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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.

Schools Competition
(Yr 9-12 Debating)

Schools Competition Topics 2018

Click here to access resources guides for this year's topics.

A Grade

Round 1: That Australia should implement a universal basic income
Round 2: That Spain should grant independence to Catalonia
Round 3: Secret Topic
Round 4: Secret Topic
Round 5: Secret Topic

B Grade

Round 1: That we should limit the number of government-funded university places
Round 2: That the West should lift all sanctions on Zimbabwe
Round 3: Secret Topic
Round 4: Secret Topic
Round 5: Secret Topic

C Grade

Round 1: That we should ban the sale of all cars powered by fossil fuels by 2025
Round 2: That Australia and New Zealand should unify as a single country
Round 3: Advised Topic - Voting and Government
Round 4: Secret Topic
Round 5: That we should introduce an inheritance tax

D Grade

Round 1: That the Olympics should expand to include non-sporting events
Round 2: That we should prohibit gambling advertisements
Round 3: That we should introduce a congestion charge on motor vehicles entering the Melbourne CBD
Round 4: That employers should adopt a four-day working week
Round 5: That we should impose mandatory minimum sentences for all violent crimes

Secret and Advised Topics

Secret topics are released one hour before the debate begins. Teams should arrive an hour and fifteen minutes before the scheduled debating time to allow time for roll call.

Advised topics are released in the same way as secret topics, but the general subject area of the topic is known in advance.