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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)

2024 Regional Victoria Debating Competitions

The Debaters Association of Victoria runs Regional Debating Competitions in a number of regional centres across Victoria (and occasionally a competition across the border in NSW). We provide both training and debate opportunities for students residing across Victoria, with experienced adjudicators and trainers. For more information about this program, please download our information sheet.

Why Debate?
Debating is an invaluable skill for students:

  • it promotes confidence and effective public presentation
  • it encourages logical and critical thinking, social awareness and an interest in current affairs
  • it is multi-disciplinary: debating techniques can be used in all subject areas.
  • its benefits extend through all aspects of the school curriculum
  • It is well directed to the "Communication" and "Thinking" domains of VELS. More specifically, it addresses the "Speaking and Listening", "Listening, Viewing and Responding", "Presenting", "Reasoning, Process and Inquiry" dimensions of VELS and VCE English

If your school would like to host a regional debating competition, please contact us at debater@dav.com.au for more details.


In 2024, the program will be run in the following regions;

Region Host School Training Date Competition Date Registration
Alpine Myrtleford P-12 College, Prince St, Myrtleford TBC TBC Registration Closed
Border Wodonga Middle Years College, Felltimber Campus - 8 Hedgerow Ct, West Wodonga TBC TBC Registration Closed
Churchill Kurnai College, cnr Monash Way and Northways Rd, Churchill TBC TBC Registration Closed
Echuca / Moama TBC TBC TBC Registration Closed
Gippsland Warragul Regional College, 55 Burke St, Warragul VIC 3820 TBC Friday 24th May, 10am-2:30pm Register via this form by Friday 10th May.
Three Rivers St. Mary of the Angels, Chapel St, Nathalia TBC TBC Registration Closed

Baimbridge College, Hamilton (Training Day)

Hamilton and Alexandra College - 1 Chaucer St, Hamilton (Debating Day)

Monday 3 June, 12pm-2:30pm Monday 17 June, 9:30am-2:30pm Register via this form by Monday 3rd June.
Horsham St Brigid's College, 97 Robinson Street, Horsham Friday 17th May, 12pm-3:30pm Friday 31st May, 9:30am-3pm Register via this form by Friday 3rd May.
Mallee Trinity Lutheran College, 920 Fifteenth St, Mildura VIC Thursday 8th August, 12pm-3:30pm Friday 9th August, 9:30am-3pm Register via this form by Friday 26th July.
Wangaratta Cathedral College - 344 Wangaratta-Whitfield Rd, Wangaratta TBC TBC Registration Closed
Warrnambool Emmanuel College (Ardlie St, Warrnambool) TBC TBC Registration Closed

What's involved? :

The program is run over two days. The first is an optional half-day training session for students who have little or no experience of debating. The training session introduces students to debating and covers topics such as the rules and format of debating Australian 3-on-3 debating, methods of preparation and effective debating strategies. Students are also given a opportunities to practice their skills in the lead-up to the competition day, while receiving expert advice from DAV trainers and adjudicators.

The second day is a competition day. Each team will debate in three rounds. In both divisions, two of the topics will be prepared topic (released with the draw several weeks before the day). The Year 7 and 8 division will include an advised topic, where the subject area of the topic will be released with the draw, but the exact wording of the topic will not be released until an hour before the debate. The Year 9 and 10 division will include a secret topic.

Australian 3-on-3 style (See the Australasian Debating Guide in the "Resources") - three speakers debate for each team.

How much will it cost? :
$40 DAV membership fee (if the school has not yet participated in any other DAV activities this year), and $190 per team (between 4-7 students).  This fee covers one training session and one competition day.

If you would like your students to attend only the training session, or a second training session, the cost is $80 per 7 students as well as the $40 DAV membership fee (if not previously paid).

Due to a generous grant from the federal Department of Education, the Mallee Regional Debating Competition is free for all participating schools.