The Tasmanian Debating Union is Tasmania's premier debating organisation for schools level competition, training and development. The TDU was founded in 1981 and is the sole Tasmanian affiliate of the Australian Debating Federation.

The TDU organises and conducts schools competitions for all levels of secondary education in southern Tasmania, and works with partners in the north of the state and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to conduct an annual statewide tournament.

The TDU also undertakes training and development of debaters and adjudicators across the state, and each year selects a team to represent Tasmania at the Australian Debating Championships.

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Registrations open for Schools Competition | 14 February 2024

Registrations are now open for the 2024 Schools Competition. Registration is conducted through our online registration form, which can be found here.

The 2024 Competition will begin on Wednesday 13 March and run for six rounds, each taking place across two weeks. Competition finals will be held on 26 June and 3 July. A full draft fixture can be found here. The Competition will begin with an Exhibition Debate and Q&A on Wednesday 6 March.

Registrations close at 5pm on Friday 1 March. Please contact the Schools Coordinator if you plan to register teams but will not be able to do so before the closing date, or if you have any questions about the Competition.