How to become a referee

Here are the steps you need to follow to become a Rugby Union Match Official:

STEP 1 - LEARN TO REFEREE
Complete the appropriate referee course for your age and ability
If you have senior experience in playing/coaching and want to Referee or Referee Coach, you may be eligible for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

STEP 2 - COMPLETE THE ONLINE LAW EXAM
Once you have attended your refereeing course you will need to complete a simple online law exam to be accredited

STEP 3 - REGISTER TO REFEREE FOR THE SEASON
Once you have completed your refereeing course and online law exam (your registration will not be approved until you have completed these) you will need to register to be a referee for the season so that you are covered by insurance. Registering also ensures that we have your up to date contact details, and details of your availability each weekend, as well as what you want to get out of refereeing this year. Following your course you will be emailed the details on how to register

STEP 4 - COLLECT YOUR FREE UNIFORM / REFEREE RESOURCES
Once you have registered you will need to come in to Brumbies HQ to collect your new uniform, whistle, red and yellow cards, law book and other referee resources (these are all free)

STEP 5 - REFEREE APPOINTMENTS

Once you have completed all the steps above, you will be ‘graded’, which means that you will be given an age group that you are most suited to refereeing. For example, if you are 13 years old and new to refereeing, you will usually be graded into the ‘Junior E Panel’, which means that you will be refereeing teams from U8s-U10s, or if you are an adult who has played rugby, you may be in the ‘Junior A Panel’, which is U16div1 matches.
As you gain confidence and experience in refereeing, you will move up the grading panels to more challenging matches, depending on your availability and preference.

You will then be sent an email during the week (usually on a Tuesday) if you have an appointment for that weekend. If you are not available for the match you have been appointed to you will have to contact Brumbies Rugby as early as possible in the week and we can find another match that suits you, or you may choose to have the weekend off.

All final appointments are emailed out to all referees every Friday afternoon and uploaded to the Weekly Referee Appointments page of the Brumbies website

STEP 6 - REFEREE DEVELOPMENT
Keep fit by attending ACTRRA Training Sessions
Attend the ACTRRA pre-season seminar at the start of each season
Attend Monthly Education Meetings
Check the Referee Development Resources section of the Brumbies website for useful resources