The Australian Disputes Centre’s Schools Invitational Debating Competition is a unique opportunity for year 10 students across NSW to learn and develop their debating and collaborative skills. This is a pro bono competition offered to public and private schools. Students compete in mixed school teams.

Debating teaches students how to find their voice, communicating their thoughts and ideas as a public speaker, how to think on their feet and effectively construct a persuasive argument.

Since the inaugural competition in 2014, ADC has been thrilled to see the level of enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by our young participants. In ADC’s 35th Anniversary year, we are excited to extend the competition to schools in greater Sydney and across NSW.

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Competition 2021

The ADC is excited to confirm that the 8th Annual ADC Schools Invitational Debating Competition will be held ONLINE on Thursday evenings, 5 Aug – 2 Sept 2021, from 5.15pm – 6.30pm.

The Grand Final is scheduled for 2 Sept. We conclude the competition by celebrating and recognising students’ achievements with a keynote address by a Special Guest from the Legal Community, certificates for award winners and all participants, and the winner’s silver trophy.

We invite Principals, teachers and parents to join us online throughout the competition, but especially on the night of the Grand Final to support our enthusiastic participants.

ADC is excited with the new format of our 2021 Debating Competition, and is looking forward to welcoming a keen group of your Year 10 students for this collaborative, fun and truly unique competition.


Year 10 Students – 4 students from each school. 3 students debating, rotating with a reserve/support member each session. The supporter on the night will be engaged in the preparation and feedback sessions, but may not be speaking.


Teams are mixed e.g. 4 students from 4 different schools make up one team.


New weekly themes on our Facebook page every Monday prior to the debate.


Volunteer university debaters and junior lawyers.


5 preliminary rounds and a Grand Final.


5 August – 2 September, i.e. 5 consecutive Thursdays.


5.15 pm to 6.30pm.

Online Platform

Zoom Professional


Grand Finalists Announcement – 26 August (session may be extended to 7.00pm) The Grand Final will be held on 2 September.


  • Certificate of Participation [awarded by the CEO of ADC]
  • School Collaboration & Collegiality Award [awarded by the students]
  • Student Collaboration & Collegiality Award [awarded by the coaches]
  • Overall Best Speaker [awarded by the principal adjudicator]
  • Grand Team Prize [awarded by the principal adjudicator]

No Cost

ADC provides this programme pro-bono. There is no cost to schools.


2 August 2021