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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)

The 2020 Junior Secondary Program

The 2020 Information Pack is available here and online protocols are available here.

About the Program

The Junior Secondary Program (JSP) is an introduction to debating for junior secondary students in years 7 and 8 who have not participated in the DAV Schools Competition. The program is designed to provide training in the basic skills and structure of debating whilst also giving students an opportunity to participate in three 'friendly' inter-school debates.

The JSP runs over four sessions in Terms 3/4 in various regions throughout Victoria. The program will run as normal (ie face to face) if this is permissable. An online program will also be offered.

The following restrictions will be in place for this year's programs:

  • registration will be capped at 6 teams per school per region
  • spectators will be limited to one supporter per participant
  • visitors will be required to sign in on arrival
  • hand sanitizer will be provided in central areas
  • visitors who display any cold or flu symptoms are not permitted to participate (forfeit fees will be reduced to $20 for where forfeits result from last minute illnesses
  • social distancing protocols will be enforced as required
  • The training component of the program includes:

    Introductory training

    DAV trainers will introduce students to the art of persuasion and look at how debates work. Students will learn how to formulate arguments, how to define topics, and the role of each speaker in a debate.

    The best way to consolidate skills is with interactive activities, so the training component includes various games where students work in smaller groups.

    Demonstration debate

    DAV adjudicators will act as debaters in an exhibition debate, showcasing high quality speeches to provide practical examples of what the students are taught.

    Rebuttal seminars

    After students have participated in an actual debate, they will take part in an extension training session in which they will work with trainers to discuss the role of rebuttal and different ways of approaching it.

    Extended adjudication

    Following the final debate, adjudicators will spend extra time giving feedback to students which aims to consolidate the skills learnt in the training component of the program.


    Coordinators can register students for the face to face program here.

    Coordinators can register students for the online program here.

    *Schools may register teams in both face to face and online competitions, but the teams cannot be composed of the same students*.

    Registration for both programs will close at 5pm on Fridya 17 July.


    Click here for a list of dates and regions for the onsite program. To recieve more information by email, please contact Isabella Leach at debater@dav.com.au.