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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)

Schools Competition Topics 2024

Click here to access resources guides for this year's topics.

A Grade

Round 1: That the government should not build safe injecting rooms.
Round 2: That voluntourism does more harm than good.
Round 3: Secret Topic
Round 4: Secret Topic
Round 5: Secret Topic

B Grade

Round 1: That short-stay rental platforms (e.g. Airbnb, Stayz) have done more harm than good.
Round 2: That greenwashing should be a criminal offence.
Round 3: Secret Topic
Round 4: Secret Topic
Round 5: Secret Topic

C Grade

Round 1: That the Victorian government should financially incentivise people to move to regional Victoria.
Round 2: That electric cars do more harm than good.
Round 3: Recreation and Entertainment
Round 4: Secret Topic
Round 5: That alternative medicine (e.g. herbal remedies, hypnotherapy) should be banned.

D Grade

Round 1: That schools should ban contact sports.
Round 2: That Victoria should cancel the Suburban Rail Loop.
Round 3: That Australia should implement a 4-days school week.
Round 4: That Australian government elections should be conducted online.
Round 5: That streaming services (e.g. Netflix) made the wrong decision to ban password sharing.

Secret and Advised Topics

Secret topics are released one hour before the debate begins. Teams should arrive an hour and fifteen minutes before the scheduled debating time to allow time for roll call.

Advised topics are released in the same way as secret topics, but the general subject area of the topic is known in advance.