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 (e.g. 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. 

More information on the department's position on officials.

Officiating Strategy Framework

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

Coaches and Officials Advisory Group

Recently the two advisory groups for coaching and officiating coordinated by the Department were merged into one group called the Coaches and Officials Advisory Group (COAG). The role of COAG is to act as an advisory group to develop strategies and initiatives to educate, train, recruit, recognise and promote coaches and officials at all levels within 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.

More information

Jaimi Rumbold

Project Support Officer Organisational Development - Sport and Recreation
Telephone 08 9492 9835
Email Jaimi Rumbold