The Debaters Association of Victoria (DAV) Schools Competition is a debating competition for all high school students, whether public or private; the DAV strives to focus on making the competition as inclusive as possible, providing a welcoming but competitive environment for students to hone their skills and build their confidence.
The competition is divided into 20 regions encompassing both inner and outer Melbourne suburbs, Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo. The format of the competition is Australian 3-on-3 style (see the Australia-Asia Debating Guide) – with three speakers to each team, debating over five rounds, spread across the year. Students in years ten and above have the opportunity to debate a mix of prepared and secret topics (secret topics are announced only on the night of the debate), while students in year nine are introduced to the competition through a series of prepared topics. At the end of the five regional rounds, eligible teams continue on into a six-night finals series.
The competition is open for students in years 9 to 12 (Junior Secondary Program available). The DAV is also able to provide a variety of training programs to assist students to prepare for the competition ahead. To book one of the organisation's experienced trainers, please see the training services.
Registration for the DAV Schools Competition is now open, with first round debates taking place from February 24th, 2020.
For more information visit the official website here.
Various levels of competition
Schools must pay memberships and team fees (from $295 AUD), so there may be a cost for students depending on the school
No technical skills needed
Depends on various levels of competition
Teacher register school/students through website