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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.

2017 Victorian State Team Trials - January 30th
Registration for the Victorian State Team has closed. Please contact the office to see if places are still available.

JSP Update - June 19th
A new region has just been opened in Werribee, and dates have been added for the McKinnon region. These can be found here Please note that registration for the Junior Secondary Program will close at 4pm, Friday 30th June.

Junior Secondary Program - May 31st
Registration for the JSP will open on Friday 2nd June. A full list of regions and dates can be found here

Hamilton Regional Training Day - May 9th
To sign up for the Hamilton Regional Training Day fill in This FORM.

Public Speaking - Region Added - May 9th

Due to a high number of registrations for this year's Junior Public Speaking competition an additional region has been opened. The region of Heyington will be hosted at St Kevin's College, Toorak on Sunday 18 June. As this day falls on a weekend we recommend a staff member be present from each school to accompany the students. If this is not possible a permission form will be provided for each student to be allowed to attend.

Registration for this region only will be open on the website until Friday 19 May.

Public Speaking - Mentone and Heidelberg at capacity - April 28th
The Mentone and Heidelberg regions are now at capacity and cannot accept further registrations.

2017 Resource Guides - February 23rd
The resources guides for round 1 topics have been published here.

Camberwell, Caulfield, Coburg, Glen Waverley, Toorak and Williamstown at Capacity - February 8th
Due to the high intake of registrations, these regions have reached capacity and we can not accept any more teams into these regions. We encourage you to register your school teams at other nearby regions.

2017 Senior Public Speaking Competition - NOW OPEN - January 27th
The DAV's senior public speaking competition for students in years 10-12 will be held on Sunday 26 March. Students will present a prepared speech on a topic of their choosing, and two impromptu speeches. This competition is open to students from Years 10, 11 and 12. Schools may enter up to 2 student from each year level (6 students from each school total). Date: Sunday 26th March Time: 9.30am - 3.00pm Location: St Kevin's College, Moonga Road, Toorak Registration will is now open and will close Friday 17th March at 4pm. Coordinators may register their students here.

2016 Grand Final results - October 27th

A grade

'That Australia should no longer allow US troops or military bases on Australian soil'

St Kevin's College 1 defeated Melbourne High School 1 in a unanimous decision.

B grade

'That we should disallow foreign ownership of natural resources (e.g. agricultural land, mines) in Australia'

Melbourne Grammar School 6 defeated Scotch College 1 in a unanimous decision.

C grade

'That western governments should prioritise foreign aid over domestic social welfare'

Lauriston Girls' School 2 defeated St. Patrick's College 1 in a split decision.

D grade

'That media outlets should not report the details of crimes that risk fueling racist or extremist retaliation'

Melbourne Grammar School 2 defeated Nossal High School 1 in a unanimous decision.

SEMI FINAL DRAWS - Now available - October 13th
The draws for the Semi Final, being held at Sacre Coeur, Glen Iris on October 19th are now published on the website. You can find them here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office.

Topics released for Quarter Finals - C and D grade - October 6th
The topics for next weeks quarter finals have been released, and will be updated on the official draws shortly. The topics are; C grade - That employers should not be able to hire or fire based on information found on social media. D grade - That the Government should not fund controversial art and exhibitions. Best of luck to all teams.

QUARTER FINAL DRAWS - Now available - September 8th
The draws for the Quarter Final, being held at Lauriston Girl's School, Armadale on October 12th are now published on the website. You can find them here. The topics for the C and D Quarter finals will be published on Thursday 6th October. The A and B Quarter finals will be secret topic. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office.

Are you trying to ring the DAV - September 5th
Currently our office is experiencing some technically difficulty, which has meant that our access to our phone system is down. There will also be some delays in responding to emails. Our provider is working to rectify this problem as quickly as possible, and we will post again when our systems have returned.

OCTO FINAL DRAWS - Now available - September 1st

The draws for the Octo Final, being held at St Leonard's College, Brighton, are now published on the website. You can find them here.

The Quarter final draw will be published on Thursday 6th October.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office.

PLAYOFF THREE DRAWS - Now available - August 25th

The draws for Playoff Three, being held at Northcote High School, Northcote, are now published on the website. You can find them here.

If you have received notification that your team has progressed to our finals series, but they are not listed in the playoff one draw, this is because they are not required at this playoff. The Octo final draw will be published on Thursday 1st September.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office.

PLAYOFF TWO DRAWS - Now available - August 18th

The draws for Playoff Two, being held at Kilvington Grammar School, Ormond, are now published on the website. You can find them here.

If you have received notification that your team has progressed to our finals series, but they are not listed in the playoff one draw, this is because they are not required at this playoff. The Playoff 3 draw will be published on Thursday 25th August.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office.

PLAYOFF ONE DRAWS - Now available - August 11th

The draws for Playoff One, being held at St Aloysius' College, North Melbourne and also at Sacred Heart College, Geelong, are now published on the website. You can find them here.

If you have received notification that your team has progressed to our finals series, but they are not listed in the playoff one draw, this is because they are not required and will progress directly to playoff 2 (or 3, in some cases). The Playoff 2 draw will be published on Thursday 18th August.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office.

Junior Secondary Program - Camberwell and Toorak regions at capacity - June 29th
The Camberwell and Toorak region of the Junior Secondary Program is now at capacity and will nto be able to accept further registrations in these region.

Junior Secondary Program - Bundoora region - June 29th
The Bundoora region is at capacity for 6pm. Registrations for 7pm will still be accepted.

Registration for Term 3 programs due Friday 24th June - June 17th

Registration for the Junior Secondary Program, Winter Debate Camp and Senior Public Speaking will open at the end of May.

The Junior Secondary Program for year 7 & 8 students runs across term 3 and 4. Information can be found here.

Winter Debate Camp is a program for students in years 9-12 held at Wesley College, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. It will run across three weekdays during the winter school holidays. Further information will be available here.

The Senior Public Speaking day is a program for students in years 10-12, which will be held at St. Kevin's College, Toorak on Sunday 7th August. Further information will be available here.

Harangue issue 2 - May 31st
Issue 2 of Harangue, the DAV's student newsletter is now available.

This issue can be downloaded here

President's Cup 2016 - April 14th
Registration is now open for the Presidents Cup Debate competition for our adult members. For all the details, please go here

Harangue - A DAV Newsletter for students - March 3rd

Harangue is the DAVs student newsletter. Subscribe to receive information about competition details, information about how to prepare for your rounds, training and tactic advice, new competitions you may be interested in and more! Use this link to subscribe.

Schools Competition Resource Guides - February 29th
Resource guides for round 1 (and beyond) have now been published. Please see the "resources" section for details

Phones unavailable at the DAV office. - February 25th
Continuing problems with our phone system in our recent move have meant that currently our phone lines are down. Please email the office with any concerns; debater@dav.com.au Also please note that Charisma is on leave until Monday 29th February and so all account inquiries will be dealt with after Tuesday 1st March. Thank you!

Schools Competition - Regions at Capacity - February 8th

Please note the following regions are now at capacity and we are unable to take any more school registrations in these regions:

- Caulfield (at Caulfield Grammar School)

- Camberwell (at Camberwell Grammar School)

-Coburg (at Mercy College)

-Ivanhoe (at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School)

-Toorak (At St Kevin's College)

Training Sessions Available now - January 29th

Adjudicator Training

We have opened 4 new Adjudicator training sessions;

Saturday, 20th February 2016 (FULL)
Sunday, 21st February 2016
Saturday, 27th February 2016
Saturday, 12th March 2016

To book into one of these sessions please visit the Adjudicator Training page

Teacher In-service

Reminder that registration for the 2016 Teacher In-service closes on the 17th February, 2016. Sessions available at this in-service in "Advanced Debating Strategy" and "Principles of Adjudication". To register, please go to the Teacher In-Service page.

Debating Incursions

You can arrange for a DAV accredited trainer to attend you school to present your debating students with an "Introduction to Debating" training session is available for the special price of $60 (p/hr for up to 12 students) in February and March. If you would like to book this session, or any other training or adjudicating services, please go to the Training and Adjudicator Services page

DAV Office re-opening - January 19th

The DAV Office has re-opened for 2015 in our new CBD location.

At present, all our contact details remain the same, but out relocation means that we will not have our telephone and internet connectivity properly set up until the end of the week.

Please bear with us if you encounter delays in correspondence. We will be sending the 2016 registration pack on Wednesday 27th January.

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.

DAV OFFICE CLOSED - MONDAY 2nd NOV - October 30th
The DAV Office will be closed on Monday 2nd of November. Please email queries, and office staff will get back to you promptly on Wednesday 4th November. Thank you.

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.

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

Junior British Parliamentary Competition

Date: Sunday 18th October

Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm

Location: Princes Hill Secondary College, Arnold Street, Carlton North

You can download your registration form HERE

If you have any questions, please contact the office.

Regional Debating Competition - Benalla registration OPEN - September 15th

Registration is now open for the Benalla Competition - Download the registration pack.

Dates and Venues are still being confirmed for the Border, Mallee, Moama and Kilmore competitions.

If you would like to host a regional debating competition at your school, please contact us at debater@dav.com.au for more details.

2015 British Parliamentary Competition - Senior Registration now CLOSED - August 11th
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. This years competitions will take place on; Senior BP - Sunday 30th August Junior BP - Sunday 18th October For more information, and to register, please go here.

Junior Secondary Program - Registration closed - June 26th
Registration for the 2015 Junior Secondary Program closes tomorrow. If you would like to register teams, but are unable to meet the deadline, please contact the office as soon as possible.

Camberwell, McKinnon and Mt Waverley regions FULL - June 25th
The following regions of the Junior Secondary Program have reached capacity, and we will be unable to accept any further registrations for these regions: Camberwell, McKinnon and Mt Waverley

ARE YOU TRYING TO PHONE THE DAV? - May 12th
Currently we are experience technically difficulties with one of our phone lines. If you need to contact us urgently, please do so on the following number (03) 9348 9819 or (03) 9348 9544. Thank you!

2015 Schools Competition - Registration Closed - February 20th
Registration has now closed for the 2015 Schools competition. If you would like register a new team, or amend the number of teams in an existing registration, please email the office at debater@dav.com.au. Topics are now available here. Draws will be available over the coming days.

2015 Schools Competition Registration - January 28th
Registration for the 2015 DAV Schools Competition is now open! Registration packs will be emailed to schools before Friday 30 January. If you have not received your pack by then, please email us. You can also download a pack from here.

