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Officials play a vital role in every sport. By volunteering their time, officials are the reason the game can go on. Most sporting competitions would be unable to function without them.

Officiating can be a challenging role and, unfortunately, there are times when officials are subjected to harassment and abuse. A good official can positively influence a player’s experience and enjoyment of sport by ensuring their approach is in line with the aims of the competition. To help understand your role as an official, there are a number of online resources available.

Officiating resources

For officiating information and resources, your state or national body is a good first port of call, with many useful officiating sections available online.  

Education and accreditation

If you’re new to officiating, the Australian Sports Commission has a free, online community officiating course that’s ideal for beginners.

If you’ve been officiating for a while, undertaking training to become an accredited official is the next important step. The Australian Sporting Commission’s National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS) has the involvement of more than 40 sports and is recognised by national and state sporting organisations. It’s a great way of ensuring quality officiating across all sports.
The NOAS is a progressive official education program for officials offering courses at various levels. Some are face-to-face, some are online and include:
  • General officiating principles – aspects of officiating common to all sports
  • Sport-specific officiating – rules, skills and techniques of officiating in a particular sport.

For more information on becoming an accredited official, contact your State or National Sporting Organisation.