About Evatt 2021

Represent Victoria at Australia’s premier debating and diplomacy competition.

The Evatt Competition places students in the shoes of UN Security Council nations to debate on issues of international security, human rights and current affairs. Students from Years 9 to 12 compete in teams of two from their own school with the aim of passing a resolution which suits the interests of their state. Successful teams from the preliminary rounds will progress to the state final, with the winners going on to represent Victoria at the annual Evatt National Final.

Learn more about how Evatt works.


The Evatt Competition Round Structure

The Evatt Competition has three rounds in Victoria – preliminary rounds, semi-finals, and a State Grand Final.

The Preliminary Rounds consist of metro rounds held in the Melbourne metro area, and regional rounds, held in many regions around Victoria including Ballarat, Geelong, Kilmore, Warrnambool, and Shepparton. All regional rounds are full days of Evatt debate.

From these preliminary rounds, thirty teams will be selected to attend the Semi-Finals in Melbourne. The top 15 teams from the semi-finals go on to compete in the Victorian Grand Final. The top 5 of those teams represent their school and their state at the National Finals in December – which is held in a different capital city each year.

Why should I take part in Evatt?

  • Engage with important international issues of our time, from global warming to terrorism, aid to intervention;
  • Develop skills in public speaking, research and negotiation;
  • Become a better team-player and leader;
  • A chance to meet other passionate and engaged young people.

Who is Evatt for?

Evatt is open to all Victorian students in Years 9 to 12 who have an interest in, or would like to learn more about, contemporary global affairs. No prior experience with debating, public speaking or Model United Nations is required to take part – some of our most successful teams have entered the competition this way!

How do I sign up?

Once you have a debate partner, you can fill out the registration form together.

Got questions? Contact the Convenor, Max Shannon, at max.shannon@unyouth.org.au for more information.

Event Details

Key dates

Metropolitan Melbourne Rounds: 

  • Friday July 23rd AM (Camberwell Girls’ Grammar School)
  • Friday July 23rd PM (Camberwell Girls’ Grammar School)
  • Sunday July 25th AM (Camberwell Grammar School)
  • Sunday July 25th PM (Camberwell Grammar School)
  • Monday July 26th AM (Strathcona Girls’ Grammar School)
  • Monday July 26th PM (Strathcona Girls’ Grammar School)
  • Friday July 30th AM (Camberwell Girls’ Grammar School)
  • Friday July 30th PM (Camberwell Girls’ Grammar School)
  • Sunday August 1st AM (Camberwell Grammar School)
  • Sunday August 1st PM (Camberwell Grammar School)
  • Monday August 2nd AM (Carey Baptist Grammar School)
  • Monday August 2nd PM (Carey Baptist Grammar School)
  • Sunday August 8th AM (Loreto Mandeville Hall)
  • Sunday August 8th PM (Loreto Mandeville Hall)
  • Monday August 9th AM (Carey Baptist Grammar School)
  • Monday August 9th PM (Carey Baptist Grammar School)

Regional Rounds:

  • Thursday 22nd July Nathalia/Shepparton (Saint Mary of the Angels School)
  • Wednesday 28th July Geelong (Clonard College)
  • Tuesday 3rd August Kilmore (The Kilmore International School)
  • Wednesday 4th August Ballarat (Ballarat Grammar School)
  • Thursday 5th August Warrnambool (Emmanuel College)
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