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The Canberra District Rugby League Referees Association are looking to recruit referees for the upcoming season and are holding a training course this weekend at the Raiders Club in Belconnen from 9am.

Any person wishing to undertake the Referees Course should contact the Executive Officer via email on  or 0410 626 415 for more information, as there is a process which needs to be undertaken before you can take part in the course.

Application Process

1. Initial Face to Face or Telephone interview

The Director Recruitment or another Board Member will speak to the prospective Referee outlining the ideals of the Association and explaining how the Association operates and ensure that the person fully understands the role of the Referee.

2. Online Course

Comprising 10 modules – self paced. Candidates are required to logon to and select Get Involved | Referee | Become a Referee. Scroll down to Become a Referee. Select the Course for Canberra. Courses will also be run in Cooma & Goulburn. Select New South Wales as the State.

Select Register. You will be presented with three options. If you have played Rugby League or qualified as a Coach, FAO or LeagueSafe, select Request Username & Password, otherwise Register for the First Time. From the next point you will be required to enter your personal details and Pay via Credit Card. The $25.00 is a mandatory payment to the NRL. Upon completion of the modules the applicant prints out the certificate and contacts the Director Recruitment.

3. Induction sessions – Introduction to Association, signals, whistles, positioning

4-5 hour session conducted on designated Saturdays (10am-3pm)
Venue: Raiders Club, Belconnen unless notified differently upon registration. The applicant is introduced to various members of the Association and any local arrangements are discussed. Sessions are also conducted on the use of signals, whistle and field positioning.

4. Working with Vulnerable Children Check

From 2015, all Referees over the age of 16 will be required to apply for the ACT Working with Vulnerable Children card. The application process can be completed at any Canberra Connect shopfront. There is no charge.

5. Coaching & Assessment

The Referee-in-Training will be appointed to games and coaching provided by senior Members of the Referees Association.


People referee for many reasons. For some it is putting something back into the game they love, others find the rigours of physical contact too demanding, others make a career out of it, it is a good way to keep up your fitness and for some it is the perfect way of getting some extra pocket money.

Finally for some it is the fact that Rugby League is well organised with all Coaches, LeagueSafe, Trainers and First Aid Officers required to be accredited to a national standard.

The Canberra District Rugby League Referees Association provides Referees for all Rugby League matches conducted in Canberra and the surrounding Districts. We have approximately 125 members of which about Eighty (80) of these are active Referees participating each weekend.

As well as the Australian Capital Territory, our area includes Boorowa, Braidwood, Bungendore, Crookwell, Cooma, Goulburn, Harden, Queanbeyan and Yass. On any weekend, our members will participate in games spread over 26 venues (16 Junior League venues, 4 Canberra Raiders Cup venues and 6 George Tooke venues).

We will referee approximately 130 games of Rugby League each weekend. In addition to this we officiate at all ACT Schools Rugby League matches, Arrive Alive games and participate in a Referee Exchange with Western Suburbs. Our Association also provides Referees for the Peel School Cup Carnival in Tamworth.

Some objectives of the Association are to:

· provide Referees for Rugby League within the area:

· administer the laws of Rugby League;

· promote interest in the knowledge of the laws of Rugby League;

· foster the interest of the Association;

· foster the game of Rugby League within the above framework;

· promote the social and other interests of the members.

The association maintains close links with the Canberra Region Rugby League, and Canberra Raiders and are actively involved in promoting rugby league with these bodies.

More information on Canberra Referees at

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.