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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 2021

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

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

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.