About Us

The Queensland Debating Union (QDU) is an association which promotes and organises school-level debating in Queensland, Australia. The Union runs an annual training seminar weekend, provides ongoing assistance and presentations for schools which request our assistance, and facilitates the distribution of material relating to debating, coaching and adjudicating. The Union also organises debating competitions and activities between primary and secondary schools within the State.

In addition, as the Queensland affiliate of the Australian Debating Federation (ADF), the QDU is responsible for selecting, training and sending a team to represent Queensland at the National Schools Debating Championships. This prestigious national competition is held annually, with the location of the tournament rotating between the Australian capital cities. The Queensland Schools Debating Team has been very successful at these championships, winning most recently in 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2016.

Trial dates vary depending on the date of the championships in that year, but are generally made available in late February. A board of selectors, typically comprised of Senior A adjudicators, experienced Senior A coaches, former Queensland team or Australian team representatives and Intervarsity debaters, selects the team over a period of several months. The team has a coach and manager selected through an application and interview process, and is assisted by former representative debaters. More information about this process can be found on the State Team page.

The QDU is also committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people who debate in our competitions in all areas. QDU volunteers show respect and understanding at all times by controlling their temper, listening and receiving instructions where and when appropriate and are available to address any concerns that may occur. As children and young people who are a part of the QDU we agree that we will respect all children, young people and adults and speak up if we are worried or concerned about something. We will not bully or accept any bullying that we see and will escalate this on every occasion to the appropriate person.