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Become a Qualified Official

We are always in desperate need of more qualified officials. Without qualified officials, we are unable to run our athletic events.  There are various levels of accreditation which can be obtained. Level 1 is the first step, and is all that is required to assist at most little athletics competitions.  Becoming a Level 1 official is easy and fun, and simply involves completing an on-line course. 


The Australian Athletics Officials Education Scheme (AAOES) is a joint initiative of Athletics Australia and Little Athletics Australia, providing a seamless and transparent education pathway for Australian Athletics Officials.  The aim of the Australian Athletics Officials Education Scheme is to ensure an effective and efficient education framework is provided to guarantee Australian Athletics Officials remain world leaders in event delivery at all levels of athletic competition.


The athletics specific levels of this scheme delivered within Australia are:

  • Club/Centre/School Official - AAOES Level 1

  • State Level Official - AAOES Level 2

  • National Level Official - AAOES Level 3

Please click on the link for further information.


AAOES Level 0

The Introductory Officiating General Principles on-line course has been developed to assist Officials in learning the basic skills they will need to officiate effectively.  This is not compulsory for Athletics Officials but is strongly recommended.  The course contains three modules, which cover a range of general officiating topics, including ethical responsibilities of Officials, preparation for officiating, safety, communication, dealing with conflict and people management.  


AAOES Level 1

Level 1 is the entry level (first athletics specifics level).  Before attempting this level, Officials are encouraged to complete the Australian Sports Commission Introduction to Officiating course. However, it is not compulsory.  You do not need to be a registered member of a club or State Association, just simply sign up and start learning. 

AAOES Level 1 is made up of 12 separate courses:

  • Track

  • Starting

  • Long Jump

  • High Jump

  • Pole Vault

  • Triple Jump

  • Hammer Throw

  • Javelin

  • Discus

  • Shot Put

  • Walks

  • Out of Stadia


Within each course, there are four (4) modules, each with their own content and quiz attached:

  • Rules

  • Officials & Communication

  • Equipment

  • Risk Management


You can attempt as many of the courses as you like.  Each course should take around 45-90 minutes depending on your prior knowledge of the event and/or athletics.  All questions in the quiz are multiple choice.  Once you have completed all four modules and the competency quiz, you will have finished the course and will be able to download your Certificate of Completion. 

AAOES Level 2

Level 2 is the next stage of the AAOES.  It is targeted at Officials wishing to be appointed as a Chief or Referee at State level and a Chief at National level.  In Level 2, candidates will be required to complete practical requirements, attend seminars, complete online learning components and complete an exam.  Rather than just testing the rules, candidates will be required to apply the rules and interpret certain situations.


AAOES Level 3

Level 3 is the highest accreditation offered in Australia. This level of accreditation includes seminars, practical components and a written exam.

Junior Officials

Athletes from 13 years of age are eligible to progress to Level 1.  Junior Level 1 Officials (15-17 years of age) may be Chief at Centre level but only assistant at LAQ Competitions (includes Regions, Winter & State). 


If you would like more information about officials courses, or would like to improve your level of accreditation, there is plenty of information on the Little Athletics Queensland website or speak to our officials co-ordinator who will be able to assist.

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