Power of Speech

Power of Speech is an annual public speaking event traditionally held at Australian Parliament House in Canberra each year. The event showcases the exceptional language skills of children and young adults who are enrolled in First Voice member centre’s early intervention programs across Australia and New Zealand.

This year’s event was held at the House of Representatives Alcove at Parliament House in Canberra on March 26.

Six inspiring young adults, from across Australia and New Zealand, presented a short speech to key policy makers on the issues faced by people living with hearing loss and the need for the government to make hearing health a priority.


They touched on topics related to workplace and social inclusion, technology and education for people with a hearing impairment. The event comes at a critical time for the hearing loss sector which is facing ongoing challenges due to the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Power of Speech is well attended by Australian parliamentarians and other dignitaries, who join speakers and families for a special supper at Parliament House following the event.

First Voice extends a very special thank you to its event sponsor Cochlear, whose generous support enables this important event to take place each year.

The event challenges common perceptions around what children who are deaf can achieve.

Loud Shirt Day

Loud Shirt Day is an annual fundraising day celebrated in October of each year to support the work of First Voice member centres. It’s celebrated each year by schools, small and large businesses, cafes, government departments – any many other different types of organisations – to support children who are deaf or hearing impaired. Many organisations nominate their own date in October to recognise the day – and tie this into a staff event, general fundraiser or other team building opportunity. Loud Shirt Day is a day to wear your brightest clothes and raise money to help give the gift of sound and speech to deaf children.

You can find out more or register to participate by visiting the Loud Shirt Day website.

Why support Loud Shirt Day
All First Voice member and affiliate centres receive only a portion of their funding from state and federal governments, and rely heavily on corporate and community support and fundraising to raise the funds necessary to deliver intensive therapy services to those families that need them.