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Rowing Australia is actively seeking additional Race Officials to bolster the support for the regattas held across the nation. These dedicated individuals form the cornerstone of our organisation, generously offering their time and expertise to nurture rowers of all ages and facilitate their enjoyment of our sport.

While prior rowing experience is beneficial, it is by no means a requirement, as comprehensive training will be provided to all interested volunteers. Engaging in this captivating and rewarding pursuit presents opportunities to participate directly on the water, manage the starter box, handle regatta administration tasks, or oversee the finish line and race control.

Race Officials operate diligently behind the scenes, ensuring the smooth execution of regattas while upholding fairness and safety standards for all participants. Join us in this fulfilling endeavour to support and promote rowing excellence nationwide.

  • Umpires Commission
  • Boat Race Officials
  • Objects and Activities
  • Members

Umpires Commission

 Umpires play a vital part in Australian rowing, providing safe and controlled environments that are enjoyed by athletes and spectators alike.

The General Areas of Responsibility of the Umpires’ Commission are:

  • To support the RA Vision “To be the number one rowing nation in the world and Australia’s leading Olympic Sport”
  • To promote umpiring throughout Australia;
  • To standardise umpiring and to maintain and improve the quality of umpiring in general, in particular at RA National Championships and at other national events; and
  • To monitor the qualifications and quality of RA umpires.

Boat Race Officials

For information on how to become a Boat Race Official, please contact your state association.

Level 1 | Officiating Course is available below 

Level 2 | Official Accreditation is managed by the State Associations.

Level 3 | Rowing Australia manages Level 3 (Rowing Australia) Umpires in consultation with state associations.

Nominations to become a qualified World Rowing Umpire are managed by the Rowing Australia Umpires Commission below.

Objects and Activities

The objectives and activities of the RA Umpires’ Commission are:

  • To maintain and develop selection criteria for juries at RA Events;
  • To supervise the work of the juries at National Rowing Championships;
  • To coordinate Australian umpires’ nominations to FISA and international juries;
  • To conduct umpires’ seminars using the most modern educational techniques and methods;
  • To conduct examinations for RA umpire's licences;
  • To attend jury meetings at RA regattas.


The Rowing Australia Umpires’ Commission is represented by the following:

  • Grant Ford (Chair)
  • Phil Fraser
  • Caroline Schomberg
  • Brett Ralph
  • Grant Ford
  • David Grubits
  • Geoff Northam
  •  Nick Hunter (ex-officio)

Contact the Umpires Commission