Registration for the Schools Competition closes Wednesday 18 February. If you have any questions about the competition or the registration process, please feel free to call the DAV office on 9348 9477 (between 10 am and 5 pm) or email us at debater@dav.com.au

New adjudication training sessions added! - January 12th
We have added new adjudication training sessions in January and February. You can sign up for sessions here.

Office Closure - December 15th
As the school year wraps up, DAV office staff are working reduced hours. If you have an enquiry we recommend you email rather than call the office.

The office will be completely unattended from Friday 19 December until Monday 12 January.

Dates for 2015 - November 30th
An End of Year Competition update including 2015 dates and a change of contact details form was sent on Monday 1st December. If you have not received this update, please contact the office so that we can make sure we have the correct details for the 2015 coordinator at your school.

Registration packs for the 2015 Schools Competition will be emailed to member schools during the first fortnight of term one. If you have not received your pack by then, please email the DAV office.

British Parliamentary Competition results - November 29th
We would like to congratulate our Senior British Parliamentary Champions, and winner of the Mollie Missen Shield from St Kevin's College, as well as our top ranked Junior teams from Camberwell Grammar School, Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School, Melbourne High School, and Methodist Ladies College!

Adjudicator Training - November 24th
Each year the DAV seeks new adjudicators for the Schools Competition. If you are completing Year 12 this year, you might interested in training to be an adjudicator for next year's competition. More information can be found here.

Public Speaking Competition - November 13th

Recently the Grand Final of the Junior Public Speaking Competition was held. The evening showcased the top twelve speakers drawn from over 260 students who competed across the State.

The DAV would like to congratulate the overall winner of the competition, Niamh Nolan of St Leonard's College. The DAV would also like to recognise the runner-up, Hatchins D'Souza of St Monica's College and the second runner-up, Carlin Stephenson of Brentwood Secondary College. Additionally, a huge congratulations to all the finalists and participants of the program in 2014.

We would like to thank all of this years host schools for their kind and generous support

Mallee Regional Debating: - September 17th
The training session will be held on Tuesday 11 November from 1.00 pm until 3.00 pm and the competition day will be held on Wednesday 12 November from 9.15 am until 3.00 pm.

Registration for the program closes on Wednesday 22 October. For more information, please download a Registration Pack.

2014 Swannie Awards: - September 11th
The 2014 Swannie Awards are approaching! Every year the DAV holds an awards night to celebrate the achievements of the best speakers in each year level and each region of our Schools Competition. This year the night will be held at Methodist Ladies College in Kew on Monday 20 October.

Students who will awarded a Swannie will soon receive a letter of invitation to attend the awards night from their debating coordinator. To respond to your invitation, please complete the online form. If you have any questions about the awards, please feel free to contact us.

Spring Debate Camp - September 3rd

The DAV is excited to announce that registration is now open for the Spring Debate Camp. The non-residential camp runs across two days and provides students with the opportunity to participate in useful manner training sessions, informative quizzes and twice daily practice debates.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to further their debating knowledge and skills in sessions and debates run by some of the DAV's most senior trainers and adjudicators.

There are a limited number of places available and students are advised to register early to secure a spot. More information and registration is via the 'Schools' page of the website.

Schools Competition Playoff Rounds: - August 12th
The Schools Competition finals series has begun, with the first of two playoff rounds taking place next Wednesday evening at Northcote High School. Some teams will be required to attend one or both playoff rounds - to check whether your team is required at playoffs, please refer to the following documents:

A-Grade
B-Grade
C-Grade
D-Grade

Draws for the first playoff round and a draft draw for the second playoff round were emailed to school coordinators on Wednesday 14 August and are now available on the DAV website.

Benalla Regional Debating - July 31st
The DAV is happy to announce a new regional debating program to be held at FCJ College in Benalla. This program is open to students in years 7 - 10 and includes a training afternoon for inexperienced debaters, followed by a one day round-robin tournament.

The training session will be held on Thursday 21 August from 1.00 pm until 3.00 pm and the competition day will be held on Monday 8 September from 9.15 am until 3.00 pm.

Registration for the program closes on Monday 18 August. For more information, please download a Registration Pack.

DAV Website migration - July 17th
We have recently changed the server on which the DAV website and email are hosted. We hope that this will alleviate the technical issues that we have experienced this year, but it might take awhile for your school's ISP to register the change. If you receive bounce backs when trying to email the DAV, please call the office on 9348 9477 with your query. We expect that our email should be back to normal within 24 hours.

2014 Senior British Parliamentary (BP) registration now open: - July 16th
The Senior BP Competition is open to students in years 10-12 and offers students an opportunity to engage in a different style of debating. This year's competition will be held at St Kevin's College in Toorak on Sunday 31 August from 9.00 am until 4.30 pm. For more information about BP Debating, the competition and how to register, please refer to our BP page. Registration for the competition closes at 5pm Monday 18 August.

UPDATE: Round 5 Draws - July 10th
Due to ongoing issues with the DAV website, round 5 draws will be distributed as spreadsheet files this year. Draws will be emailed to coordinators as soon as they are available and they can also be downloaded here.

As we will be preparing these draws manually, the process will take more time than usual and we appreciate your patience. If you have not received your draw at least a week prior to your scheduled round 5 debate, please contact the DAV office.

Kilmore Regional Debating Program - Registration Now Open! - June 16th
The DAV is happy to announce a new regional debating program to be held at The Kilmore International School. This program is open to students in years 7 - 10 and includes a training afternoon for inexperienced debaters, followed by a one day round-robin tournament.

The training session will be held on Wednesday 23 July from 1.30 pm until 3.30 pm and the competition day will be held on Wednesday 6 August from 9.15 am until 3.00 pm.

Registration for the program closes on Monday 21 July. For more information, please download a Registration Pack.

Junior Secondary Program Registration is open - June 12th

The DAV is pleased to announce that registration for the 2014 Junior Secondary Program have now opened. The JSP is an introduction to debating for junior secondary students in years 7 and 8. The program is designed to provide training in the basic skills and structure of debating whilst also giving students an opportunity to participate in three ‘friendly’ inter-school debates.

The JSP runs over four evenings in Terms 3/4 in various regions throughout Victoria. We strongly encourage all schools to register at their earliest convenience as regions typically reach capacity quite quickly,

For more information click here.

Victoria in Grand Final of National Schools Debating Championship - May 30th

Congratulations to the Victorian team who are competing in the semi-finals of the National Schools Debating Championships tomorrow morning.

We would also like also like to thank our host schools for providing amazing debating spaces, transport to and from venues, great audiences and tasty lunches. The tournament could not run without your support!

This year's host schools were:

Brighton Grammar School

Coburg Senior High School

MacRobertson Girls' High School

Melba College (Junior Campus)

Melbourne Girls' Grammar School

Melbourne High School

Methodist Ladies' College

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (Infinity Centre)

Sandringham College (Beaumaris Campus)

Primary Schools Competition Registration Now Open - May 27th

The DAV is pleased to announce that we have now opened registrations for the 2014 Primary Schools Competition. The program will run across terms three and four and provides an excellent way for primary aged students to gain confidence in public speaking, develop their critical thinking skills and become familiar with debating.

The program is run a three levels, enabling schools to select the training and competition modes they find most convenient. For more information and to register, click here. Registration will close on Thursday 27 June, 2014.

National Schools' Debating Championship - May 23rd

From May 25th-31st, Melbourne will be hosting the National Schools' Debating Championships. This tournament is Australia's most prestigious high school debating competition. Each state and territory bring their best high school debaters together to represent their state/territory in the quest to be crowned National Champions. It is an excellent opportunity for adjudicators to see some high quality debates and support the Victorian team.

The Opening Ceremony will be held this Sunday 25th May from 3:30pm at Parliament House, Spring St Melbourne. This debate is between the Victorian team and last year's champions, New South Wales.

The Grand Final will be held on Saturday 31st March at 2:00pm at the Ormond College Chapel, 49 College Cresc, Parkville.

All members and other interested parties are encouraged to attend any or all of these events

Harangue Issue 3, 2014 now available! - May 5th
A new issue of Harangue, the DAV's Student Publication, is now available for download on the DAV website. Harangue is an excellent, free resource for student debaters and is prepared on a volunteer basis by our adjudicators and publications officer. In this issue, our writers offer a step-by-step process for using your secret topic preparation hour effectively, a guide on understanding your debate score, tips on wowing your adjudicator and audience with an effective introduction and more debate myth busting.

Previous issues of Harangue are also available for download in our online archive.

Schools Competition Ladders: - April 1st
We are currently experiencing issues with our website and have been unable to upload ladders for this year's competition. We hope to have this issue resolved as quickly as possible and thank everyone for their patience.

Junior Public Speaking Competition - March 31st

Registration for the 2014 Junior Public Speaking Competition has now opened. The Public Speaking Competition is open to students from Years 7-9.

The preliminary round will take place over one school day and commence with a training component. Students will then deliver one prepared speech and two impromptu speeches.

The top-scoring speakers from each region will be invited to proceed to the semi-finals which will be held in Term 3. A grand-final will then be held in Term 4. The prepared speeches in the semi-final and grand-final may be the same speech as presented in the preliminary round or a new speech.

Registration can be completed by school co-ordinators on the Schools page and will close on Wednesday 30 April at 5pm.

If you have any questions about the program please contact the Training and Deveopment Administrator, Melissa Matteo.

Harangue Issue 2, 2014 is now available! - March 27th
A new issue of Harangue, the DAV's Student Publication, is now available for download on the DAV website. Harangue is an excellent, free resource for student debaters and is prepared on a volunteer basis by our adjudicators and publications officer. In this issue, our writers expose some common debating myths, offer some great hints on rebuttal, identify a number of common speaker issues and teach debaters how to get the "sass factor" in their speech.

Previous issues of Harangue are also available for download in our online archive.

Debate Camp registration now open - March 3rd

Registration for the Easter school holidays Debate Camp has now opened. The non-residential camp runs across three days and provides students with the opportunity to participate in useful manner training sessions, informative quizzes and twice daily practice debates

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to further their debating knowledge and skills in sessions and debates run by some of the DAV's most senior trainers and adjudicators.

There are a limited number of places available and students are advised to register early to secure a spot.

Click here to register

2014 Schools Competition Topics, Resource Guides and Draws: - February 19th
Topics for this year's Schools Competition are now available! First round resource guides to help you prepare are also available and later round guides will be published in the coming weeks.

