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 54-year history, NSW has been the most successful state, having won the competition on 21 occasions and been runner-up on another 14 occasions.

The coaches of the New South Wales Schools Debating Team for 2024 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 2024

This year, the National Schools Debating Championships will be held in Adelaide. 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 the 24th and 25th of February 2024. We will also be running workshops on the 17th and 18th of February 2024.

NSWDU in 2023

In 2023, the NSW Schools Debating Team competed at the National Schools Debating Championships, held in Melbourne. NSW were the top breaking team and preliminary finalists, losing to Queensland.

Darhanik Aryal was selected to Captain the Australian Debating Team. Iris Lee was selected as a reserve.

We congratulate all the 2023 NSW team members for their hard work and passion! Thanks also to their coaches Udai Kamath and Sophie Shead.

We are looking forward to competing at Nationals once again in 2024!

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