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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

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.


REMINDER - Junior British Parliamentary Registration CLOSING SOON - October 1st
Reminder that Junior BP registration closes on MONDAY 12TH OCTOBER at 4pm. Due to space restrictions, there is only a limited number of spots still available. The details of the competition are as follows: more...

2015 British Parliamentary Competition - Senior Registration now CLOSED - August 11th
UPDATE! The DAV 2015 Senior BP competition is now at capacity and as such we cannot accept any more registrations. Please let the office know immediately (via email) if your teams are no longer able to attend, as we have a number of schools on our wait list. Thank you! Please note: Junior BP competition is still open for registration and will close Monday 12 October. From Tuesday 30th June The DAV hosts annual BP competitions for Juniors (years 7 to 9) and Seniors (years 10 to 12). Each competition takes place over a single day, with students participating in a training session conducted by experienced British Parliamentary debaters, before taking part in a three round tournament of debates. The winning teams then compete for the title in a grand final, held on a separate day. more...

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