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 | 29 March 2022

Registrations are now open for the 2022 Southern Schools Competition, Tasmania's largest inter-school debating competition. The competition is open to teams from Grades 7-12 from public and independent schools in the greater Hobart region. No previous debating experience is required to participate. Click here to register.

Subject to school hosting capabilities and regulations surrounding COVID-19 in Tasmania, the Schools Competition will run for six Rounds in 2022. All Rounds will be conducted in compliance with the TDU's updated COVID-19 Safety Plan, which can be found here. Please note that, amongst other things, the plan requires all attendees at evenings of debating to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear masks while present at the host school. The TDU will arrange for debates to take place virtually where debaters are unable to meet these requirements or do not feel comfortable attending an evening of debating in person.

A draft fixture is available here, although this is subject to change. The Competition is currently scheduled to start on Wednesday June 1. The registration process is conducted online, using our online registration form. Please contact the Competition coordinators if you have any questions.