How to become a Referee
Have you thought about becoming a referee but don't know what it involves or what to do? It is quite simple, and you don't need to have played the game before. You do need some passion for rugby, and a desire to give something to the game. You will be provided with training and guidance to see you through. If you have played rugby before then you may be able to use your experience to advance quickly through the grades.
Here are steps on how to become a Rugby Union Match Official (Referee, Assistant Referee):
STEP 1 - REGISTER WITH THE REFEREE ASSOCIATION
You must be registered with WA Referees in Rugby Xplorer. In order to register, members will either need to download the "Rugby Xplorer" app (iOS and Android) and follow the prompts, or complete registration online starting here: https://myaccount.rugby.com.au. You must be registered before you can be appointed to referee.
If you need help, you can go to the Rugby Australia's Resources page which includes a registration guide or contact the Admin Team on 0409 770 770 or email email@example.com
STEP 2 - ATTEND A COURSE
Please check for referee course details on the RugbyWA website at the Course Calendar page.
STEP 3 - RUGBY SAFETY (Smart Rugby)
Prior to being permitted to referee a game, all match officials and coaches must be accreditation with a Smart Rugby qualification. This can be obtained (and maintained) by attending a SMART RUGBY (2 hour) Seminar once every 2 years or completing the online tutorial in the Rugby Learning Center.
Note - the foundation and Refereeing Kids Rugby course includes Smart Rugby accreditation. To register for a course click here.
STEP 4 - GETTING REFEREE ACCREDITATION
Once you have completed a course do the following.
STEP 5 - REFEREE DEVELOPMENT
So how much do you get paid?
You do not receive match payments, but reimbursement of ~$40 per game. For student referees, these are distributed monthly. For senior referees, these are distributed at season end to cover your costs.
Rugby Australia Referee Scholarships:
Every year up and coming young referees from Year 12 can apply for an RA Referee Scholarship. Those selected are provided guidance and mentoring to develop and improve their refereeing in the hope they will go on to obtain level 2 refereeing and referee senior matches, or perhaps even bigger and better things with their refereeing career. These young referees are given opportunities to attend Western Force matches where they may be appointed to assist the match day officials in some capacity. Those students interested in a scholarship should talk to the WARURA secretary.