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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.

Schools Competition Resource Guides

The DAV publishes a Resource Guide which provides a brief for particular topics to facilitate student research for prepared topic debates. If feedback from a regional night held early in a round indicates that a topic is causing difficulties, additional detail will be added to the Resource Guide entry for that topic (but this is the only intervention we will undertake).

The Resource Guide is not a substitute for proper preparation, and its aim is simply to help you prepare your own case. You should not structure your case around the questions asked, nor should you rely too heavily only on the articles to which we provide links. Any ideas that the Resource Guide gives you will need to be explained just like any other material.

Resource Guides will be developed by our experienced adjudicating team and will be published over the coming weeks with priority given to earliest rounds.  If you do not see a guide here yet, please check back again soon.

A guide on how to approach Secret Topics can be found here.

A Grade

Round 1: That we regret the rise of streaming platforms (such as Netflix and Disney+)

Round 2: TBC Coming Soon

Round 3: Secret Topic

Round 4: Secret Topic

Round 5: Secret Topic

B Grade

Round 1: That we should ban climate change denial

Round 2: TBC Coming Soon

Round 3: Secret Topic

Round 4: Secret Topic

Round 5: Secret Topic

C Grade

Round 1: That children should be legally required to take care of their parents rather than placing them in aged care

Round 2: That we should abolish trial by jury

Round 3: TBC Coming Soon

Round 4: Secret Topic

Round 5: TBC Coming Soon

D Grade

Round 1: That we should limit the number of cars that each household can own

Round 2: That we should embrace a cashless economy

Round 3: TBC Coming Soon

Round 4: TBC Coming Soon

Round 5: TBC Coming Soon