Officiating in Australia

Officiating in Australia

Commissaires are the officials of the cycling world. Regardless of the level of competition, having qualified sports officials brings value through alignment with cycling best practice, uphold the integrity and due process in competition, and encouraging the right values and etiquette of the sport.  

Our officials are critical in setting a fun, enjoyable and safe environment where the sporting rules are respected. They support organisers, contribute to the improvement of the quality of races and are fully involved in the development of the rules of cycling as a sport. A Commissaire can assist with a wide variety of tasks including course selection, venue layout, program/schedule and advise on the rules of racing.

Commissaires in Australia are trained by CA and are located all around the country. Commissaires volunteer their time to develop the sport.


The vision of the CA officiating pathway is to develop skills that enhance the participation experience of both the rider and Commissaire.

The Commissaire pathway focuses on:

  • Providing a clear pathway for Commissaires;
  • Acknowledging development opportunities and education are not only required for higher levels of competition but also can be developed at the local level;
  • Acknowledging the knowledge gained from previous racing experience in the sport;
  • Help Commissaires build on previous learning;
  • Supporting expertise positions for Commissaires (e.g. Moto Commissaire, Secretary) with specific training;
  • Reinforcing to the officiating community that a thirst for knowledge and personal development are important at all levels of officiating.


Recognition of Current Competency (‘RCC’) is available for the Community Commissaires Course.  RCC is assessed based on the criteria of demonstrated knowledge and ability of each level of accreditation through cycling experience(s), professional experience and completed formal education.   

Accredited Commissaires from another member National Federations of the UCI, who move to Australia and become CA members, may apply for RCC for all levels of accreditations.  Each application will be assessed against the knowledge and ability requirements of the CA accreditation framework.


Education is vital to support the coach pathway to ensure there are sufficiently knowledgeable and skilled Commissaires.

The goal of CA’s Commissaire education program is to ensure competencies for each level are progressed in an appropriate and robust format that is managed from the senior/experienced CA presenter and assessor pool.

The courses provide the trainee an opportunity to learn more about the process of the competencies of officiating through a mixture of practical and theory-based learning. After passing each level of accreditation the trainee will then be given the opportunity to further develop their own style.

The courses outlined in the Table 1 require participants to demonstrate required competencies for each level from a gained knowledge (theory) and delivery (practical).

Table 1: Commissaire Course Overview



Commissaire Accreditation Stream





Level of Remit

Knowledge In

Ability To

Community Commissaire Course

a course specifically targeted at the official who desires to assist in the conduct of club racing. The course requires candidates to complete and submit a workbook and then be assessed on the practical aspects of the course by an accredited assessor.  

  • Club, Inter-club or school races.  
  • Roles and Responsibilities of a Commissaire
  • Club Competition Management
  • Communications and Conflict Resolution
  • General Rules for Club Racing




  • Act as a Chief Commissaire at a club event
  • Act as a Commissaire or Judge at State Event

Developing a Commissaire Course

a course for the official who assists club and state level calendar events. This course deals more with the technical aspects of each discipline. After completing this level you will be qualified to officiate at State events.

  • State Calendar, Mass Participation (Gran Fondo), State Championships
  • National Championships or National Series (limited roles)
  • Cycling Structure
  • Competition Management
  • Communications Skills
  • Basic Duties
  • Track Events Specific Regulations
  • Road Event Specific Regulations
  • Medical Control
  • All of the above plus:
  • Act as Chief Commissaire at Club Events
  • Acts as Timekeeper, Judge at National Series/Championship events.


National Course

an advanced course for officials who want to officiate at National events and championships. The course is conducted in conjunction with National Championships and provides training and information on the finer points of officiating at the elite level.


  • National Championships and Series
  • Domestic UCI Events (limited roles)


  • Championship management
  • Manager’s meetings
  • Stage race regulations
  • How to perform specific roles
  • Decision making based on knowledge and interpretation of rules
  • Further development of skills acquired at State level
  • All the above and,

  • Act as a Chief Commissaire at a National Championship or Series event

  • Seek appointments to UCI events in Australia


Elite National Course

A specialist advanced course by the UCI for Commissaires seeking to undertake the UCI course or gain appointment to domestic UCI events.

  • National Championships and Series as Chief Commissaire
  • Domestic UCI Events (limited roles)
  • UCI Regulations
  • Formalities
  • Sporting Control
  • Event Specifications
  • Anti-Doping
  • All of the above


UCI Course

The pinnacle international course for officials for those who want to officiated at UCI events internationally.

  • International UCI Events
  • Needs based
  • Discipline-specific ENC as pre- requisite
  • Min 25 years
  • Max 50 years
  • Theory and Practical
  • All of the above and,
  • Seek UCI Commissaire appointments



The renewal of accreditation every 4 years from the year of initial accreditation.

Renewal must include:   

  • Confirming proof of annual Officiating requirement of 2 events (at any level)
  • A new signed Cycling Australia Commissaire Code of Behaviour
  • Maintain Members and Working With Children Check requirements
  • Competition of annual online refresher course [not yet developed]