Umpiring Lead - NT


Location: Darwin

Job Type: Full time


The AFL is Australia’s premier sporting organisation supporting two constantly evolving national competitions, AFL and AFLW. Our purpose is to progress the game, so everyone can share in its heritage and possibilities.

We have a strong workforce presence in most States and Territories of Australia including Northern Territory, QLD, NSW / ACT, Victoria and Tasmania.

As the AFL/ AFLW competitions continue to grow and evolve at both the elite and community levels, we are focused on ensuring we attract and retain great people in both permanent and casual roles at all levels and within all areas of our industry.

Importantly, we aim to reflect the communities where our game is played by recruiting locally where possible to strengthen our connection to the ‘grassroots’ of our game. We are also fortunate to have hundreds of passionate volunteers within our industry, offering their time and expertise to help grow our game.

The AFL's purchase of Marvel Stadium in Docklands, Melbourne, further diversifies our workforce with more than 1000 casual employees to make every moment matter for our fans and customers.


As an organisation, the AFL works tirelessly in all states and at all levels to enhance and grow the game – from grassroots to elite. Together, we put on the game, deliver important events, communicate with our fans, run community programs, develop coaches and umpires, collaborate with partners, delight members, support clubs and so much more. While our roles may vary, we are all united by a common goal, to progress the game so that everyone can share in its heritage and possibilities.

The AFL is committed to promoting and protecting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in our care. Please note, we undertake several screening processes to ensure this commitment is upheld, this includes ensuring the successful candidate to this position holds a valid employee Working with Children/ Vulnerable People check and a satisfactory criminal history record check.

We are an Equal Opportunity employer and firmly believe that diversity and inclusion is an important part of both the AFL and the communities in which we operate. Our game is for everyone, and we strive to be a workplace for everyone.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.


The Umpiring Lead – NT is a dynamic position that will play a critical leadership role for all the Northern Territory umpiring programs – including governance, program management and stakeholder engagement. This role has a strong focus on growing umpiring numbers in the NT through strategic recruitment and retention programs, umpire development and pathways. 


Key Accountabilities:

  • Drive best practice program management for all community football umpiring programs, including governance, communications, operations, processes, systems, and stakeholder management.  
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and support for the Umpiring Coordinator – NT position to execute the key operations and administration requirements for umpiring programs.
  • Ensure umpiring programs are welcoming, safe, and inclusive for all participants and team members to thrive.
  • In collaboration with the Umpiring Recruitment & Retention Lead, develop and implement best practice recruitment and retention strategies to ensure the umpiring availability can meet the demands of NT competitions.
  • Oversee the governance and management of the umpiring operating budget.
  • Develop strong and effective working relationships with key external stakeholders.
  • Establish and implement a compelling and clear umpiring pathway model.
  • Contribute to key projects within and outside of core role.
  • Support and contribute to the success of the broader team.


Core Competencies:

  • Willingness to work collaboratively and build rapport with internal and external stakeholders to deliver outcomes.
  • Demonstrated people leadership experience.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication skills and emotional intelligence. 
  • Experience in establishing systems and processes to support the development of people.
  • Proven strategic thinking experience and capability.
  • Demonstrated knowledge & skills in officiating, coaching and administration (desired).


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  • Play The Day Your Way – a flexible approach to your working life
  • My Development – lean into the AFL’s My Development program consisting of on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring, and formal learning
  • Play Well – access to our extensive Health and Wellbeing program centered around our belief in a healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy workplace
  • My Benefits – with thanks to our AFL Corporate Partners, access great benefits and discounts
  • AFL Silver Memberships – permanent team members can access AFL matches at Marvel Stadium and the MCG, enjoy and share the experience of our game with your family and friends!

Applications Close: 9 June 2023

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