Officiating development

Officiating in sport

The Territory Sports Academy (TSA) coordinates a number of officiating programs, and services to:

  • assist Northern Territory (NT) Peak Sporting Bodies (PSB's) in the development of NT Officials
  • provide advice and support to PSB's
  • promote the importance and value of officiating to the greater community
  • develop officiating coaches/educators/mentors
  • connecting officiating stakeholders across the NT.

Officials are an integral part of sports. PSB’s need to develop their officials via education, training, coaching and mentoring. An official’s main purpose is for a fair, safe and enjoyable environment for all participants.

TSA Officiating Development grant

The TSA Officiating Development grant is available to NT Peak Sporting Bodies. The Officiating Development grant is a key strategy of the Workforce Development Plan to provide ongoing support and investment in the development and retention of officials in the NT.

In the 2021–22 financial year, there are 2 rounds of funding. Round 1 opened in October 2021 and round 2 is open now.

The grant has three funding categories:

  • Category 1: Development of officiating coaches/educators
  • Category 2: Accreditation courses and competitions
  • Category 3: Academies.

Applications for Category 1 and 3 are a higher priority for funding.


Applications are currently closed.

For more information, read the guidelines.

Officiating development grant guidelines 2021–22 PDF (1.0 MB)
Officiating development grant guidelines 2021–22 DOCX (1.6 MB)


The objectives of the grant include the following:

  • strengthen the capability and capacity of sport organisations to assess, coach, mentor, and educate NT officials
  • increase the number of Territorians officiating at the higher levels in sport
  • improve the knowledge, skills and experience of accredited sport officials participating in the NT.


For more information on officiating, call 08 8922 6819 or email

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Last updated: 03 June 2022

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