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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 2020

Every year the DAV runs a state-wide Junior Public Speaking Competition for students in Years 7 and 8. Due to the restrictions around public gatherings as a result of COVID-19 we will be migrating all divisions of the 2020 Public Speaking Competition to an online competition.

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 15 May. Speeches must be submitted within one week of the registration deadline.

Topics for 2020

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

  • The myth of freedom
  • A second chance
  • The forgotten people