Voice Tasmania 2016

Information about this year's competition

Voice is a unique public speaking competition for students in Year 7-10, running throughout Term 4. 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.

How Voice works in Tasmania

Speaking Time
Junior Division (Year 7 and 8): 4 minutes
Senior Division (Year 9 and 10): 5 minutes

Question Time
Junior Division (Year 7 and 8): 1 minutes
Senior Division (Year 9 and 10): 2 minutes

Four weeks prior to the date of your round you will be emailed a range of questions on current issues. You choose one of these questions to present a solution, based on the division you are competing in. Sample topics can be found here.

Speech Format
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 pane

Rounds will take place in the north, north-west and south of the state. The prospective locations and dates are listed below:

— Devonport: 12th November

— Launceston: 13th November

— Hobart: 19th November

Please note the above dates and locations are subject to change and all delegates will be given sufficient notice should changes be made.

Competition Progression
Grand Finalists will be announced at the completion of all preliminary rounds. The Grand Finals will be held on the 26th of November, venue TBA.

Registrations are open from the 19th of September and the cost is $25 per student. Speech topics for each round will be released to registered participants from 4 weeks prior to the date of the round. Registrations close one day prior to the individual round taking place.


Junior Topics 2016 (Years 7 and 8)

  1. How can we promote equal access to education across Australia?
  2. What can we do to stop bullying on social media?
  3. How can we promote gender equality in the Australian entertainment industry?
  4. How do we ensure all Australians have access to adequate health services?
  5. How do we improve access to youth services for people in regional and remote Australia?

Senior Topics 2016 (Years 9 and 10)

  1. How can we reduce ‘sexploitation’ of women in sport?
  2. How can we decrease the education gap between schools in Australia?
  3. How can we ensure that the Australian political system better accounts for minorities?
  4. How can we better secure the human rights of the elderly in Australia?
  5. How can we promote positive interfaith dialogue amongst youth?


FAQ can be found here and further information about the judging criteria can be found here.

Need more info?

Get in contact with the convenor, Amber Scott, by emailing [email protected]

Registrations Open Now!

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