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NSW Titration Competition 2019

Saturday, 15 June 2019 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Multiple Venues, Australia


2019 NSW Titration Competition

The 2019 NSW Titration Competition will be held in June at a number of venues across the state. The aim of the competition is to accurately determine the unknown concentration of an acid by using titration techniques. All secondary schools in NSW are invited to participate. The competition is open to students currently enrolled in Preliminary or Higher School Certificate Chemistry or its equivalent at your institution. Students will work in groups of three.

When do registrations open?

Registrations for most venues open on Monday 11 March 2019. Registrations close on Friday 17 May 2019. If you have any questions about registrations please email the RACI NSW Branch Office.

Where is the competition held?

Further information about venue locations, timing, dates and availability can be found here:

The competition will be launched at the following venues on Monday 11 March (more may be added nearer the time so please check back regularly):

University of Sydney session 1

University of Sydney session 2

University of NSW

Macquarie University

Knox Grammar



Aquinas Catholic College

Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury

Western Sydney University, Campbelltown

Barker College

Wenona School

Freeman Catholic College

Southern Cross University, Lismore (Day 1)

Southern Cross University, Lismore (Day 2)

Southern Cross University, Lismore (Day 3)

University of New England Booster Day 1

University of New England Booster Day 2

University of Wollongong 

Moama Anglican Grammar

James Sheahan Catholic High School, Orange - TBC

Kincross Wolorai School, Orange - TBC

South Grafton High School, South Grafton - TBC

Newcastle Grammar School

St Matthews Catholic School, Mudgee - TBC



What PPE or equipment do I need to bring to a venue?

Please see each individual venue's registration page for details of the PPE and equipment required or contact the RACI NSW Branch Office. Most venues also require that visiting teachers assist with the supervision of students.

How do I register?

Note: the links to the venues above will only be activated once the competition opens on Monday 11 March 2019.

Enter the event page for your chosen venue by clicking the relevant link above. Choose the number of teams you would like to enter in the competition, and enter your details. Then follow the prompts to fill out your school’s and contact teacher’s (if different from the person registering) details.
Payment for teams can be made online by credit card or offline by cheque or EFT by arrangement with the RACI NSW Branch Office.
Note: You must contact the RACI NSW Branch via email within 24 hours of registering to advise payment details if you do not pay by credit card, otherwise your registration will be cancelled.
Places are subject to availability- they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


The cost of entry in the 2019 Titration Competition is:
• $45 (inc GST) per team of three students at all venues except the University of Sydney, University of NSW and Western Sydney University, Campbelltown Campus.
• $60 (inc GST) at the University of Sydney, University of NSW and Western Sydney University, Campbelltown Campus. This cost includes a 1 hour RACI Nyholm Chemistry Lecture (advertised separately). At these large venues we hope students & teachers (who may attend at no cost) will appreciate the lecture during the intermission while the competition results are being determined. Results will be announced following the lecture.

Competition Rules

• An institution may enter a maximum of 8 teams and may choose one venue only.
• All teams from one institution must compete at the same venue.
• All students must be trained in the correct method of titration and safe laboratory codes of conduct. Students and teachers will abide by the competition rules and the direction and decisions of the competition supervisors at all times.
• All students must present completed indemnity and media release forms to the competition supervisor at the venue on the morning of the competition. These forms indemnify the venue in the case of any misadventure during the course of the competition and allow images of competitors to be used according to strict media guidelines.
• All students must wear appropriate clothing in accordance with laboratory guidelines and the special requirements of your chosen venue which will include fully enclosed shoes and safety goggles and may include laboratory coats.
• You will have registered and made payment for team places. This must be done before the competition date (usually before the closing date for entries) and you will have received a confirmation of entry from the NSW Competition Coordinator.
• If a school chooses to pay offline, a representative must contact the RACI NSW Branch to confirm payment details within 24 hours of registering online, otherwise your registration will be cancelled.

What do I need to bring once I register a team?

Each venue has different requirements for equipment that teams will need to bring with them. Further information can be found on each venue's individual registration page. If you have any queries about this please contact the RACI NSW Branch Office.

How does the competition work?

The performance of a team in the Titration Competition is determined by its total score which is a sum of the scores achieved by each of the team members. The closer a team member is to determining the correct concentration the lower the score. Thus, lower scores are better.

What awards can my students win?

The following may be received from the NSW Schools Titration Competition:
• a medallion for each member of the winning team at a venue
• a certificate of Excellence for a team with a score of 100 or less
• a certificate of Merit for a team score of between 100 and 200
• a certificate of Participation for a team score greater than 200.
In addition, a team with outstanding performance may be invited to the prestigious National Titration Competition. The student from NSW invited to the National Competition who achieves the best score in the National Competition (in the event of a tie, the result from the Schools competition also will be considered), may be awarded the de Miklouho-Maclay Prize for Excellence in Chemistry.

Competition forms and helpful documents

Competition Booklet
Indemnity Form and Media Release Form
Sample Scoresheet
Sample Risk Assessment
Titration Indicators and Glassware Notes
Sample Calculation Spreadsheet
Spreadsheet Instructions (Part 1)
Spreadsheet Instructions (Part 2)