positive light. 

Young people drink for pleasure and to enhance their social lives, finding that drinking made social interactions easier and more comfortable and enhanced their social confidence. Nevertheless, most had experienced negative consequences of alcohol consumption including hangovers, and some had experienced vomiting, abuse, damage to social relationships and threatened or actual physical violence.

1. To what extent do you agree with the above findings?

2. Thinking about the TAC resources that you have viewed regarding road safety and young people, do you think that alcohol use increases the risk of death and injury on our roads?

3. What could be done to address this situation so that young people are at less risk?

4. Numerous TAC and MAFMAD films examine the ways in which young people interact when travelling together in a vehicle. Do you believe that there are gender differences with regard to young people, road use and risk taking?


The competitions finish at 5pm on Friday 16 September 2016.