Officiating

Western Australia is considered a leader in the field in the development and promotion of sports officials.

Officiating in sport and recreation

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.

Who are officials?

An official is any person who controls the actual play of a competition by the application of the rules and laws of the sport to make judgements on the rule infringements, performance, time or score.

The department's position on officials

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.

Position on officials in sport

Officiating Strategy Framework

The department is developing an officiating strategy framework to assist in supporting coaching at all levels in Western Australia.

Why do we need officials?

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.

Benefits of being an official

  • Enjoyment and satisfaction
  • Career path
  • Development to elite level
  • Potential for financial rewards
  • Personal development
  • Fitness and health
  • Social interaction
  • Opportunity to travel
  • Opportunity for parents or partners to be involved in sport.

Officials require but are not limited to the following skills:

  • Decision-making
  • Interpersonal communications
  • People management
  • Knowledge of the rules
  • Understanding of the game
  • Appropriate level of fitness
  • Sense of humour
  • Courage and confidence.

Becoming a sports official

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.

Training and events for officials

The department is committed to raising the profile, expertise and experience of officials in Western Australia.

Professional development opportunities for officials are the cornerstone of this process.

We have a comprehensive program to provide accredited training and professional development opportunities for officials at the community level through to the elite.

Coaches and Officials Breakfast Club

The department's Coaches and Officials Breakfast provides an excellent opportunity for industry sport coaches and officials to gather together and learn from experts in their field.

The breakfast will allow coaches and officials at all levels of sport to gain knowledge and insight into current trends, best practices, programs and initiatives within their fields. In the past a range of local, national and international coaches and officials have attended as guest speakers. This event also provides an excellent opportunity for coaches and officials to network with each other.

Industry Sports Coaches and Officials Awards

The Industry Sports Coaches and Officials Awards was established to provide State Sporting Associations the opportunity to recognise and reward coaches and officials for outstanding contribution and commitment to sport in WA.

In nominating people for the awards sports can celebrate the achievements of their coaches and officials over the past 24 months. This event is committed to providing a platform for sports to recognise and reward their talented coaches and officials and as such there are no overall winners.

Unconscious Bias and Faulty Thinking presentation

Presented by Alistair Box from Total Leader and Coach Solutions.

Funding and scholarships for officials

Thed epartment 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.

All you need is an interest in sport and a willingness to be involved.

The department offers training and programs to assist the development of officials and supports State Sporting Associations with providing the resources and investments. For more information on funding, scholarship and programs specific to your sport contact your State Sporting Association.

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Resources for officials

Australian Sports Commission officials resources

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

More information

Philip Gregson

Coordinator Talent Development — Sport and Recreation
Telephone 61 8 9492 9722
Email Philip Gregson

Page reviewed 05 July 2019