There are many opportunities to officiate in Rugby, such as becoming a Referee, Touch Judge or Referee Coach.
As a Referee you can be involved at a level that suits your skills, experience or desire. You can contact your State Referee Manager or Development Officer for more information on how to become involved.
Kids Rugby is designed to introduce players gradually to the game through modified Laws. This is an ideal starting point for the young teenager or the parent of players participating in these games.
Junior (U19 Laws) Games
For players aged 13-19 years, there are modified Laws that incorporate safety elements for the developing player. Ideally you should be aged 15 years or above to referee at these levels.
There are a range of games played at different levels in local club competitions that can cater for the all levels of Referees. As your skills and experience grow you can move to higher level club matches with opportunities for talented Referees to advance to the highest levels of the game.
As we know, Rugby has inherent risks, and as such each coach and referee must ensure a safe environment as practically possible for the players. Therefore underpinning the training programs for Referees and Referee Coaches is the ARU SmartRugby program which provides all coaches and referees with the best practice principles for all the contact elements of the game. It is compulsory for all Referees and Referee Coaches involved at Mini level games and above to complete this program every two years.
Touch Judging offers and alternative way of getting involved in the game that can also be very rewarding. There are no age restrictions for touch judges. This is an ideal way for younger people to be involved or for mums, dads, brothers and sisters to help out with the junior games.
Referee Coaching offers you a career path, either as an alternative to becoming a Referee or once your refereeing days are over. A well-structured pathway allows you to become a Referee Coach at the Elite level and in some instances an international performance reviewer of referees. Training for Referee Coaches commences with a one day program that provides basic information on the role of the Referee Coach.