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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 2022

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

A Grade

Round 1: That people who are unvaccinated for COVID-19 by choice should not have access to the public health system
Round 2: That we prefer a hung parliament to a majority government
Round 3: Secret Topic
Round 4: Secret Topic
Round 5: Secret Topic

B Grade

Round 1: That artists should be held legally accountable for deaths and injuries that occur at their concerts
Round 2: That only citizens and permanent residents should be able to own property in Australia
Round 3: Secret Topic
Round 4: Secret Topic
Round 5: Secret Topic

C Grade

Round 1: That we should boycott major sporting events held in countries with poor human rights records
Round 2: That parliamentarians should be allowed to hold citizenship other than Australian citizenship
Round 3: Advised: Science and Health
Round 4: Secret Topic
Round 5: That crops that require substantial environmental altering (irrigation, fertilizers, etc.) should not be allowed to be grown in Australia

D Grade

Round 1: That sporting bodies should not accept sponsorship from gambling companies
Round 2: That we should abolish the Australian citizenship test
Round 3: That the government should employ state artists (E.g. Poet Laureate)
Round 4: That the ABC should only show Australian-made content
Round 5: That we regret the rise of social media in fighting crime

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.