The Plain English Speaking Award (PESA) is a National Competition conducted through Australian Secondary Schools and Colleges.  It aims to contribute to the personal development of 15-17 year old students through the enhancement of their oral communication skills and the best use of spoken English. PESA aims to encourage and maintain the best use of clear and effective spoken English.

Each competitor must present a prepared (8 minutes) speech on a topic of their choosing and an impromptu speech (3 minutes with 4 minutes preparation time on a set topic).

In South Australia the major sponsor is The Royal Commonwealth Society (South Australian Branch) Inc. and the competition is organised by members of The Penguin Club of Australia, South Australia Incorporated.

The Plain English Speaking Award was first organised in Victoria in 1977.  Since then it has become a national competition.

This year the National Final will be in Sydney in August. The national winner competes in an international final conducted in England by the English Speaking Union.

The national winner receives the Plain English Speaking Award trophy, as well as financial assistance from BBM which will assist the Australian winner to compete in the English Speaking Union International Public Speaking Competition in May 2017.