Draws for all regions are now available on the website.

2014 Victorian Schools Team (VST) Trials: - February 12th
Registration for the 2014 VST Trials is now open! The Victorian Schools Team represents the state in the National Schools Debating Championships, to be held this year here in Melbourne. If you are a Victorian high school debater and are interested in trying out for the team, we invite you to register to attend trials on Sunday 2 March at St Kevin's College in Toorak. For more information about the trials, what happens on the day and how to register, take a look at the VST page.

Registration closes 4pm Wednesday 26 February!

Schools Competition Registration: NOW CLOSED - January 28th
Registration for this year's schools competition closed on Wednesday 19 February. If you would still like to register, or to alter your current registration, please call us in the office on 9348 9477 to discuss your options.

This year's registration packs were sent by email. The pack contains information about fees, dates for the competition and programs offered by the DAV in 2014. If you have not received yours, you can download the pack here.

We hope to have all draws and topics published by Wednesday 26 February, but we need to finalise registration to achieve this!

We are always happy to answer any questions about the Schools Competition. Feel free to call us in the office on (03) 9348 9477 or email Dominique at: schoolsadministrator@dav.com.au

Junior British Parliamentary Competition Results - November 15th
The Grand Final of the Junior British Parliamentary Competition was held on Wednesday 13th October. The following teams competed:

Camberwell Grammar School 1

Melbourne High School 1

Melbourne High School 2

Scotch College 1

The topic was "That this house would ban all advertising during children's programming."

Congratulations to Scotch College 1 who were the overall winners!

Primary Schools End of Year Tournament - November 15th
The second annual statewide Primary School tournament was held on Thursday 14th November. Ten teams from eight schools across the state participated. The competition was of a very high standard with only speaker points separating the top ranked teams.

Congratulations to St Joseph's Black Rock who were the overall winners!

We would also like to congratulate Niamh Griffen who was the best speaker of the tournament!

Public Speaking Competition - November 1st

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Public Speaking Competition!

The Grand Final took place on Monday 28 October at Brighton Grammar School and saw the top ten speakers from across the state compete.

The winner was Lachlan Piper of Scotch College.

The two runners up were Elena Natsioulas of Mentone Girls Grammar School and Benji Kalkopf of Leibler Yavneh College.

We congratulate all the students who participated in the Grand Final. We would also like to extend our thanks to the Grand Final hosts, Brighton Grammar School.

Congratulations to all the students who participated in this years competition. We hope you found the challenge and experience unique and rewarding. We look forward to your future participation and involvement in both public speaking and debating.

Grand Final Results: - October 24th
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 DAV Schools Competition! Grand Final debates took place over two nights this week. A and B Grade debates were held at Melbourne High School on Monday 21 October, while C and D Grade debates took place at Caulfield Grammar on Wednesday 23 October.

The results for Grand Final debate are as follows:

A grade
St Kevin's College 1 defeated Melbourne High School 1

B grade
St Kevin's College 1 defeated Melbourne High School 1

C grade
St Leonard's College 2 defeated Melbourne High School 2

D grade
Melbourne High School 1 defeated Epping Secondary College 1

We congratulate all teams that participated in the Grand Finals and extend our thanks to our Grand Final host schools, Caulfield Grammar and Melbourne High School. Well done to all debaters who participated in the competition this year, we know how much effort goes in to each debate and hope you found this year's competition rewarding.

Senior BP Grand Final Winners: - October 16th
The Senior British Parliamentary Debating Grand Final was held on Monday 14 October. Four teams competed for the Mollie Missen Shield:

Presbyterian Ladies College 1
St Kevin's College 2
Wesley College St Kilda Road 1
St Kevin's College 3

All teams debated at an exceptionally high standard, with St Kevin's College 2 winning overall.

Congratulations to all teams for making it to the Grand Final and well done to St Kevin's College 2!

2013 Grand Finals: - October 10th
Semi-Final debates were held last night at Sacre Coeur in Glen Iris. We congratulate all teams that participated in the Finals series, from the Playoffs, through to the Octos, Quarters and now Semis - it is a huge achievement and we appreciate the work everyone has put in to keep up with pace!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the teams that will be competing in the Grand Finals:

A grade:

St Kevin's College 1
Melbourne High School 1

B grade:

Melbourne High School 1
St Kevin's College 1

C grade:

Melbourne High School 2
St Leonard's College 2

D grade:

Epping Secondary College 1
Melbourne High School 1

A and B grade debates will take place at Melbourne High School on Monday 21 October, with the B grade debate taking place at 6pm and the A grade debate at 7pm. C and D grade Grand Finals are scheduled to take place at Caulfield Grammar on Wednesday 23 October, with the D grade debate taking place at 7pm and C grade at 8pm.

Regional Debating Competitions - October 10th
In term 4, the DAV runs two-day regional debating programs in Mildura, Shepparton, and Wodonga. Registration is now open for all regional programs. Further information can be found here.

Harangue Issue 2, 2013 Available Now! - October 3rd
Issue 2 of the DAV's publication for debaters, Harangue, is now available for download. In this issue George Talliopoulos discusses effective rebuttal, Alice Boer offers some easy tips to instantly improve your debating and Catherine Dunlop walks you through strategies for topic preparation.

You can find this issue, as well as previous issues, archived and ready for download on the DAV website.

The 2013 Swannie Awards: - September 19th
The 2013 Swannie Awards will be held at 7pm on Friday 18 October at Methodist Ladies' College, Kew.

The awards celebrate the achievements of students who participate in our Schools Competition.

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.

Invitations for Swannie recipients have now been forwarded to debating coordinators to pass on to students. Students who are receiving an award are asked to RSVP online by Wednesday 16 October.

The 2013 Swannie Awards: - September 19th
The 2013 Swannie Awards will be held at 7pm on Friday 18 October at Methodist Ladies' College, Kew.

The awards celebrate the achievements of students who participate in our Schools Competition.

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.

Invitations for Swannie recipients have now been forwarded to debating coordinators to pass on to students. Students who are receiving an award are asked to RSVP online by Wednesday 16 October.

The 2013 Swannie Awards: - September 19th
The 2013 Swannie Awards will be held at 7pm on Friday 18 October at Methodist Ladies' College, Kew. The awards celebrate the achievements of students who participate in our Schools Competition.

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.

Invitations for Swannie recipients have now been forwarded to debating coordinators to pass on to students. Students who are receiving an award are asked to RSVP online by Wednesday 16 October.

Junior BP Registration Now Open: - September 19th
Following the success of our Senior BP program held earlier this month, we have now opened registration for our Junior BP program. The Junior BP program introduces students to British Parliamentary debating through a one-day program. Students start the day off with a training session which covers the particulars of the BP style, before participating in three debates.

This year's competition will take place at Princes Hill Secondary College in Carlton North on Sunday 27 October. Registration fees are $99 per team (up to three students per team) and include the morning workshop, lunch and afternoon tea.

For more information about the program and how to register, take a look at our BP page.

Senior British Parliamentary (BP) Results: - September 16th
The 2013 Senior BP Competition was held on Sunday, with 47 teams participating in a day of training and debates at St Kevin's College. Thank you to students who participated on the day, adjudicators who volunteered a Sunday to view debates and to St Kevin's and, in particular, Ms Kelly Gallivan, for allowing us the use of such a great venue.

We congratulate St Kevin's 2, Wesley (St Kilda Rd) 1, PLC 1 and St Kevin's 3 - these teams will now compete in a final debate for the Mollie Missen shield on a date to be announced.

Schools Competition Finals Series - August 29th
The draw and topics for the Semi-finals are now available

For information regarding finals dates, times and venues, please check our Finals page.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the finals rounds so far. From the quarter finals onward, all debates are viewed by a panel of adjudicators, which can be a daunting prospect for even the most seasoned debaters. Teams that have progressed to the semi-finals were selected by at least two out of three adjudicators - they should be deservedly proud of this achievement!

DAV members comment on the 2013 Leaders' Debate for Crikey: - August 12th
What do adjudicators do when they watch coverage of this year's election? Assess our leaders' manner, matter and method, of course!

Members of the DAV, including two former DAV presidents, were asked to critique the performances of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in last night's Leaders' Debate. For a debater's analysis of the night, have a look at The Debaters' Verdict, published by Crikey.

Echuca Regional Debating Program - July 9th
The 2013 Echuca Regional Debating Program will be held at Moama Anglican Grammar on Friday 16 August and Friday 30 August. Registration for this program closed on Friday 9 August, but if you missed the cut-off date and are still interested in participating, please contact Dominique Caesar on (03) 9348 9477 or schoolsadministrator@dav.com.au

The Echuca Regional Debating Program is open for all students in years 7 - 10 and includes an optional training session for students with limited to no experience of debating and a one-day competition.

For more information about the competition please download a Registration Pack.

Harangue Issue 1 2013 available now! - July 4th
The first issue of the DAV's student debater publication, Harangue, is available for download now. Inside you will find lots of tips and advice to improve your debating skills and to get the most out of this year's competition.

You can download a PDF copy here. Previous editions of Harangue are are also available for download.

Registration for JSP due this week. - June 25th

A reminder that registration for this year's Junior Secondary Program (JSP) for students in Years 7/8 is due this Wednesday 26th June, at 5 PM.

If you are wishing to enter teams in this program, please log-in to the DAV website to register your teams before this deadline. If you require a registration extension, please contact the office ASAP. Extensions may be granted but this depends on regional preferences.

More information about the JSP is available here.

Thank you to coordinators who have already registered - confirmation of this registration will be emailed on Thursday.

If you have any questions, or would like to be reminded of your log-in details, please call us on 9348 9477.

- June 21st

Paul Mees, former DAV debater, adjudicator, trainer, coach and executive member died from cancer on the 19th of June 2013, aged just 52.

Paul was an international authority on urban planning and public transport. Both as an academic and as president of the Public Transport Users Association, he led the public debate on urban planning and transport in Melbourne for 20 years.

In an obituary The Age said that “Professor Mees for more than two decades repeatedly embarrassed Victorian transport operators and authorities with his research and commentary on the state's road, rail and urban planning systems.” The public comments attached that obituary are a reminder of Paul’s powerful and engaging presence.

As recently as a week ago, Paul was still engaged in public debate, lambasting the Napthine government's proposed east-west tunnel in a video for the Trains Not Toll Roads campaign. His brief but persuasive critique of the proposal had all the trademarks of a Paul Mees media appearance: a clear proposition, evidence, logic and a touch of sarcasm. He made many media appearances over many years. His face and voice were well known to his fellow Victorians.

Ben Richards was coached by Paul while in the Victorian Schools Team and later debated against him in A Grade. Ben recognised the debater every time he heard Paul Mees the public transport advocate.

“To understand Paul Mees the advocate you had to understand Paul Mees the debater. His instinct was always to work with the evidence, add a dose of withering humour and set out to excoriate hubris surrounding public policy.”

Paul learned to debate at school (St Kevin’s College, Toorak) before joining the Melbourne University Debating Society (MUDS) in 1979. He studied Arts / Law in his undergraduate years, and would go on to complete a PhD.

Paul debated in the DAV A Grade competition at a time when that competition represented the pinnacle of Victorian debating, and involved university students, inmates from Pentridge Prison and speakers from Apex and Rotary. He was a member of winning A Grade teams and represented Victoria at the National Championships. Paul also represented MUDS at intervarsity competitions.

Penny Wright, now a Senator for South Australia, debated with Paul in A Grade. She recalls a formidable debater.

“He could speak at length without a note or a stumble, make a totally credible, compelling argument and infuse it all with wit and - sometimes scarifying - sarcasm. He was often at his best in impromptu debating.”

Another DAV and MUDS member, Philippa Brear recalled his manner and matter:

“I do clearly remember his style: his humour - it was the first thing that struck me about him; and his incredibly quick mind - so good in rebuttal. He had an amazing general knowledge - a real asset, especially pre-internet.”

“The thing about Paul - obvious is his later life - is that for him argument was about the issues. While some people took his criticisms personally, they were not meant that way. His interest was in substance - not form.”

Paul served on both MUDS and DAV executives. Along with contemporaries such as Robert Chappell and Olivia Grobtuch, he helped the DAV to become one of the strongest debating institutions in the world. It was during these years that the DAV moved into office premises, centralised the schools competition, started paying adjudicators and moved towards being the organisation it is today.

Paul coached or assisted in coaching the Victorian Schools Debating Team for many years. He continued to adjudicate schools debates as well, including finals. He attended some of the inaugural debating camps, assisting in coaching the young debaters. He was always willing to be called in to assist with public debates, and his amusing, erudite style was much admired, and even revered, by a whole generation of young debaters.

One member of the generation that followed, Chris Fladgate remarked that “Paul was an advocate and role model on so many levels. For debaters, for people who wanted to follow their beliefs, for everyone. He was always such an optimist.”

Paul Mees was an extraordinary man who used his considerable debating talent to campaign for better public policy. While our community will feel his absence, it has been enriched by his presence.

With thanks to Ben Richards, Olivia Grobtuch, Philippa Brear, Chris Fladgate, Michael Kingston, Greg Hunt, Dominie Banfield, Penny Wright and Robert Chappell for their assistance with this tribute – Ray D’Cruz

Round 5 Draws: - June 17th
We are in the process of creating draws for the final round of the Schools Competition. Round 5 is power-paired, in accordance with the Rules for DAV Competitions. Teams will be drawn against opponents adjacent to them on the ladder, so the competition should be interesting!

Draws will be published as soon as possible following the conclusion of round four. A few factors affect the speed in which we are able to produce these draws, including finalising scores and the completion of any postponed debates. We appreciate your patience during this time and we will contact debating coordinators via email as soon as the draw for your region is available.

Debate Camp registration EXTENDED - June 14th

In 2011, the DAV successfully piloted a non-residential debating camp for students in Years 10-12.

This year, the DAV will run Debate Camps over three days during both the Easter and Winter school holidays. The camps will include matter sessions on recurring debating themes, workshops to improve practical debating skills, and daily practice debates.

For more information, please download the information brochure.

To register for the Easter holiday program, please complete the online registration form.

The registration window has been extended until Wednesday 26 June 2013.

For further details, contact the Training and Development Administrator, Andrew Costa, by emailing tda@dav.com.au or by phoning the DAV office on 9348 9477.

Regsitration now open for the 2013 Junior Secondary Program (JSP) - June 5th

The DAV is excited to announce the 2013 Junior Secondary Program. The JSP is an introduction to debating for junior secondary students in years 7 and 8 and is designed to provide training in the basic skills and structure of debating whilst also giving students an opportunity to participate in three ‘friendly’ inter-school debates.

The JSP runs over four evenings in Terms 3/4 in various regions throughout Victoria, and is most suitable for students who have not participated in our Schools Competition.

The training component of the program includes:

Download the 2013 Information Pack which contains more information regarding dates, venues, schedules and fees.

Registration is due by 5pm, Wednesday 26th June 2013.

You can register teams for the program by logging in to the DAV website, and student names are not required during the registration process. Please contact us if you need to be reminded of your log-in details.

Debate Camp registration NOW OPEN - May 10th

In 2011, the DAV successfully piloted a non-residential debating camp for students in Years 10-12.

This year, the DAV will run Debate Camps over three days during both the Easter and Winter school holidays. The camps will include matter sessions on recurring debating themes, workshops to improve practical debating skills, and daily practice debates.

For more information, please download the information brochure.

To register for the Easter holiday program, please complete the online registration form.

Registration is due by Friday 14 June 2013.

For further details, contact the Training and Development Administrator, Andrew Costa, by emailing tda@dav.com.au or by phoning the DAV office on 9348 9477.

ROUND 3 - Secret and Advised topics - May 6th
During round 3, A and B grade debates have secret topics. C grade debates have advised topics.

For each of these grades, topics will be released one hour before the debate commences. (This means if your students debate at 7pm, they must arrive by 6pm to hear the topic being released).

Secret and Advised topic rules

Any breach of the above rules puts teams at risk of forfeit.

Reminder: Registration due for Junior Public Speaking Competition - April 24th

Registration for the DAV's Junior Public Speaking Competition (Years 7–9) closes 5PM, Wednesday 24th April. Coordinators can register students by logging in to the DAV website.

NOTE: You can register students with names 'TBC'

NOTE: Please contact the office on 9348 9477 if you require an extension

More information about this program is available here, or you can download the information pack.

Viewpoint Grand Final - April 5th

The Grand Final of the Viewpoint Competition will be held on Friday April 26th at 11:30am in H1.16 at Monash University, Caulfield Campus (900 Dandenong Rd, Caulfield East).

The topic will be "That Australia should stop all efforts to tackle climate change".

The event is an excellent excursion opportunity for debaters and economics students to attend. To rsvp please email viewpoint@dav.com.au with the number of attendees.

2013 Junior Public Speaking Competition - March 22nd

Registration is now open for the DAV's Junior Public Speaking Competition for students in Years 7–9.

Students will take part in a training seminar before presenting one prepared speech (from a list of topics) and two impromptu speeches. Each speech will receive feedback from DAV adjudicators.

The competition will have preliminary rounds at 6 regional locations across Melbourne and Geelong, and top-scoring speakers will progress to semi-finals and then to a state-wide grand final.

More information about the competition is available here, and you can download an information pack by clicking on this link.

Coordinators can register students by logging in to the DAV website. The registration deadline is 5pm Wednesday 24 April.

Registration is now open for Debate Camp 2013 - March 6th

In 2011, the DAV successfully piloted a non-residential debating camp for students in Years 10-12.

This year, the DAV will run Debate Camps over three days during both the Easter and Winter school holidays. The camps will include matter sessions on recurring debating themes, workshops to improve practical debating skills, and daily practice debates.

For more information, please download the information brochure.

To register for the Easter holiday program, please complete the online registration form.

Registration is due by Thursday 28th March 2013.

For further details, contact the Training and Development Administrator, Andrew Costa, by emailing tda@dav.com.au or by phoning the DAV office on 9348 9477.

Schools Competition Registration 2013 - February 7th

Registration packs will be posted to all member school coordinators in week 1 of term. These packs will include:

  • username and password details
  • dates for the 2013 competition
  • a brochure for the 2013 Teacher Inservice
  • information about Training services
  • information about Junior programs
  • information about the Viewpoint Competition

    If you have not received your pack by Friday February 1st, you can download the information here. If you have misplaced your login details for the website, please email me at schoolsadministrator@dav.com.au

    Please note: registration for school teams closed on Wednesday 20 February.

    Victorian Schools Team Trials - February 5th
    Trials for the Victorian Schools Team will be held at St Kevin's College on Sunday 24th February.

    More information can be found here.

    Regions at Capacity (IVANHOE, BRIGHTON, COBURG): - February 20th
    Please note the following regions are now at capacity and we are unable to take any more school registrations in these regions: - Ivanhoe (Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School) - Coburg (Mercy College) - Brighton (Brighton Grammar School)

    Last chance to register for the DAV's Teacher Inservice, a PD program for debating coordinators - February 15th

    The DAV Teacher Inservice is a full day professional development program for teachers. This year's Inservice will be held on Monday 25th February.

    Participants have a choice of fours seminars ranging from introductory to advanced. A registration form can be downloaded here.

    Last chance to register for the DAV's Teacher Inservice, a PD program for debating coordinators - February 15th

    The DAV Teacher Inservice is a full day professional development program for teachers. This year's Inservice will be held on Monday 25th February.

    Participants have a choice of fours seminars ranging from introductory to advanced. A registration form can be downloaded here.

    Teacher Inservice - February 11th

    The DAV Teacher Inservice is a full day professional development program for teachers. This year's Inservice will be held on Monday 25th February.

    Participants have a choice of fours seminars ranging from introductory to advanced. A registration form can be downloaded here.

    New Schools Administrator - January 17th
    Please join us in welcoming our new Schools Administrator, Dominique Caesar. Dominique trained as an English and history teacher in Canberra and has experience participating in debating tournaments as a teacher, coach and (in the distant past) a debater. Dominique will be the primary contact for inquiries relating to the Schools Competition, including registration, draws and topic queries. She will also manage bookings for external adjudication and training requests. Dominique can be reached via email at schoolsadministrator@dav.com.au.

    DAV office is open for 2013 - January 14th

    The DAV Office reopened for 2013 on Thursday, January 10th.

    Registration information for the 2013 Schools Competition will be posted to Debating Co-ordinators by the first week of term 1. If necessary, please update your contact details.

    Finished Year 12? Register online for adjudicator training.

    Office Closure - December 24th

    The DAV office will be closed from Friday, December 21st 2012 until Thursday, January 10th 2013.

    We wish you a happy new year period filled with smiles!

