The annual NSW Japanese Speech Contest encourages learners who are studying Japanese to showcase their language skills in a challenging context. It is jointly run by the Macquarie Japanese Studies Centre, the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney, Japan Foundation Sydney, NSW Department of Education and Training, and NSW universities representatives.
Contestants are grouped into five divisions:
- High School Senior Division
- Open Beginners
- Open Division
- Background Speaker Division
- High School Wakaba ("young buds sprouting") Division - opened in 2013
Each contestant gives a speech about his/her chosen topic and is judged based on presentation, content, and language. Winners from the state/territory contests progress to the National Finals.