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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)

Regional Victoria Debating Competitions

The Debaters Association of Victoria runs Regional Debating Competitions in a number of regional centres across Victoria (and occasionally a competition across the border in NSW). We provide both training and debate opportunities for students residing across Victoria, with experienced adjudicators and trainers. For more information about this program, please download our information sheet.

If your school would like to host a regional debating competition, please contact us at debater@dav.com.au for more details.


In 2019, the program will be run in the following regions;

Region Host School Training Date Competition Date Registion
Echuca / Moama Moama Anglican Grammar School Friday 1st March 2019 Friday 29th March 2019 Registration Closed
Mallee Trinity Lutheran College (Fifteenth St, Mildura) Thursday 30th May 2019 Friday 31st May 2019 Registration Closed

Monivae College


Hamilton and Alexandra College (Debating Day)

Thursday 28th March 2019 Thursday 23rd May 2019 Registration Closed
Churchill Kurnai College (cnr Monash Way & Northways Rd, Churchill) Friday 14th June 2019 Tuesday 25th June 2019 Registration Closed
Warrnambool Emmanuel College (Ardlie St, Warrnambool) Thursday 17 October 2019 Thursday 31 October 2019 Registration Open
Shepparton Shepparton High School (Hawdon St, Shepparton) Thursday 14 November 2019 Thursday 5 December 2019 Registration Open
Murrayville Murrayville Community College, 20 Francis St. Murrayville N/A Wednesday 31 July 2019 Registration Closed
Horsham Holy Trinity Lutheran College, 25 Trinity Dr, Horsham Wednesday 14th August Wednesday 4th September Registration Closed
Border Wodonga Middle Years College, Felltimber Campus - 8 Hedgerow Ct, West Wodonga Friday 2 August 2019 Friday 9 August 2019 Registration Closed

What's involved? :

The program is run over two days. The first is an optional half-day training session for students who have little or no experience of debating.  The training session introduces students to debating and covers topics such as the rules and format of debating Australian 3-on-3 debating, methods of preparation and effective debating strategies.  Students are also given a opportunities to practice their skills in the lead-up to the competition day, while receiving expert advice from DAV trainers and adjudicators. 

The second day is a competition day.  Each team will debate in three rounds. In both divisions, two of the topics will be prepared topic (released with the draw several weeks before the day). The Year 7 and 8 division will include an advised topic, where the subject area of the topic will be released with the draw, but the exact wording of the topic will not be released until an hour before the debate. The Year 9 and 10 division will include a secret topic.

Australian 3-on-3 style (See the Australasian Debating Guide in the "Resources") - three speakers debate for each team.

How much will it cost? :
$30 DAV membership fee (if the school has not yet participated in any other DAV activities this year), and $120 per team (between 4-7 students).  This fee covers one training session and one competition day.

If you would like your students to attend only the training session, or a second training session, the cost is $60 per 7 students as well as the $30 DAV membership fee (if not previously paid).

N.B. Due to Commonwealth Government funding, the Mallee Regional Debating Competition is free for all schools.

Why Debate?
Debating is an invaluable skill for students:

  • it promotes confidence and effective public presentation
  • it encourages logical and critical thinking, social awareness and an interest in current affairs
  • it is multi-disciplinary: debating techniques can be used in all subject areas.
  • its benefits extend through all aspects of the school curriculum
  • It is well directed to the "Communication" and "Thinking" domains of VELS. More specifically, it addresses the "Speaking and Listening", "Listening, Viewing and Responding", "Presenting", "Reasoning, Process and Inquiry" dimensions of VELS and VCE English