Adjudicators endeavour to check their results thoroughly before they announce a winner, or log their information into our database. However, mistakes do happen, and if you notice something wrong on your scoresheet, please contact the Schools Coordinator.
The Tasmanian Debating Union expects adjudicators to uphold standards of fairness and appropriate and respectful conduct at all times. If you are dissatisfied with the conduct of an adjudicator, please fill out our online complaints form.
The TDU online database is intended as a tool for raising the profile of debating, and providing up-to-date and detailed feedback to teams and debaters.
Adjudicators are required to undertake training, and to shadow adjudicate debates to the satisfaction of an existing adjudicator before qualifying as an accredited adjudicator. Adjudicators may obtain different levels of accreditation, based on their expertise and experience, including achieving nationally recognised accreditation. Contact the Chief Adjudicator for more information.
The TDU is run by volunteers who believe that critical thinking and the ability to communicate ideas are skills that everybody should learn. Adjudicators receive an honorarium for their service, but the TDU does not have any paid staff.