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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
(Yr 9-12 Debating)

Equity and Subsidies

At the DAV we pride ourselves on being a fully inclusive and accessible organisation. We are committed to helping students from all backgrounds to get involved in any of our range of programs.

Disability and Individual Learning Needs

Please let us know when registering if any of your students have individual needs so that these can be accommodated. Accommodations include (but are not limited to):

  • Barrier-free access to debating venues for students or audience members with mobility needs
  • Extra time for students with difficulties with handwriting or mobility
  • Interpreters/note takers for students with an EAL background
  • Use of electronic devices (for example, tablets or Braille machines) if necessary
  • Online debating for isolated schools and students
  • Subsidies

    We offer fully and partially subsidised registration for all of our programs, depending on the needs of schools and individual students. This includes both team competitions such as the Schools Competition and JSP, and individual competitions such as Public Speaking and Debate Camp.

    If your school or individual students would like to apply for subsidised places, please complete this form for the Executive's consideration.

    Further information about our approach to financial assistance can be found in Financial Assistance for Program Registration Fees