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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)

Senior Public Speaking Competition 2020

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.

The Senior division is for students in year 11 and 12. Students will be required to submit an unedited video of a 6-8 minute speech on a topic of their choosing, 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 11 and 12
Format: Students will present one prepared speech* (6-8 mins)
Cost: $15 per student

*Students will present prepared speeches on a topic of their own choosing. This speech must be persuasive in nature.

Click here to register. Registration closes Friday 1 May. Speeches must be submitted within one week of the registration deadline.

Finalists will be notified at the end of May.