Officiating development

Northern Territory Sports Academy's High Performance Officiating Program

The Northern Territory Sports Academy's (NTSA) High Performance Officiating Program (HPOP) is set to expire at the end of 2022. New initiatives to support Peak Sporting Bodies develop their official development programs will be provided through the NTSA Service Delivery Framework 2022-25 PDF (4.1 MB) .

The NTSA HPOP provides opportunities for and encourages officials from the NT to aspire to and achieve high-level national and international standards of officiating within their sport.

By bringing officials and mentors together from various NT sports, they are able to encourage and engage with each other which in turn, stimulates development of themselves and NT officials in general.

Program overview

HPOP is a Workforce Development program supporting the NT Peak Sporting Body build the capabilities of their nominated high achieving officials and officiating mentors to increase their sports capacity and sustainability in developing and maintaining their officials needs.

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 – 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 – 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)


For more information on officiating, contact:

Phone: 08 8922 6841

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Last updated: 21 September 2022

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