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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.

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(Yr 9-12 Debating)

Junior Public Speaking Competition 2021 Online

Every year the DAV runs a state-wide Junior Public Speaking Competition for students in Years 7 and 8. This year we will be offering an online competition to supplement the face to face program below.

Students will be required to submit an unedited video of a 4-5 minute speech on a set topic, which must be persuasive in nature. This will then be assessed by two DAV adjudicators who will provide a score and written feedback by email. Top ranked students will progress to a finals series, which will require a second video speech to be submitted. There is no limit to the number of students that can participate, but a maximum of three students per school will be permitted to progress to finals.

Who: Students in Years 7 and 8.
Format: Students will present one prepared speech.
Cost: $15 per student.
Registration: Click here to register. Registration will close Friday 30 April. Speeches must be submitted within one week of the registration deadline.

Junior Public Speaking Competition 2021 - Face to Face

The Junior division is for students in year 7 and 8. Students will be required to present a 4-5 minute speech on a topic of their choosing from the list below, which must be persuasive in nature, as well as two impromptu speeches. Each day begins with a short training session with tips for approaching impromptu topics

Who: Students in year 7 and 8
Format: Students will present one prepared speech and two impromptu speeches.
Cost: $40 per student

Capacity limits: 6 students per school per region. Schools ae permitted to enter students in multiple regions.

To register, log in and click the "Registration for Junior Public Speaking" link on your Members page. Registration closes Friday 30 April

Please note that the Toorak region has now reached capacity and cannot accommodate any further registrations.

Bentleigh St Bede's College (Bentleigh East campus) Monday 21st June 2021
Geelong TBC TBC
Kilmore The Kilmore International School Thursday 27th May 2021
Maribyrnong Maribyrnong College Tuesday 15th June 2021
Mentone Mentone Girls' Grammar School Friday 28th May 2021
Mount Waverley Huntingtower School Wednesday 9th and 16th June, 4:30pm-6pm
Toorak St Catherine's School At capacity, no longer accepting registrations

Most regions run from 9:30am to 3pm. Some regions will run a split round after school and these are noted above.

Topics for 2021

Students must prepare a 4-5 minute speech on one of the following topics. This speech must be persuasive in nature.

Topics for this year's junior competition will be:

  • It's a small world
  • The power of a dream
  • The lost arts