Years 11&12 Debating Challenge

Latest Competition News

This open age division of the challenge is now officially underway! All 164 teams involved across NSW should now have their draw for the 2021 tournament, so if you're still waiting email debating@det.nsw.edu.au or call 02 8512 1172 and we'll pass on everything you need. Finally, if you've already arranged an online debate and you need an adjudicator appointed, please submit an online adjudication request. Best of luck to everyone for the 246 round-robin debates that will decide the knockout finalists!

Years 11&12 Information

The Years 11&12 Premier's Debating Challenge is the oldest competition of its kind in NSW. It began in 1930 with the generous donation of the trophy by Miss Hume-Barbour, a descendant of Hume the explorer. Initially only boys’ schools in the metropolitan area were eligible to enter; from 2001 the competition became statewide.

The competition, which is open to senior students in NSW public schools, takes the form of one hour preparation debates with both sides having a choice of 3 topics. All teams are grouped into zones of 4 or 5 schools for the round robin level of the competition and after the zone winners have been determined the competition enters a knock-out phase.

Please explore the past winners of the competition, and you can watch the 2020 Year 11 final below or go to Vimeo to watch the debate. There you'll have more options like being able to download the video or jump between speakers by clicking on their times. Congratulations again to everyone who made this most senior division of the challenge in 2020 such a success!