Welcome to the DAV Website
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.
Participating in the Victorian State Debating Team (VST) is a chance for you to represent Victoria
at the National Championships - and even Australia in the World
Championships! Students who are selected for the team get to participate
at the National Schools Debating Championships.
Participating in the Victorian Schools Team involves an initial squad phase where 12 students train every Sunday for three weeks. After this, a team of seven students trains for roughly ten additional weeks prior to the week-long National Schools Debating Championships to be held in Adelaide from 28 April-5 May 2024. The training schedule is time intensive but for passionate debaters, this is an excellent opportunity to gain experience, advice and coaching from highly accomplished coaches and debaters.
We welcome any interested secondary school students from year 9-12 in 2024 to try out for VST.
Registration for VST trials for 2024 is now open. Please fill out the form below to register.
2024 VST Trials Stage 1
|Date:||Tuesday 23 January 2024|
|Venue:||Melbourne Grammar School|
A small number of students will be asked to attend the call-back round which will take place on a Sunday 28 January.
What do I need to prepare: Plenty of paper/palm cards and pens to prepare for debates, and a friendly and collaborative attitude.
The DAV is committed to equity in access to our programs and have historically made provisions for further equity funding available on a case-by-case basis. The registration form allows students to submit a waiver request if the registration fee presents a barrier to participation, as well as providing an option for schools to be invoiced for participation.
What to wear: Casual clothes - whatever you feel comfortable in!
What are selectors looking for: Our selectors will be paying close attention to your debating technique (of course!), but they will also take into account your overall attitude, your willingness to support your team members and your potential for growth through further training. The resources below may assist you in preparing for trials. There are not compulsory reading, but if you have time to get through them they are certainly worth a look!