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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)

Schools Competition Topics 2019

Click here to access resources guides for this year's topics.

A Grade

Round 1: That, instead of being elected, members of Parliament should be randomly selected
Round 2: That we should criminally prosecute companies that use sweatshops
Round 3: Secret topic
Round 4: Secret topic
Round 5: Secret topic

B Grade

Round 1: That we should allow pill testing at music festivals
Round 2: That the government should have access to private citizens’ encrypted messages
Round 3: Secret topic
Round 4: Secret topic
Round 5: Secret topic

C Grade

Round 1: That police should always carry tasers rather than guns
Round 2: That we should abolish political parties
Round 3: Advised topic area - Economics
Round 4: Secret topic
Round 5: That too many people go to university

D Grade

Round 1: That we should ban horse racing
Round 2: That all political parties should have quotas for female candidates
Round 3: That we should abolish standardised testing (e.g. NAPLAN)
Round 4: That convicted criminals should not be allowed to publish accounts of their crimes
Round 5: That refugees should have full access to the Australian welfare system

Secret and Advised Topics

Secret topics are released one hour before the debate begins. Teams should arrive an hour and fifteen minutes before the scheduled debating time to allow time for roll call.

Advised topics are released in the same way as secret topics, but the general subject area of the topic is known in advance.