Officials

An integral part of any competition are the Officials who guide our programs and manage event day procedures. Highly trained and skilled in delivering athletics to all ages and abilities, Officials are the key to a successful sporting experience for our members.

Being an Official can open doors to wide range of events and experiences, as well as provide social opportunities within an exciting sport. Ongoing education and training, together with mentoring programs are central to the commitment Athletics Victoria provides our Officials.

Officials enjoy free membership as well as free education and accreditation courses.

2020/21 Officials Membership

Effective 1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021

Official membership provides access to insurance and member discounts through our partner program. This does not include club membership fees.

Officials must complete Level 0 at a minimum, 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.

Official Membership – FREE ($0)

2020/21 Terms & Conditions

Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme (AAOES)

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.

Officials Qualification Levels

Level 0Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4 & 5
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 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 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 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 Little Athletics and Athletics Australia.
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.