Referee

Various sets of Laws apply to games across Australia as outlined below.

The Laws of the Game are formulated by World Rugby and circulated by Rugby Australia in the Laws of the Game 2018 book.

Laws of the Game 2021

Laws of the Game 2018World Rugby has released a new, simplified Law Book for 2018. The printed Laws of the Game 2018 can be obtained through State referee associations, or by attending a Foundation Course.

Click here to download the World Rugby Laws of the Game 2021 in PDF format (20.7mb).

Note: World Rugby continues various Global Law Trials, which are all applicable in Australia from 1st January, 2018. This includes significant changes to tackle, ruck and scrum Laws.

Click here for a document covering all the changes for 2018: World Rugby Law Change Summary 2018.

U19 Law Variations

In addition to the World Rugby U19 Laws of the Game, Rugby Australia has adopted Australian Under 19 Law Variations applicable to all matches at Under 19 level played in Australia (except International U19 matches), including those games played by visiting touring teams.

In these matches both sets of Laws apply.

Click here to view World Rugby U19 Law Variations 2021.

Click here to download Rugby Australia’s U19 Law Variations 2021.

Kids and Youth Pathways (U6 – U12)

Each game-style of the U6 to U12 Kids Pathway has a development skills focus which takes into account the chronological age of the child and their capacity for safe and achievable rugby skill acquisition.

Click here to access the game modifications for each relevant age group. 

Game Management Guidelines

The written Game Management Guidelines will aid unions in administration and playing of the game in domestic competitions within Australia.

The purpose of this document is to ensure that all participants at the community level are aware of the areas of the game which require more specific coaching and/or consistent refereeing.

Click here to download the Game Management Guidelines 2021 in PDF. 

Australia Domestic Law Variations

This Rugby AU Memo - 2018 Law Issues covers several topics, including:

  • Notification of World Rugby Global Law Trials, Blue Card implementation and the Game Management Guidelines for 2018
  • A reminder of replacement and uncontested scrum variations which continue in 2018.
  • A request for Unions and Affiliates to submit any local Law Variations they may seek to play in 2018 and beyond to the Laws Advisory Group (LAG).

The form needed to submit such a request can be downloaded here.

Touch 7s Laws

Touch 7s is the non-contact version of Rugby Sevens that can be played by male and female of all ages, no matter the sporting background or experience.

Touch 7s gives participants a safe and fun environment to have a high intensity workout. It's the best way to get fit and have fun with your family and friends.

Click here to download the Touch 7s Laws Summary 2021 in PDF.

Veteran Rugby Laws

The aim of Veterans Rugby variations is to provide a less competitive version of the game in which player enjoyment is maximised and the possibility of injury is minimised.

The international motto “Fun, Friendship and Fraternity” is the central theme of every game of Veterans Rugby.

Click here to download the Rugby AU Veterans Rugby Laws 2018 in PDF.