    Farewell to Michael, our Schools Administrator - December 11th

    Our current Schools Administrator, Michael Ciesielski, has resigned from his position after 4 years of service. Today is Michael's last day in the office as he is about to leave for a holiday to Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Thailand!

    As a member of staff, Michael has played an integral part in the DAV's operations, helping to to grow the Schools Competition, as well as expanding the British Parliamentary debating tournaments, and working on developing new programs in regional areas. In addition, Michael has immersed himself in every aspect of the DAV, continuing to volunteer his time adjudicating and providing training throughout his term in the office.

    In 2013, Michael will be working with the Department of Education in the Philippines. Part of the Department’s work is running the Alternative Learning System (ALS), which benefits those who cannot attend formal education (such as out-of-school youths and adult elementary and secondary school drop-outs, industry-based workers, housewives, maids, factory workers, drivers, indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities). His work will focus on developing and implementing learning modules, preparing advocacy materials and identifying potential learning groups with the ALS in Pili and in neighbouring villages.

    We hope you will join us in farewelling Michael, and thanking him for his contribution to the DAV. He will certainly be missed, but we wish him all the best for this exciting opportunity.

    Primary Schools Debating Tournament - November 20th

    Congratulations to the 2012 Primary Schools Debating Champions, Wesley College, who were the only undefeated team at the DAV's first Primary Schools Debating Tournament which was held last Thursday at Victoria University in Melbourne's CBD.

    Well done to all debaters, as the adjudicators were very impressed with the standard of speeches from all students from the 9 participating schools.

    The DAV looks forward to running this event again in 2013 as an extension to the Primary Debating Program.

    Primary Schools Debating Tournament - October 30th

    The DAV is excited to announce the first Primary Schools Debating Tournament to be held on November 15 in Melbourne's CBD. The Tournament is an extension to the Primary Debating Program and introduces students to competitive inter-school debating.

    Schools who have participated in our 2012 program are encouraged to send a team of students to represent their school in the tournament. Teams will take part in three debates (two prepared and one secret topic) and presentations will be made to congratulate winning teams and the highest scoring speakers.

    Further information about this event is available on this flyer.

    British Parliamentary Competitions - October 25th

    Congratulations to the champions of the Senior Division of the British Parliamentary Competition, team 5 from St Kevin's College.

    Registration for the Junior Division, to be held at Princes Hill Secondary College on November 11th is now open.

    DAV Finals results - October 22nd
    The DAV Grand Finals were held on Wednesday 17th October at Scotch College. The results are as follows:

    A Grade
    "That we should support the creation of high schools for GLBTIQ students"
    Scotch College defeated Melbourne High School in a unanimous decision.

    B Grade
    "That mining companies should be required to hire a minimum number of indigenous workers in order to receive mining licenses"
    St Kevin's College defeated Scotch College in a unanimous decision.

    C Grade
    "That Australia should abolish the states"
    Mac.Robertson Girls' High School defeated St Kevin's College in a unanimous decision

    D Grade
    "That Australia should adopt a Constitutional bill of rights"
    Albert Park College and Wesley College will debate on Monday, October 22nd

    The DAV would like to thank all the students who participated in this year's competition and congratulate the finalists.

    Grand Final draw now available - October 12th

    The draw for the Grand Final is now available online.

    Semi-finals draw now available - September 13th

    The draw for the Semi-Finals is now available online.

    Quarter Finals draw now available - September 6th

    The draw for the Quarter Finals is now available online.

    Octo-finals draw now available - August 30th

    The draw for the Octo-finals is now available online.

    Playoff 2 draw now available - August 23rd

    The draw for Playoff 2 is now available online.

    Schools Competition finals teams - August 15th

    A Grade

    These teams will be required for Playoff 1 (winners progress to octo-finals):

    • Camberwell Grammar School 1
    • Camberwell Grammar School 2
    • Eltham High School 1
    • Gippsland Grammar School 1
    • Haileybury Girls College 1
    • Ivanhoe Grammar School 2
    • Leibler Yavneh College 1
    • Notre Dame College 1
    • Scotch College 1
    • Scotch College 3
    • St Bede's College 1
    • St Francis Xavier College 1
    • St Monica's College 1
    • Viewbank College 1
    • Westbourne Grammar School 1
    • Woodleigh School 1

    These teams will be required for Playoff 2 (winners progress to octo-finals):

    • Academy of Mary Immaculate 1
    • Avila College 1
    • Avila College 2
    • Ballarat & Clarendon College 1
    • Brighton Grammar School 1
    • Girton Grammar School 2
    • Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School 1
    • Melbourne High School 1
    • Melbourne High School 4
    • Mullauna College 1
    • Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (McNab) 2
    • Rosebud Secondary College 1
    • St Joseph's College Geelong 1
    • Trinity Grammar School 1
    • Xavier College 1
    • Xavier College 2

    B Grade

    These teams will be required for Playoff 1 (winners progress to second playoff):

    • Brighton Grammar School 1
    • Frankston High School 1
    • Ivanhoe Grammar School 3
    • St Leonard's College 1

    These teams will be required for Playoff 2:

    • Avila College 1
    • Ballarat High School 1
    • Brauer College 1
    • Brighton Grammar School 9
    • Camberwell Grammar School 3
    • Catholic College Bendigo - Senior 2
    • Doncaster Secondary College 1
    • Firbank Grammar School 1
    • Geelong Grammar School 2
    • Geelong High School 1
    • Gleneagles Secondary College 1
    • Haileybury Girls College 1
    • Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School 3
    • Ivanhoe Grammar School 2
    • Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak 3
    • Mazenod College 2
    • Melbourne Girls Grammar School 1
    • Melbourne High School 1
    • Point Cook Senior Secondary College 2
    • Princes Hill Secondary College 2
    • Scotch College 1
    • St Columba's College 2
    • St Helena Secondary College 1
    • St Kevin's College 1
    • The Geelong College 2
    • The Geelong College 3
    • The Peninsula School 1
    • Tintern Schools 1
    • Wesley College St Kilda 1
    • Westbourne Grammar School 1

    C Grade

    These teams will be required for Playoff 1 (winners progress to second playoff):

    • Glenroy College 2
    • Ballarat High School 1
    • Ballarat & Clarendon College 1
    • Bendigo South East College 1
    • Bendigo South East College 2
    • Beth Rivkah Ladies College 1
    • Brighton Grammar School 4
    • Glen Waverley Secondary College 2
    • Haileybury Girls College 1
    • Highvale Secondary College 1
    • Isik College Eastmeadows 1
    • MacKillop College 3
    • MacRobertson Girls' High School 1
    • Mentone Girls Grammar 2
    • Presbyterian Ladies' College 3
    • Rochester Secondary College 1
    • St Francis Xavier College 1
    • The Geelong College 1

    These teams will be required for Playoff 2:

    • Brauer College 1
    • Bundoora Secondary College 1
    • Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School 2
    • John Paul College 1
    • Koonung Secondary College 1
    • Leibler Yavneh College 1
    • Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School 1
    • Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School 3
    • Melbourne Grammar School 8
    • Montmorency Secondary College 1
    • Mt St Joseph's Girls College 1
    • Mt Waverley Secondary College 1
    • Northcote High School 1
    • Our Lady of Sion College 1
    • Pascoe Vale Girls' Sec College 1
    • Scotch College 1
    • St Catherine's School 1
    • St James College 1
    • St Kevin's College 1
    • St Kevin's College 2
    • St Paul's Anglican Grammar School 1
    • Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School 2
    • Westbourne Grammar School 3

    D Grade

    These teams will be required for Playoff 1 (winners progress to second playoff):

    • Academy of Mary Immaculate 1
    • Bendigo South East College 1
    • Brunswick Secondary College 1
    • Emmanuel College (Notre Dame) 4
    • Frankston High School 1
    • Gippsland Grammar School 1
    • Haileybury College Brighton 3
    • Haileybury Girls College Brighton 2
    • Mentone Girls Grammar 1
    • St Bede's College 1
    • St Bernard's College 3
    • St Kevin's College 2
    • St Kevin's College 6
    • Xavier College 2

    These teams will be required for Playoff 2:

    • Albert Park College 2
    • Avila College 4
    • Bialik College 3
    • Camberwell Grammar School 1
    • Ballarat & Clarendon College 3
    • Gippsland Grammar School 2
    • Isik College Eastmeadows 3
    • Ivanhoe Grammar School 3
    • Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School 2
    • Mazenod College 1
    • Melbourne Grammar-Wadhurst 1
    • Melbourne High School 1
    • Northcote High School 2
    • Northcote High School 3
    • Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (East Keilor) 4
    • Scotch College 1
    • Siena College 1
    • St Bede's College 3
    • St Kevin's College 4
    • St Monica's College 1
    • St Monica's College 5
    • The Geelong College (Preparatory School) 3
    • The Geelong College 3
    • Tintern Schools 1
    • Wesley College St Kilda 1
    /li

    Extension for JSP registration - July 5th
    The registration deadline for the Junior Secondary Program has been extended until early next term. We can accept registration until Wednesday 25th July for all regions except Mentone and McKinnon, for which we require registration by Friday 20th July. Registration is completed online, so please contact the DAV office if you need to be reminded of your log-in details.

    Junior Secondary Program Registration now open - June 5th

    Registration for the 2012 Junior Secondary Program (JSP) is now open.

    This program consists of training and debating rounds for students in year 7 and 8 who have not previously debated in the School's Competition.

    Registration can be completed online and is due by Friday 29th June. If you need to be reminded of your log-in details, please contact the office.

    An information pack (including regional dates) can be downloaded.

    Harangue 3 is now available! - May 28th

    Issue 3 of Harangue magazine for student debaters is now available.

    In this issue: Round 2 Wrap-up, Liberty, How to expand your logic, Inner thoughts of an adjudicator, and more.

    Junior Public Speaking registration now open - April 24th

    Information and registration information for the Junior Public Speaking Competition is now available.

    NB: The Junior Secondary Program for debating will still run as usual in second semester.

    Harangue 2 is now available! - April 23rd

    Issue 2 of Harangue magazine for student debaters is now available.

    Telephones and fax unavailable - March 20th

    Please note: the telephone and fax services to the DAV office have been temporarily disconnected due to a service fault. We are working with service providers to resolve this problem.

    In the interim, you can make contact with the DAV by email (debater@dav.com.au).

    Schools Competition topics available, draws being released - February 20th

    The topics for the 2012 Schools Competition are now available.

