Become a Referee
Refereeing is a fun, exciting, non-contact way to be involved with Rugby League.
Not only do you get to see all the action from the best seat on the field, but its a great way to keep fit and meet new and interesting people.
The Level 1 referee course will teach you the fundamentals of the referees involvement in the game.
Due to COVID the Foundation 1 course is completely online with online modules to complete and a 2 hour webinar.
Don't worry, we won't throw you in the deep end. You'll start off in the younger age groups under the watchful eye of one of our senior referees or CMO's (Coach of Match Officials) who'll support you as you build your confidence.
Registration is open to anyone who is 13 years or older. Maybe you are still playing and want to earn some serious cash or you've decided to stop playing but want to stay involved and fit. No matter what your age, boy or girl, refereeing could be for you.
What are the next steps to becoming a referee
Registrations are open for the 2020 season.
Here are the steps to get you started.
Enroll in the Foundation 1 course
* New sessions are being added all the time so check back if you can't make any of the ones currently open.
2. You will need to register to our association by clicking on the below link.
There are some fees payable with your registration, please select 1st Year Referee when asked, as it is inclusive of the below fees.
Membership, Insurance and Uniform Deposit
A $25 membership fee and $100 uniform deposit is required to protect the association from people getting all their uniform and then not refereeing. This uniform deposit is fully refundable at the end of the year providing you officiate for the full year. Your uniform will consist of on-field jersey, shorts, socks, association polo and flag. Your uniform is 100% subsidised.
3. You will need to attend a general meeting to be voted into the association. If you have completed the course and have your uniform you can officiate prior to be voted in. You will be notified when the meetings occur.
You can choose your availability such as times and grounds that you officiate at, the appointments officer will attempt to work around your games or other commitments. An availability form will be sent out to everyone early 2020.
New officials will be advised when they can pick up their uniform, but cannot officiate until they have completed the course and completed their online registration. The quicker the administrative tasks are completed the quicker you can get on the field with most officials hitting the paddock the weekend after they complete the course.
Pathway to NRL
Refereeing offers a defined path to NRL just as playing does.
As you progress through the local junior age groups you will have the opportunity to officiate at representative levels. As you progress and develop into the senior competitions, individuals are selected for the Academy whereby you have the opportunity to move on to the state level competition, the Intrust Super Cup. Officials here are one step away from officiating NRL matches.
Its a fun ride as you develop and increase your skills, you'll make new friends and learn what it's like to be rewarded for your hard effort.
Everyone has the opportunity to develop, improve and reach your NRL dream.
There are ten levels of referee accreditation
Foundation 1 – (4 hours Face to Face course) Attendance at the course permits a person aged up to 18 years to referee U6 – U12 age groups, and a person over the age of 18 may referee games for U6-U17 year old players.
Foundation 2 – (On-Field Assessment & Self-paced online components)Can commence upon completion of the Foundation 1 course. Encompasses the Australian Sports Commission General Principles of Officiating online module, plus two (2) on-field assessments by a Referee Assessor and completion of a self-paced Online course. Completion of the course permits a person aged up to 18 years to referee up to 2 years below their age, and a person over the age of 18 may referee games at all age groups.
Talent 1 – (On-Field Assessment & Self-paced online components)Upon completion of the Foundation 2 course a referee can complete the Talent 1 course by completing a further two (2) on-field assessments by a Referee Assessor and completion of a self-paced Online course. Completion of the course permits a person aged up to 18 years to referee up to 1 year below their age, and a person over the age of 18 may referee games at all age groups
Talent 2 – (On-Field Assessment & Face to Face course)Upon completion of the Talent 1 course a referee can move to the Talent 2 course by completing a further two (2) on-field assessments by a Referee Assessor and successful attendance at a 6 hour Face to Face presentation. Completion of the course permits a person referee games at all age groups.
Elite 1 - To be eligible a referee must have officiated in a Tier 2 competition such as NSW or QLD Cup. This also involves attending a Coaching Match Officials Level 2 course.
Elite 2 - To be eligible a referee must have officiated in the NRL competition.
Mastery - A Match Official is required to show appropriately defined qualifications and showed “service to the game”, within officiating, over an extended period.
LeagueTag - Required to attend Foundation 1 course Permits a person aged up to 16 years to referee up to U18 age groups, and a person over the age of 16 may referee games for all age groups.