Sunshine Coast Competition


Juniors (Years 7 & 8)
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Thursday, 26 April 2018
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Thursday, 7 June 2018
Intermediate (Years 9 & 10)
Wednesday, 7 March 2018
Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Seniors (Year 11 & 12)
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Wednesday, 23 May 2018


  • Wednesday, 18 July 2018 – Preliminary Finals (if required)
  • Thursday, 19 July 2018 – Preliminary Finals (if required)
  • Wednesday, 25 July 2018 – Finals Three
  • Wednesday, 1 August 2018 – Quarter Finals
  • Wednesday, 8 August 2018 – Semi Finals
  • Wednesday, 15 August 2018 – GRAND FINAL NIGHT

In 2018 the Sunshine Coast competition will host its inaugural stand alone Grand Finals locally. Preliminary Finals are only required if there are more than 16 finalists in any one year group of our competitions on the Sunshine Coast. For “insurance” reasons, we still choose to keep this date available…JUST IN CASE.

(Please note NEW (earlier) start times in 2018)

The QDU Secondary Schools Competition consists of four preliminary debating rounds held throughout terms one and two, followed by a finals series held in term three. The preliminary round debates will all be held at selected schools on the Sunshine Coast.

All debates on the Sunshine Coast are scheduled to commence at 6:45 pm and 8:00 pm. The exact time of all debates is set out in the competition draw.

Please note that the above times are the start times of the debate. In the event of a secret subject round, students need to be present 75 minutes earlier to prepare.

The Finals Series follows the preliminary rounds of the competition. The QDU Executive compiles a finals draw which includes all teams that win three or more debates at the end of the preliminary rounds. Depending upon the number of teams eligible for the Finals, there may be a need to host preliminary finals.


2018 Entry Fees

Team Nomination Fees – First two teams in each year group – per team

QDU Secondary Schools Competition

Juniors $ 170.00 + GST = $ 187.00
Intermediate $ 175.00 + GST = $ 192.50
Seniors $ 190.00 + GST = $ 209.00

In 2018 a tiered fee of $20.00 per team (+ GST) will be added to the above applicable entry fees for schools that wish to nominate a third team in any individual year level (up to the maximum number permitted). This fee will be increased to $40.00 per team (+GST) for the fourth and any additional nominated team(s) per school in each individual year group.

Prices for teams above the maximum number of teams permitted in QDU competitions will be negotiated on a case by case basis at the sole discretion of the QDU Executive in all cases.