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 Debate Camp | 6 December 2022

Registrations are now open for our summer Debate Camp, to be held at Orana Guide Camp in Roches Beach from 6-9 January 2023.

The camp is open to students who will enter grades 10 to 12 in 2023. Running for three and a half days, the schedule will include knowledge workshops, skills exercises, social events and several formal debates, providing a unique opportunity for students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to debate at a high level and to collaborate with debaters from around the state. Experience with debating is not necessary, and all interested students are welcome and encouraged to participate.

The camp will be fully compliant with all public health guidelines and will operate under a COVID-19 Safety Plan. It will be fully supervised by experienced adjudicators, all of whom hold current Working with Children Checks. The cost to participants will be $145, covering activities, food and accommodation for the duration of the camp. Financial support is available to assist participants with the cost of attendance.

Registrations close on Saturday 31 December 2022. Please contact Kathryn Ellis at if you have any questions about the event, or would like any further details. Click here to register.