Maths Talent Quest


To register your school's interest in the 2023 MTQ and FLIP Challenge click here! Please make sure you have your unique MAV username and password. Please contact the MAV office to create your MAV username and password on 9380 2399 if required.

Download the 2023 MTQ flier here.

All MTQ and FLIP Challenge resources are available year round.

First held in 1982, the MTQ is an annual activity open to all primary and secondary students.  Students select their own investigation topic based on their personal learning interests and apply mathematics in context. They understand and discover how mathematics is used and found in the world around them, providing a positive experience that reduces the barriers to learning in mathematics and often reduces student maths anxiety.






The Maths Talent Quest:

  • Promotes an interest in and increases the awareness of mathematics in real life.
  • Focuses on building the learning capability of students.
  • Facilitates the integration of learning outcomes across mathematics and across other curriculum areas within the Victorian Curriculum.
  • Develops student communication, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking and other skills.
  • Encourages students to verify and justify the results of an investigation.
  • Creates avenues for extension for the more able students.
  • Allows all students to be rewarded for growth.
  • Caters for mixed ability teaching and a variety of learning styles and preferences.
  • Fosters positive attitudes towards mathematics amongst students, teachers and parents to reduce maths anxiety.

Empower mathematical investigation with MTQ!

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We are very excited to share with you an enhanced Victorian Maths Talent Quest.



2023 Dates 

December 2022

Register your school!


Your students can start working on investigations at any time in 2023! All resources 

will be open.

Monday 31st July

Registrations close. Last day for investigations uploaded to the registration portal.

Monday 7th – 21nd August

Online state judging

Thursday 19th October

MAV State Award Ceremony




The Victorian Rubric has been updated! Investigations are judged at least twice against the rubric. We encourge you to use the rubric at a school level to help select your top entries to submit.

We encourage you to discuss and share this with your students. You may like to get your students to complete a self-assessment throughout the challenge using this or a modified rubric.

Further information about self-assessment can be found on the Department of Education and Training’s website: Assessment in practice



Registrations closed on the 31st of July 2023.

File sizes can be no bigger than 35MB.

For assisance with registration download this PowerPoint., if you still require assistance email Jen Bowden



Students were recognised for academic excellence, achievement and growth through various awards categories.

State level certificates awarded to:

  • National Representatives
  • FLIP Challenge Awards
  • High Distinction in Achievement
  • Distinction in Achievement
  • Credit for Growth
  • Recognition of Growth


Special awards were awarded to students who have shown excellence in particular areas:
  • Jim Trotter Award (Upper Primary excellence in mathematics)
  • Outstanding Schools Awards

A template for a Certificate of Participation will be placed on the MAV website for schools to download and present to students who have completed the MTQ at a school level.

The awards celebration was held on Thursday, 20 October 2022. You can download the Awards Celebration Program Booklet here.

Maths Talent Quest examples

MTQ Exemplar

Foundation Individual

MTQ Exemplar

Year 1 Individual

MTQ Exemplar

Year 2 Individual

MTQ Exemplar

Year 3 Individual

MTQ Exemplar

Year 4 Individual

MTQ Exemplar

Year 5 Group

MTQ Exemplar

Year 6 Individual

MTQ Exemplar

Year 7 Individual

MTQ Exemplar

Year 8 Group

MTQ Exemplar

Year 9 Individual



Webinars to help you implement MTQ and FLIP

We will be providing a variety of professional learning sessions to support teachers as they plan term for and mentor students.

Webinars include sessions on how to approach the financial literacy education.

Secondary professional learning


How we run the MTQ/FLIP in 2022


Jen Bowden

Student led investigations: MTQ/FLIP


Jen Bowden and Jess Mount

FLIP: Financial Literacy in Practice through the MTQ 


 Carly Sawatzki

Primary professional learning


How we run the MTQ/FLIP in 2022


Jen Bowden

Student led investigations: MTQ/FLIP


Jen Bowden

FLIP: Financial Literacy in Practice through the MTQ


 Carly Sawatzki




Welcome students! Please visit this page for resources help you be inspired, plan and complete your MTQ/FLIP investigation. More resources and information to come!

