Australian Schools Champs

Take part, see Australia, and build lifelong friendships.

Australian Schools Orienteering Championships

The Australian Schools Orienteering Championships (ASOC) is the premier event in Australian schools orienteering calendar. It is held every year in late September / early October as part of the Australian Championships Carnival week.

It is an amazing event. You meet new people. You catch up with old friends and make new lifelong friends. You travel to different parts of Australia and enjoy some fantastic orienteering.

Action from 2023 ASOC
The start of Senior Girls division relay at the 2023 Australian Schools Championships in West Australia. Photo: Richard Matthews.

Who Can Take Part?

You can take part in ASOC if you are a student at an Australian school school recognised by an Orienteering Australia state or territory affiliate Education Department You have to be 19 years or younger and 12 years or older at 31 December in the year of the event and be endorsed by your state or territory affiliate of Orienteering Australia to take part.

Each state or territory affiliate of Orienteering Australia selects a team to compete at ASOC. If you don’t make a team, you can still take part as an “independent athlete”. We encourage everyone who can to take part. Its a great experience!


What about Events and Classes?

ASOC is contested over three events. These are:

  • Sprint Distance – individual and teams.
  • Long Distance – individual and teams.
  • Relay – teams.

All entrants are eligible for Indvidual titles and the teams’ titles are restricted to those students who are competing as part of an official team,

There are four ASOC classes in each Championship events. These are:

  • Boys 19 years and under
  • Girls 19 years and under
  • Boys 15 years and under
  • Girls 15 years and under


The Southern Cross Junior Challenege is held in conjunction with ASOC and is contested by the invitational New Zealand teams and all the Australian State/Territory teams. It is a tough competition as the New Zealanders are hard to beat and always perform with great credit.

It is also a fantastic opportunity for all competitors to get to know each other and for competing students to form lifelong friendships between our two countries.

Past results and history of ASOC