Match Official Manager, Southern States – Rugby Australia – Melbourne

Rugby Australia (Rugby AU) the governing body of Rugby Union in Australia, is looking for a strong Match Official Manager. Working as part of the Rugby Services team within the Community Rugby Department and reporting to the Match Official Manager – Community Rugby, the Southern States Match Official Manager, will be responsible for assisting in the implementation and development of the Rugby AU’s Match Officials Strategy in ACT, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

The role includes overseeing the implementation of programs developed by Rugby Australia, including coordinating and delivering match official education programs that further enhance rugby education in these areas. Key performance indicators of the position include:

  • Match Official satisfaction rating in each of the Unions
  • Smart Rugby / Accreditation levels
  • Returning / New referees

Closing of Code of Conduct issues pertaining to Referees




  • Develop strategies to grow participation of match officials in ACT/Vic/SA/Tas.
  • Identification and development of emerging match official talent in ACT/Vic/SA/Tas.
  • Set the strategic direction for and coordinate ACT/Vic/SA/Tas Match Official Panels and Regional Development initiatives.
  • Represent the Rugby AU at national refereeing, rugby and sporting symposiums as requested.


  • Act as the primary point of contact for Match Officials for ACT/Vic/SA/Tas.
  • Liaise with ACT/Vic/SA/Tas Referee Associations to ensure best practice and compliance with Rugby AU policies.
  • Lead and support all volunteer Match Official Education and Match Official Development Staff in ACT/Vic/SA/Tas.
  • Coordinate implementation of National Talent ID programs in ACT/Vic/SA/Tas.
  • Coordination and delivery of Rugby AU Match Official courses in ACT/Vic/SA/Tas.
  • Liaise with Match Officials Manager – Community Rugby to further develop Match Official Education Courses.
  • Work with State Union Coach Education staff in ACT/Vic/SA/Tas to set course calendar for ACT/Vic/SA/Tas.
  • Organise all the appropriate course materials for courses.
  • Promotion of courses via website, clubs, schools, development staff.
  • In conjunction with ACT/Vic/SA/Tas Referee Associations oversee referee coaches, and coordinate referee review and selection meetings.
  • Manage logistics for all Association meetings, phone hook ups or education seminars.

Competition Pathways:

  • Support match official activities at various Development Pathways Competitions.
  • Coordinate education for School Scholarship Referees in ACT/Vic/SA/Tas.

Advocacy, Leadership & Support:

  • Initiate and support the implementation of strategies that foster closer relationships between referees, players, coaches, selectors, media and administrators in ACT/Vic/SA/Tas.
  • Promote the reputation of ACT/Vic/SA/Tas and Australian Match Officials.
  • Promote activities and achievements of referees on social media and via the Rugby AU referee website.


  • Update / maintain accreditation and education details on the national databases – Rugby Learning Centre and Rugby Link.
  • Update / maintain database of all Match Officials and their accreditations.


  • Oversee the application and submission process for program funding for the states, including fulfilling any reporting duties.


  • If applicable, remain active officiating (or referee coaching) at lower levels within the State Associations.


Skills and Experience:

  • Appropriate tertiary degree or relevant experience.
  • Meet requirements of Working with Children Check.
  • Strong communication skills, written & verbal ability to develop & deliver presentations on program direction.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including an ability to analyse, plan, monitor, evaluate and prioritise.
  • Ability to deliver practical programs and projects.
  • Ability to initiate, monitor and review projects and activities in line with organisational plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to think, plan and mobilize others to act strategically.
  • Working knowledge and experience in rugby (coaching experience [L3] desirable)
  • Disciplined Budget management experience.
  • Previous management experience with a demonstrated ability to maintain relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders.



  • Match official experience in a sport.
  • Match official experience in Rugby Union.
  • Experience in sport at grass roots level.
  • Experience in sport at the high-performance level.
  • Previous position held in local sporting organisation’s.
  • Previous volunteer experience in sport.

To apply please send your CV and cover letter supporting your application to Georgie Dickson at

Applications close Friday, 13th July 2018

Rugby Australia is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to improving employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians.