Officials are an essential part of sport. They make sure everyone plays by the rules, that the game is safe and that the spirit of the game/event is observed and enjoyed by all. They have no stake in the outcome of the game/event.
The term 'official' includes all persons who, by whatever
designation, officiate on technical aspects at a sporting event, e.g.,
referee, umpire, judge, etc.
Recent statistics indicate that Australian sport faces a crisis, with a declining number of officials being recruited and/or retained. Abuse and lack of respect have been identified as major causes.
Although officials are the object of the abuse, they cannot drive
reform, nor should they be expected to. Sporting clubs, coaches,
players, parents, and spectators can all influence the experience of
officials and contribute to their retention. Tips for management
committees in supporting their club’s officials:
Providing up-to-date information for officials is vital so they
continue to improve and provide the best possible quality officiating.
As such, the Department of Sport and Recreation is committed to providing development opportunities across Western Australia.
The following opportunities are regularly made available to officials at all levels:
The National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS) is a national
education and training system for officials at all levels. For beginner
officials in particular, it is a great opportunity to learn about
officiating and also gain an industry-recognised qualification.
The NOAS has a vision that all Australian sporting participants,
irrespective of their age, gender, level of sporting ability or choice
of sport, have access to highly qualified and experienced officials.
Following NOAS accreditation, officials are required to fulfil
updating requirements over a set period, as determined by their National
Sporting Organisation, in order to keep their accreditation current.
The General Principles course equips the beginner official with
appropriate officiating methods and the confidence to officiate at the
introductory level of the sport.
Some sports include this in their courses while others encourage it
to be completed externally before attending the sport specific course.
To assist officials, DSR delivers this course regularly throughout the
A quick reference guide
Latest coaching and officiating news
Sample meeting agenda.
Is your sport and recreation club inclusive?
Physical or “active” recreation is a physical activity that a person voluntarily undertakes in their leisure time for the
purpose of mental and/or physical satisfaction.
The Department of Sport and Recreation seeks to promote, encourage and support strategies to minimise harm from alcohol and other drug use in the interests of the health and safety of those participating in sporting and recreational activities.
So you want to start a club? Here is a step-by-step guide to help you through the process.
Training and courses facilitated by the department for officials.
Physical activity is important for the health and wellbeing of women.
A national education and training system for officials at all levels and an industry recognised qualification.
Every child has the right to participate in sport and recreation activities without risk to their physical and emotional well-being.
Planning is the key to the future for all clubs, no matter the activity or size.
An operational or business plan is derived from the strategic plan.
Job description template
Being physically active is important for the health and wellbeing of Australians.
The Department of Sport and Recreation supports the active involvement of well-trained, skilled and informed people delivering coaching services at community level through to supporting elite athletes. Good quality coaching will ensure that participants' experience in sport and recreation is positive, safe and fun.
Everything you need to know on how to be a great President.
The DSR Widget is a small application that displays and rotates through a list of news items from a list of sports related news feeds.
Job description template
Managing sporting or recreational events requires a lot of planning. Some require a permit.
People with disabilities are entitled to access opportunities to benefit from the social, physical and
health benefits of participation in community sport and recreation.
Coaches are an integral part of sport. They are motivators, skill developers, guides, mentors and community role
Everything you ever wanted to know on how to be a great Secretary.
How to be a smart and efficient club Treasurer.
Deliverers of sporting and recreational activities have the responsibility to provide a safe environment.
Physical inactivity is detrimental to the health and wellbeing of Australians.
The State Government condemns the use of banned performance-enhancing substances and other doping and drug-taking in sport and recreation.
The latest funding deadlines and announcements for the sport and recreation industry.
This document provides information on the aim of the strategic plan and gives a timeframe as to how long the plan is valid, for example two to five years.
Cycling is a popular physical activity which is suitable for people of all ages. It can be undertaken as a form of exercise or for transport.
Successfully chair meetings from the club AGM to the simplest monthly meetings.
Implementing an alcohol policy in your sporting club will take time. Planning and some necessary strategies need to be undertaken before producing a written policy.
The Department of Sport and Recreation have loads of information sheets and booklets available for coaches and officials on their website, along with links to the Australian Sports Commission website and other relevant sites.
The Volunteers (Protection from Liability) Act 2002 was proclaimed on 1 January 2003.
Dr Karen Martin, School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia May 2010
Gillian Street and Ray James: Mentally Healthy WA
Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer Control, Curtin University
The sport and recreation industry is represented by industry bodies.
To enable representative athletes to compete in national championships Western Australian parents and State sporting associations currently need to raise up to twice the amount of funds as their eastern states counterparts. This situation is contrary to Federation principles.
RSS is a file format that is used to let people know when a certain website or part of a website has been updated with new content.
News and information for regional Western Australia.
A guide on how to recognise your volunteers
Ten steps to running a successful meeting.
Western Australia has a proud sporting tradition with an outstanding array of high performance achievements.
