Toowoomba Schools Competition



Years 10 & Seniors
Wednesday, 7 March 2018
Thursday, 26 April 2018
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Years 7, 8 and 9
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Wednesday, 2 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, 22 August 2018 – GRAND FINAL NIGHT

Preliminary Finals in the Toowoomba competitions are only required if there are more than 16 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 Toowoomba 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.

Prepared topic debates for Toowoomba based Year 7, 8 and 9 competitions are scheduled to commence at 6.00 pm, 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm

All other debates in the Toowoomba competition 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 Toowoomba region finals are generally hosted at the one school. 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.

Postponement Dates
To make things a little easier we have dedicated postponement dates in the calendar, which will be the first dates considered after a postponement is granted by the QDU under the QDU Rules and communicated in writing to both schools involved.
The 2018 postponement dates are:
Wednesday, 7 March 2018 (For Year 7, 8 and 9 only)
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Thursday, 26 April 2018 (For Year 7, 8 and 9 only)
Wednesday, 9 May 2018 (For Year 7, 8 and 9 only)
Wednesday 16 May 2018
Failing the utilisation of these dates, the QDU’s default position is to try an place postponed debates on “other” debating nights
(e.g. Year 10 postponements to be on nights and at venues where we have Years 7, 8 and Year 9 debating)


2018 Entry Fees

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

QDU Secondary Schools Competition

Year 7  $ 170.00 + GST = $ 187.00
Year 8  $ 170.00 + GST = $ 187.00
Year 9  $ 170.00 + GST = $ 187.00
Year 10 $ 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.