Becoming a Victorian Official is an opportunity to work in a fun and welcoming environment, learn new skills and provide Victorian athlete’s the opportunity to progress through the junior and senior ranks.

With numerous roles and events including; cross country, road, walks, track and field, there is an opportunity for everyone.

The Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme (AAOES) is a joint initiative between Athletics Australia and Jetstar Little Athletics and will provide a seamless and transparent education pathway for all Victoria Officials.

With the endorsement of the Australian Sport Commission a new online learning portal has been introduced along with face-to-face course delivery.

Become a Victorian Official

  • Think you know your athletics?
  • Do you enjoy competition?
  • Or do you just want to be in and amongst the action trackside?

Whether you’re a parent seeking further involvement in your child’s chosen sport, or an athlete or coach looking to gain a new perspective on your craft, officiating is a great way to appreciate and learn about athletics when you don’t want to run, jump, or throw.

Contact Athletics Victoria on 03 8646 4500 or email for more information on how to become a Victorian Official.

Officials Qualification Levels

Level 0

The ‘Introductory Officiating General Principles’ on-line course has been developed to assist officials in learning the basic skills they will need to officiate effectively.

This is not compulsory for Athletics officials but is strongly recommended.

Level 1

Level 1 is the entry level (first athletics specifics level) of the new Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme.

What is It?

Candidates must complete online learning and pass a multiple-choice quiz. The learning and quiz will focus on ensuring the candidate has a basic understanding of the rules of the discipline they are attempting.

Level 2

Level 2 is the next stage of the AAOES. It is targeted at Officials wishing to be appointed as a Chief or Referee at State level and a Chief at National level.

 What is it?

In Level 2, candidates will be required to complete practical requirements, attend seminars, complete online learning components and complete an exam. Rather than just testing the rules, candidates will be required to apply the rules and interpret certain situations.

Level 3

Level 3 is the highest accreditation offered in Australia. This will include seminars, practical components and a written exam.

As Level 3 is still being developed, candidates can complete the current Level A exam from the old scheme of Jetstar Little Athletics and Athletics Australia.

Level 4&5

Level 4 & 5 are qualification delivered at the International Level. In most cases, achieving these levels will mean continued demonstration of high level of officiating within Australia, and being invited to attend.

What happens to my qualifications in the new scheme?

The Scheme is aimed at being widely accessible and encourages a greater number of people to be provided with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge to conduct athletics competitions at all levels.

Officials will notice that the names of the levels have changed and in the future will be known as follows:

  • Club/Centre/School Official – AAOES Level 1 (Old grading – D)
  • State Level Official – AAOES Level 2 (Old grading – C&B)
  • National Level Official – AAOES Level 3 (Old grading – A)

All Officials qualifications will be updated to reflect the new scheme


It will be mandatory that Officials maintain their current qualification or seek a higher qualification within a four-year period or risk the possibility of being down-graded.

To maintain or attain a higher accreditation, each Official will be required to show evidence that they have been involved in a constant process of education and professional development.