NSWDU Online Open

The NSWDU Online Open is a one day online debating tournament for students in years 9 to 12. It will occur on Zoom and will give students a great opportunity to practice their debating skills while being adjudicated by NSWDU’s highly qualified coaches, adjudicators and triallists.

The 2021 NSWDU Online Open will take place on Sunday 7 March.
Teams for this tournament will consist of three speakers. You must be in high school, however speakers on each team do not need to attend the same school. If you are interested in attending but don’t have a team, you can sign up and we will try to assign you a team.

Tournament Registration

To register for the tournament, read the information below and then submit your details using this form.

Registration costs $15 per debater, and will close at 5 PM, Wednesday 3 March.


This tournament will help you prepare for the NSWDU state team trials, as you will get the opportunity to receive feedback from our adjudicators and practice your debating skills.

The tournament will take place on Zoom. You must be in high school to attend. Teams can include students from multiple teams. If you do not have a team, you can sign up individually and we will randomly allocate you a team.

There will be 3 rounds and a final. The schedule for the day is as follows:
9am – Briefings
9:30am – Prep for Round 1
10am – Debate 1
11:30am – Morning tea
12pm – Prep for Round 2
12:30pm – Debate 2
2pm – Lunch
2:30 pm – Prep for Round 3
3pm – Debate 3
4:30pm – Prep for final
5pm – Final
6:30pm – Closing ceremony.

Paying for the Tournament

Although NSWDU is a non-profit organisation, we do charge a registration fee to raise funds towards the NSW team’s attendance of the National Schools Debating Championships. Tournament registration costs $15 per debater.

Please make your registration payment via EFT. Transfer $15 per debater to:
Account Name – The New South Wales Debating Union
BSB – 062 284
Account Number – 1051 2915
Please include your NAME in the transfer description (e.g Ellie Stephenson would be EStephensonOpen) AND send us an e-mail to notify us of the transfer- otherwise we will not be able to confirm your payment.

We can offer a small number of means-tested subsidies — please contact us via email at nswdebatingunion@gmail.com. Such correspondence will, of course, be treated confidentially.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 NSWDU Open!