Student tip sheet


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The National Mathematics Talent Quest accepts one top entry for each category from states and territories across Australia. For those states that do not have a local competition, schools are welcome to enter their student’s investigations through the Mathematical Association of Victoria’s competition. In 2022, the Maths Association of South Australia will host national judging. The MAV will be responsible for nominating investigations for the National Maths Talent Quest.

Pathways to the National Maths Talent Quest

Tasmania is welcome to enter through the Mathematical Association of Victoria’s Competition.

For enquiries about the National Maths Talent Quest please email Jen Bowden.

Teacher info


Who can enter the MTQ?

All students from Foundation to Year 12 can enter the Maths Talent Quest. Entries are submitted by a school, unless the student is home-schooled. A maximum of 6 entries per category, per year, per campus level will be accepted for state judging. Entries can be received from:

  • Individual students
  • Groups of no more than 6 students
  • Classes

What can be entered into MTQ?

Investigations are uploaded onto an online platform when registrations are complete.

We welcome a diverse range of creative presentations of your students’ mathematical investigations! It is importation that investigations findings are: 

  • communicated so they take no longer than 30 minutes for a judge to interpret. (For example, 30 minutes to read a written report and observe calculations). 
  • uploaded onto the registration platform in one file (preferred format PDF or PowerPoint) with a maximum file size of 35MB. We suggest you embed large media files into web-based documents such as google doc, goggle slide, student made web sites or you tube.

How to register student's entries:

  • Organise and complete judging at school level to select your top entries.
  • Submit these through online registration, (entries must be uploaded via the portal) by Monday 1 August.
  • A new field called student growth is required for each entry. Teachers are to identify an area in which students have shown learning growth in completing their investigations (30-word limit).
  • Nominate your judge/s and complete details online - this is a compulsory component of the MTQ. You are required to judge two entries for every entry your school enters.
  • Complete the payment details online to ensure your entries are registered.
  • Cost per entry (inclusive of GST) is $40 for MAV members and $50 for non-members. Refunds will only be accepted prior to 1 August (less 50% of entry fee per entry).

How do I judge the MTQ:

  • Online judging will take place from 15-22 August 2022. MAV will contact you to organise your judging access.
  • You will be sent specific judging information before judging week.
  • Judges can choose when they judge, a school is responsible for judging two entries for every entry registered.
  • Schools will be notified of results by 29 August. The MAV’s decision is final.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can students from different year levels enter the MTQ together? 
Investigations should be registered through the higher year level. For example, a group with two Yearr 6 students and three Year 5 students should be entered into Year 6.

What if I have 8 students in my investigation group?
This should be entered as a class entry.

My students have created a video, how can I enter this?
We suggest using a student friendly platform like YouTube kids and embed the website into a file such as a PDF.

My students have completed an amazing investigation, it will take judges at least three hours to read and understand their findings. Can I still enter this?
You can, but the judges have been given a guideline of 30 minutes to judge each investigation. Part of the skill is communicating an investigation is being able to work within the parameters and present finding in and effective manner.

I have 3 complete entries and want to start registration for the entries but am waiting for some more students to complete their work. Can I start registrations now?
Registrations open on Monday 2nd May and close Monday 1st August 2022. You can start the registration process and add or alter registrations in this time.

We have submitted 7 entries from my school and have 3 judges? How will this work?
We will share the investigations equally between the judges.

Why do I need to comment on my students’ learning growth when I complete the registration?
We have decided to include this field to value all students’ effort and growth, not just academic excellence. Valuing growth is a great way to combat student anxiety towards mathematics and financial literacy. An example comment may be “Dean has shown growth in his understanding of graphs and making choices of graph style to best present the most efficient way to save energy in his home.”



ONLINE RESOURCES TO INSPIREFinancial Literacy In Practice - Teacher Tip Sheet