Officiating in sport

The Northern Territory Institute of Sport coordinates a number of programs, and services to:

Support NT Peak Sporting Bodies (PSB's) to facilitate the development of NT Officials through best practice processes and opportunities to perform at all levels of the sport pathway (from beginner to elite)

  • Promote achievement as well as the importance and value of officiating to the greater community
  • Develop officiating coaches/educators
  • Establish officiating networks across the NT

Officials are an integral part of sports. As the judicator of competition, it is important for officials to develop and increase their sporting knowledge by learning new skills through education, training and mentoring. An official’s main purpose is to maintain a fair, safe and enjoyable environment for all participants.

NTIS officiating development program

The NTIS Officiating Development Program is available to NT Peak Sporting Bodies that have an officiating accreditation framework and pathway.

In the 2018-19 financial year, there are two rounds of funding; 1 September 2018 and 28 January 2019.

The Program has two funding categories:

Category 1: Accreditation Courses and Competitions
Category 2: Officiating Coaches/Educators

Apply now

2018-19 round 2 applications are now open until 28 February 2019

Officiating Development Program Guidelines (1.7 mb)

Development program objectives

  • To improve the skills, knowledge and experience of accredited officials participating in the NT
  • To increase the number of higher qualified officials practicing in the NT Strengthen the capability and capacity of sport organisations to asses, coach, and educate other NT officials


For more information on Officiating contact:

Phone: (08) 8922 6819


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Last updated: 16 August 2019