The Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 7 and 8

Open to NSW government school students, the competition culminates in a 3 day championship camp that includes workshops with some of the state's most experienced adjudicators. 

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The draws are done and debating in the 2022 Years 7 and 8 age division is ready to kick-off! If you're one of the teachers managing a team you should already have the draw for your zone along with all the other details for this year's challenge, and the topics for all your debates will be posted out to schools shortly. You can download the Years 7 and 8 competition information on the right of this page or visit the Competitions Hub where you can book an online adjudicator or check out all the draws and results to date. Best of luck for the tournament!

About the competition

The Years 7 and 8 age division was introduced in 1998 so that for the first time students could debate in a state-wide competition all the way from Year 5 up to Year 12. Today, debating topics cover a wide range of contemporary issues relevant to junior secondary students. Every debate in the challenge is a one hour preparation debate, so that teams do not know the topic or which side of the debate they are on until one hour before the debate starts.

Teams will be organised into zones of six (occasionally fewer depending on entries) and will receive their draw before the start of Term 2. Each team will complete 3 debates against other teams from their zone whenever suits them before mid-Term 3. Once those 3 rounds are completed the team(s) with the best record will be declared the zone champions. Zone champions move on to a regional knockout finals series following which the 10 regional champion teams attend a 3-day championships tournament in Sydney.

The championships camp will run in December 2022 and includes workshops with some of the state's most experienced adjudicators. The state champion team will be awarded The Lloyd Cameron Cup which is named in honour of the longest-serving Speaking Competitions Officer.

Watch the 2020 Years 7 and 8 State Final

NSW Premier’s Debating Challenge 2020 - Years 7 and 8 State Final


This is the final of the Years 7 and 8 division of the challenge, which was held over Zoom on Thursday 10 December 2020.


Justine Clarke
Speaking Competitions Officer
The Arts Unit
The Debating team
The Arts Unit

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