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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.

Adult Debating Program

The 2019 Adults program has concluded for the year.

To assist us in the scheduling of our 2020 program please fill out this survey to indicate your time and location preferences.


Frequently Asked Questions

Will we need to prepare before the debate?
Debates will be run as a secret topic with 1hr preparation time on the day after the topic is released.

What are the speaking times for this program?
The speaking times for adult debating will be 6-8 minutes.

Do I need to register as a team? Can I sign up with my friends to form a team?
No, you will be assigned a team before topic selection each afternoon. Teams will be assigned to encourage you to meet new people, even out debating abilities and assist people new to debating by allowing them to work in teams with people who have previous debating experience.

I'm a university debater, can I participate?
Yes, however the program is intended for novice and inexperienced adult debaters. It is a friendly competition to build the skills of debaters who may not have the opportunity to debate through a university.

I'm a DAV member, can I participate?
Yes. DAV members will receive a discount to their program should they agree to adjudicate one round.

I've never debated before, can I participate?
Most definitely! This program is designed for you. Join us on Sunday 28th July for an introductory crash course before participating in the next four weeks of debates. We will also attempt to put you in teams with more experienced debaters so you can learn through collaboration.