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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

In light of evolving COVID-19 restrictions we will not be running Regional Debating Days in 2020.

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 $80.

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.

2020 Region Dates

Additional regions will be added as dates are confirmed.

Ivanhoe Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar Thursday 4th June
Werribee Al-taqwa College Wednesday 10th June
Fitzroy Fitzroy Community Primary School Wednesday 17th June
Hampton Park St Kevin's Primary School Monday 27th July
South Melbourne Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School Thursday 30th July
Preston St Raphael's Primary School Thursday 20th August
Elsternwick Leibler Yavneh Tuesday 8th September
Mentone Mentone Grammar School Wednesday 16th September
Nunawading Mount Pleasant Road Primary School Wednesday 21st October
Geelong Geelong Lutheran College TBA
Clifton Hill** Clifton Hill Primary School TBA
Templestowe Templestowe Park Primary School TBA
State Tournament TBA TBA

**These regions are open to students in Grade 4

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