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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.

Latest DAV News

Register now for 2016 Victorian Schools Team trials - November 6th

We will be holding trials for the Victorian Schools Team (VST) on Sunday 22 November. Participating in the 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, which will be held in Sydney in May 2016

Click here to register.


2015 Schools Competition WINNERS - October 26th
Wednesday 21st October played host to the 2015 Schools Competition Grand Finals for all 4 grades. The results are as follows;

D Grade
Topic: That we should introduce a 100% inheritance tax.
Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School 3 defeated Haileybury 10

C Grade
Topic: That the media should depict the full horrors of war
Scotch College 1 defeated Wesley College St Kilda Road 1

B Grade
Topic: That we should allow countries to pay other countries to settle asylum seekers who reach their borders
Melbourne High School 1 defeated Xavier College 3

A Grade
Topic: That all long-term romantic relationships should no longer be legally recognized
St Leonard's College 1 defeated Wesley College St Kilda Rd 1

Congratulations to all debaters for their fabulous efforts in 2015.

A special thank you to Caulfield Grammar School for allowing the use of such an amazing space for the B grade and A grade debates- it added a huge sense of ceremony to the evening. more...

SWANNIE AWARDS NIGHT - Monday 12th October - October 9th
On Monday 12th October, the Debaters Association of Victoria will celebrate the annual 'Swannie' Awards. The ceremony will be held at Methodist Ladies College at 7:00pm in the James Tatoulis Auditorium.

The Swannie awards are named after Alan Swanwick, a long time member of the DAV and a pioneer of debating in Victoria. “Swannies” are awarded to the speaker in each region and grade who has the highest average speaker score after completing at least three debates during the year. The average is calculated solely on speaker scores, and is not affected by the best speaker awards that are announced at the end of each debate.

Formal invitations have been sent out to winning students, however this event is open to the public to attend. If you would like to come along, please RSVP to the office at debater@dav.com.au.


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