The New South Wales Debating Union (NSWDU) is an independent not-for-profit organisation that seeks to promote and develop high school debating in New South Wales.

NSWDU selects, coaches and manages the New South Wales Schools Debating Team, which competes at the National Schools Debating Championships every year. In the competition’s 53-year history, NSW has been the most successful state, having won the competition on 21 occasions and been runner-up on another 13 occasions.

The coaches of the New South Wales Schools Debating Team for 2023 are Udai Kamath & Sophie Shead.

NSWDU also holds workshops at schools across the state run by experienced debating adjudicators and coaches who offer their services on a voluntary basis.

NSWDU is an affiliate of the Australian Debating Federation.

NSWDU in 2023

This year, the National Schools Debating Championships will be held in Melbourne. The Championships rotate between the state capitals each year.

If you would like to be involved, make sure to register for the state team trials, which will take place on 11th and 12th of March 2023. We will also be running workshops on 4th and 5th of March.

NSWDU in 2022

In 2022, the NSW Schools Debating Team competed at the National Schools Debating Championships, held in Canberra. NSW were the runners up, losing the Grand-Final to Queensland.

Toby Mok and Catie Bako were selected to the Australian Debating Team.

We congratulate all the 2022 NSW team members for their hard work and passion! Thanks also to their coaches Udai Kamath and Ellie Stephenson.

We are looking forward to competing at Nationals once again in 2023!

To contact us: please direct inquiries to nswdebatingunion@gmail.com. For more information and updates on the trial process, please like our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nswdu