Voice is a unique public speaking competition for students in Year 7-10. Voice invites you to solve issues that affect your community, nation, and the world. From homelessness to climate change, we want to hear you pitch your big ideas.

Why compete in Voice?

  • Develop skills in public speaking and research!
  • Hone your ability to think on your feet, assisting you in leadership positions or debating competition in the future.
  • Build an increased knowledge about areas pertinent to you as students.
  • A chance to meet likeminded and engaged young people.

The competition is split into two parts — the Pitch and Question Time.

  1. The Pitch: This is where participants outline a solution to a given world problem. Students may present new solutions to long-standing problems, or new solutions to largely untouched issues. In this section, adjudicators will be judging based on participants’ ability to provide tangible solutions rather than just identifying their chosen issue in the abstract.
  2. Question Time: Here participants answer two questions, lasting for approximately one minute each, on the solution they presented in The Pitch by the judging panel.


National Finals

The Voice 2019 National Finals is the culmination of the Voice competition, Australia’s most prestigious public speaking competition for grades 7–10 focused on young people’s creative solutions to the globe’s most pressing issues. In 2019, it will be hosted in Perth.

Drawing 60 outstanding students from more than 1000 that compete across every state and territory of Australia, Voice is a unique program that challenges young people to investigate and analyse some of the world’s greatest conflicts and problems, and develop creative pitches to resolve them.

Voice provides high school students with the unique opportunity to put forward their visions for a brighter world. Through engaging workshops, speaker panels, and their pitches, delegates will tackle issues ranging from climate change, to global refugee crises, to universal accessibility, to the state of the United Nations itself.

Contact Details

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions you have about the Voice National Finals 2019.

National Finals Convenor

Sarah Myers

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For state & territory competitions, please contact the relevant organiser.

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