Officiating development

Territory Sports Academy's High Performance Officiating Program

The Territory Sports Academy's (TSA) High Performance Officiating Program (HPOP) provides opportunities and encourages officials from the Northern Territory (NT) to aspire and achieve high level national and international standards of officiating within their sport.

By bringing officials and mentors together from various NT sports, it will encourage and engage with each other to stimulate development of themselves and NT officials in general.

2022 Nominations are now closed

Nominations for the 2022 HPOP are now closed.

High Performance Officiating Program Guidelines 2022 PDF (764.7 KB)
High Performance Officiating Program Guidelines 2022 DOCX (189.1 KB)

Program overview

HPOP is a key strategy of the Workforce Development Plan to build capabilities in higher achieving officials and officiating mentors and helping create capacity and sustainability through the NT Peak Sporting Body (PSB) engaging in the development of HPOP official.

The key objectives of HPOP are:

  • the development of future high performing officials
  • officials achieving higher levels of accreditation
  • officials appointed to higher levels of competition within their sport
  • officials and mentors contributing back to the NT sporting community
  • development of officiating mentors within sports
  • shaping PSB’s officiating development programs by exampling better practice.

The HPOP will provide development opportunities to targeted officials and mentors, and build the capacity of PSB’s officiating pathways by:

  • supporting to upgrade the official’s accreditation
  • providing professional development activities (e.g. monthly development sessions, one on one sessions with specialised professionals from nutrition, sports psychology, injury prevention and sports science)
  • providing a dedicated intensive program that recognises an official’s talents and develops holistically a potential high performing official that PSB’s could not otherwise provide
  • providing facilitated exchange of information and expertise between officials, through targeted activities and forums, that will create a sense of community cohesion, connectedness and wellbeing not only within each sport, but across sport
  • supporting to attend and gain experience at high level competitions
  • facilitating the engagement in formal mentor/mentee relationships
  • the provision of a development program for mentors of the HPOP
  • each official required to give back to sport.

2022 HPOP participants

The selected officials for 2022 are:

  • Athletics NT – Leanne Chin
  • Football NT– Bayley Pennuto
  • Gymnastics NT – Cheryl Becker
  • Netball NT – Melanie Ralph
  • Netball NT – Margaret Ryland
  • Touch Football NT – Lachlan Campbell
  • Touch Football NT – George Edols

The selected mentors for 2022 are:

  • Athletics NT – Caroline Jackman
  • Football NT – Mark Dunn
  • Gymnastics NT – Wendy Fry
  • Netball NT – Kylie Ferteklis
  • Netball NT – Gemma Nevin
  • Touch Football NT – Samantha Hacon
  • Touch Football NT – Wayne Lo

Mentoring program

The HPOP relies upon a formal mentoring relationship agreement that is mutually beneficial for each HPOP official and mentor.

The HPOP official will be required to work with a mentor for the duration of 2022.

High Performance Officiating Program Mentoring Program PDF (607.1 KB)
High Performance Officiating Program Mentoring Program DOCX (650.1 KB)

If you would like to get involved in mentoring through the HPOP, contact the Workforce Development Consultant.


For more information on officiating, contact:

Phone: 08 8922 6841

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Last updated: 25 March 2022

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