Officials are the backbone to any sport. From beginner programs to high performance, officials are vital to the sport at all levels. In water polo, Officials include the following roles;

  • Referees

  • Technical Delegates

  • Table Officials

All of which play a crucial role in ensuring water polo is an enjoyable experience for everyone, as well as laying the foundation for the development of better players. 

Being an official can provide great fulfillment while also taking you around the world as part of this global game. It is a critical role which ensures games can be played successfully and in the right spirit.

How do I become a referee?

The first step to becoming a referee is completing your accreditation. Click here for an overview of the steps to obtaining accreditation.

Accreditation courses are made up of core components (e.g. Working with children checks), online modules via WPA’s Learning Centre and practical tasks facilitated by your State Association. 

Experienced Referees looking to further develop their skills can also commence further online training to become Technical Delegates or Assessors through specialisation courses.

What is the Learning and Development Framework?

The Learning and Development Framework provides an overarching picture of the capabiities that all of our coaches and officials need to develop. By doing so, coaches and officials will be able to establish environments in which all of our water polo athletes will thrive in. See below the Learning and Development Framework.

The Framework will guide all of the learning resources that will be built, and made available to our members. There are many ways to tap into the learning resources and opportunities - these include face-to-face workshops, online programs (through the Water Polo Learning Centre), online resources (available via the links below), state based practical workshops and opportunities to share and learn with peers via the WPA Discussion Boards.


Dive in to find out more!

Water Polo Australia has made available a number of written, video and audio resources for free - accessible anywhere, at any time. Click the links below to explore. The Water Polo Learning Centre is also available for referees looking to progress their learning. Modules are available on a range of topics, and can be accessed here


Click the links below to access written resources

Click the links below to access audio resources

Click the links below to access video resources

Click the link below to find out what's coming up via our Learning Calendar

Click the links below to complete core components, or online learning via the Water Polo Learning Centre