An adjudicator’s role is to impartially adjudicate the debate and apply the rules of debating. Adjudicators should put themselves in the position of the “average reasonable person” when assessing the persuasiveness of arguments.
All SADA adjudicators undertake a rigorous accreditation process, which includes a written test and being peer reviewed by senior adjudicators, prior to being allowed to adjudicate with the SADA. In a testament to the high quality of the SADA's adjudicator training and accrediation process, a number of SADA adjudicators have passed the even more demanding National Adjudicator Accreditation test, which is administered independently by the Australian Debating Federation.
Like debaters, adjudicators improve with experience and coaching. Accordingly, each year the SADA runs a refresher course on adjudicating for all adjudicators and the SADA's senior adjudicators peer review adjudicators throughout the year to provide advice and identify areas which could benefit from improvement. To ensure the integrity of our adjudicator pool, school students and teachers are not allowed to adjudicate.