ARL Laws, Codes and Rules



West Coast Pirates

Become a Referee

Western Australian Referees are always on the lookout for people interested in training to become referees. You need to be aged 14 years and older as of April 2013, male or female, have played or have never played, we’ll provide you with all the training to get you on the field for the 2015 season.

For more information about becoming a Referee or our courses please send an e-mail here

Level 1 Accreditation Course

Training is conducted in accordance with the ARL’s National Refereeing Accreditation Scheme.  Beginning referees will be provided with a workbook along with the laws for International and Modified games.  Having studied these, candidates will complete their Level 1 Referees Course over 1 Day

Candidates will then begin refereeing under the watchful eye of an experienced mentor, who will provide them with feedback and suggest areas for further development.  After having had a number of written assessments on your refereeing ability, you will be awarded a Level 1 Referees Accreditation.

For information on the next Level 1 Course contact WA Rugby League

Referee Mentorship, Training and Development

Development of our referees is ongoing.  As part of this process, weekly skills and fitness sessions are held on Wednesday nights during the season at Curtin University sports grounds.

The Association covers the cost of your training, should you go on to referee for the remainder of the year.  

Throughout the year there are a number of opportunities to travel within Western Australia and interstate as representative of the WARLRA and referee at elite level Affiliated State Carnivals.