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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Selections for 2019 State Debating Team | 2 January 2019

Each year, the TDU is responsible for the selection of a team to represent Tasmania at the National Schools Debating Championships. In 2019, the Championships will be held in Darwin, from May 19 to 26. Any debater who will be a full-time secondary student in 2019 is eligible for selection.

Selections for the team will take place on Sunday January 27, Monday January 28 and Tuesday January 29, from 10am to 4pm in the UTAS Social Sciences Building. Interested students will need to attend at least one and preferably all three of these sessions in order to be eligible for selection. Interested students are required to attend at least one and preferably all three of these sessions, and should register their attendance here.

Students are required to have attended the TDU's summer Debate Camp in order to be eligible for selection. Exceptions may be made for students who are unable to attend the camp due to prior commitments or other genuine incapacity; contact the President for more information.

Registrations open for Debate Camp | 15 October 2018

Registrations are now open for our summer Debate Camp, to be held at Orana Guide Camp in Roches Beach from the 10th to the 13th of January 2019.

The camp is open to students who will be in grades 10 to 12 in the 2019 school year. 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 encouraged to participate. We will work with individual debaters at their own pace to ensure they get the most out of the program.


The camp will be fully supervised by experienced adjudicators, all of whom hold current Working with Children Checks. The cost to participants will be $125, covering activities, food and accommodation for the duration of the camp. Financial support is available to students who cannot otherwise afford to attend.

Registrations close Friday 7 December 2018. Please contact Kathryn Ellis at president@tdu.org.au if you have any questions about the event, or would like any further details. Click here to register.