    Draws for the competition are being released as registration for each region is finalised, roughly in the order that each region begins.

    Schools Competition Registration due now - February 15th

    The timely registration period for Schools Competition registration ends this Friday, February 17th. Late registration may be possible in some regions; please make contact with the office immediately if you wish to register teams.

    The 2012 registration pack is available online.

    Victorian Schools Team trials - February 7th

    Students: register online now for the Victorian Schools Debating Team trials.

    DAV Finals results - October 20th
    The DAV Grand Finals were held on Wednesday 19th October at Caulfield Grammar School. The results are as follows:

    A Grade
    "That the media should not broadcast messages or graphic footage from terrorists"
    Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School defeated Wesley College in a split decision (4-1).

    B Grade
    "That Victoria should never seek to prohibit any hate speech that does not incite violence"
    Camberwell Grammar School defeated Melbourne High School in a split decision (2-1)

    C Grade
    "That we should institute a 100% tax on inheritance"
    Mt Eliza Secondary College defeated St Kevin's College in a unanimous decision

    D Grade
    "That we should abolish all ‘sin taxes’"
    Melbourne High School defeated St Kevin's College in a unanimous decision

    The DAV would like to thank all the students who participated in this year's competition and congratulate the finalists.

    Schools Competition Grand Final - October 13th

    The Schools Competition Grand Final will be held at Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School in Essendon from 6pm on Wednesday, October 18th.

    Junior British Parliamentary Competition - October 30th - September 26th

    The Junior Division (Years 7-9) of the Schools British Parliamentary Competition will be held at Wesley College Prahran on Sunday, October 30th.

    Semi-finals draw available - September 15th

    The draw for the Semi-finals is now available online.

    Quarter Finals draw available - September 8th

    The draw for the Quarter Finals is now available online.

    Octo-finals draw available - August 31st

    The draw for the octo-finals is now available online.

    Playoff 2 draw available - August 25th

    The draw for Playoff 2 is now available online.

    Schools Competition Finals Series - August 16th

    The draw for Playoff 1 is now available online.

    Additionally, a complete list of finals teams and which rounds they are required for is below.

    A Grade
    These teams will be required for Playoff 1 only (winners progress to octo-finals):
    Emmaus College - VCE Campus 1
    Huntingtower School 2
    St Francis Xavier College 1
    St Michael's Grammar School 2
    The Peninsula School 2
    Wesley College St Kilda 1

    These teams will be required for Playoff 2 only (winners progress to octo-finals):
    Assumption College 1
    Brighton Grammar School 1
    Camberwell Grammar School 3
    East Doncaster Secondary College 1
    Girton Grammar School A1
    Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School 1
    Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School 3
    Marymede Catholic College 1
    Melbourne High School 1
    Mercy Diocesan College 1
    Northcote High School 1
    Penola Catholic College 1
    Princes Hill Secondary College 1
    Viewbank College 1
    Westbourne Grammar School 1
    Xavier College 4

    These teams will not be required to debate until the octo-finals:
    Ballarat & Clarendon College 1
    Gippsland Grammar School 1
    Kardinia International College 1
    Scotch College 2
    Tintern Schools 1


    B Grade
    These teams will be required for the first playoff (winners progress to second playoff):
    Ballarat & Clarendon College 1
    Beth Rivkah Ladies College 1
    Brighton Grammar School 2
    Brighton Grammar School 3
    Firbank Grammar School 2
    Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School 1
    Notre Dame College B1
    Overnewton Anglican College 3
    Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (McNab) 1
    St Francis Xavier College 2
    St Helena Secondary College 1
    St Kevin's College 1
    St Margaret's School 1
    St Michael's Grammar School 1
    St Paul's Anglican Grammar School 1
    Xavier College 2

    These teams will be required for the second playoff (in addition to the winners from the first playoff):
    Academy of Mary Immaculate 1
    Avila College 1
    Brighton Grammar School 1
    Camberwell Grammar School 1
    Camberwell Grammar School 2
    Catholic College Bendigo B1
    Eltham High School 1
    Emmanuel College 1
    Geelong Grammar School 1
    Girton Grammar School B1
    Huntingtower School 1
    Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School 4
    Leibler Yavneh College 1
    Loreto College 1
    Loreto College 2
    Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak 1
    McKinnon Secondary College 1
    Melbourne High School 4
    Mentone Girls Grammar 3
    Sacred Heart College Newtown 1
    St Monica's College 1
    The Peninsula School 1
    Tintern Schools 2
    Viewbank College 1

    C Grade
    These teams will be required for Playoff 1 only (winners progress to octo-finals):
    Firbank Grammar School 1
    Gleneagles Secondary College 1
    Haileybury College Keysborough Boys 1
    Huntingtower School 2
    Mac.Robertson Girls' High School 2
    Melbourne Grammar School 1
    The Peninsula School 1
    The Peninsula School 3
    Wesley College St Kilda 1
    Yarra Valley Grammar School 2

    These teams will be required for Playoff 2 only (winners progress to octo-finals):
    Ballarat High School 1
    Camberwell Grammar School 2
    Eaglehawk Secondary College 1
    East Doncaster Secondary College 1
    Emmanuel College 1
    Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School 3
    Ivanhoe Grammar School 1
    Ivanhoe Grammar School Plenty 1
    Keilor Downs Secondary College 2
    Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak 3
    Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School 1
    Mazenod College 1
    Mount Eliza Secondary College 2
    Princes Hill Secondary College 1
    St Columba's College 1
    St Helena Secondary College 1
    St Kevin's College 1
    The Geelong College 2

    These teams will not be required to debate until the octo-finals:
    Reservoir High School 1
    Scotch College 1

    D Grade
    These teams will be required for the first playoff (winners progress to second playoff):
    Avila College 3
    Camberwell Grammar School 3
    Forest Hill College 2
    Glenroy College 2
    Ilim College 3
    Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School 8
    Mt Waverley Secondary College 1
    Parade College 2
    Pascoe Vale Girls' Sec College 2
    Pascoe Vale Girls' Sec College 3
    Princes Hill Secondary College 1
    Reservoir High School 1
    Scotch College 5
    St James College 1
    St Monica's College 1
    St Monica's College 2
    St Monica's College 5
    Westbourne Grammar School 4
    Xavier College 1
    Yarra Valley Grammar School 1

    These teams will be required for the second playoff (in addition to the winners from the first playoff):
    Ballarat High School 1
    Bendigo South East College 1
    Copperfield College 2
    De La Salle College (Tiverton) 1
    Derrinallum P-12 College 2
    Dromana Secondary College 1
    Grovedale College 1
    Hampton Park Secondary College 1
    Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School 1
    Leibler Yavneh College 1
    Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School 5
    Melbourne High School 1
    Mt St Joseph's Girls College 3
    Northcote High School 1
    Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (Park Street) 2
    Ruyton Girls School 1
    Scotch College 6
    St Bede's College 1
    St Bede's College 6
    St Kevin's College 1
    St Kevin's College 2
    Westbourne Grammar School 2

    If you have any questions about the finals series, please make contact with me at the office by email or telephone.

    Junior Secondary Program topics - July 27th

    The 2011 topics for the JSP are:

    Round 1: That we should have harsher punishment for school bullies
    Round 2: That everyone should become vegetarian
    Round 3: That parks are more important than car parks

    Draws will be released as registration for each region is finalised. The student resource kit is available on the JSP information page.

    Primary Schools Program - June 7th

    Information and registration forms are now available online for the DAV's new Primary Schools Program. For more information about the programs, which are being run in many regions around Melbourne and Victoria, please make contact with the Training and Development Administrator, Andrew Costa.

    Wheeler Centre Intelligence Squared Debate - May 24 - May 20th

    Two DAV high school competitors will be representing the Association in a public debate on the topic 'That Funding of Private Education is Unconscionable.' Other speakers include Amanda Vanstone and novelist Shane Maloney. The DAV encourages members to attend, and has a few free passes to give away to the first members to email debater@dav.com.au. Additional details are available at the Wheeler Centre website.

    Victorian Schools Team send-off debate - May 17th

    The Victorian Schools Team send-off debate will be held at the DAV Offices on Friday, May 20th at 7pm. All are welcome to see off our team before they depart for the National Championships in Perth.

    Viewpoint - the Monash Economics Debate - March 21st

    Registration is now due for the one-day debating competition that we run in conjunction with the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University.

    Download:

    Visit the Viewpoint website for more information.

    Debate Camp - March 17th

    The DAV is excited to announce our inaugural debating camp. The non-residential camp will run from April 13th-15th from 9am-4pm each day.

    More information »

    Contacting the office by telephone: - February 17th

    We are experiencing technical problems with our main telephone number: the line rings out to callers, but does not ring in the office. We are attempting to solve this problem with our service provider. To contact the office in the interim, please call us on another line: (03) 9348 9544, or make contact by email.

    Victorian Schools Team trials - February 15th

    Students: register online now for the Victorian Schools Debating Team trials.

    Schools Competition Registration - February 10th

    Registration for the 2011 Schools Competition is due on Thursday, February 17th.

    All schools should have received by now a registration pack for the Competition. Alternatively, an electronic copy of the registration pack can be downloaded.

    If you have any questions about the Competition, or need to retrieve your username and password for online registration, please make contact with the office.

    Topics for the 2011 Competition will be released on Thursday, February 17th.

    Beginner Adjudicator Training - January 12th

    The office reopened for 2011 on Wednesday, January 12th.

    We are currently accepting online registrations for Beginner Adjudicator Training at the start of 2011.

    Office Closure - December 17th

    The office will be closed from Thursday, December 24th 2010 until Wednesday, January 12th 2011.

    We wish you a peaceful new year period!

    Exciting news about the Training and Development Administrator (Part II) - November 30th

    Andrew Costa has been appointed by the DAV Executive as the new Training and Development Administrator. Andrew has been involved in the DAV for three years, and has served as the Regional Co-ordinator for Geelong in 2009 and 2010.

    Andrew has recently completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne, and will take over the running of the Junior Secondary Program, Public Speaking Program, Primary Schools Program, and other responsibilities from the outgoing TDA, Meredith Prior.

    We welcome Andrew to the DAV Office, and look forward to having his many talents on board.

    Exciting news about the Training and Development Administrator - November 15th

    The Training and Development Administrator, Meredith Prior, has been offered an internship with the Policy, Strategy, and Implementation Branch of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and will be leaving the DAV office to take up this role mid-November. Meredith joined us in early 2008 as one of three employees of the Association, and you may have spoken to her on the telephone, received an email from her, or met her in person at one of our events.

