Useful Information & Resources for Technical Officials

Robin Alexander and Bev Horwood

On this page you will find a variety of resources that will assist you on your journey as a Technical Official (TO). 

If you can't find a resource or would like further information, please contact us at 

  • Policies and Rules
  • There are a number of resources available for TOs related to officiating policies and rules, which have been linked below. It is important as a TO that you are familiar and stay up to date with policies and procedures relating to officiating, including the Competition Policies & By-Laws

    *Swimming Australia requires all TOs who nominate for national rosters to also undertake match Fixing Education/Training

  • Webinars & Workshops
  • As a way to assist our Technical Official's development, we are hosting a number of workshops via an online platform. Information on how to watch and participate in these live are emailed to our TO database. Alternatively, replays will be posted below. If you have any questions or would like to receive information on these opportunities, send us an email at

    Workshop Replay Link Host/s Resources
    Infraction Reporting Workshop Click here Tracey Rowell


    Butterfly Videos

    Quick Infraction Card 

    Judge of Stroke & Inspector of Turns Workshop Click here Sandy Frame 


    Pool Deck Protocols 

    Starter & Referee Workshop Click here Louise Mellington & Tracey Rowell


    Rules of Swimming - Updates & Changes Click here Janice & Judith Smith Slides
    Swimming NSW TO Forum Click here

    Sarah Connor (Black Dog Institute)

    Lydia Dowse (Swimming Australia, Integrity & Risk) 

    Cherry Smith (FINA Referee, Multi-Class Introduction)

    MC Presentation Slides

    WPS DQ Descriptors

    WPS Codes of Exceptions


  • Uniforms & recognition
  • TOs will be given a blue TO polo shirt when officating at SV competitions. Officials are asked to wear this with their own black trousers / black skirt / black tailored shorts and black or white shoes (runners).

    When officiating at school competitions, the white SV polo is to be worn. Clubs and Districts will often stipulate which polo can be worn at their competitions so check with the competition host what they would like you to wear. 

    TOs who officiate at SV competitions will receive a per diem of $50 per session as an honorarium, provided they have submitted a Statement by Supplier to SV. This is an ATO requirement. 

    SV will also provide light refreshments at the conclusion of sessions at SV competitions. At other events, reimbursements and/or refreshments are at the discretion of the competition host. 

    For all TO uniform requirements, please click here. For requests and more information on uniform, please contact Swimming Victoria at 

  • Book a Technical Official
  • Schools and Associations can request the use of TOs for their swimming competitions. 

    A detailed explanation of the officials booking procedure, officials requirements and meet approval criteria can be found in the School Meet Information & Officiating Policy.

    To request a booking, complete the Officials Request Form.

    This form must be submitted to Swimming Victoria a minimum of 28 days prior to the date of the competition. Swimming Victoria cannot guarantee that your request will be filled, however we will try all avenues to ensure TOs can assist at your competition. 

    If you would like your meet to be a qualifying meet (so that times can be formally recorded in the national database) please also complete the School Meet Summary Form. This is for proposed qualifying competitionsonly. 

    For any further enquiries, please contact 

  • Technical & Officials Development Committee (TODC)
  • The Technical & Officials Development Committee (TODC) acts under the Swimming Victoria Board and reports to the Board and CEO on matters relating to the education and development of all Technical Officials in Victoria. After each meeting, a summarised version of the minutes will be linked below to provide an overview of topics discussed at each meeting and allow everyone to see what the TODC is working on. 

    November 2019 Click here
    December 2019 Click here
    January 2020 Click here
    February 2020 Click here
    March 2020 Click here
    April 2020 Click here
    May 2020 Click here
    July 2020 Click here


  • Official Business - TO Newsletter
  • Official Business is the Victorian Technical Officials newsletter than is prepared by the SV office and aims to be a one-stop-shop for all official related news, updates and opportunities. If you are not receiving this and would like to, please let us know by emailing 

    Past Issues Link
    August 2019 Click here
    November 2019 Click here
    March 2020 Click here
    August 2020 Click here


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