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Plain English Speaking Award: 2024 Victorian State Final


Join a line-up of enthusiastic student speechmakers as they take to the stage to share their words and wisdom for the Plain English Speaking Award State Final.


About the Event

For some, the thought of public speaking is a frightening task. But for these accomplished Victorian orators, it presents the opportunity to claim a State Championship.

Organised annually by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, the Plain English Speaking Award is a public-speaking competition for high school students. The Award celebrates innovative thinking, research, and effective, direct communication. The competition gives young Victorians the platform to present strongly held views on topics they are passionate about.

Be a part of the action and witness a group of determined speakers take to the stage to showcase their rhetorical skill at the 2024 Plain English Speaking Award state final. Hosted by Zuva Goverwa.


This event is suitable for school groups and senior secondary students aged 13–18 years old.

Presented in partnership with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.


Tickets are free, but bookings are essential. 

For group bookings of 6 or more people, please email


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Zuva Goverwa

Zuva is a passionate young creative, with a keen interest in music, writing and public speaking. Winner of the 2021 Plain English Speaking Award State Final, she is a strong believer in the power of young people to change the world – and the necessity of foregrounding their voices in conversat... Read more


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