Welcome to the AFLUA

The responsibilities of the AFLUA are to:

  • Advocate for, and represent, AFL and AFLW umpires ensuring appropriate recognition and reward for commitment required to officiate in a national competition
  • Provide a high level of timely and effective programs and services which enhance and support the umpiring experience at AFL level
  • In conjunction with the AFL, encourage and promote the highest level of citizenship amongst AFL and AFLW umpires on and off the field
  • Celebrate and preserve the history and unique culture of the association

The AFLUA is managed by an Executive Committee comprising of a President, Vice-President, three representatives, one from each category of umpiring – field, boundary and goal and the Chief Executive Officer.  Day to day management of the association is the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer who is supported by a range of staff, contractors and volunteers. Sub-committees are formed as required to deal with special projects and undertakings.

Executive Committee

The President is responsible for the leadership of the AFLUA by:

  • Setting the strategic direction to guide and direct the programs and services of the association
  • Approving and implementing strategy, operational plans, policies, procedures and budget
  • Monitoring the activities of the association to ensure they are in keeping with the AFLUA Rules, mission and objectives
  • Presiding at all Executive Committee meetings and the Annual General Meeting

The Executive Committee Members are involved in the management of association affairs including representing their specific umpiring discipline by:

  • Approving and implementing strategy, operational plans, policies, procedures and budget
  • Proactively getting to know each member of their squad and facilitating effective communication between squad members and the Executive Committee
  • Representing the interests of their discipline as part of the broader umpiring group

Interstate Representatives

Interstate representatives are located in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney and represent their locations by:

  • Proactively getting to know each member of their interstate squads
  • Being a conduit for local issues with the AFLUA Office and Executive Committee
  • Arranging AFLUA events (State Dinners and Partner Functions)

AFLUA Office

The Office comprises three staff members who manage the operations of the AFLUA.

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for:

  • Managing the AFLUA office, in accordance with the strategic direction as determined by the AFLUA Executive Committee, to ensure a high level of timely and effective programs and services are provided to current members and life members
  • Advocating for, and representing, AFL contracted umpires in the management / resolution of workplace issues
  • Ensuring compliance with, and interpretation of, the Collective Bargaining Agreement through ongoing dialogue with the AFL and members
  • Ensuring that the financial affairs of the association are managed in an effective and timely manner, including compliance with the AFLUA Rules and the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012

The Marketing and Communications Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Providing a variety of communication forums to past and present members, external stakeholders and general public using a variety of platforms
  • Project manage or actively support a number of programs or projects
  • Maintain and market suitable business partnership that provide mutual benefit for umpires and the companies that support the association
  • Oversee the organisation of events for members, life members and partners

The Administration Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Providing effective and timely administration support to the office and the programs and services provided by the association
  • Develop and distribute newsletters in accordance with agreed timelines to members and life members
  • Support the association’s online presence – website, Facebook and Instagram
  • Process orders and distribute purchased goods


A full list of office bearers since 1909 can be found here