Duke of Ed

Welcome to AFL Queensland Umpiring! We are happy you have chosen to join us as part of your Duke of Ed. AFL Queensland Umpiring is an inclusive and diverse organisation who prides itself on its ability to provide a safe environment for all umpires across Queensland. Our organisation has 4 key pillars in relation to all that work, play, umpire, volunteer, or contract to our great game. These include:

  1. Play Fair
  2. Play As One Team
  3. Play To Win
  4. Play With Passion

Duke of Ed participants register your interest with AFL Queensland here.

If you are interested in joining the Duke of Ed, access their webpage here.

Please find the Duke of Ed and AFL Queensland activity mapping here

By registering your interest to be part of the AFL Queensland Umpiring program, you will be taught the basis of umpiring to allow you to be appointed to umpire games within your local area. We umpire competitions across South East Queensland and Northern Rivers to Darling Downs and Cairns. This allows us to deliver flexible conditions to your involvement.

If you have an AFL background, you will understand the game and passion we have for it. If you are not from an AFL background, we welcome you along to become part of Australia’s national game and we could not be more thrilled.

Umpiring in the AFL has three different disciplines:

  1. Field Umpiring – These umpires are in the middle of the field and officiate all part of the game to uphold the rules of the game, manage the match for everyone’s enjoyment and have the best seat in the house.
  2. Boundary Umpiring – These umpires monitor the boundary line of the field. They manage decisions on when the ball goes out of bounds and throws the ball back into the field of play to recommence the match.
  3. Goal Umpiring – These umpires are responsible to adjudicating if the ball has passed through the posts for a behind or a goal, and to keep the score of the match in conjunction with their goal umpire colleague to the other end of the field and the scoreboard.


Umpire Payments

AFL Queensland Umpiring Department pay umpires for their games – you will also be paid for your games in line with our broader umpiring community.

Rates start from $35 per game, per umpire in our U11 Mixed – U17 Youth competitions.

Rates start from $75 per game in Senior competitions depending on the discipline you officiate in.

These payments are paid on a fortnightly basis directly into your nominated bank account and are tax free.


Umpire Uniforms

Umpire uniforms are ordered through our supplier Tribal Sports and while there is a small fee for purchasing uniforms, they are yours to keep. Once your umpire payments commence, these payments can be used to cover the cost of the uniform.


Umpire Training and Education

Education and training are key to you being confident and competent to umpire. AFL Queensland host on-field training sessions across Queensland on a weekly and monthly basis. These sessions are hosted by our qualified Umpire Coaches. AFL Queensland also provide fortnightly online training sessions on Monday for umpires to attend – we record these sessions and then distribute to all umpires to review during their own time.

We encourage all Duke of Ed participants to attend all training sessions as our umpires are encouraged to do.


Now I have filled in a Registration form, what happens next? 

  • A team member from AFLQ Umpiring Department will contact you to discuss your preferences within Umpiring. Whether that is Field, Boundary or Goal.

How do I register to be an Umpire?

  • Head to OfficialsHQ using this link and complete steps 1 – 4.
  • You will receive an email from OfficialsHQ to verify your details (check you junk box). This is an important step and will expire after 72 hours. If you miss this window, go back to the login page and use “Forget Password”, this will re-trigger the confirmation of your details and allow you to complete the verification.
  • Log in to your account with your email address and password.
  • Complete the relevant information including Club Affiliation, Banking Details etc. and choose your preferred discipline and League (SEQ, Juniors, Umpire4Fun)
  • Registration Complete!
  • https://registration.officialshq.com/

What do we get paid for Umpiring a game?

  • Senior Footy payments can start at $75 per game
  • Youth footy (Field Umpire only) payments can vary between $35 – $75 per game
  • Payments for matches are made direct into your nominated bank account fortnightly. These payments are tax free due to our sport being a hobby. You do not have to declare the income with the ATO

When will I be required to Umpire?

  • SEQ Senior Football competitions are held on Friday Nights and Saturdays
  • SEQ Youth Football competitions are held on Friday Nights and Sundays
  • Regional Senior Football Competitions are held on Saturdays
  • Regional Youth Football Competitions are held on Saturdays and Sundays depending on the regions

Which regions do we operate in? 

  • You can become an Umpire in any of the following regions: South East Queensland, Darling Downs, Wide Bay, Capricornia, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns

How long does the season run for?

  • Most of our seasons across QLD commence in April and conclude in September, depending on the competition.

How do I use OfficialsHQ?

  • We have handbooks that can be sent to you for ease of use, however the basic information is relatively self-explanatory. However, please contact our team if you do require assistance
  • An important part of OfficialsHQ is to keep your availability updated, this tells our appointment coordinators if and when you are available to be appointed games

If you require further information regarding our umpiring program, please contact our Umpiring Department using the contact details below.

Garry Dunne – Umpire Recruitment and Retention Lead QLD
garry.dunne@afl.com.au / 0498 666 249

Chloe Webb – Community Umpiring Coordinator
chloe.webb@afl.com.au / 0499 777 425

Nicola Stevens – Umpiring Development Coordinator
nicola.stevens@afl.com.au / 0498 222 248


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