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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 2020

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

A Grade

Round 1: That we regret the rise of streaming platforms (such as Netflix and Disney+)
Round 2: That the government should outsource climate and energy policy to a panel of experts
Round 3: Secret topic
Round 4: Secret topic
Round 5: Secret topic

B Grade

Round 1: That we should ban climate change denial
Round 2: That we should revoke the tax-exempt status of religious institutions
Round 3: Secret topic
Round 4: Secret topic
Round 5: Secret topic

C Grade

Round 1: That children should be legally required to take care of their parents rather than placing them in aged care
Round 2: That we should abolish trial by jury
Round 3: Advised topic area - Social Media
Round 4: Secret topic
Round 5: That schools should prioritise vocational skills

D Grade

Round 1: That we should limit the number of cars that each household can own
Round 2: That we should embrace a cashless economy
Round 3: That we should lift the ban on Russian athletes participating in international sporting events
Round 4: That we should ban private gun ownership
Round 5: That we should adopt an opt-out system for organ donation

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.