Rvoy NSW

Rostrum’s Student Development Program for Secondary School Students.

The Competition

Rostrum Voice of Youth is a national speaking competition which provides an excellent opportunity for secondary school students to gain experience and confidence in expressing their views and communicating a message. Students first participate in heats held in March 2023, typically in their local area. Heat winners progress to a Regional Final with the winners of the Regional Finals competing in the NSW & ACT State Final in Sydney on Saturday 17 June 2023. State winners compete at the National Final, this year to be held in Melbourne on Saturday 29 July 2023.

2023 NSW & ACT Winners & Runners-Up

  • Junior Winner: Akash Enjeti, Merewether High School
  • Junior Runner-up: Syricia Rowston, Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney
  • Senior Winner: Jasmine Withford, Newcastle Grammar School
  • Senior Runner-up: Sasha Prokhorov, Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney

NSW Junior Finalists - 2023 VoY2023 Junior Finalists – NSW VoY

NSW Senior Finalists - 2023 VoY2023 Senior Finalists – NSW VoY

NSW VoY Winners 2023NSW VoY Winners 2023


At all levels of the competition, contestants are required to present a prepared speech:

  • 6 minutes – JUNIORS (aged 11 years as at 1/1/23 and in years 7, 8 or 9)
  • 8 minutes – SENIORS (under 18 years as at 1/1/23 and in 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 2023

A Change Worth Making Voice For The Voiceless
Harmony Rite Of Passage
Opportunity Knocks Shifting Gears
A Gift That Keeps Giving Lost In Translation
Behind The Lens Diamond In The Rough

Topics for the State & National Final are available here.

Rostrum Voice of Youth Heats 2024

Monday 11 March 2024

Junior and Senior Heats

Montgrove College, Orchard Hills (Penrith region)    

4.30pm, 6.00pm*

Wednesday 13 March 2024

Junior and Senior Heats

Bishop Tyrell Anglican College, Newcastle (Hunter region)


Tuesday 19 March 2024

Junior and Senior Heats

Santa Sabina College, Strathfield 

4.30pm, 6.00pm, 7.30pm*

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Junior and Senior Heats

Radford College, Bruce (ACT region)


Wednesday 20 March 2024

Junior and Senior Heats

The Illawarra Grammar School, Wollongong (Illawarra region)


Thursday 21 March 2024

Junior and Senior Heats

Ascham School, Edgecliff

4.30pm, 6.00pm, 7.30pm*

Monday 25 March 2024

Junior and Senior Heats

Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta

4.30pm, 6.00pm

Wednesday 27 March 2024

Junior and Senior Heats

St Patrick’s College, Campbelltown

5.00pm, 6.30pm*

Wednesday 3 April 2024

Junior and Senior Heats

Pymble Ladies’ College, Pymble

4.30pm, 6.00pm, 7.30pm*

*Please note that these heats are subject to change, the details of which will be confirmed in late January.

How to enter

Details for the 2024 competition will be published early in the new year. Details of heats and entry details will be provided at that time. ​


NSW Rostrum thanks our Voice of Youth supporters:

  rotary club of northbridge logo

ivyO logo

 Easts Leagues Club

Home of the Sydney Roosters

The Rotary Club of Northbridge

Uniting People & Communities


Ivy League Application & Admission


If you have any questions regarding NSW Rostrum Voice of Youth please contact the organisers:nswvoy@rostrum.com.au