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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
(Yr 9-12 Debating)

Primary School Public Speaking Competition

The Debaters' Association of Victoria is proud to announce the inaugural DAV Primary School Public Speaking Competition! 

The competition aims to give young speakers the opportunity to put their ideas forward in front of an audience whilst expanding their knowledge of current affairs. Students will develop the “building blocks” of public presentation—confidence, clarity, and the development of arguments—which are very important skills both in and out of school.


The day will also include a training component. Trainers from the DAV, one of the largest debating and public speaking organisations in Australia, will help students develop and practise their skills.


Where: St Joseph's Primary School, Brunswick West
When: Friday 31st August, 10am-3pm
Who: Students in years 5 and 6
Format: Students will present one prepared speech (3-4 mins) and two impromptu speeches (1-2 mins)
Cost: $40 per student, limit of two students per school Prizes will be awarded to the highest-scoring speakers.

Prepared Speech:
Students must prepare a 3-4 minute speech on one of the following topics:

  • Superheroes or misleading role models?
  • Facing your fears
  • Honesty is the best policy

This speech must be persuasive in nature. 

Impromptu Speeches:
For each impromptu speech students will be given two topics to choose between. They will then have five minutes to prepare a 1-2 minute speech. The topics for the first round of impromptus will be variations on the prompt "My favourite [blank]". The topics for the second round of impromptus will be not be released until the preparation time begins.

The impromptu speeches may also be persuasive, but this is not required.

Click here to register no later than Friday 17th August.

Please contact Isabella Kruzas at tda@dav.com.au for more details.