About the Competition

Evatt NSW 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. More than 2,000 students compete in Evatt each year.

Evatt 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.

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.

Evatt is the only competition of its kind with rounds outside of Greater Sydney (in Newcastle, Wollongong and Bathurst) and students in those regions are especially encouraged to attend. There is no limit to the number of teams from each school.

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 thirty 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 fifteen teams from around the state compete over a full day to be named the best team in the state.

The top five teams from the State Final go on to the National Finals held in Sydney in December.

Country allocations and two prepared resolutions will be emailed to student 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 our National Evatt page for more details on how debate works, resources and tips.

FAQ + Fact Sheet

Fact sheet on NSW Evatt can be found here.

FAQ’s can be found here.

Judging Criteria can be found here.

If you have any other questions or would like more information please contact our Evatt convenor Deaundre Espejo at deaundre.espejo@unyouth.org.au

2019 Evatt Rounds

Evatt 2019 Expressions of Interest

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