Become a Referee

It’s easy to become a referee and start refereeing!

The first step is to attend one of the two courses below, and you’re on your way. The minimum age to become a rugby union referee is 13.

If you wish to start refereeing U8 to U12…
You need to attend a course called “Refereeing Kids Rugby”. It takes 3 hours and is usually held on a week night evening. This course incorporates SmartRugby and its minimum age is 13.

If you wish to start refereeing U13 and above…
You need to attend a course called “Foundation”. It’s the same course that people wanting to be a player coach of players U13 and above attend, although the group is split into coaches and referees at some points. It takes 8 hours and is usually held on a weekend, often a Sunday. This course incorporates SmartRugby and its minimum age is 15.

Details of course dates, course costs, how to register and other information can be provided by your local State Union, as all courses are co-ordinated and delivered by State Union staff and their volunteers.

After the course…
You will need to join a Referee Association. There are many referee associations across Australia. Your State Union can give you more information on which Referee Association it would be appropriate for you to join once you have completed your course.

If you wish to become a Touch Judge / Assistant Referee…
You need to attend a course called “Level 1 Assistant Referee”. It takes 3 hours and is usually held on a week night evening. This course does not incorporate SmartRugby, and its minimum age is 13.

Details of course dates, course costs, how to register and other information can be provided by your local State Union, as all courses are co-ordinated and delivered by State Union staff and their volunteers.

If you need more information or have any questions, please contact the ARU here and select “Match Officiating” in the Reason for Contact.