Queensland Regional Titration Competition 2021


The RACI runs two titration competitions:

  • Regional Titration Competitions for high school students, which feed into the Australian National Titration Competition and
  • National Titration Challenge which is for teachers, science technicians and all those involved in the secondary or tertiary teaching of chemistry to students.

This website contains information on the National Titration Challenge.


Alignment with Queensland 2019 Chemistry Syllabus:


Titration is a compulsory practical in Unit 3 Topic 1 Equilibrium - Volumetric Analysis. Students who prepare for the Titration Competition will gain confidence in the laboratory skills necessary to conduct volumetric analyses, and in the analysis of the data obtained.

Titration could be used as the basis for either Summative Internal Assessment Item 1 (Data test) or Item 2 (Student experiment).


About the Competition


Schools are invited to enter teams from Grades 10, 11 and 12 in the Queensland Regional Titration Competition.

The aim of the competition is to encourage students who enjoy Chemistry - especially practical Chemistry - and to recognise proficiency. The Competition in Brisbane has been held annually since 1980, and since 1984 has been part of the Australian National Titration Competition (as a Regional Competition). Leading teams in the Regional Competitions are eligible to enter the Finals of the National Competition, to be held during term 3.

Entrants compete in teams of three (3). Individual students may also compete, but they will not be eligible for the National Finals. Each member of each team performs a simple acid-base titration exercise.


2021 Qld Titration Competition


Unfortunately universities, with the exception of JCU Cairns and CQU are unable to host the competition during 2021 due to the impact of COVID-19.

We are grateful to the host institutions for allowing us the use of their facilities, and to all the many individuals who volunteer to assist in any way. We hope to be back to running the competition as normal in 2022.

COVID-19 impacts all university venues including:

  • University of Queensland
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus
  • Griffith University, Nathan Campus
  • University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
  • James Cook University, Townsville Campus


James Cook University, Cairns Campus will be running the competition free of charge in 2021. This will take place during the week 30 May – 4 June 2021. More information, including how to register, will be published early in Term 1, 2021.

Central Queensland University will be running the competition as they have done in previous years, during the period 17 – 19 August 2021. Further information will be sent to schools in 2021.

For teams competing in the CQU and Cairns competitions, the analysis to be conducted is as follows:
     A NaOH solution is standardised against standard HCl. An "unknown" acetic acid solution is then titrated with the NaOH solution. Judging is on the basis of the values the team members report for the acetic acid concentrations.

In 2021 ALL Queensland schools (including those who choose not to attend in person at JCU Cairns or at CQU) are invited to take part in the Qld Titration Competition at their own school, in the same way as during 2020. There is a charge for this of $27.50 per team, or $9.90 per individual student.
     The analysis to be conducted involves preparation of a standard solution of potassium hydrogen phthalate (KHP) (provided), standardisation of a solution of NaOH, and titration of a second sample of KHP. Judging is on the basis of the values reported for the amount of KHP in the Unknown Sample.

Guidance for running the Titration Competition at your own school will be updated early in 2021. Teachers can choose when the Titration Competition will run in their school. Early registration is encouraged as the samples will need to be prepared and mailed to schools in advance of the competition.

Registrations for the 2021 Titration Competition will open early in Term 1, 2021.

The closing date for entries to be received back from schools via email is 3pm on Friday 28 May 2021.

Any queries regarding payment or logistics should be directed to Pam Chantrell at qld-raci@raci.org.au. Any questions regarding the running of the competition should be directed to Elaine Bergmann at titration@raci.org.au.


Titration Competition Documents


Note some of these documents are no longer relevant for 2021 but have been left live for reference so that teachers can prepare for 2022.

A Guide to Titration: https://raci.associationonline.com.au/document/item/4468

Titration Results Sheet - this will be updated early in Term 1, 2021.