About the Competition

The 2020 Evatt Competition has sadly been cancelled due to the Covid-19 public health crisis. 

We are so disappointed that we have had to cancel the New South Wales Evatt Competition, and we apologise to all delegates who wanted to participate. This decision has been made in line with the Federal Government’s restrictions on indoor gatherings and as a means of ensuring that UN Youth NSW is enforcing social distancing.

We are assessing the possibility of running the Evatt Competition in an online format. Should this prove viable, we will open registrations as soon as possible. If you are interested in potentially competing in an online version of the Evatt Competition, please complete the expression of interest form HERE!

The New South Wales Evatt Competition is the state round of Australia’s premier debating and diplomacy competition. Evatt is a Model United Nations Security Council diplomacy competition for students in Years 9-12. It aims to educate young people about Australia’s place in the world and empower them as active citizens by developing public speaking, negotiation, teamwork, research, and diplomatic skills. More than 2,000 students compete in Evatt each year.

The competition takes the form of a mock session of the UN Security Council. Teams of two students debate, amend, and vote on a prepared resolution from the perspective of their assigned nation. The students judged the most effective diplomats proceed to the next round.

The competition is named after the notable Herbert “Doc” Evatt, who was an Australian High Court Justice and a leading Federal politician who became President of the UN General Assembly and helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In the course of the debate, students will:

  •   Deliver speeches to the Council to persuade other teams of their country’s point of view;
  •   Lobby and negotiate with other teams in caucus time and in a separate Negotiation chamber;
  •   Amend the resolution to suit their country’s agenda
  •   Ask questions of other countries (like Parliamentary Question Time);
  •   Vote on the final resolution

Evatt proceeds in stages.

  1. The Preliminary Rounds are half-day rounds held across NSW. All competitors attend one Preliminary Round. An announcement of the teams who have made the Semi Finals will not be made until after all Preliminary Rounds are completed.
  2. The Semi Finals, held in Sydney, are where the top 30 teams from the Preliminary Rounds compete in a series of more challenging debates for half a day.
  3. In the State Final held at NSW Parliament House, the best 15 teams compete over a full day to be named the best team in the state.
  4. The top 5 teams from the State Final go on to the National Finals held in December.

Important Information

Country allocations and two prepared resolutions will be emailed to students two weeks prior to the date of their Preliminary Round, with a third impromptu resolution to be debated on the day of the round.

Competitors are strongly encouraged to do preliminary research on their country and the issues covered by the resolutions. Students are encouraged to bring lunch and their own water bottles. There will be a great team of facilitators and judges there to cater to your welfare needs.

Check out the National Evatt page for more details on how debate works. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact the Director of Operations, Garima Sharma, at garima.sharma@unyouth.org.au