The ACTDU coordinates six annual competitions open to all school students in Years 5 to 12. Our competitions are a great forum for students to explore their public speaking and problem solving skills. We aim to foster a positive, encouraging and exciting environment for students. All debates are adjudicated by an ACTDU accredited adjudicator, and students will have the opportunity to seek feedback from the adjudicator after every debate.
6 preliminary rounds
The Semester 1 competitions run from March to June and typically include 6 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds. These competitions include the Junior Open (Years 6-8), Senior Open (Years 9-10) and Advanced Open (Years 11-12).
4 preliminary rounds
The Semester 2 competitions run from August to October and typically include 4 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds. These competitions include the Junior Premier (Years 5-7), Senior Premier (Years 8-10) and Advanced Premier (Years 11-12).