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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

Schools Competition Topics 2017

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

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 citizenís vote should diminish with age
Round 2: That we should restrict urban sprawl
Round 3: Advised topic - 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

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.