Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee

This week registrations for the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee opened. The PM’s Spelling Bee is a free online competition for Australian school students in Years 3 to 8 across all states and territories.

Spelling bees are a lot of fun, and they have wider benefits like helping kids develop confidence and a real love of words and language.

The competition consists of three age categories, years 3–4, years 5–6 and years 7–8.

Students are required to spell 30 words and have 25 seconds to spell each word. Each student is ranked according to the accuracy of their spelling, and the time taken to spell each word.

There are great prizes to be won, too. National winners (3 in total, one in each category) will win:

  • A return flight to Canberra + one night’s accommodation to meet the Prime Minister for each category winner (and their parent/guardian)
  • 1 x iPad
  • 1 x $250 HarperCollins book pack


National runners-up (6 in total, two in each category) will win:

  • 1 X $50 HarperCollins book pack

Additionally, the school of each national winner will 1 x $1000 voucher to spend on books, technology or other equipment and supplies.

Students can register to take part in this free competition by August 19 by visiting:


Registrations for the 2022 PM’s Spelling Bee opened on Monday 25 July 2022 and close 5pm (AEST) 19 August 2022.