Become an Umpire

The Netball Australia Umpire Accreditation System is an educational pathway based on Netball Australia Umpiring Courses (Foundation and Elite), ongoing professional development and practical umpiring instruction through an experienced umpire coach system.

Assessment is based on the Rules of Netball Theory Examination, practical evaluation through an established competency based assessment system, self-reflection and, where possible, video analysis.

The culmination of this accreditation system, leads to practical assessment in a 4-tiered system of badges: C, B, A and the highest national award the AA (All Australia).

It is not essential to proceed sequentially through each badge level. The only pre-requisite badge level is an A Badge before testing for an AA Badge.

No age restrictions apply to candidates for any badge level.

Candidates may be tested up to twice in any calendar year for the same badge level.

How to become an accredited umpire in NSW

  1. Register as a member of netball NSW
  2. Sit the rules of netball theory exam
  3. Complete the foundation umpire course
  4. Contact your umpire convenor and ask for a mentor/coach on local games for practise and experience

For further information please contact Netball NSW Technical Officials Manager Chris Hall


Phone- (02) 9951 5007

Accreditation Framework

For further information in relation to the Netball Australia Accreditation System, view the National-Umpire-Development-Framework_2018-Edition_FINAL

For further information in relation to the Netball Australia Badge Competencies Click Here

Please Click Here for the Netball Australia C Badge Test Sheet

Please Click Here for the Netball Australia B Badge Test Sheet

Please Click Here for the Netball Australia A Badge Test Sheet

Badge Levels

C Badge

  • Basic game management in order to keep game moving and maintain player safety in low to average standard matches.
  • Basic procedural competence (late arrivals, failure to take the court, stoppages).
  • Basic positioning and vision skills.
  • Reactions/timing appropriate for low to average standard matches.
  • Usually recognises and penalises obvious infringements, both major and minor.
  • Applies “advantage goal” so as not to disadvantage non-offending team

Please Click Here for the Netball Australia C Badge Test Sheet


B Badge

  • Sound game management and implementation of procedures.
  • Some understanding of when measures need to be taken to keep game safe (for example, overt unsportsmanlike conduct or dangerous play).
  • Positioning and vision are not restricted to the immediate area where the ball is or the bulk of players are, to take into account what is happening behind and ahead of play. This requirement is matched by the requirement that the  candidate demonstrate basic advantage skills.
  • More consistent recognition of minor infringements and more refined understanding (footwork, played ball for example).
  • Obstruction: beginning to understand implications of rule beyond simple 0.9m defence (jump and land, standing within 0.9m and interfering with throwing/shooting action); beginning to recognise use of arms to limit movement of player without ball; obvious defending out of court.
  • Contact: beginning to go beyond obvious examples of interference to distinguishing fair contest from contact (understanding body movements, including recognising when a player or players cause an opponent to interfere).
  • Advantage: vision skills allow some recognition of context of play and some assessment of what is of advantage to the non-offending team.

Please Click Here for the Netball Australia B Badge Test Sheet


A Badge

  • Detailed understanding and application of all aspects of game management, including foul play (13.2) and the actions that may be taken by umpires (13.1, 13.3).
  • There is an expectation that positioning, vision and timing will be guided by play and informed by an understanding of the game context. General principles are consistently executed, including adapting positioning and vision to specific circumstances to secure best view of play.
  • This in turn allows a more refined application of the Advantage Rule, which allows the game to flow without losing control or undermining the standards set for game management.
  • Rule interpretations demonstrate an understanding of the rule, an attention to detail and a common sense application in the game context.
  • There should be a high level of consistency across both minor and major infringements. In particular:
  • Obstruction: consistently penalises all forms of 0.9m defence across court areas; consistently recognises obstruction of player without the ball; consistently identifies defending by a player who is out of court.
  • Contact: consistently distinguishes between contact and contest (again, allowing the game to flow without losing control or undermining game management); accurately identifies and penalises causing contact and inevitable contact.

Please Click Here for the Netball Australia A Badge Test Sheet


All Australia (AA) Umpires Badge

  • The AA badge should not be seen as a “natural progression” from the A badge. It is an elite umpiring qualification reserved for candidates who display the highest levels of technical proficiency, rule understanding and game management.
  • Complete understanding of all aspects of game management which allows necessary procedures to be implemented promptly and professionally when they are required; good judgment and “game sense” to ensure that the available actions are used at the right time and for the right purpose.
  • Positioning, vision and timing work together to be in the best place at the right time, even when this is counter-intuitive. The umpire reads play to adapt to different paces, patterns and styles of play with minimal disruption to timing and decision-making.
  • High level of decisional accuracy across major and minor infringements: makes decisions quickly and precisely, and applies them efficiently. Shows ability to prioritise correctly when multiple infringements occur.
  • Demonstrates particular consistency and expertise in application of the Contact and Advantage Rule to enhance the contest and allow skilled play to occur, while maintaining control and ensuring that no team is unduly disadvantaged.