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.

The Pitch

Juniors (Years 7-8): 4 minute prepared speech

Seniors (Years 9-10): 5 minute prepared speech

Participants are to outline their solution for the provided topic in as much detail as they deem necessary. Their responses will be assessed in accordance with the criteria outlined below. Delegates may use supportive materials if they believe this will aid in their response; however they may only be used to for demonstrative auxiliary purposes, and not in place of speech. Supportive material can only be taken into account if directly referenced in the proposal. Judges will not detract “points” from a delegate who does not use supportive materials.

Good examples: maps, charts, graphs, timelines
Inadmissible examples: bullet point action plans, detailed explanatory paragraphs,

Judges will not interact with the participants during their Pitch.

Question Time

All participants: 2 minute response

Participants are to answer two questions posed by the judging panel in regard to their solutions. Their responses will be assessed in regard to both the general criteria, as well as the additional criteria below.

Judges may ask any and all questions pertaining to the substance of the proposal as outlined in the sub-sections of the Matter judging criteria. Questions will only be directed towards the proposed solution, but may include aspects the participant has not touched upon.

Participants may ask for clarification regarding a question, however may not enquire as to the validity, completeness, or relevance of their responses.

Participants may choose not to answer a question; however this is not viewed favourably. Brevity and concise responses are viewed favourably. Responses to questions will also be reviewed in regards to the following criteria:

  • Comprehensiveness of the response to the question
  • Addition of new information
  • Evidence of a strong level of research/knowledge
  • Justification of response
  • Succinctness and brevity of response

Both the Pitch and Question Time are taken into account for the judging process. The three core areas that are judged in a participant’s speech in both The Pitch and Question Time are, in order of importance: Matter, Manner, and Method.


Find your state/territory competition and sign up!

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”
– Kofi Annan

For Teachers

The educational outcomes for students participating in Voice are extensive and invaluable. The unique structure of this competition facilitates the development of the following:

  • Critical reasoning and problem solving skills
  • Independent formulation of ideas
  • Self-monitored research habits
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Self-confidence and personal presentation skills
  • Knowledge of current international events

The ability to speak in front of an audience with poise and passion is a crucial skill in the 21st Century not only for education, but also to be successful in the workforce. Thus, UN Voice is a fantastic co-curricular activity to further student learning.

All UN Youth events are run by trained facilitators – all you need to do is get your students to sign up!

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


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

For media inquiries, contact communications@unyouth.org.au.

Community Partner

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.