Becoming an official is easy and fun!

Without the commitment of our State's dedicated Technical Officials we would not be able to hold any sanctioned competitions in Tasmania. Here's why some of our current officials officiate:

“Spirits are high and we have fun on pool deck but we never lose sight of the role we play in supporting
our swimmers” – Jayne Shepherd

“The feeling you are making a difference: without officials kids could not compete. It is great to
watch them grow and improve” – Fiona Lockwood

“Because of the friends made locally and nationally, you get the best seat at national meets and witness great achievements by our top swimmers” – Tracey Rowell

Experienced officials will train, shadow and mentor you to enable you to learn at your own pace. You do not have to be a full on Referee right away, or ever! Don’t leave it up to someone else – get involved in a fun and social aspect of our sport. Contact Swimming Tasmania to arrange a chat with a mentor official for a relaxed introduction during an event.


Officiating in Tasmania

Technical Officials play an important role in the conduct of swim meets and Swimming Tasmania is committed to providing the support and recognition to our Officials to keep them on pool deck and involved in our sport. 

In Tasmania Officials are required to be members of Swimming Tasmania - this membership is Free, with more information available under Membership.

Officials are also expected to uphold appropriate Behavioural Standards, and must be familiar with, and adhere to, our Code of Conduct, Member Welfare and Child Welfare policies at all times.

Some more details on the steps to becoming an Official are available here.

Tasmanian Technical Officials are trained and assessed under the guidelines of Swimming Australia's National Officiating Program. Further information on accreditation is under the relevant section below.

Swimming Tasmania will always welcome expressions of interest from parents and volunteers wishing to have a go at officiating. There is a strong culture of mentoring with our officials and you will always be well supported by those with more experience. Officials are the cornerstone of competition and without them competitions wouldn't exist. If you are interested in learning more then please contact us at

Key people

Tracey Rowell is the Technical Manager for Tasmania, and is also on the National Officiating Assessment Panel. In Tasmanian competitions Tracey is ably assisted by Fiona Stewart who is Chief Referee for competitions in the north of the State.


Hear from our Officials

'The best seat in the house': Jayne Shepherd

"I completed officials training in preparation for the South Esk Centenary Sprint meet in 2011 and have been on pool deck with the ‘best seat in the house’ ever since!" Read Jayne's story here...


"Why I officiate": Fiona Stewart

Fiona Stewart, a senior official in Tasmania who was recently appointed to the Commonwealth Games trials at the Australian Championships, has read about why she officiates. Read all about it here.


Enjoyment of being an Official: Tracey Rowell

Tracey Rowell, one of the leading officials in Tasmania, has prepared a brief story outlining her experiences as an official and the enjoyment she gets from the role. Read about her journey, the places she's been, friends made and experiences had since taking up the role! A very interesting read indeed.


Guide for those working with Children in Swimming

Working with Children Registration applies to people within all sectors including club and association activity.
Sport and recreation plays a pivotal role in children’s development. It is important that safe environments
are provided for all children who participate in this sector.

Please read our PDF Guide here.


Development Initiatives for Tasmanian Officials

Swimming Tasmania offers development initiatives for Technical Officials at all stages in their officiating career:

  • Education sessions to introduce the various roles and responsibilities of officials
  • Mentoring sessions and structure to ease prospective officials into new roles
  • Access to development workshops and seminars such as Australian Sports Commissioned approved communications, presenters/facilitors, and assessors courses
  • Courses for officiating multi-class events with associated rule exceptions (SWD extension)
  • Plus national development initiatives such as the National Scholarship Program and the State Team Age Short Course National Officiating Workshop.

To see the development pathway flowchart, click here.

Contact us if you would like to know more.



As noted above all Technical Officials in Australia are trained and assessed under the guidelines of Swimming Australia's National Officiating Program. Training and assessing is conducted through competency based modules similar to workplace competency courses.

Information on this accreditation program is available on the Swimming Australia website.. Some introductory information is available in the TO Flyer Page 1 here and Page 2 here.


Officiating at National Events

Swimming Australia will call for nominations for Technical Officials to officiate at their national championships events in the months prior to the event. Further information on this process and which events are open for nominations can be found on their website


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