Being an official at a rally is a highly rewarding experience, and a fantastic opportunity to understand more about how the sport works. If you’re only just getting started in rallying, volunteering as an official at an event will give you great insight into the sport and give you plenty of opportunities to get to know other experienced competitors. For anybody who is already involved in the sport as a competitor, helping out as an official is a great way for you to give back to the sport that you love!
If you are interested in becoming an Official please fill in the form below so that we can add you to our Officials database:
The best place to start is to pick an event that is convenient for you to attend. Check out the event pages for details on location and dates. You can find the contact information for the event organisers on those pages – give them a call to express your interest.
Absolutely none! There are plenty of jobs to be done, and many of them require no prior experience. At the event, you’ll be briefed on what you need to do, and given any training you do need. Most of the tasks are very easy and straightforward.
Every event requires many officials, to fill the following types of positions:
You get your own private spectator point, manning a road closure. Officials are required at road closures of big intersections or significant roads, to ensure no unauthorised traffic passes through the barriers and enters the stage.
Monitor the crowds at a spectator point to ensure that everyone there remains in the designated zone. Your job here is to keep all the spectators safe from the rally cars.
Count the cars down to “GO” on the start line. At the start control, your job is to give the crews their actual start time (three minutes after their arrival time and maintaining a two-minute interval between each car). Cars then move forward to the start line, where an automatic timing system usually counts them down for their start.
Get the stopwatch ready – as the cars pass the finish line, your job is to record the exact time.
There is plenty of paperwork to be completed at every event! Organisers can always use help in Rally HQ from people with good administrative skills.
Events take months of planning and hard work to put together. Usually, there is a team of people who put in countless hours in creating the event – it’s a huge undertaking! But, there is a great sense of pride and achievement amongst that team at the end of a successful event, and the gratitude from competitors is exceptional. Rallying in NSW is only going to survive if we’re able to find more people who are willing to help with the organisation of an event. Being a part of the organisational team requires more formal training. There are various roles in this team, including Clerk of Course, Event Secretary and Officials Co-Ordinator.