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ISDCN National Virtual Debating Competition

This annual event provides students from around Australia a competition whereby school debating teams face one another via video conferencing. Students and staff benefit greatly by the variety of national competitors and the excellent adjudication provided through this convenient mechanism.

Benefits of virtual debating

  • Top level competition for debating students without needing to travel
  • Exposure to competitors that students would not encounter in normal circumstances
  • Prizes and certificates for all students reaching quarter finals and beyond
  • Possible recognition at a national level for schools
  • Top-level adjudication enabled by virtual technology
  • Minimal level of school-based organisation
  • Access by either desktop computers or encoder devices opens up initiative to all
  • Easy virtual access for school community spectators during debates
  • Recordings of debates on request for training and school community communication

Debating Competition

The 2018 National Virtual Debating Competition brings together 50 schools (and a total of 450 students) from every State and Territory across Australia. The competition sees four 32-team double elimination draws involving 250 debates. A team of 17 adjudicators share in online duties.


With the help of virtual technologies, adjudicators come from all corners of the country. State and national debating societies are approached annually to nominate adjudicators. This ensures access to a pool of experienced debating practitioners who provide excellent judgement and formative direction to the students involved. The 2018 senior final adjudicator is renowned author Nick Earls.

Eligibility and expression of interest

Teams from all Australian independent schools are invited to enter if they meet the technical and bandwidth requirements. The best technical capability will come from the use of a dedicated standards based video conference encoder (SIP/H323 codec) setup. Schools without such devices can participate using a desktop computer, if they have a suitable level of peripherals (i.e. microphones, web cam, speakers and projection/screens) and sufficient bandwidth. Entry fees apply and go directly towards payment of adjudicators. Further information regarding the 2019 Competition will be available shortly.

NGS Super

NGS Super is the leading industry super fund for those in non-government education, mutual finance and community focussed organisations. With over $8 billion in Funds Under Management (FUM), 100,000 members and over 7,000 employers, the organisation provides personalised services for members and keeps costs low by never paying commissions to Financial Planners, so that all profits are reinvested for members.

NGS Super offers a Super Funds Health check for organisations along with tailored workplace seminars and workshops to better acquaint staff with the strategies to grow their superannuation so that they achieve their desired retirement goals.

2018 is the third consecutive year that NGS Super has been platinum sponsor of the ISDCN National Virtual Debating Competition. 


The Independent Schools Digital Collaboration Network (ISDCN) is an initiative of Independent Schools Queensland and the Association of Independent Schools (NSW) for all Australian independent schools.

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