The Catholic Schools' Debating Association (under the auspices of the Association of Catholic Schools Principals in New South Wales) wishes to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional custodians of the lands on which we gather.

Through our efforts, we hope to be the mouthpiece for justice, in hope that we may walk gently, together on this land.

Latest News

Thursday 31st May, 2018

The CSDA thank all our teachers, debaters and adjudicators for their patience. There have been some teething issues with the new infrastructure the CSDA has adopted this year.

We are pleased to announce that the website itself is fully functional and that live results for the debating rounds completed thus far have been uploaded onto the site. These can be found in the 'Results' section of the site. These results will be updated on Wednesdays following debates being completed.

We thank you again for your understanding and hope you enjoy the ease of access the new site will bring all of our members.

If there are any website concerns, please direct them to or reach us through our Contact Us page.

Mission Statement

The Catholic Schools Debating Association has held a long and distinguished position in the lives of young men and women in New South Wales since the 1960s. As an association, we aim to provide, with the help of schools, teachers and system leaders, a space through which our future community leaders may share, express, debate and challenge significant ideas and issues in contemporary society.

It is in the light of the Catholic Values of our schools that we aim to provide a healthy, competitive and social environment for our young men an women to grow in their knowledge, learn to listen, respond perceptively and effectively and become informed and effective citizens.

We pray that in our speaking and listening, our competition and in our interactions with others that our words, thoughts and actions declare the glory of God, that our words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts are always pleasing in His sight.

Our Events

Each year, the Association hosts three major competitions, open to all Catholic Schools in the Sydney Metropolitan Area and New South Wales.

Public Speaking

Held in Term 1 of each year, this competition tests the ability of students to construct a speech around a central topic area. Students are responsible for their interpretation of the key idea and are required to deliver their speech using appropriate rhetorical devices in the prescribed time limit.

Metropolitan Debating

All Catholic Secondary Schools in Sydney are invited to take part in the Metropolitan Debating Competition. Students compete in teams of three and are required to debate either the affirmative or negative perspective of a given topic.

State Debating Championships

Each year, in November, the CSDA hosts a state debating championship tournament where schools from regional and rural parts of New South Wales are invited to compete in a day-long debating tournament.

Upcoming Events- 2018