Officials Education Scheme

The Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme (AAOES) is a joint initiative of Little Athletics Australia and Athletics Australia, providing a seamless and transparent education pathway for Australian Athletics Officials.

The scheme is endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission and follows best industry practice, with online learning coupled with face-to-face delivery. 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 following information outlines the process for Officials to engage with Officials’ education in Australia.

The Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme emphasises the power of knowledge and competency. Our aim is for it to be widely accessible and it will encourage a greater number of people to be provided with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge to officiate at athletics competitions.

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

The Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme is complemented by two additional invitation-only courses delivered at at Oceania Athletics Association or International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) level. These courses are designed to allow Australian Athletics Officials with the opportunity to advance their education past that of existing national officiating levels.

The Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme currently consists of the following:

 Grading Level Notes
 Level 0 Introduction to Officiating An Australian Sports Commission course for all sports in Australia.
 Level 1 Club/Centre/School Official Basic Grading. This is aimed at officials wising to officiate at a local/club/centre/school level.
 Level 2 State Official  This level is aimed at officials wanting to:

– be appointed as a Chief or Referee at State Level

– be appointed as a Chief at National Level

 Level 3 National Official  This level is aimed at officials wanting to be qualified to be appointed as:

– a Chief at National Level

– a Referee at National Level

– a position within Competition Management at a National level

 Level 4 IAAF Technical Officials Education Certification Scheme- TOECS Level 2 (Diploma). Conducted by the Oceania Regional Development Centre. Eligible to be appointed as an Area Technical Official (ATO).
 Level 5 IAAF Technical Officials Education Certification Scheme- TOECS Level 3 (Diploma). Conducted by the IAAF. Eligible to be appointed as an International Technical Official (ITO).


For more details or to commence learning please click here.