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.