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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)

DAV Women's 2022

The DAV Women's Competition is a debating tournament held exclusively for women, with the aim of supporting and encouraging female-identifying students. Historically women have been underrepresented in debating and as such we would like to offer this unique opportunity for them to further develop their skills in a friendly environment outside of the main Schools Competition.

Students will register individually and be randomly allocated to a team of three on arrival. The day will begin with a training session led by some of the DAV's best female trainers. All debates will be secret topics with one hour of preparation time.

Where: Fintona Girls' School, 79 Balwyn Road, Balwyn
When: Sunday 27th March, 2022
Who: Female students from years 9-12
Format: 3 secret topic debates
Cost: $50 per student

To register for Women's debating, complete this form.

Prizes will be awarded to the winning team and highest scoring speakers of the day.

As well as our annual Women's debating day, we will be extending our Women's programs by offering a separate training program for students in years 10-12 February and March. These sessions will assume previous experience in debating. More details below.

Online Training sessions

Sunday 6 March, 3pm: (Secret) Topic preparation

Secret topics can be scary when you first encounter them, but they don't have to be! With a plan and structure on how to effectively use your time and handle topics you might not have much prior knowledge about, you can start having a lot of fun (and winning debates) with limited-prep styles of debating. This session we will cover:
  • How to structure planning time
  • How to quickly identify themes and develop points
  • When you have to bluff, how to bluff believably

  • Tuesday 22 February, 7pm: Rebuttal #1

    This session will cover a basic introduction to rebuttal including what it is, how to rebut effectively, and tips on how to respond to the opposition strategically.

    Sunday 20 March, 11am: Rebuttal #2

    In this session, we will introduce students to the concept of logical fallacies. Exploring the most frequently occurring fallacies and their uses in debate, the session will provide students with straightforward strategies and quick-fire responses to easily rebuke fallacious arguments and illogical statements. By the end of the session, students should be able to recognise and mitigate a range of fallacious arguments, and to understand when debating fallacies can be used to your advantage.

    All sessions will run via Zoom. Each session will be charged at $10/head.

    Please note that there will be a cap of 6 students per school per session to maximise access to the program (and ensure we remain within the limits of our subscriptions!)

    To register for training, complete this form.