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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)

2020 British Parliamentary Competition

British Parliamentary (BP) style debates have four teams of two speakers who debate a motion (topic). Two teams debate in the affirmative role as the Government and two debate in the negative role as the Opposition. Teams on the same side of the topic (Government or Opposition) must remain consistent with each other, but are still competing against one another. At the conclusion of the debate, the adjudicator ranks teams in the debate from first to fourth. This means that two teams on the same side of a topic may get very different results.

The DAV hosts annual BP competitions for Junior (years 7 to 8), Intermediate (years 9-10) and Senior (years 11 to 12)divisions. 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. The BP Competition offers students an excellent grounding in British Parliamentary style, as well as the opportunity to develop new skills in a friendly and competitive environment.

All divisions of the 2020 Competition will be held online via Zoom. Schools may enter up to 4 teams, and each team may have 2-3 students.

The cost per team is $120.

Senior British Parliamentary Competition

Date: Sunday 16 and 23 August

Time: 10am - 5pm

Registration can be completed here and will close on Monday 10 August.

Intermediate British Parliamentary Competition

Date: Sunday 13 September

Time: 10am - 5pm

Registration will open in August.

Junior British Parliamentary Competition

Date: Sunday 18 October

Time: 10am - 5pm

Registration will open in August.

Please note - The top 4 ranked teams in this competition will be invited to compete in the final at a time and venue TBC. If your team is unable to attend this debate, then a place will be offered to the next ranked team.

For more information about the program, please contact Kim Hitchcock