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Welcome to the DAV Website
The DAV is a non-profit association which exists to promote debate. It is the peak debating body in Victoria and runs large competitions for adults and for schools across Victoria. It provides training and resources for debaters, teachers and adjudicators.

Schools Competition Resource Guides

The DAV publishes a Resource Guide which provides a brief for particular topics to facilitate student research for prepared topic debates. If feedback from a regional night held early in a round indicates that a topic is causing difficulties, additional detail will be added to the Resource Guide entry for that topic (but this is the only intervention we will undertake).

The Resource Guide is not a substitute for proper preparation, and its aim is simply to help you prepare your own case. You should not structure your case around the questions asked, nor should you rely too heavily only on the articles to which we provide links. Any ideas that the Resource Guide gives you will need to be explained just like any other material.

Resource Guides will be developed by our experienced adjudicating team and will be published over the coming weeks with priority given to earliest rounds.  If you do not see a guide here yet, please check back again soon.

A guide on how to approach Secret Topics can be found here.

A Grade

Round 1: That Australia should end its alliance with the US.

Round 2: That we should abolish the ATAR system of university entrance.

Round 3: Secret Topic

Round 4: Secret Topic

Round 5: Secret Topic

B Grade

Round 1: That parents should not be allowed to refuse medical treatment for their children.

Round 2: That we regret the rise of the sharing economy (e.g. Airbnb).

Round 3: Secret Topic

Round 4: Secret Topic

Round 5: Secret Topic

C Grade

Round 1: That the value of a citizen's vote should diminish with age.

Round 2: That we should restrict urban sprawl.

Round 3: Advised topic area- Animals

Round 4: Secret Topic

Round 5: That we regret the influence of corporate advertising in sport.

D Grade

Round 1: That Australia should adopt a new national flag.

Round 2: That we should ban children from competing in professional sport.

Round 3: That we should allow development in Antarctica.

Round 4: That we should fear the development of artificial intelligence.

Round 5: That museums should offer to return historical objects to their country of origin.