When it comes to contesting, the Wireless Institute of Australia runs a number of contests throughout the year. The popular and well known ones include:
Remembrance Day Contest
This contest is held every year on the anniversary of the end of World War II, in honour of the Australian amateurs who lost their lives in wartime. This contest is unusual because the trophy goes to the Australian state or territory that scores the highest level of activity.
Trans Tasman Contest
This contest is especially for operators on the 160 and 80 metre bands. The aim is to make the greatest possible number of contacts between Australia and New Zealand.
Oceania DX Contest
This is an international contest for the 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metre bands, held in October each year. The aim is to make the greatest possible number of contacts between stations in Oceania and stations in other parts of the world.
John Moyle Memorial Field Day
This contest is a Field Day for stations on all bands, HF and VHF.
VHF-UHF Field Days
The Summer Field Day has been held in January each year since 1989. The Spring Field Day (November) was introduced in 1998. These two popular events have been joined in 2008 by a new Winter Field Day. These Field Days are open to individual amateurs and also to multi-operator or club stations.
Ross Hull Memorial VHF-UHF Contest
This is a DX contest for stations on the VHF, UHF and microwave bands. The aim is to make as many contacts as possible over the greatest possible distances.