The Plain English Speaking Award aims to encourage the use of clear and effective spoken English.

It is an annual public speaking competition open to students in high schools and colleges who are between 15 and 18 years of age. The winner of an elimination competition in the ACT goes on to represent the Territory in the national finals, held in rotation in capital cities, Canberra hosted it in 2001 and 2007. The winner of the national competition then competes in the international finals in the UK. Information about the history of the Award and the sponsorship of the Australia-Britain Society can be found here.

The ACT Plain English Speaking Award takes place in early June and is run by the ACT Branch of the Australia-Britain Society. The official website has information about registration, requirements and dates and the organisers can be contacted via