Smart Rugby, our Occupational Health and Safety Program for Rugby, is the compulsory minimum requirement for every referee participating in rugby where there is a tackling component (U8+).
The Australian Rugby Union will recognise current equivalent qualifications from overseas. A referee seeking ARU accreditation upon coming to Australia must:
Some candidates may qualify for RPL or RCC based on their previous rugby experience. In these cases, candidates may not be required to attend courses, and may move straight to the assessment stage of obtaining their accreditation. This provision is designed for outstanding candidates with significant standing in the rugby community only.
Such candidates must still obtain Smart Rugby qualification before passing the relevant Law Exam and Competency Assessment if applicable to the level of accreditation they are seeking to determine competency.
No Referee under the age of 17 should be appointed to a 15s match within 2 years below their own age group. eg. if a referee is in the U15 age group, they may appointed to referee the U13s and below.
No Referee under the age of 17 should be appointed to a 7s match at a level above their own age group. eg. if a referee is in the U15 age group, they may appointed to referee the U15s and below.
No Assistant Referee under the age of 17 should be appointed to a match more than 2 years above their own age group. eg. if a referee is in the U13 age group, they may be appointed to assistant referee in the U15s and below.
Exceptions to the above may be made in rare cases where a referee may benefit from a development experience in a controlled environment with appropriate support from ARs and referee coaches. Under no circumstances may a referee be regularly appointed outside of these guidelines.