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Welcome to the DAV Website
The DAV is a non-profit association which exists to promote debate. It is the peak debating body in Victoria and runs large competitions for adults and for schools across Victoria. It provides training and resources for debaters, teachers and adjudicators.

Schools Competition Resource Guides

The DAV publishes a Resource Guide which provides a brief for particular topics to facilitate student research for prepared topic debates. If feedback from a regional night held early in a round indicates that a topic is causing difficulties, additional detail will be added to the Resource Guide entry for that topic (but this is the only intervention we will undertake).

The Resource Guide is not a substitute for proper preparation, and its aim is simply to help you prepare your own case. You should not structure your case around the questions asked, nor should you rely too heavily only on the articles to which we provide links. Any ideas that the Resource Guide gives you will need to be explained just like any other material.

Resource Guides will be developed by our experienced adjudicating team and will be published over the coming weeks with priority given to earliest rounds.  If you do not see a guide here yet, please check back again soon.

A guide on how to approach Secret Topics can be found here.

A Grade

Round 1: That Australia should implement a universal basic income

Round 2: That Spain should grant independence to Catalonia

Round 3: Secret Topic

Round 4: Secret Topic

Round 5: Secret Topic

B Grade

Round 1: That we should limit the number of government-funded university places

Round 2: That the West should lift all sanctions on Zimbabwe

Round 3: Secret Topic

Round 4: Secret Topic

Round 5: Secret Topic

C Grade

Round 1: That we should ban the sale of all cars powered by fossil fuels by 2025

Round 2: That Australia and New Zealand should unify as a single country

Round 3: Advised Topic - Voting and Government

Round 4: Secret Topic

Round 5: That we should introduce an inheritance tax

D Grade

Round 1: That the Olympics should expand to include non-sporting events

Round 2: That we should prohibit gambling advertisements

Round 3: That we should introduce a congestion charge on motor vehicles entering the Melbourne CBD

Round 4: That employers should adopt a four-day working week

Round 5: That we should impose mandatory minimum sentences for all violent crimes