2017 Premier's Spelling Bee

Please click on the link to read the Premiers message for 2017 .

The Web Certificate is now available for you to download and award to your students.

The Regional Finals have now been assigned. Note: there have been numerous changes to regional venues as schools register various clashes. This page was updated with most recent information on Wednesday 16 August. Stay tuned.

The invitation to regional finals is in WORD form so you can edit or even mail merge the document. Please use your school email for RSVP, and once collated, send an email to your host convener with your finalised numbers of guests. Please be considerate of host schools hosting 20 + schools, with 4 students each and keep guest numbers down to a dull roar. We have no desire to discourage supporters, but school spaces are limited. If in doubt, contact your host convener directly.

Please use the 2017 Regional Final convener information below to notify your host school of guest numbers and any special needs or dietary concerns. Please use the convening teacher's email sparingly, as they are fielding mail from many schools.

Thank you for your enthusiasm in the Premier's Spelling Bee. As entries close on Friday 30 June 2017, we have over 990 schools and an astounding 153,000 students involved in the competition. State Finals take place on 8 Wednesday 8 November 2017 in the ABC Ultimo studios.

Word lists are now available. Please scroll down to the sets below.

The password for the lists has been sent to your nominated Spelling Bee Coordinator, or school principal. Please read the copyright limitations on distribution of the Macquarie Dictionary word lists. We hope to see you at regional finals.


The Premier’s Spelling Bee was introduced in 2004 as a fun and educational way for primary school students to engage in spelling. The program includes activities to encourage all students to engage with spelling and to promote improved literacy in combination with the English K-6 Syllabus.  Please note that you can download this information as a PDF.

The 2017 Premier's Spelling Bee launched on 26 April 2017.

Important dates:

School nominations close: 30 June 2017 Week 10 Term 2

Student names final submission for Regional Finals: 11 August 2017 Week 4 Term 3

Regional Finals: 4-15 September 2017 Weeks 8-9 Term 3

State Finals: Wednesday 8 November 2017 Week 5 Term 4

 PSB FAQ pdf icon 2017 Procedures

Web Certificate

Regional Finals invitation Printable/projectable Poster Regional Finals schools' list
2017 Regional Final Convenor Information    






The 2017 Word Lists. The Spelling Bee coordinator in your school can supply the password needed or email The Premier’s Spelling Bee Support Officer, Désirée Lane for details of your school's coordinator.

Junior Word Lists (Year 3&4) Senior Word Lists (Year 5&6)
 Junior Word List Annotated    Senior Word List Annotated
 Junior Word List Simple        Senior Word List Simple  

Macquarie Dictionary is the official word list supplier. 

Our History

2016 Premier's Spelling Bee

In 2016 over 136,000 students from more than 940 schools participated in the Bee, with over 3,500 students progressing to one of 43 regional finals.

The 2016 State Final of the Premier’s Spelling Bee took place at the Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre on Wednesday 9 November. 

The Junior Session ran from 9:30am - 12:30pm. 

Forty three contestants took part in the Junior Final. The winner was Emma Bu from Hurstville South Public School, pictured below with her mother and members of the Macquarie Dictionary team.

Emma Bu

(Photographer- Robert Edwards)

The Senior Session ran from 2:00pm-6:00pm, with the last thirty minutes broadcast live on ABC Radio. Forty three contestants took part in the Senior Final. The winner was Christina Hood form Bungendore Public School, pictured below with the Spelling Bee Announcer Juanita Phillips, ABC Newsreader

PSB 2016 year 5 and 6 winner

(Photographer- Robert Edwards)

To find a list of all state finalists please click here.

Macquarie Dictionary is the official word list supplier. Word lists and applications will be available here in April 2017.

All Previous Winners of the Premier's Spelling Bee

Read more about the Premier's Spelling Bee below.