    As Training and Development Administrator, Meredith has been responsible for running the Junior Secondary Program, Junior Public Speaking Program, Teacher Inservice, Primary Schools debating, and many other training and development programs. Meredith has been an invaluable asset to the organisation, with her sunny disposition and sound administrative skills always put to good use. She approached her work with enthusiasm, and we are better for it.

    Meredith's work with the Association has taken her from our office in North Melbourne to Geelong, Kyabram, Bendigo, Shepparton, Echuca, Mildura, Warragul, and Sale, and we are sure this experience will stand her in good stead in her new position. We wish Meredith all the best for what is sure to be a bright future.

    DAV Finals results - October 26th

    The DAV Grand Finals were held on Thursday October 21st at Caulfield Grammar School. The results are:

    A Grade
    "That Islamic people living in the West should be allowed to practise Sharia law"
    Scotch College 1 defeated Ivanhoe Grammar School 1 in a unanimous decision.
    Adjudication panel: Tim Jeffrie, Charisma Dungan, Meredith Prior, Claire Roberts, and Nick Boyd-Caine.

    B Grade
    "That we should legalise recreational drugs"
    Scotch College 1 defeated Melbourne Grammar School 2 in a unanimous decision.
    Adjudication panel: Tim Jeffrie, Claire Roberts, Michael Ciesielski, Meredith Prior, and Wayne Jocic.

    C Grade
    "That we should offer immunity from prosecution to terorists who offer us useful information"
    Scotch College 1 defeated Woodleigh School 1 in a unanimous decision.
    Adjudication panel: Monique Hardinge, Wayne Jocic, and Nicholas Liau.

    D Grade
    "That denial of the Holocaust should be a crime"
    Genazzano FCJ College 3 defeated Alphington Grammar School 1 in a unanimous decision.
    Adjudication panel: Amit Golder, Charisma Dungan, and Tim Jeffrie.

    We would like to thank all the students who participated in this year's competition and congratulate the finalists.

    URGENT - Mentone JSP tonight postponed - October 11th

    It has been brought to our attention that two dates for Mentone JSP Round 3 have been published inadvertently, one tonight, and one next Monday. The host school has used the later date, and so the facilities are not available for debating use this evening. Round 3 will therefore take place next Monday, October 18th. Forfeit fines will be waived for schools unavailable due to having scheduled the alternative date - please let the office know, though, so that the draw can be updated.

    We are calling all all co-ordinators to ensure that this message has been received. We apologise for the confusion and inconvenience.

    Regional Debating - October 11th

    Registration information is now available for:

    Registration information for other regions will be published this week.

    Semi-finals draw now available - September 2nd

    The draw for the Semi-finals, to be held at Ruyton Girls School, Kew on October 13th, is now available online.

    Quarter finals draw now available - August 26th

    The draw for the Quarter finals, to be held at Simonds Catholic College, West Melbourne on September 1st, is now available online.

    Octo-finals draws now available - August 19th

    The draw for the Octo-finals, to be held at St Michael's Grammar School on August 25th, is now available online.

    Playoff 2 draw now available - August 12th

    The draw for Playoff 2, to be held at Northcote High School on August 18th, is now available online.

    Schools Competition Finals Series - August 6th

    The finals series operates in a knock-out tournament fashion. Because more than 16 teams in each grade have entered the finals series, there are two playoff rounds before the Octo-finals. Teams are selected to compete in one, both, or neither playoff in accordance with the Schools Competition By-Law (2000).

    The draw for each round of the finals series will be released by 10am on the morning following the previous round. The draw for Playoff 1, to be held on August 11th, is now online, and the draw for Playoff 2 will be published at 10am on Thursday, August 12th. (However, advance notice of whether teams are needed for Playoff 2 is provided below.)

    A complete list of finals dates and venues is available online. A complete list of finals teams is below.

    A Grade

    These teams will be required for Playoff 1 only (winners progress to octo-finals):

    Bialik College 1

    Cobram Secondary College A1

    De La Salle College (Kinnoull) 1

    Haileybury College Keysborough Boys 1

    Kilvington Girls Grammar 1

    Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 1

    St Margaret's School 1

    St Michael's Grammar School 1

    St Monica's College 2

    Star of the Sea College 2

    The Peninsula School 1

    Xavier College 2

    These teams will be required for Playoff 2 only (winners progress to octo-finals):

    Ballarat Grammar School 2

    Carey Baptist Grammar School 2

    East Doncaster Secondary College 1

    Emmanuel College 1

    Geelong Grammar School 1

    Girton Grammar School A1

    Ivanhoe Grammar School 1

    Melbourne High School 4

    Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (McNab) 2

    Princes Hill Secondary College 1

    Rochester Secondary College A1

    Scotch College 1

    St Bernard's College 1

    St Helena Secondary College 2

    St Patrick's College 1

    Yarra Valley Grammar School 1

    These teams will not be required to debate until the octo-finals:

    Avila College 1

    Gippsland Grammar School 1

    B Grade

    These teams will be required for Playoff 1 only (winners progress to octo-finals):

    Brentwood Secondary College 1

    Genazzano FCJ College 1

    Marymede Catholic College 1

    Methodist Ladies College 1

    Padua College - Mornington 1

    Sacre Coeur 1

    Scotch College 3

    St Leonard's College 1

    St Paul's Anglican Grammar School 1

    Wesley College Glen Waverley 2

    Wesley College St Kilda 1

    Whitefriars College 1

    These teams will be required for Playoff 2 only (winners progress to octo-finals):

    Academy of Mary Immaculate 1

    Ballarat High School 1

    Camberwell Grammar School 3

    Gippsland Grammar School 1

    Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak 1

    Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School 1

    Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School 2

    Melbourne Grammar School 1

    Melbourne Grammar School 2

    Melbourne High School 3

    Northcote High School 1

    Rochester Secondary College B1

    Scotch College 1

    St Kevin's College 2

    St Kevin's College 4

    Westbourne Grammar School 1

    Williamstown High School 1

    Xavier College 1

    These teams will not be required to debate until the octo-finals:

    Kardinia International College 1

    C Grade

    These teams will be required for Playoff 1 only (winners progress to octo-finals):

    Avila College 1

    Brighton Grammar School 1

    Haileybury College Keysborough Boys 1

    John Monash Science School 3

    Leibler Yavneh College 1

    St Francis Xavier College 1

    St Margaret's School 1

    Tintern Girls Grammar School 2

    Westbourne Grammar School 2

    Woodleigh School 1

    These teams will be required for Playoff 2 only (winners progress to octo-finals):

    Ballarat High School 1

    Camberwell Grammar School 2

    Loreto College 1

    Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School 1

    Melbourne High School 4

    Northcote High School 2

    Scotch College 1

    Scotch College 2

    St Kevin's College 2

    Williamstown High School 1

    These teams will not need to debate until the octo-finals:

    Academy of Mary Immaculate 2

    Geelong Grammar School 1

    Girton Grammar School 1

    John Monash Science School 2

    St Monica's College 1

    Trinity Grammar School 1

    D Grade

    These teams will be required for the first playoff (winners progress to second playoff):

    Elisabeth Murdoch College 1

    Genazzano FCJ College 3

    Haileybury College Keysborough Boys 5

    Lauriston Girls' School 2

    Mt Hira College 1

    Scotch College 1

    St Monica's College 3

    St Monica's College 5

    St Paul's Anglican Grammar School 5

    The Geelong College 2

    Tintern Girls Grammar School 1

    Woodleigh School 1

    Yarra Valley Grammar School 1

    Yarra Valley Grammar School 3

    These teams will be required for the second playoff (in addition to the winners from the first playoff):

    Alphington Grammar School 1

    Ballarat High School 1

    Beth Rivkah Ladies College 2

    Eaglehawk Secondary College 1

    Firbank Grammar School 2

    Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School 2

    Keilor Downs Secondary College 2

    Keilor Downs Secondary College 4

    Kilvington Girls Grammar 2

    Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School 2

    Mac.Robertson Girls' High School 3

    Marcellin College 8

    Mazenod College 1

    Melbourne Grammar-Wadhurst 2

    Mercy Diocesan College 2

    Mount Eliza Secondary College 1

    Sacred Heart College Newtown 1

    Sacred Heart College Newtown 2

    Sacred Heart Girls College 2

    Santa Maria College 1

    St Monica's College 2

    St Paul's Anglican Grammar School 2

    Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School 2

    Wesley College St Kilda 2

    Westbourne Grammar School 1

    Viewpoint Grand Final - March 30th

    The Grand Final for the Monash University Faculty of Business and Economics Viewpoint debating competition will be held on 16 April 2010 at Monash University Caulfield Campus at 2:30pm.

    Please register your attendance at the Monash Viewpoint website.

    Victorian Schools Team trials - February 15th

    Students: register online now for the Victorian Schools Debating Team trials.

    Schools Competition Registration - February 2nd

    Registration information has been posted to schools. The deadline for registration is Wed 17 February.

    If you have not received a 2010 registration pack by the Friday, February 5th, please contact the office.

    Teacher Inservice - February 1st

    The DAV's Teacher Inservice will be held on February 26th and March 5th at the Jasper Hotel, Elizabeth St, Melbourne.

    Download the registration form.

    Office Open - January 11th

    The DAV Office reopened for 2010 on Monday, January 11th.

    Registration information for the 2010 Schools Competition will be posted to Debating Co-ordinators by the first week of term 1. If necessary, please update your contact details.

    Finished Year 12? Register online for adjudicator training.

    Summer Office Closure - December 18th

    The DAV Office is closed over the New Year period, and will reopen on Monday, January 11th.

    Urgent queries should be directed by email to debater@dav.com.au.

    Junior Public Speaking Competition results - December 11th

    The Grand Final of the Junior Public Speaking Competition was held at BMW Edge at Federation Square on Monday, November 30th.

    From over 300 entrants in the competition, ten winners of the Semi-Finals presented speeches at the Grand Final.

    Medals were awarded to:
    Winner: Brianna Inturrisi (Brunswick Secondary College)
    First runner-up: Georgina Frazer (Lauriston Girls' School)
    Second runner-up: Nathan Hanegbi (Bialik College)

    Schools Competition dates 2010 - December 11th

    Dates for all regions of the Schools Competition (except Bendigo) are now available:

    Download 2010 dates (PDF)

    Telephones and fax unavailable - November 17th

    Please note: the telephone and fax services to the DAV office have been temporarily disconnected due to a service fault. We are working with service providers to resolve this problem.

