Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions apply to all Ethics Olympiads, Junior School, Middle School,  Senior School & Tertiary ( See Terms and Conditions for Training Camps at the bottom of this page)

  • The Ethics Olympiad will provide ethical cases and information kits for coaches & eth-letes in the lead up to the event.
  • Each school can enter a team of 5 students, or two teams of five students (10 students), Smaller teams are permitted but the cost per team remains the same. A maximum of 10 students (two teams) can participate from each school. 
  • Junior, Middle and Senior School Ethics Olympiads are run according to age levels due to the different age cut-offs in different jurisdictions. Junior Schools 9-12-year-old, Middle School 12-15-year-old and Senior School 15-19-year-old. Students must be within this age range at some point during the year of participation.
  • Teams can consist of students from multiple year levels or one year level. Teams must not include students who are older than the designated year level but can include younger students. Teams that include students older than the event stipulates will be disqualified.
  • Registered school groups need to participate with an intact team to represent their school on the day. Every effort should be taken to replace an unwell student. Last-minute forfeits will not be reimbursed and should be avoided as this will affect allocations on the day.
  • Regarding the use of reserves, schools can use reserves but ideally, a school team remains intact throughout the day. Please be aware that we will only provide five medals for each medal-winning team.
  • Team members must be from one school.  Home-schooled students are welcome to participate as a team.
  • Payment is required once registered to secure your school’s place at the event.
  • Ethics Olympiads are being run via Zoom to enable remote and regional schools to participate. Problems with access to Zoom and any internet problems are the responsibility of the registrant. Every effort will be made to accommodate any tech problems on the day.
  • We try to ensure that there is an even number of teams, but if we have an uneven number of teams participating, we will ask a different team to observe a bye during each heat. Those teams will have an average score applied based on their other scored rounds.
  • Each participating school is required to provide a teacher/coach to supervise on the day.
  • Mobile phones, laptops and pre-prepared notes are not permitted to be used during the heats and finals. A point penalty will apply.
  • The decisions of the judges are final. Scores from the heats will be totalled on the day, and these will determine the medal results. The overall results will be provided to each participating coach at the end of the event. 
  • Where there is a tie, we will select the winner using the following process. The highest score in the third heat….if that is still a draw, the highest score in the second heat and so on.
  • The results will be emailed to supervising teachers following the event, as well as certificates. Medals will be posted to schools to be presented to the students at a school assembly.
  • We will not be sending individual scores to coaches. At the end of the event, we will send the results in the form of an announcement of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners and then the runners-up ranked.
  • Teams that win Gold or Silver medals will be invited to participate in the International final. (Only at Senior or Middle School levels.)
  • The minimum number of teams to run the event will be seven teams (4/5 schools). Medals will be distributed only if there are at least five teams participating from a region. 
  • The maximum number of teams is 30 (except in the finals.) 
  • Where there is more than one judge involved in a heat, scores will be averaged across those judges in each round.
  • Where there are over 26 teams registered for one region, then the organisers reserve the right to divide the cohort of teams into separate groups so as provide as many teams as possible the chance to be awarded medals.
  • Videoing- We do not usually video heats but where there is a need to video the event for training purposes, we will consult with the coaches from the relevant schools first.
  • The Ethics Olympiad has insured the event (A Certificate of Currency is available on request), and organisers all have Working With Children Registration. (WWC numbers are available on request)
  • If for some reason, we have to cancel the event, schools will have the option of a full refund or transfer their registration to the next Ethics Olympiad.
  • Cancellations- Full reimbursements will be provided up until one month before the event minus 10% to cover administration costs. The fact that many of the upfront costs in running the event are made well beforehand means that no reimbursement will be provided after that time.
  • COVID19

    • Where there is a Covid related lockdown, we will make special arrangements for coaches and teams to participate from home. 
    • Where face masks are required by a school, students can still participate, but a sound check will need to be conducted in order to ensure the other team, and the judge can hear you. Check with the judge at the start of your first heat.

The Australasian or International Ethics Olympiads

In 2020 we started offering medal-winning schools the opportunity to participate in a follow-up final with other medal-winning schools via Zoom.

  • Eligibility for these events will go to all schools winning a Gold or Silver medal, but in some cases where the number of teams participating exceeds 25 teams in a regional event or where for whatever reason, ie a qualifying school cannot participate, we might invite the next placed school to represent their region.
  • Invitations to participate in an International Final are at the discretion of the organisers. 
  • The same conditions for cancellations apply to an Australasian Ethics Olympiad Final as do other Ethics Olympiads.
  • Due to time differences and in order to run this event during a school day, we will confine the International final to three heats.
  • Please note that if a team does not arrive on the day resulting in an uneven number of teams, then a random selection of teams to have a bye each round will be instigated during the final. Average scores will be added to the scores of those teams affected by a bye. 

Training Camps/Clinics

Training Camps will be provided online throughout the year for Junior,  Middle and Senior School students. The same cancellation criteria applies to training camps.

  • Full reimbursements will be given up until two months before the event minus 10% to cover administration costs.
  • If a school is closed due to COVID-related restrictions, students and coaches can still participate from home.
  • Problems with access to Zoom and any internet problems are the responsibility of the registrant. Every effort will be made to accommodate problems on the day and assist schools leading up to the event. If there are any access problems caused by us, we will make a video version available to the registrant. Please note that we cannot provide a video version of the training day otherwise.
  • The purpose of the training clinics is primarily to assist eth-letes and coaches in their preparation for an Ethics Olympiad. Any behaviour that undermines this will result in removing participants from the session.
  • We ask that everyone leave their Zoom camera on during the training day.
  • Last-minute registrations for training days will be accepted, however, this will be based on whether there is space available.