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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.

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(Yr 9-12 Debating)

Student Safety

The Debaters Association of Victoria works closely with schools and school-age children, and consequently we have the ethical and legal responsibility to ensure that children participating in DAV events are safe and supported. Our Statement of Commitment to Child Safety explains our aims and responsibilities in greater detail.


The DAV Child Safety Policy states the DAV's legal responsibilities, its recruitment procedures, and its risk management, reporting, and grievance procedures.


All DAV members who participate in DAV events must comply with the Child Safety Policy and with the DAV Child Safety Code of Conduct in addition to the Rules for DAV Competitions and Competition Code of Conduct. All members must hold a valid Working With Children Check or valid registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.


We take our commitment to child safety very seriously. If you have any questions about student safety, please contact us.