Chief of Navy’s Essay Competition 2022



The Chief of Navy’s Essay Competition was established in 2019 to encourage the Navy’s intellectual capability and influence by fostering research and discussion focussed on future development. Furthermore, this essay competition directly supports Chief of Navy’s Plan Pelorus Line of Effort 3 for a ‘Thinking Navy’. The three separate categories allow for all members of the RAN, wider ADF, and general public to enter while the relatively short word limit encourages a broad range of entries with a focus on quality of scholarship, not volume. This competition runs alongside the Sea Power Conference 2022 to be held 10-12 May 2022.

Entry Requirements


The Chief of Navy’s Essay Competition 2022 is open to all members of the general public in the following three divisions:

a.    Open Division - open to any entrant outside of the ADF and APS.

b.    Defence Division - open to any member of the ADF or APS.

c.    Youth Division - open to any member of the Royal Australian Navy aged 25 years or under as of 2359 on Tuesday 1 March 2022.



‘Noting the commitment of Indo-Pacific nations to a commonality of purpose, security, prosperity and good order, how might Navies best serve a common interest?’

Word Limit


Essay will be no less than 2000 words and no more than 4000 words.



All essays are to comply with the Sea Power Centre - Australia's publishing style guide which can be found at

All essays are to be sent in Microsoft Word to

Closing Date for Entries


1 March 2022



The winner of each division and notable mentions will be announced by Chief of Navy on Thursday 12 May 2022 at the Sea Power Conference 2022, Sydney International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.

The winner of each division will receive $AUD5000 cash prize money.

Essays will be judged by the Australian Naval Institute and their determination of the results are final.

Publication of Essays


All winners and notable mentions will be published online by the Sea Power Centre - Australia and Australian Naval Institute after the Sea Power Conference 2022.

Point of Contact


Lieutenant Commander Laura Vines, RAN
Telephone: (02) 5131 2721