Tasmanian Voice Competition

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.

Key Details

Registrations are open for Voice 2020!

The following rounds will be held online for 2020:
Friday, 26th June
Saturday, 27th June
Sunday, 28th June
Sunday, 6th July (final)


Who: Students in years 7 – 10!

Cost: $10

Voice Rules and Format

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): 2 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 panel


All rounds will take place online on Zoom. Preliminary rounds will run in late June. 

Competition Progression
Grand Finalists will be announced at the completion of all preliminary rounds. The Grand Finals 
will be held on the 6th of July.

Registrations are open for 2020. Speech topics for each round will be released to registered 
participants from 3 weeks prior to the date of the round.

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