How to Become a Match Official

Becoming a referee is easy. Your first step should be to contact the QRRA’s Admin Officer at, or on 0409 192 396. The Admin Officer will talk you through getting your qualification then the registration process, and before you know it you will be on the field!

People usually become involved through the following roles:

Assistant Referee

Sometimes called ‘Touch Judge’, the proper name in rugby is ‘Assistant Referee’, and this is a great way to start getting involved in refereeing rugby. To become a qualified Assistnat Referee, you need to do the Assistant Referee Level 1 course, followed by the online exam. Courses can be booked and exams completed via the Rugby Learning Centre.

Refereeing Kids Rugby

This course is designed for those interested in refereeing younger age groups, from U8-U12. It is also a great way for younger referees (up to the age of 14) to get involved with refereeing rugby. There is  Refereeing Kids Rugby course which provides you with a basic introduction to the laws of rugby, and how to be a referee. Courses can be booked via the Rugby Learning Centre.

Referee Level 1

If you would like to referee U12s or higher (including senior rugby), you need to get your Level 1 Refereeing qualification. This is the best qualification for anyone interested in becoming a referee who is aged 15 years or older. The first step is to attend a Foundation Course, followed by the online exam, then undertake a field competency test, which will usually occur once you have a few games under your belt. Your accreditation will then last for four years before needing renewal. Renewal requires an online exam and another competency test. You can find and book courses via the Rugby Learning Centre.