Debating and Public Speaking Resources

We’ll be adding links to all sorts of resources here as the year goes on, but note that you can already watch videos of recent state finals by heading to the relevant competition page on our website. You can also click here to see the entire collection of public speaking finals or you can click here to see the complete set of debating finals to date.

Taking The Initiative

Useful information about the conduct and adjudication of debating and public speaking activities for teachers and students. 

“Taking The Initiative: A Guide to Debating and Public Speaking” is now available to download here.

Microsoft Word version

Public Speaking is for Everyone

“About Public Speaking” is now available to download here.

Microsoft Word version

Strictly Speaking

Strictly Speaking is an online resource for developing skills in public speaking

Professional Learning eResources

Professional learning resources for teachers can be found on our Learning Hub. Just visit learninghub.artsunit.nsw.edu.au

Adjudicator Claim Form

Adjudicators who have already been employed by the NSW Department of Education can click here to download a claim for the work they have done in either the Premier's Debating Challenge or any of our public speaking competitions. Adjudicators who have not been previously employed will need to contact the Speaking Competitions Officer on (02) 8512 1172 or andrew.lasaitis@det.nsw.edu.au before submitting a claim.