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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

Primary Schools Program

The Primary Schools Program (PSP) is a program that the DAV piloted in 2009. It is an introduction to debating for primary school students that provides training in the basic skills and structure of debating, and gives students an opportunity to participate in 'friendly' debates.

This year, the PSP will continue it's format and be delivered in three parts: in-house training, regional debating days, and a state-wide tournament.

Please note:

  • Regional Debating Days are intended for students in years 5 and 6. If you would like to register students from lower year levels please contact the office
  • Teams are to consist of a minimum of 4 and maximum of 9 students
  • Registrations of more than two teams per school per region cannot be guaranteed. You may register more teams, but we will cap registrations as we reach capacity
  • Timing for prepared speeches is 3-4 minutes
  • Timing for secret topic speeches is 2-3 minutes
  • Students not speaking in a debate may not assist speakers during the debate
  • Teachers and parents should not assist students during secret topic preparation
  • No electronic devices are to be used during debates or secret topic preparation


Fitzroy (FULL) Fitzroy Community Primary School Wednesday 3rd May
Box Hill Kingswood College Tuesday 20 June
Geelong Geelong Lutheran College Monday 26th June
Nunawading (FULL) Mt Pleasant Rd PS Monday 24th July
Ivanhoe (FULL) Ivanhoe Girls Grammar Thursday 3rd August
Elsternwick Leibler Yavneh Thursday 10th August
Werribee Altaqwa College Thursday 17th August
Preston West St Raphael's Primary School Thursday 24th August
Hampton Park St Kevin's Hampton Park Monday 28th August
Clifton Hill - Open to Grade 4 Clifton Hill Primary School

Wednesday 13th September

Brunswick - Open to Grade 4 (FULL) Brunswick East Primary School Friday 3rd November
State Tournament University of Melbourne Friday 17th November


For more information, or to add your school to our mailing list, please make contact with the Training and Development Administrator, Isabella Kruzas .