Sunshine Coast Competition


Years 9 & 11
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Years 10 & 12
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Year 8 & Senior A
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Wednesday, 7 June 2017


  • Thursday, 13 July 2017 – Preliminary Finals (if required)
  • Wednesday, 19 July 2017 – Finals Week One
  • Wednesday, 26 July 2017 – Finals Week Two
  • Wednesday, 2 August 2017 – Finals Week Three
  • Wednesday, 9 August 2017 – Quarter Finals
  • Friday, 18 August 2017 – Semi Finals
  • Wednesday, 23 August 2017 – GRAND FINAL NIGHT

The Brisbane and Sunshine Coast competitions have a combined finals series that is held in Brisbane. Preliminary Finals are only required if there are more than 64 finalists in any one year group of our competitions. The QDU has come close a couple of times but this date has not been required in Brisbane for a number of years under the current format that we use. For “insurance” reasons, we still choose to keep this date available…JUST IN CASE.


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 are held at selected schools throughout South East Queensland.

Year 8, 9 and 10 debates contested on the Sunshine Coast are scheduled to commence at 7:00 pm and 8:15 pm. The exact time of all debates is set out in the competition draw.

For Grades Eleven and Twelve Sunshine Coast teams are accommodated and participate in the Far North Brisbane region and given early time slot debates where possible.

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 Sunshine Coast and Brisbane have a joint Finals Series hosted in Brisbane. 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.


2017 Entry Fees

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

QDU Secondary Schools Competition

Year 8 $ 195.00 + GST = $ 214.50
Year 9 $ 195.00 + GST = $ 214.50
Year 10 $ 210.00 + GST = $ 231.00

Sunshine Coast Schools wishing to enter teams in the Year 11 and Year 12 Brisbane competitions can view the 2017 entry fees HERE.

In 2017 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.