Great fundraising ideas for clubs.
The State Government will be guided by a series of principles to ensure Western Australia's long-term interests are protected when considering its options for funding support to a National
Sport Organisation (NSO).
The Sports Officials Awards were established in 1999 to recognise and reward an official from each sport for their outstanding contribution to sport in Western Australia.
Western Australians are encouraged to incorporate physical activity into their daily activities or chores as all activity
is beneficial to health.
Recruiting volunteers better – a quick reference guide.
Help for the overworked committee member.
The Officiating Advisory Group advises the Department of Sport and Recreation on strategies and policies to develop and support the role of sporting officials in Western Australia.
Great fundraising ideas for clubs.
The Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) considers quality governance as vital to the future development of sport and recreation organisations. Good governance is a sound investment in quality sport and recreation service provision for the benefit of the Western Australian community.
South West Academy of Sport articles in the South Western Times
A regular check of our Sport and Recreation Update is a great way to keep up-to-date with what's happening in sport and recreation in your region and across WA.
Sample meeting agenda.
How to work together to solve your club's problems.
Sport and recreation has a bigger role in our everyday lives than we think.
Independent report March 2010.
The Department of Sport and Recreation advocates for sport and recreation settings which are harassment-free and encourage greater participation by Western Australians.
The Australian Sports Commission 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 of Sport and Recreation. For further information on the National Official Accreditation Scheme and the Australian Sports Commission please check their website.
We want you as a volunteer in sport and recreation! Volunteers help power community sport and recreation. Offering your time and skills can be as simple as just an hour or two a week.
Understanding Indigenous participation in sport and physical activity may help to identify ways to encourage Indigenous Australians to become more active.
Participation in sport and physical activity is fundamental to the health and development of our children and youth.
Link to www.govolunteer.com.au/
Simple tips to creating a marketing plan to promote your club.
The quality of education for coaches and officials relies on trained presenters, assessors and mentors to deliver, assess and develop coaches and officials.
The Chronicle is a regular newsletter of the Indigenous Sport Program.
A checklist to determine your club's current practices across a range of health issues.
Link to www.volunteeringwa.org.au
If it is not appropriate for a national championship to be hosted in WA (e.g. due to lack of a suitable facility) then the NSO should ensure that a program variation format delivering similar benefits is in place.
DSR believes that all NSOs should adopt an approach to hosting national championships that enhance the nationwide development of their sport.
DSR is committed to inclusive practices that encourage participation in physical activity of all people, regardless of their age, gender, cultural background, sexual orientation, disability, income and geographical location.
The rights and responsibilities of volunteers.
How to get, look after and keep a sponsor.
Throughout the year DSR conducts several workshop, breakfasts and other professional development opportunities for the Sport and Recreation industry.
Participation in physical activity is important for the health and wellbeing of all Australians. It also provides a range
of social, environmental and economic benefits for individuals and communities.
A policy to ensure club's health practices.
It is important to understand why some people choose to be physically active and why others do not.
The Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) recognises the value of sport and recreation to the Indigenous community and is committed to increasing participation in physical activity and building community capacity.
This regular e-newsletter will keep you up to date with current research, information and events relating to active recreation in Western Australia.
Your club constitution and how to become incorporated.
The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for juniors towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state or national competition.
Job Description template.
The Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) holds integrity in sport as the basis of sport's reputation for fair and ethical behaviour. DSR acknowledges that leadership from industry is critical to the maintenance of community confidence in the integrity in sport.
Sample meeting minutes.
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Sport and physical activities that are not conducted by a club, community club, recreation or fitness centre are known
In the context of junior sport and to protect young people from harm, the Department of Sport and Recreation does not support alcohol sponsorship. DSR strongly urges sport and recreation clubs and associations to seek sponsorships from companies other than those producing and promoting alcoholic beverages.
Guidelines for clubs.
How to effectively manage volunteers so that you keep the ones you've currently got while attracting new ones to your club.
Organised sport and physical activity refers to sport and physical activities that are conducted in full or part by a club, community group, recreation or fitness centre.
The Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) supports access and opportunities for mature-aged participation in sport and recreation and physical activity because of the physical, social and emotional benefits it offers.
Member protection policy for clubs.
Information on the exercise, recreation and sporting activities of Australians.
Use this checklist to assist with the development of your risk management action plan.
Participation in sport and physical activity is important for the health and wellbeing of seniors. Benefits for seniors include improved physical and mental health, reduced risk of disease, social interaction, increased self-esteem, lifelong independence and overall wellbeing.
The Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) considers there should be no financial benefit to a sport from any form of structural separation, i.e. by age, by gender, by geography or by activity.
How to welcome people of diverse backgrounds into your club.
Social trends in Australia and their impact on sport and recreation.
The Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) supports the active involvement of qualified officials preferably with accreditation appropriate to their level of involvement in sport and recreation. Appropriate qualifications are those provided through the national accreditation schemes and supported by the relevant sporting organisations.