Officials are an essential part of sport who make a valuable contribution by facilitating a respectful, appreciative and supportive environment for everyone participating including spectators.
The department coordinates a number of programs, workshops,
accredited courses and scholarships to provide ongoing support and
development for officials.
Officials are an essential part of sport. They should be given an
opportunity to make a valuable contribution to sport by learning new
skills through education, training and mentoring. It is important to
create a respectful, appreciative and supportive environment for
everyone participating, including spectators.
An official is someone who controls the actual play of a competition (for example umpire, referee or judge) and administers the rules and laws of the sport to ensure the proper conduct of a sporting fixture in a safe environment.
An official ensures that the
athletes and participants are abiding by the rules and playing in the
spirit of the game. They are also there to ensure the game/event is
observed and enjoyed by all.
Officials require but are not limited to the following skills:
All you need is an interest in
sport and a willingness to be involved. If you would like more
information about becoming an official in your sport contact your State Sporting Association.
The department offers training and
programs to assist the development of officials and supports State
Sporting Associations by providing the resources and investments. For
more information on funding, scholarship and programs specific to your
sport contact your State Sporting Association.
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) offers a wide variety of training programs and resources to assist officials to develop in their role. Many of these are facilitated by the department.
Sport Australia information for officials
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