The Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 5 and 6

Open to NSW public school students, this age division culminates in a 3-day championship camp that includes workshops with some of the state's most experienced adjudicators.

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Entries in the Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 5 and 6 are now open, and you can use the red button at the top of this page to submit an entry. The deadline to enter this age division is Wednesday 1 March 2023.

About the competition

The Years 5 and 6 competition is the largest of the age divisions in the Premier's Debating Challenge. It began in 1995 when the Hunter region issued a challenge to the other regions of NSW to send their best primary school team to a championships in Newcastle, which is why to this day the state champion is awarded the Hunter Challenge Trophy. We expect more than 900 teams will take part in the 2023 competition.

Format of the competition

Teams compete in a series of one-hour unassisted preparation debates, meaning that the 4 team members of the team only find out the topic one hour before the debate, and are then given an hour without any assistance to prepare their case. Teams will be organised into zones of six or more. Each team will complete 4 debates against other teams from their zone at times and dates that suit the schools involved. Zone debates will occur from the start of Term 2 until mid-Term 3.

Once those 4 rounds are completed the team(s) with the best record will be declared zone champions and will compete in a regional knockout finals series. Following that, the 10 regional champions will attend a 3-day championships tournament at Stanwell Tops to determine the state champion. The championships will run in mid-November.

Watch the 2022 primary school state finals

NSW Premier’s Debating Challenge 2022 - Years 5 and 6 state final


For the first time since 2018 the Years 5 and 6 division of the Premier's Debating Challenge was decided at a state championships tournament.

NSW Premier's Debating Challenge 2022 - Primary Schools State Debating Championships final


For the first time since 2019 the 10 different regions across NSW selected their very best primary school debaters to represent them at these championships which were held over 4 days in November.



Justine Clarke
Speaking Competitions Officer
The Arts Unit
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The Arts Unit

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