In July 2011 the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA) undertook to host a competitive community of inquiry event, called a Philosothon.
In that inaugural year four Australian states sent three teams (from schools that won the 2010 Philosothon in their state) and so twelve schools in total arrived in Sydney to participate in the inaugural event at Cranbrook School. ABC’s Radio National produced a programme about this event: “The Philosopher’s Zone” broadcast on Radio National on 3rd September 2011.
The three days of a FAPSA National Philosothon consisted of speakers, games and Community of Inquiry circles. University academics awarded points to students on the basis of their ability to construct an argument collaboratively on interesting philosophical and ethical issues. Encouragement awards were sponsored by the Australasian Association of Philosophy.
Between 2011 and 2019 FAPSA hosted and ran national Philsothons in Australia each year. In 2019, FAPSA handed this event to the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP).