The Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) Coaching and Officiating Unit provides national leadership in the development of coaching and officiating. Working in partnership with National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) and other partners, the objective of the Coaching and Officiating Unit is to develop more and better coaches and officials at all levels of Australian sport.
The National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) and the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS) offer education, training and a nationally recognised accreditation to coaches and officials working at all levels of sport. NCAS and NOAS training programs developed by NSOs in conjunction with the Coaching and Officiating Unit are aimed at improving and recognising the competence of coaches and officials.
The NCAS and the NOAS training programs consist of three core components – general principles, sport specific and practical. The general principles programs are only one component of a full accreditation within the NCAS and NOAS system.
The role of approved Coaching and Officiating Agencies is to provide the community with greater access to Coaching and Officiating training and to assist the growth and development of sport through the provision of generic coaching and officiating training.
All organisations wishing to conduct the ASC’s generic coaching and officiating general principles programs need to be registered with the NSW Sport and Recreation Sport Education Unit. It is recommended that agencies delivering these courses use suitable presenters who have expertise in the subject area and also have practical experience, or who have a Certificate IV in workplace training and assessment.
When delivering the general principles, agencies should ensure that the competencies listed in the curriculum are covered and assessed using the assessment tasks outlined. This information should be obtained from the Australian Sports Commission website.
There is scope for flexibility in the delivery of the modules (e.g. depending on the group the training is being delivered to, modules may be modified and the time spent on each module may vary). However, the assessment tasks for general principles courses should be adhered to in order to maintain national consistency.
The Coaching General Principles courses provide the fundamentals of coaching and athletic performance, whilst the Officiating General Principles course enable officials to acquire greater knowledge of officiating skills and techniques.
It is recommended that participants should be a minimum of 14 years of age to gain accreditation for all Beginning Coaching or Introductory Officiating General Principles courses.
The Agency agrees that all Intellectual Property Rights in the program and the products remain the property of the Australian Sports Commission.
The Agency will comply with any direction from the Department of the Arts, Sport and Recreation in relation to the use of business names and trade marks associated with the program.
By signing the Agency Registration Form the Agency warrants that its presenters will not use the intellectual property of any third party without the prior consent in writing of that third party. By signing the Coaching and Officiating Training Agencies Registration Form the Agency agrees to indemnify the Department in respect of any claim of unauthorised use of intellectual property by the Agency.
By signing the Coaching and Officiating Training Agencies Registration Form the agency agrees and acknowledges the following:
Coaching and Officiating Agencies, when collecting any information from the participants (i.e. the participants’ names and addresses etc), must provide the following written statement to the participants:
The personal information that is being collected from you is personal information for the purposes of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. The supply of the information by you is voluntary.
The Coaching and Officiating Training Agency will provide the information in this form to the NSW Department of the Arts, Sports and Recreation of 6 Figtree Drive, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127 and the Australian Sports Commission. By signing the registration form you consent to the Coaching and Officiating Training Agency disclosing this information to the Department and the ASC.
The Department is collecting this information from you for the processing of coaching certificates.
The information provided will be stored by the Australian Sports Commission and the Department on a database that will only be accessed by authorised personnel, is subject to privacy and will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected.
Any information provided by the Coaching and Officiating Training Agency to the Department can by accessed by you during standard office hours and updated by writing or contacting the Department on 131302
There are a number of Coaching and Officiating programs that are available for approved agencies to deliver:
Registration as a Training Agency lasts for 12 months and must be renewed with NSW Sport and Recreation each year.
The cost of agency registration is $40.00 per year for each type of course the agency wishes to deliver.
Successful applications will receive a certificate and letter confirming the course/s they are able to deliver.
Applicants are not permitted to conduct programs or take enrolments until they have been advised in writing by the Department.
Unsuccessful applicants will receive a refund and a letter advising the applicant that they are unsuccessful
All curriculum information, worksheets, presenter’s slides and notes for each course are available from the ASC website www.ausport.gov.au/participating/coachofficial/generalprinciples Follow the links to coaching or officiating.
Agencies must have appropriate insurance plans that underwrite their organisation and its operations ($10 million public liability is recommended).
There is a range of benefits to becoming an approved Coaching and Officiating Agency. These include:
Presenters of the General Principals programs should possess suitable presenter skills in addition to one of the following:
Registration as a Coaching and Officiating Agency is available to organisations who agree to:
At course completion please do the following:
On receipt of a correctly completed Spreadsheet NSW Sport and Recreation will forward certificates to the Training Agency to be distributed to the successful candidates.
All enquiries, orders and payment for ASC resources for candidates attending your courses should be directed to:
Customer Service Officer
Australian Sports Commission
PO Box 176, Belconnen ACT 2616
Phone: (02) 6214 1795
Fax: (02) 6214 1995