Victorian Voice Competition

How would you solve the problems of today’s world? Choose an issue that matters to you, and tell us how you’d change the world at Voice 2021.

Voice is more than a public speaking competition. We’re inviting participants from Years 7 to 10 to propose solutions to a pressing global issue they care about, and answer questions to defend the feasibility of their idea. Successful students will be invited to compete in the state final, where the winners will progress to represent Victoria at the national final in 2022.

Students in Years 7 to 8 will have 4 minutes to present their solution, and those in Years 9 to 10 will have 5 minutes to do so. All participants will then be asked 2 questions by judges, and have 2 minutes to answer them. Topics will be released closer to the commencement of the competition.

Why compete in Voice?

  • Develop skills in public speaking and research;
  • Hone your ability to think on your feet, assisting you in leadership and debates;
  • Build an increased knowledge about areas important to you;
  • Get the chance to meet like-minded and engaged young people.

How Voice works

The competition is split into 2 parts — the Pitch and Question Time.

The Pitch: Participants outline a solution to a stipulated 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 participants’ ability to provide feasible solutions rather than just discussing their chosen issue in the abstract.

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

Question Time: Participants answer two questions on their solution, lasting for approximately one minute each, to the judging panel.

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

Who is Voice for?

Voice is open to all Victorian students in Years 7 to 10 who have an interest in, or would like to learn more about, contemporary global affairs. No prior experience with. debating, public speaking or Model United Nations is required to take part.

How do I sign up?

Preliminary rounds of Voice will begin in October, and registrations will open in early Term 3. Sign up to our students’ newsletter or teachers’ newsletter to be notified when registrations open.

Got questions? Contact our Competitions Director, Megan Hince, at megan.hince@unyouth.org.au for more information.

Event Details

Loading cart ...