Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition

The Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition was introduced in 1996, making this the 20th year of the competition!

Congratulations to Brayden Sim from Schofields Public School, winner of the Years 5&6 state final, held at the Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre on Friday 13 November.

Congratulations as well to the other 11 state finalists.

Brayden Sim, Years 5&6 State Final Winner

Years 5&6 state final - dignitaries and winner

left to right: Nell Lynes (R/Assistant Director, Early Learning & Primary Education), Dr Geoff Lee (MP for Parramatta), Brayden Sim, Dr GK (Hari) Harinath OAM, (Chair, Multicultural NSW Advisory Board).

Congratulations to Alexander Nguyen from Greystanes Public School on winning the Years 3&4 state final held at the NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre on Friday 30 October! You can read Alexander's prepared speech by clicking here, and we'll get a video up of the whole final soon as we can. Congratulations as well to the other 11 state finalists who made it one of our best fields yet.

Junior Winner MPPS State Final

Junior State Final Winner Presentation MPPS

left to right: Evelyn Mouglalis (R/Leader, Equity, NSW Department of Education) , Jane Simmons (Executive Director, Learning and Leadership, NSW Department of Education), Alexander Nguyen, Devpaal Singh (Advisory Board Member, Multicultural NSW), Lloyd Cameron (Speaking Competitions Officer, The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education). 

 Please note that the information below can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here.

Who can enter the competition?

The Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition is open to all NSW government primary schools. The competition has two different age divisions – one for Years 3&4 students and one for Years 5&6 students. Schools can enter a maximum of 2 contestants in each of the 2 age divisions, totalling 4 contestants overall.

How do schools enter the competition?

The online entry form for the competition are can be accessed by clicking here. Entries should be submitted before close of business on Monday 23 March 2015. Please ensure that you include contact details for the teacher who will be looking after the entry. All teachers must provide a direct email address (preferably your “” departmental address) so we can contact them with the date and time of their final.

How much does entry cost?

The entry fee for the competition is $20.00 (including GST) per contestant, which means a maximum of $80.00 per school. Schools will automatically be debited for this amount once they submit their entry form. Please advise your school’s finance department that this will occur. Please note that fees are due on entry and cannot be refunded even where students might subsequently withdraw.

What are the speaking requirements?

At each stage of the competition contestants present both a prepared speech and an impromptu speech. For their prepared speech, contestants must choose a topic from the list of multicultural topics at bottom of the next page The prepared speech must have multicultural content. The impromptu speech is chosen by the adjudicator on the day, and will be on a general, non-multicultural theme. Contestants will have 5 minutes to write their impromptu speeches. The speaking times for each speech and division are outlined below. Note that speakers are expected to finish at or just beyond the official speaking time, and it will be considered poor timing to reach the continuous bell.

Division / Speech Warning bell Speaking time (2 bells) Continuous bell
Years 3&4 prepared speech 2 minutes 3 minutes 4 minutes
Years 3&4 impromtpu speech 30 seconds 1 minute 1  ½  minutes
Years 5&6 prepared speech 3 minutes 4 minutes 5 minutes
Years 5&6 impromptu speech 1  ½  minutes 2 minutes 2  ½  minutes

What are the prepared speech topics for 2015?

Years 3&4 Topics

  • What is an Australian?
  • The same but different
  • Multiculturalism at school
  • Bullying and racism
  • Kids can make a difference
  • Harmony Day
  • Understanding others
  • When does a migrant become an Australian?
  • Sport breaks down the barriers
  • Every family has a story

Years 5&6 Topics

  • Respect
  • Team Australia
  • Growing up together
  • Words can hurt
  • My identity
  • The meaning of Australia Day
  • Refugees
  • Learning languages
  • Multiculturalism online
  • Living between cultures

What are the adjudicators looking for?

The adjudicators will make their decision based on the manner, matter and method the contestants employ in presenting their speeches. They will expect contestants to be confident and engaging speakers. The prepared speeches need to show an understanding of multiculturalism, and be well developed and interesting. Contestants are also expected to demonstrate a balance of personal opinion and information in their speeches, as well as a balance of humour and sincerity. Finally, adjudicators are required to give equal consideration to the prepared and impromptu speeches in making their decision.

What are the rules of the competition?

Other than the entry rules and speaking times detailed above, it should also be noted that contestants are not allowed to use any props or external aids such as Powerpoint presentations during their speeches. They are encouraged to speak from palm cards and present from a stage without the use of a lectern or microphone. Finally, just a reminder that the prepared speech must have multicultural content to be successful.

How does the competition run?

Schools might need to conduct their own internal competition to select 2 representatives for each division of the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition. We then advise all contestants of the date and venue of their local final which will be held in the last four weeks of term 2. The winners of local finals proceed to one of 8 regional finals held in August. Regional winners proceed to the state final. 

What are the prizes?

All contestants involved in the competition will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation. Certificates of congratulations will then be awarded to all local and regional winners. State finalists will receive a silver medallion, and the state winners in each division will receive a gold medallion and a perpetual trophy.

Who are the organisers of the competition?

The Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition is organised by The Arts Unit and the Equity Unit of the NSW Department of Education & Communities. Funding for the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition has been provided by Multicultural NSW.  

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Contact Details

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact Tony Davey, Multicultural Perspectives Coordinator on (02) 8512 1171 or email:

Who are the past winners of the competition?

A list of all previous winners in the Multicultural Perspectives competition is available here.

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