Tasmanian Voice Competition

United Nations Youth Tasmania Voice Competition


Voice is a unique public speaking competition running throughout September that invites Tasmanian high school students from Years 7-10 to solve real issues that affect our community, our country and our world. Whatever the issue may be, we want to hear you pitch your big ideas. Voice asks students to think outside the box and put their design thinking skills to the test in order to develop innovative and creative, yet feasible, solutions to real world problems.

Why compete in Voice?

  • Develop skills in public speaking, critical thinking, design thinking and research
  • Hone your ability to think on your feet, assisting you in leadership positions and debating
  • Build an increased knowledge about areas pertinent to you as students and citizens of the world
  • A chance to meet like minded and engaged young people who share a passion for our world

How does Voice work?

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

The Pitch:

This is the portion of the competition where participants deliver a prepared speech on one of the topics provided on the topic list. This speech will outline the participant’s original solution to the given world problem contained in the topic they have selected. Students may present new solutions to long-standing problems or new solutions to largely untouched issues. In this section, the judging panel will be assessing the ability of participants ability to provide tangible and innovative solutions to the problem at hand, rather than just identifying their chosen issue in the abstract and delivering a call to action.

Question Time:

In this portion of the competition, participants will answer two impromptu (unseen) questions asked by the Judging Panel, lasting for approximately one minute each, on the solution they presented in The Pitch.

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 minute preparation, 2 minutes speaking time
Senior Division (Year 9 and 10): 1 minute preparation, 2 minutes speaking time

Students will be emailed the set topic list on 9 August. Students who register after 9 August will receive their topic list via email shortly after registration. It is encouraged that students register as early as possible so that they have the maximum possible time to prepare for the competition.

Students are to choose one of the topics from the topic list and present a solution to the issue contained in the topic they have selected. The topics are the same for ALL three heats. Please note that you only need to deliver a speech on one (1) of the topics from the topic list. These Sample Topics from 2016 will provide you with some information on the types of questions Voice asks students to grapple with. 

Regional Heats

In their registration, students will choose a heat to compete in. The full list of dates and times can be seen below. Exact times and venues will be emailed to students.

  • Friday 1 September – Online Heat
  • Friday 2 September – Northern and Southern Heats

Need more details?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the Voice Competition and the Judging Criteria to ensure your speech ticks all the boxes.

If you have any questions, please contact our 2023 Voice Convenors at tasvoice@unyouth.org.au.


Accessibility Scholarships

Accessibility scholarships are available to anyone whose ability to participate in our events is impacted by fees associated with the event. If any fees for the TAS Voice Competition pose a barrier to you participating, we highly encourage you to apply for a scholarship, or any of the other payment plans we have available. The following options are designed to be flexible, in order to best support your needs:

Partial Scholarship: Half of the registration fee for the event is waived. The other half of outstanding fees can be paid for in full or through a payment plan. 

Payment Plan: The registration fee and any other outstanding fees can be paid for in instalments, over a period of time. The frequency of payments and the amounts paid will be decided between you and the Convenor. 

If you have any questions, please contact our 2023 Voice Convenors at tasvoice@unyouth.org.au.

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