The Canberra and District Rugby League Referees Association has been providing referees for all Rugby League games payed in Canberra and surrounding districts since 1938.  Our squad has around 50 active referees.

We work closely with the Canberra Region Rugby League, the Canberra Raiders, the NRL and other referees associations to foster Rugby League, administer and promote interest in its laws, and represent our members, individually and collectively.

We run a number of training programs annually to provide the theory and practical skill required to become an accredited NRL Level 1 referee as well as provide coaching, mentoring, education and support for referees to develop their skills to referee at higher levels.

We participate in the administration of the Country Rugby League and the NSW Rugby League Referees Association.

From February to September we train every Tuesday night from 6.15pm.

All members are welcome to attend General Meetings of the association which are held regularly at the Raiders Belconnen club.

Referees wear the official uniform whilst officiating, purchased from the Association. Other gear is available including whistles, track suits, gear bags, flags, caps, pullover’s, ties and shirts.

Appointments are made weekly and notified to members in our weekly newsletter ‘In Touch’. Most referees normally receive 2-3 game appointments each week. Referees under 18 may only officiate in games involving players at least two years younger.

Our referees come from all walks of life: school and uni students, workers and retirees, current and ex players, coaches, administrators and those that just love the game.

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