    In the interim, you can make contact with the DAV by email (debater@dav.com.au), or by calling the DAV mobile phone: 0423 651 843.

    DAV Finals results - October 26th
    The DAV Grand Finals were held on Thursday October 22nd at Caulfield Grammar School. The results are:

    A Grade
    "That Australia is a racist nation"
    Mac.Robertson Girls' High School 3 defeated Methodist Ladies' College 1 in a unanimous decision.
    Adjudication panel: Jonathan Benney, Christopher Hibbard, Jennifer Ames, Anthony Kung, and Anna Blair.

    B Grade
    "That the federal National Party should withdraw from the Liberal-National coalition."
    Melbourne High School 6 defeated St Catherine's School 1 in a split decision (2-1).
    Adjudication panel: Wayne Jocic, Laura Bellamy, and Duncan Campbell.

    C Grade
    " That we should offer dictators amnesty in return for giving up power"
    Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School 1 defeated Firbank Grammar School 1 in a unanimous decision.
    Adjudication panel: Charisma Dungan, Claire Roberts, and Nick Boyd-Caine.

    D Grade
    "That the Rudd government is all spin and no substance"
    Scotch College defeated St Monica's College in a unanimous decision.
    Adjudication panel: Elizabeth Sheargold, Nicholas Liau, and Ravi Dutta.

    We would like to thank all the students who participated in this year's competition and congratulate the finalists.

    British Parliamentary Competition - October 15th

    Our popular British Parliamentary Competition has been split into a Junior Division (November 1st) and a Senior Division (October 18th) this year. Both will be held at Melbourne High School.

    Registration for the Junior Division is due on Thursday, October 29th.

    Download:
    Junior Division Registration Form

    Anti-poverty Week Debate - September 16th

    The DAV in conjunction with St Mary's House of Welcome will hold a debate as part of "Anti-poverty week" events. St Mary’s House of Welcome Day Centre provides a range of services for people in need, including meals in a dining room setting, showering amenities, pastoral care, social worker support and referral and recreation activities offered in a safe and supportive environment. Many DAV schools members have volunteered with St Mary's in the past.

    The topic of the debate will be "Poverty and Homelessness: It's all their fault, isn't it?". Speakers will include Daniel Browning, Emma Ayres and Lindy Burns from the ABC.

    The date will be held at 7pm (doors open 6:30pm) on Tuesday October 27th at Melbourne Rowing Club, Boathouse St, Melbourne. Tickets cost $10.

    We invite all DAV members and interested parties to attend this event.

    Semi-final draws available - September 10th

    The Semi-final draws for all grades are now available.

    Quarter-final draws available - September 3rd

    The Quarter-final draws for all grades are now available.

    Octo-final draws available - August 27th

    The octo-final draws for all grades are now available.

    Playoff 2 - D Grade draw available - August 20th

    The D Grade draw for Playoff 2 is now available.

    (The B and C Grade draws had previously been published; no A Grade teams are required for Playoff 2.)

    Contacting the DAV office by telephone - August 11th

    We have recently made the transition to a new telephone service provider. You may temporarily encounter minor difficulties when telephoning the DAV office:

    No answering service: the answering service is currently inactive. To leave a message out-of-hours, please email debater@dav.com.au or fax (03) 9348 9466.

    Limited capacity: while our line hunt set up is pending, only one incoming call can be answered at a time, so you may receive a busy signal when calling the DAV office. Please call again, or send a message by email or fax.

    We have support requests logged to address these problems; thank you for your patience in the interim.

    Update 19/8: The out-of-hours answering service has been reactivated. A request to re-active line hunt service is still pending.

    Junior Secondary Program registration closing Friday - July 22nd

    Registration for the Junior Secondary Program closes Friday July 24th. Registrations should be submitted by faxing the registration form from the information pack to (03) 9348 9466.

    Download the information pack

    A new TV series based on public speaking is looking for contestants - July 15th

    The show will air nationally in the search for Australia's best public speaker. Contestants will be cast through auditions to be held in capital cities around Australia in August.

    At the auditions you must give a three minute speech – without notes - that will make the audience laugh, gasp or cry or all three. An impromptu speech is also required.

    Audition and other details can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/tv/strictlyspeaking/. Expressions of interest can be sent to strictlyspeaking@sstar.com.au.

    Victorian State Team Send-off Debate - July 13th

    The Victorian Schools Debating Team will shortly be travelling to Adelaide to compete at the National Schools Debating Championship, hosted this year by the South Australian Debating Association.

    The traditional send-off debate was held at the DAV Office (Suite 5, 87-89 Flemington Rd, North Melbourne) at 7pm on Tuesday July 14th. A lively exhibition debate farewelled the Team.

    We wish them the best of luck at Nationals!

    Round 5 Draws - June 26th

    Draws for round 5 are being created, and will be posted online as soon as possible.

    When the round 5 draw for a region is available, it will appear on the same page as the draws for rounds 1-4. Debating Coordinators will also receive an email when the draw is available.

    Viewpoint Results - June 10th

    Many financial challenges face the world in the current economic climate, but tomorrow’s leaders are already teasing out potential solutions in Monash University Faculty of Business and Economics Viewpoint Debating Competition. In conjunction with the Debaters Association of Victoria, the Viewpoint competition was held at Monash’s Caulfield campus featuring 24 teams from a wide range of Victorian high schools. The competition aimed to make economic ideas and themes more easily accessible to secondary school students by having them debate the controversial economics questions of our time.

    After three preliminary debates and a highly competitive finals series, teams from Scotch College and Gippsland Grammar School were selected to compete in the Grand Final. At the BMW Edge Theatre, Federation Square, Mr Red Symonds chaired the final motion ‘That the Rudd Government should delay the emissions trading scheme in the interests of economic recovery’ which was eventually won by Scotch College.

    The Hon. Bronwyn Pike, Minister for Education gave an address and congratulated the debaters from both schools for their exciting oratory and argumentative skills.

    Coburg round 4 postponed due to Influenza A(H1N1) - June 1st

    Mercy College, the host school of the Coburg region, will be closed on Department of Health advice next week due to some confirmed cases of Influenza A(H1N1). The round four debates, scheduled for Wednesday June 3rd at Mercy College, cannot be held there.

    Two other schools in the region also has some confirmed cases of Influenza A, and it is possible that this might occur at other schools in the region as the virus spreads. Since the lack of three or more schools would be highly disruptive to the draw, we have decided to postpone the regional night rather than to relocate it.

    The round will now be held on Thursday, June 25th.

    Contacting the DAV office by telephone - May 31st

    We have been experiencing intermittent problems with telephone connectivity for the last three weeks. Although we have been in constant contact with our service provider, they have not yet been able to determine the cause of the problem.

    Please note that calls to or from the office may drop out, and the office may be unreachable for short lengths of time.

    We apologise for the inconvenience, and hope to have the issue resolved as soon as possible.

    (N.B. Our internet/fax line is unaffected, so emails and faxes to 03 9348 9466 can still be sent.)

    Update 15/6: Commander Australia report that the fault has been fixed by replacing a copper cable in the street. Please let us know if you have any difficulty contacting us by telephone henceforth.

    Viewpoint Registration due next week - April 15th

    Registration for Viewpoint (The Monash Economics Debate) is now due.

    Viewpoint is a day-long debating competition for secondary school students in years 9-12, involving three debates for all teams on Sunday, May 3rd at Monash University Caulfield, and finals to follow at later dates. The competition is similar to our popular one-day British Parliamentary Competition, but is held in the 3-v-3 style like the Schools Competition.

    As this competition is being run in conjunction with the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University, there is no cost to schools to participate. Schools can enter a maximum of two teams, and all participants will receive a free T-shirt.

    More information and register »

    Draw and topic release - March 10th

    Topics for 2009 are now available. Draws are available for all regions except Bendigo (where registration is still open).

    Schools Competition Registration 2009 due now - February 18th

    The timely registration period for Schools Competition registration has been extended to this Friday, February 20th. Registrations after this time will only be accepted at the discretion of the Schools Administrator, and a late fee will apply.

    Registration packs were mailed to schools in the first week of term. If you didn't receive one, please contact the office: 03 9348 9477.

    Victorian Schools Debating Team trials - February 16th

    Trials for the Victorian Schools Team will be held on Sunday March 1 at MacRoberston Girls' High School. Please contact the office with your name, year level and school if you would like to attend.

    Trials begin at 9:15am and will be finished by 4:00pm.

    As a result of these trials 12 students will be selected to train as a squad for the State team. These students will train every Saturday from 10am-4pm until July, when the National Championships will be held in Adelaide.

    The trials are a great opportunity for high quality competition and feedback, even for students who aren't selected as squad members.

    Students are not required to wear school uniform to the this event.

    Registration 2009 - January 27th
    Registration information will be received by mail in the first week of first term 2009. Please contact the office if you don't receive it.

    Online Registration is now open.

    Registration is due by Wednesday 18th February.

    If you have any questions regarding registration, please call the office on 9348 9477.

    2015 Schools Competition - Registration Closed - January 1st
    Registration has now closed for the 2015 Schools competition. If you would like register a new team, or amend the number of teams in an existing registration, please email the office at debater@dav.com.au. Topics are now available here. Draws will be available over the coming days.

    DAV Dates 2009 - January 1st
    The dates for most regions of the 2009 Schools Competition are now available.
    A file containing the dates for all regions is available below.

    DAV Schools Competition dates 2009

    DAV Finals results - January 1st
    The DAV Grand Finals were held on Tuesday 14th October at Caulfield Grammar School. The results are as follows:

    A Grade
    "That Australia should not introduce a carbon emissions trading scheme"
    Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School defeated Scotch College in a split decision (3-2).

    B Grade
    "That we should have the death penalty for war criminals"
    MacRobertson Girls' High School defeated Wesley College in a split decision (2-1)

    C Grade
    " That religious leaders should not comment on political issues"
    Scotch College defeated St Margaret's School in unanimous decision

    D Grade
    "That Australia is a nanny state"
    The Woodleigh School defeated Williamstown High School in a split decision (2-1)

    The DAV would like to thank all the students who participated in this year's competition and congratulate the finalists.

    Harangue 5 is now available! - January 1st
    Issue 5 of Harangue magazine for student debaters is now available.

    Victorian Schools Team Trials - January 1st
    Registration for the Victorian Schools Team trails is now open. For more information see . Register .