Registration for the schools' competition closes in early-March, although interest can always be expressed for the next season. Information and forms relating to registration can be found in the schools' competition section of this website.
Information on other competitions is provided in their respective section of this website, and significant announcements relating to events, including state team selections, training sessions and other tournaments, are circulated to all members of the TDU mailing list.
If you would like to subscribe to the mailing list, please contact the Secretary with your name, contact information and role.
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 contact the Chief Adjudicator who will seek to mediate the matter.
The TDU online database is intended as a tool for raising the profile of debating as a sport, 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 satisfcation 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.