About Evatt 2024

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 throughout Term 3– 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, sixty 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!

Got questions? Contact the Competitions Director, James Sun at viccomps@unyouth.org.au for more information.

Event Details

Key dates (2023 – 2024 Coming Soon!)

Melbourne Law School

      • Every weekend 22nd of July to the 13th of August:
      • 22nd and 23rd
      • 29th and 30th 
      • 5th and 6th 
      • 12th and 13th

Outer-Metro (Only for eligible students)*

      • 1st of Aug – Yarra Valley Grammar
      • 2nd of Aug – Suzanne Cory
      • 4th of Aug – Nossal 
      • 11th of Aug – PEGS


      • 26th July – Gippsland 
      • 31st July – Geelong
      • 3rd August – Nathalia
      • – Ballarat 

More to be announced soon!

These are the dates for preliminary rounds, students will only need to attend one of the aforementioned preliminary rounds. 

  • AM rounds run from 8:30 – 12:15
  • PM rounds run from 13:00 – 4:45

*Outer-Metro rounds are only for participants who are located far away from any viable transport options into the CBD, participants who are located in a regional area close to Metro-Melbourne, and participants whose school will serve as the outer-metro hub.


Semi Finals: 

  • Late August or Early September


  • Friday 15th September
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