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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)

Regional Debating Days

Throughout terms 2-4 the DAV runs a number of Regional Debating Days at host schools across Victoria. These programs are an excellent opportunity for students in years 5 and 6 to put their skills to use in ‘friendly’ debates with students from other schools. We welcome first time debaters as well as those who have previously participated in our programs.

Days are run within school hours, with teams of 4 to 9 students participating in three debates (two will have prepared topics and one will have a secret topic announced on the day). Accredited DAV adjudicators provide students with feedback after each debate.

No debating experience is required, although these days assume that students are familiar with the very basics of debating. Schools may register up to four teams per regional day, but are only guaranteed entry of two teams, subject to regsitration numbers. The cost per team is $90.

Please note:

  • Timing for prepared speeches is 3-4 minutes
  • Timing for secret topic speeches is 2-3 minutes
  • Students not speaking in a debate may not assist speakers during the debate
  • Teachers and parents should not assist students during secret topic preparation
  • No electronic devices are to be used during debates or secret topic preparation

For more information please read the Frequently Asked Questions.

2024 Registration

To register for Primary Schools Program 2024, please fill out this form.

2024 Region Dates

Additional regions will be added as dates are confirmed.

Brighton TBC TBC
Cranbourne Tuliallan Primary School Monday 3rd June
Geelong Geelong Lutheran College Tuesday 30 July
Werribee Altaqwa College Monday 16 Sep
Mt Waverley TBC TBC
Brunswick East TBC TBC
Fitzroy Fitzroy Community School Wednesday 31 July
Templestowe Templestowe Park PS Tuesday 28 May
Hampton Park TBC TBC
Preston St Raphael's Primary School Wednesday 4 Sep
State Tournament TBC TBC

For more information, or to add your school to our mailing list, please contact the office.