Standard Operating Procedures

The Standard Operating Procedures is the official document that sets out the rules and format of the Schools' Competition.

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21. Code of Conduct for Participants and Spectators

Debating SA believes firmly that each and every participant has the right to participate in a respectful, safe and supportive environment. Therefore, all persons involved in our programme, such as teachers, coaches, parents and other spectators, are required to adhere to the following Code of Conduct:

Members of the audience:

TURN OFF MOBILE PHONES OR OTHER DEVICES SUCH AS ELECTRONIC GAMES. Spectators are asked to behave in a way that is respectful to debaters and models best conduct. The use of electronic devices such as mobile phones or games, or other (non-electronic) items which could potentially cause audible and/or visual distraction to speakers, are not permitted during a debate.

DO NOT SPEAK DURING THE DEBATE. Spectators should refrain from talking (or whispering) while a debate is in session. They must not make any gestures, or noises or otherwise engage in any conduct which could potentially distract a speaker or others. Younger children who wish to attend must also adhere to this requirement otherwise, they should not attend a debate. It may not always be practicable or appropriate for very young children to attend.

DO NOT ENTER THE ROOM WHILE A DEBATER IS SPEAKING. Spectators should only enter or exit a debating room during the short break between speakers if a debate is in session. Entering/exiting audience members should move discreetly and quietly so that the debaters and the adjudicator can focus on their respective tasks without interruption

NO VIDEO RECORDING OR PHOTOS of any proceedings in any debate is permitted except with the express and prior consent of all the individual participants involved and of Debating SA


If an adjudicator believes that an audience member's behaviour is unacceptable, the adjudicator may ask the audience member to leave.

Persistent breaches of these expectations may result in particular individuals being excluded from attending future Debating SA events.

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