Registration and rules

Important dates

The IM²C 2020 will occur from 10 March – 27 March 2020.

Event Date
Team registrations open Tuesday 28 January 2020
IM²C 2020 problem becomes available (beginning of the competition period) Tuesday 10 March 2020
Final date for submission of reports
(end of the competition period)
Friday 27 March 2020
Results announced Mid-July 2020

​Teams will choose up to five days during the competition period to work on the problem and complete their team report.

To participate in the IM²C a team must have a team advisor, usually a teacher, from that school. It is the advisor’s responsibility to make sure that teams follow all steps required for participation in IM²C.

There are several procedures that a team’s advisor must go through at various times before, during, and after the contest. It is important that the team's advisor reads the instructions and rules carefully and ensures that the team completes all the steps involved.

As soon as each team is formed, including nomination of a team advisor, the team should register its intention to enter the Australian Regional Round of the IM²C by completing the online registration form when registrations for the year open, and before the commencement of the contest period for that year’s Australian Regional Round of the Challenge.

Instruction and rules

  • A team may consist of up to four secondary level students, enrolled in the same school.
  • The contest runs during a specified period each year. The dates and times for the contest period each year are announced on this website.
  • Each team will decide on a period of up to 5 consecutive days during the contest period to work on the contest problem. For example, the contest for your team could be from 9.00 am on a Monday after the beginning of the contest period, until 3:00 pm on the following Friday. Or your team could start work at midday on a Thursday within the contest window and continue until midday on the following Tuesday. Your team’s contest ends upon completion of the chosen 5 day period.
  • You must obtain and use your control number and password to participate in the IM2C. Team advisors must log on to the IM2C Australia web site at the beginning of their 5 day contest period to receive the contest problem.
  • Team advisors will be given access to the modelling problem at that time, or as soon as they log in after that time.
  • Team advisors must ensure that no alterations of any kind are made after the end of the team's 5 day period. Team reports must be collected from students at or before this time and submitted shortly after via the International Mathematical Modeling Challenge Australia website (
  • All team reports must be received at the Australian judging centre no later than 3:00 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on the final day of the contest period for that year.
  • A signed Parental/Guardian Permission form must be included for each participating student. Schools should send the original signed forms to the Australian Council for Educational Research at the address below, attach a copy to their submitted entry, and retain a copy of each for their records.

    International Mathematical Modeling Challenge
    c/o Australian Council for Educational Research
    Private Bag 55
    Camberwell VIC 3124

  • All accommodations relative to learning conditions for individual students would follow the accommodations used as part of the local school program in an affected student's daily learning. The school bears the responsibility for providing any specialised assistance as required by law. If such accommodations are required for a student participating, the school should detail them and the extent to which they were utilised as part of the IM²C activities.

When participating in the International Mathematical Modeling Challenge, teams are required to comply with the following expectations:

  1. Teams may use any inanimate source of data, materials, computers, software, references, websites, books, etc. However, all sources must be credited.
  2. Teams may not use any person (other than team members) to discuss or obtain ideas for solving their problem nor may they seek help in obtaining an answer from the team's advisor or anyone else.

Any team that discusses the problem with anyone in a position to supply them with information reflecting experience or professional expertise will be disqualified. The relevant issue is one of intent: each team of students is expected to develop all of its substantive analysis without the help of others.

Please note that the Australian regional round of IM²C commences and concludes during the operation of Australian Daylight Saving Time (which is UTC/GMT+11 in the Eastern States). Team submissions are due no later than 3 pm on Friday 27 March 2020 Australian Daylight Saving Time.

Team registration will open Tuesday 28 January 2020