Twenty of the top players hope to play the Australian Masters as a round robin somewhere, sometime in September 2023.
At the same time, teams of three players from each of seven states or territories would play the State Team Challenge as head-to-head matches.
The lexicon is that which is used in the majority of states (probably Collins Scrabble Words 2019).

Rule variation

Masters section has 5 point penalty for each word challenged but correct.

The contenders

The table below shows the teams according to qualification criteria set by the Council of the Australian Scrabble Players Association.

Australian Masters

The selection comprises the best twenty active players (those players who have played at least one game during the qualification period) ranked by Q statistic.

State Team Challenge

Each state team will comprise three eligible players who have not already been selected for the Masters event and are the next best three from their state, ranked by Q statistic.
If insufficient eligible players are available, the state will not be permitted to participate in the State Team Challenge for that year unless a maximum of one stand-in can be fielded before the tournament from any state (generally, but not necessarily, that state in which the tournament takes place). That stand-in must also meet the above criteria.
An eligible stand-in may also be fielded in the event of illness or other unforeseen circumstance during the tournament.

Selection by ratings

The primary criterion for ranking candidates is the Q statistic

Players may appeal to CASPA for a special dispensation in exceptional circumstances. In the event of any unforeseen issue the decision of CASPA is final.

The Qstat is Q = (P1 + P2 + 2 x P3)/4 where P1, P2, P3 are peaks from Jun to Sep, Oct to Jan and Feb to May. Extrapolated Qstat is shown, together with the peak(games) in each period. 40 games required.

Australian Masters

Q Stat
Games Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
David Eldar (VIC) 2087.0071✓ 2099(35)2075(36)
Andrew Fisher (VIC) 1994.0059✓ 1971(28)2017(31)
Naween Fernando (VIC) 1955.0094✓ 1949(49)1961(45)
Cameron Farlow (QLD) 1951.0083✓ 1975(43)1927(40)
Chris May (NSW) 1948.00*24   1844(0)2052(24)
Edward Okulicz (VIC) 1930.50108✓ 1930(53)1931(55)
Peter Kougi (VIC) 1904.0033   1903(19)1905(14)
Esther Perrins (NSW) 1896.00112✓ 1888(18)1904(94)
Anand Bharadwaj (VIC) 1882.00*16   1982(16)1782(0)
Daniel Piechnick (SA) 1820.0065✓ 1824(34)1816(31)
Trevor Halsall (VIC) 1812.0082✓ 1803(40)1821(42)
Joanne Craig (NSW) 1804.00173✓ 1783(60)1825(113)
Rod Talbot (NSW) 1786.00187✓ 1806(65)1766(122)
Bob Jackman (NSW) 1779.50185✓ 1776(54)1783(131)
Victor Tung (NSW) 1761.00116✓ 1682(18)1840(98)
John Holgate (NSW) 1749.50169✓ 1780(47)1719(122)
Adam Kretschmer (SA) 1719.0060✓ 1705(22)1733(38)

State Challenge

Q Stat
Games Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
Stephen Mooney Purse(TAS1) 1716.0031   1712(8)1720(23)
Nick Ivanovski (VIC1) 1686.5047✓ 1650(19)1723(28)
Ryan Sutton (NSW1) 1679.00*107✓ 1581(0)1777(107)
Tony Hunt (NSW2) 1675.50200✓ 1727(67)1624(133)
Jane Taylor (SA1) 1668.50207✓ 1658(83)1679(124)
Geoff Wright (VIC2) 1658.0091✓ 1632(44)1684(47)
Ronnie Bennett (ACT1) 1648.0058✓ 1633(7)1663(51)
Rocky Sharma (NSW3) 1647.00108✓ 1635(32)1659(76)
John Spaan (ACT2) 1644.5053✓ 1671(23)1618(30)
Noel Barrett (ACT3) 1625.50172✓ 1602(60)1649(112)
Karen Richards (QLD1) 1618.50251✓ 1626(93)1611(158)
Paul Richards (QLD2) 1587.00218✓ 1577(75)1597(143)
Jane Brown (QLD3) 1571.5075✓ 1593(58)1550(17)
Carmel Dodd (SA2) 1565.50137✓ 1563(68)1568(69)
Rael Hayman (NSW4) 1560.50*88✓ 1397(0)1724(88)
Wayne Jones (NSW5) 1560.00*13   1660(13)1460(0)
Dianne Brumby (TAS2) 1556.0091✓ 1559(43)1553(48)
Antony Kimber (SA3) 1550.0099✓ 1545(29)1555(70)
Dianne Davis (VIC3) 1546.5084✓ 1531(41)1562(43)
Helen Hynes (QLD4) 1543.5015   1556(10)1531(5)
John Hamilton (ACT4) 1534.00*13   1634(13)1434(0)
Liz Blanch (QLD5) 1528.50111✓ 1523(72)1534(39)
Norma Fisher (VIC4) 1526.00151✓ 1543(68)1509(83)
Alistair Kane (VIC5) 1523.50*10   1434(0)1613(10)
Graeme Lock Lee (NSW6) 1519.0090✓ 1471(25)1567(65)
Nat Podesser (VIC6) 1516.00*56✓ 1616(56)1416(0)
Sheryl Davidson (QLD6) 1509.5096✓ 1542(66)1477(30)
Michael Vnuk (SA4) 1505.5045✓ 1571(28)1440(17)
Martin Rose (TAS3) 1488.0074✓ 1515(59)1461(15)
Khen Meerding (TAS4) 1478.5059✓ 1550(36)1407(23)
Trevor Tao (SA5) 1465.00*5   1356(0)1574(5)
Tony Williams (ACT5) 1452.0084✓ 1444(18)1460(66)
Tony Miller (SA6) 1445.00*15   1341(0)1549(15)
Ros Wilkinson (TAS5) 1441.5027   1410(4)1473(23)
Jon Ford-King (TAS6) 1439.0065✓ 1512(42)1366(23)
Susan MacGillivray (ACT6) 1329.0016   1342(7)1316(9)

Recently processed:
14.01.2023 Social Scrabble January (SA) New peak for Daniel Piechnick
19.01.2023 Kingston Night (TAS) New peak for Jon Ford-King
22.01.2023 January Open (WA) New peak for Russell Honeybun, David Vanzyl, Dianne Ward
22.01.2023 Logan Clovers (QLD) New peak for Paul Richards
22.01.2023 Mel Leckie Memorial (SA)
22.01.2023 THE PLATE AND SIDE (VIC) New peak for Andrew Fisher, Norma Fisher
29.01.2023 CSIM2023 (NSW) New peak for Bob Jackman, Tony Williams, Noel Barrett, Ronnie Bennett, Paul Richards