Whitlam Institute

What Matters 2016

Each year the Whitlam Institute asks Australian young people in grades 5-12 ‘What Matters?’ with their What Matters? Writing Competition. Established by former PM Gough Whitlam, What Matters?  is part of the WI’s civics education program, inspiring young people to think big & make change. In 2016, Saakshi Khoul of Ryde Secondary College was the competition winner.


Congratulations to all students who participated in the biggest ever What Matters? competition. We received a remarkable 3870 entries from students in NSW the ACT and Tasmania!

2016 Winner

Congratulations to our 2016 Competition Winner: 

Saakshi Khoul of Ryde Secondary College for her essay We Matter.

Read the finalist entries:

Watch the 2016 Finalists describe what matters to them: