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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 Victoria should abandon the Belt and Road deal with China

Round 2: That we regret the rise of cancel culture

Round 3: Secret Topic

Round 4: Secret Topic

Round 5: Secret Topic

B Grade

Round 1: That schools should not teach texts that are deemed to contain discriminatory content

Round 2: That the government should fund universal free childcare

Round 3: Secret Topic

Round 4: Secret Topic

Round 5: Secret Topic

C Grade

Round 1: That alcoholic products should be subject to plain packaging laws

Round 2: That we support mandatory national service

Round 3: Advised Topic - Education

Round 4: Secret Topic

Round 5: That the economy is a poor measure of a nation's success

D Grade

Round 1: That the government should subsidise tourism in regional Victoria

Round 2: That animal testing should be banned

Round 3: That public transport should be free

Round 4: That smokers should not have their medical treatments subsidised

Round 5: That television programs glorifying the military (e.g. SAS) should not be broadcast