Want to be a Bench Official?

To become a Bench Official, you’ll need to undertake a series of accreditation levels, which is why we developed the Netball Australia Bench Officials Accreditation Framework. It’s a two-stage process that teaches you all the techniques required at different levels of competition. To get started, chat to your State or Territory member organisation.
Bench Officials Accreditation Framework

Bench Officials have an important role to play – they are responsible for ensuring the correct score is recorded, the correct time is played and other match details are recorded accurately.

The Netball Australia Bench Officials Accreditation Framework has been designed to assist the development of new Bench Officials through a series of two accreditation levels that relate to the techniques required at the different levels of competition.

How to Obtain or Update Your  Bench Official Accreditation

We have a new way to learn netball at our brand new Netball Learning Centre (link to Netball Learning in Digital Services).

Head to https://learning.netball.com.au to get started.

If you are an existing learner, you can reset your password by following the reset password prompts and entering the email you use from your MyNetball account.

If you are a new learner, you can register for an account on the home screen.

Having trouble? Head to www.support.netball.com.au or email learning@netball.com.au.

Netball Australia Bench Official Online Education Course

The Bench Officials Education Course has been designed to assist you in learning the skills and knowledge required to fulfil all Bench Official roles.

The Bench Officials Education course is a pre-requisite for obtaining the State Bench Official Accreditation and subsequently the National Bench Officials Accreditation.

The course looks at:

  • Being a Bench Official
  • Scorer 1
  • Scorer 2
  • Timekeepers
  • Extra Time Procedures
Netball Australia Bench Officials Manual

The Netball Australia Bench Officials Manual is the official resource for Bench Officials and it is based on the International Netball Federation Bench Officials Manual (2017). It outlines the behavioural requirements and standards of the Bench Official role. Member Organisations are required to utilise these procedures and protocols when hosting National Netball Championships, Australian Netball League and Suncorp Super Netball.

INF templates:


Bench Officials Best Practice

2019 Bench Officials Best Practice


Practical Assessment Forms

The following practical assessment forms must be used in any official assessment (State or National) undertaken as part of the Netball Australia Bench Officials Accreditation Framework:

State Bench Official Practical Assessment Form

National Bench Official Practical Assessment Form

Performance Report Templates

Performance reports are focused on helping develop the skills of a Bench Official. The purpose of these performance reports is to provide Bench Managers/Assessors/Mentors the opportunity to provide qualitative feedback to any Bench Official, outside of the Accreditation assessment process.

State Timer: Performance Report Template

State Scorer: Performance Report Template

National Timer: Performance Report Template

National Scorer: Performance Report Template

Updating Policy   

The National Bench Officials Accreditation Framework provides detailed information about bench officials accreditation and updating.

Accreditation updating requires the completion of various related tasks within a 4 year period following the successful completion of a Bench Officials Accreditation, unless a higher level of accreditation is achieved.

Bench Officials Accreditation Update Criteria