Expectations and Benefits
Upon passing the examination and holding the status of A.B.S.R. professional referee it is expected that you will be available to officiate at Victorian tournaments on at least two occasions and for at least one full day during any of those events.
There are a minimum of five of these events during the year, sometimes more, and of course the Pennant and Willis finals. Tournaments are normally held over a weekend which could sometimes involve a Friday session and the Pennant and Willis finals on either a Monday or Wednesday evening.
There is a $20 annual subscription/membership fee payable to the A.B.S.R. which will be covered by the V.B.S.A. as long as referees are active at least as described above.
The benefits of being a referee include receiving a small match fee for each full match officiated. Some tournaments also offer gratuitous meal vouchers.
The opportunity to travel interstate to officiate in other tournaments. This will often include free accommodation and meal vouchers plus a daily allowance for the duration of the event.
A custom made tie clip and badge to show your status as a referee and a free rule book.
Your membership of the A.B.S.R. will also qualify you to apply for subsidies to travel to one interstate event per year.
You will also have the chance to represent Australia at overseas events under the auspices of the IBSF and thereby gain international experience. Accommodation, meal vouchers and a daily allowance will also be available at these events and in some cases assistance with travel expenses will also be available.
You will receive ongoing support with regular updates on related activities and access to the referees Facebook page.
You will also have the camaraderie and social interaction of all Victorian referees with the chance to enhance your knowledge and launch your path to Class 1 status.