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The Referee oversees the entire tournament/competition and must ensure that the tournament is conducted within the Laws of Badminton, the rules and regulations of the Badminton World Federation and any other specific regulations that apply to the specific competition.

The referee ensures that the players are given facilities (including practice facilities) and playing conditions of an appropriate standard and safety, approval of the programme of play and practice schedule, ensuring the transport setup will meet the needs of the events and the overall monitoring of matters related to the fair and proper conduct the tournament for the players.

The referee shall also ensure that there is an adequate panel of technical officials of requisite ability and appropriate international representation.

The education pathway of a Referee is quite clear and once a certain level is attained the Referee will then be required to hold that accreditation for a period of time before being able to move to the next level. An important note is that organisation where the accreditation comes from, Badminton Australia, Badminton Oceania or the Badminton World Federation and therefore the level of competition that a Referee may officiate at will improve with their accreditation level.


If you would like to become a Referee please compile the following documentation and get in touch with your State/Territory Association Court Official Committee who will assess your knowledge, experience and qualifications. You can find your nearest Associations here.

Required Documents/Experience:

  • Current Child Safety Check
  • Sport Australia – Introductory Level Officiating General Principles
  • Play By The Rules – Introduction to the Integrity of Sport
  • Play By The Rules – Child Protection
  • Play By The Rules – Harassment and Discrimination
  • 12 months playing or administration experience in badminton along with a basic knowledge of the rules of badminton