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Become a Referee


Why should I become a referee?

There are so many reasons to become a referee. Here are a few:

  • Earn money and work flexible hours

  • Be physically active and get fit

  • Be involved in basketball (especially if you love the game)

  • Gain a better understanding of basketball and its rules

  • Meet new people, make new friends and share many great experiences

  • Improve your life skills (e.g. communication, independence, confidence, decision making and awareness)

How much of my time will it involve?

This is dependent entirely on you.

Trainees are required to attend 4 theory sessions on a Sunday and referee at least one day per week for approximately 7 weeks. You must be available for ALL practical and theory sessions.

Qualified referees can choose a permanent position on a roster or a casual/emergency referee on any shift. Shifts run every day of the week except Thursdays (Over 35’s one court). The main shift is Junior Domestic on Saturdays.

How much does a referee get paid?

It varies on the grade of the referee and whether it is a senior or junior competition. Payments range from $10 to $20 per game for Keilor domestic competitions. There are also bonus payments for referees.

How will I improve as a referee?

All referees are coached and observed regularly by a team of Supervisors, the Referee Adviser, referee coaches and senior referees who all provide feedback and solutions to areas for improvement. This is coupled with experience you gain each week by being faced with challenges that you learn to overcome. With this experience and knowledge come better opportunities to referee higher quality games and be paid at a higher rate.

How do I become a referee at Keilor?

Keep an eye on the KBA website for information about upcoming Referee Beginner Schools, or register your interest at The next referee school will begin at the start of the 2020/2021 Summer Season. Dates are yet to be determined. 

What if I still want more information?

Visit the VBRA Keilor website at

2021 Referee Supervisor Applications

KBA Referee Supervisor Applications for 2021 are now closed. For more information please contact


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