New South Wales

Rostrum’s Student Development Program for Secondary School Students.

The Competition

Rostrum Voice of Youth is a national public speaking competition, which provides an excellent opportunity for secondary school students to gain experience and confidence in expressing their views and communicating a message. Rostrum Voice of Youth has been proudly running since 1974, with 2024 marking our 50th anniversary.

In 2023, over 430 students from NSW representing 91 different schools entered the Rostrum Voice of Youth. Across Australia, there were over 900 participants.

Students first participate in Heats, typically held in their local area. The winners of each Heat will then progress to their respective Regional Final to be held in May. The winners of the Regional Finals will then compete at the NSW & ACT State Final, to be held in Sydney on 22 June 2024. Finally, State winners will have the honour of competing at the National Final, to be held in Hobart on 27 July 2024.


At all levels of the competition, contestants are required to present a prepared speech. Juniors must present a 6-minute Prepared Speech (with warning bell at 5 minutes). Seniors must present an 8-minute Prepared Speech (with warning bell at 6 minutes).

Each school may enter up to three speakers in the Junior Division, and three speakers in the Senior Division. Contestants in the Junior Section must be at least 11 years of age as of 1 January 2024 and must be students in school years 7, 8 or 9. Contestants in the Senior Section must be under 18 years of age as of 1 January 2024 and must be students in school years 10, 11 or 12.

In addition, at the Regional Finals and the State Final, contestants present a 3 minute short-notice speech (with preparation time of 15 minutes). The Heats do not include a short-notice speech.

Heat & Regional Final Topics for 2024

Building Bridges How much is Enough?
Positive Vibes Making Your Mark
Age is No Barrier Challenging the Boundaries
Uncover the Secrets What Next?
The End of an Era Words have Power

Rostrum Voice of Youth Regional Finals 2024

Thursday, 2 May 2024


James Ruse Agricultural High School (17-31 Felton Road, Carlingford)  

4:30pm (Juniors), 6:30pm (Seniors)

Wednesday, 8 May 2024


Easts (93-97 Spring Street, Bondi Junction)

4:30pm (Juniors), 6:30pm (Seniors)

Friday, 10 May 2024


Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College (256 Minmi Road, Fletcher)

4:30pm (Juniors), 5:45pm (Seniors)

Monday, 13 May 2024


Broughton Anglican College (81-83 Menangle Road, Menangle Park)

4:30pm (Juniors), 6:30pm (Seniors)

Tuesday, 14 May 2024


St Aloysius’ College (47 Upper Pitt Street, Kirribilli)

4:30pm (Juniors), 6:30pm (Seniors)

Thursday, 16 March 2024


Ravenswood School for Girls (10 Henry Street, Gordon)

4.30pm (Juniors), 6:30pm (Seniors)


How to enter

Registrations have closed for the Rostrum Voice of Youth public speaking competition.


NSW Rostrum thanks our Voice of Youth supporters:


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Official Home of the Sydney Roosters

The Rotary Club of Northbridge

Create Hope in the World

Ivy League, Oxbridge & Oz admissions specialists

If you have any questions regarding NSW Rostrum Voice of Youth please contact the organisers: