The Premier's Debating Challenge for Year 7 and 8

Year 7 and 8

Open to NSW public school students, the competition culminates in a 3 day championship camp that includes workshops with some of the state's most experienced adjudicators. 

2022 dates

Applications open Friday 28 January (Term 1 Week 1)
Applications close Tuesday 1 March 2022 (Term 1 Week 6)

debating team

About the competition

Debating topics cover a wide range of contemporary issues of relevance to junior secondary students. Every debate in the challenge is a one hour preparation debate. Teams do not know the topic or which side of the debate they are on until one hour before the debate starts.

The ten successful regional teams attend a 3 day championships camp, including workshops with some of the state's most experienced adjudicators.

The state champion team is awarded The Lloyd Cameron Cup named in honour of the long-serving Speaking Competitions Officer.

Please explore the past winners of the competition or go to Vimeo to watch the 2020 final debate


Justine Clarke
Speaking Competitions Officer
The Arts Unit

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