Are you currently a student engineer within Australia?

Do you want to build both your professional skills and network?

Looking for ways to demonstrate your talents to future employers?

Join the YEA National Case Competition 2021

Based on the success of last year's YEA Case competition that was held in Victoria, the YEA Case Competition 2021 is going national!

The competition aims to provide student engineers with the opportunity to apply their theoretical and technical skills to solve real-world problems. Participants will be able to increase both their professional and personal development by working in a team and gaining exposure to industry-focused problems.

Not sure what a Case Competition is? Why not watch the "YEA Case Competition 101” Panel Discussion recording from last year’s competition. It provides a recap of what a Case Competition is and what benefits that student engineers can gain by participating.

Registration for the YEA National Case Competition 2021 is closed!


2021 Competition Details 

Stage 1: Team Registration and Proposal Submission

Registration will be open from Monday 16th August 2021 until 5.00 pm (AEST) on Friday 27th August 2021. Participants will be encouraged to put their own teams together and register. Teams will consist of either 3 or 4 members (maximum 4 per team allowed). No individual registrations will be considered this year.

There will be a live Information webinar held on Wednesday 25th August 2021 and a live Q&A webinar held on Tuesday 31st August 2021, for teams to ask questions or seek clarification on anything outlined in the case study document. Only one member of each team will be required to attend the webinars in order to ask questions on behalf of their team. Attending the information and Q&As webinars is not compulsory.

Submissions will close at 11.59 pm (AEST) on Friday 10th September 2021. No extensions will be granted.

Stage 2: Finalist Presentation (Virtual)

At the conclusion of the judging period, the announcement of the top 10 teams including the five finalists will be made on Thursday 23rd September 2021.

The five finalists will then have approx.1 week to prepare a slide-deck presentation and answer some additional questions before the final event is held on Thursday 30th September 2021. The finalists will pitch before a judging panel of professional engineers who will determine the winning team. The presentations will take place via live webinar.

Q&A Webinar - 25th August 

Webinar Details

When: 25th August 2021 at 05.00 pm (AEST)

Click here to view the recording of the Q&A session.

You can also email any questions you have to [email protected] and one of the case competition committee members will respond to your query.

FAQ Webinar - 31st August 

A Case Study Q&A session was held on the 31st of August 2021 to allow a team representative to ask any questions and clarify any uncertainties after reviewing the Case Competition brief.

Click here to view the recording of the Q&A session.

There is also a document that lists responses to questions emailed to the Case Competition Committee, as well as questions asked during the FAQ webinar. Download the FAQ (pdf) here. 

Note: The deadline for all submissions is 11.59 pm (AEST) on Friday 10th September 2021. No extensions will be granted.

Case Study Brief

Download the Case Study Brief here

All participating teams have two weeks to prepare and submit a proposal outlining their solution to the set problem in the case study.

Submissions will close at 11.59 pm (AEST) on Friday 10th September 2021. No extensions will be granted.

You can email any questions you have about the Case Study Brief to [email protected] and one of the case competition committee members will respond to your query.


1st place Team (National Winner):

  • $1,500 in gift cards as a team prize;
  • Each team member will receive a virtual ticket (valued at $400 each) to attend the Climate Smart Engineering (CSE) Conference on 16th and 17th November 2021;
  • Opportunity to present their submission during the conference.

2nd place Team: 

  • $500 in gift cards as a team prize;
  • All teams that submit their proposal will also receive a certificate of acknowledgment from Engineers Australia!

The Top 10 Teams will be announced and recognised nationally. 
National Finals: Top 5 Teams


Entry to the competition is FREE and open to all current Engineering Students (both undergraduate and masters) within Australia.

Exchange students currently overseas can still participate in this case competition.

You can register as a team of 3 or 4 (maximum team size is 4).

No individual registrations nor registrations of pairs will be considered this year.

Case Study will be released on Saturday 28th August 2021.