A message regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are pleased to announce that the Rostrum Voice of Youth Public Speaking Competition is back in 2021, having been cancelled last year due to the COVID virus. Our primary aim is to protect the health, safety and well-being of all those involved in the competition as competitors, officials, teachers or supporters. Accordingly, please note that by entering your students in the Voice of Youth, you are agreeing to abide by the COVID-Safe protocols of the competition and of the individual schools hosting the heats. Further details (which may vary between venues) will be provided prior to each heat/ regional final.

When you enter the Rostrum Voice of Youth you will choose a speech topic from the supplied list and select the heat in your closest regional centre.

If more than ten students from your school wish to take part in your section: Junior (over 11 years of age as at 1 January 2021 and in years 7, 8 or 9) or senior (under 18 years of age as at 1 January 2021 and in years 10, 11 or 12) there will need to be a school final.

 What When Where
Geelong Regional Heats/ Semi Final  Sunday, 18 April 2021  Oberon High School, 155-175 Batten Road, Armstrong Creek
Entry and easy parking at Batten Road
Follow the signs.
Ballarat Regional Heats/ Semi Final  Saturday, 24 April 2021 Loreto College, 1600 Sturt Street. Ballarat
Entry and easy parking on Sturt Street
Follow the signs.
Warrnambool Regional Heats/ Semi Final  Saturday, 1 May 2021 Brauer College, Caramut Road, Warrnambool
Entry and easy parking at Caramut Road
Follow the signs
Shepparton Regional Heats/ Semi Finals  Saturday, 8 May 2021 Notre Dame College, 139 Knight Street, Shepparton
Entry and easy parking on Knight Street
Follow the signs.
Metropolitan Heats/ Semi Final  Sunday, 16 May 2021 St Monica’s College, 400 Dalton Road, Epping
Entry and easy parking off Dalton Road
Follow the signs.
Metropolitan Heats/ Semi Final  Sunday, 23 May 2021 Avila College, 35 Charles Street, Mount Waverley
Entry and easy parking on Charles Street
Follow the signs.
Metropolitan Heats/ Semi Final  Sunday, 30 May 2021 Mount Scopus Memorial College, Burwood
245 Burwood Highway, Burwood
Entry and easy parking off Station Street, north of Burwood Highway.
Follow the signs.
State Final Sunday, 20 June 2021
at 12:00pm
St Kevin’s College, Moonga Road, Toorak
National Final Saturday, 31 July 2021 Adelaide


Entries must be made ONLINE REGISTER NOW  register button blue

There is a $25 entry fee. This needs to be sent to the State Coordinator along with the consent form. You will receive the consent form and payment details in an email when you register.

Please note: unfortunately there will be no catering provided in 2021.

Closing Dates

Please note that the closing date for entries in 2021 varies depending on which heat/ venue students are participating at. The closing dates are:

  • Regional heats closing date is Thursday, 1 April 2021
  • Metropolitan heats closing date is Friday, 7 May 2021

Great Prizes

1st prize - $200, 2nd prize - $100

State winners also get a free trip to Adelaide to participate in the National Final on Saturday, 31 July 2021.

Useful Information For All Participants







For further Information please contact your State Coordinator: Kylie Campbell by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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