Volleyball Australia Referee Committee


The Australian Volleyball Referees Commission has previously been a Commission of the AVF Board delivering strategic advice, appointment confirmation and operational support to and for Volleyball officials. With the restructure of the AVF to become VA the previous structure and scope needed to be repurposed to deliver under new governance arrangements.

Over the past few years, the then renamed VARC (Volleyball Australia Referees Committee), considered a range of options to best deliver officiating outcomes within Australian Volleyball and well as best utilise the skills and expertise of the volunteers that make up and or support VARC.

Under the significant leadership of Dean Turner, Australian officials are highly regarded both internationally and domestically. Dean and the recent VARC members, Liz Pollock, Catriona Tweedie and Stephen Giugni have been tireless in their pursuit of the best system for Australian officials. 



The Referee Committee is an advisory committee, approved by the Board of Volleyball Australia. Its role is to provide transparent leadership, direction and technical advice to Volleyball Australia.

The Committee will perform the following key duties:

  1. To identify open and transparent processes in order to increase awareness of and engagement with officiating in Australia.
  2. To assist in the development of the National Officiating Accreditation program in order to increase the quality of officiating in Australia.
  3. To assist the states and regional associations to recruit, educate, train and accredit referees at local, state and national levels.
  4. To work with regions in developing the Officiating Development Model/Plan to the volleyball community in Australia and Oceania.
  5. To provide oversight for the reporting documentation of all officials, in the nomination, assessment and recommendation processes, are effective, reliable, transparent and fair.
  6. To ensure that the Rules of the Game, Refereeing Guidelines and associated by-laws/regulations, for activities conducted within Australia, are consistent with those developed by the FIVB and World ParaVolley. 
  7. Perform such additional tasks as may be assigned to the Committee by the VA Board or Volleyball Australia staff.



The Referee Committee is a management committee approved by the Volleyball Australia Board consisting of three focal areas:

  • Pathways
  • Technical
  • Education

The Committee’s plans (e.g. annual plan, calendars, etc.) must be approved by the Director of Sport Participation. An annual operational budget will be negotiated and approved by VA. The committee’s outputs will be reviewed yearly against their action plan in accordance with VA policies. It is expected that sub-committees will be formed to facilitate the committee’s work.

Role Descriptions


The Referee Committee Executive is made up of

  • Chair;
  • three elected members;
  • a VA board representative (ex-officio member); and
  • the VA National Education and Participation Administration Officer (Secretary)

NOTE: Australian members of the AVC Referee Committee and Oceania Referee Committee (ex-officio) will act as advisors to the committee.


Name: Robert Szydlowski
Position on VARC: Chair
State Association: Volleyball Victoria Inc.
Current level: International Volleyball Referee
Started officiating in: 1998
Contact: officials@avf.org.au Subject: ATT:Rob

Beginning in 1998 at the Men's World League held in Adelaide, Rob progressed to participating in the Sydney Olympic Games as Lines Judge. From there developing a passion for the sport and officiating. Rob set goals early on and made sure that he did everything possible to achieve these goals.
From this fantastic opportunity, Rob worked diligently, worked with fellow senior referees in Australia and worked hard through the ranks of officiating and eventually reaching Nat AAA. Being involved in competitions ranging from local state league matches, AJVC, AVL and International Friendly matches.
Rob was invited to be the Chief Referee for AJVC for 2 consecutive years, leading change in the way referees were given feedback and meeting the requirements of VA.
Rob received the National Officiating Scholarship Program in 2009 working with Volleyball Australia, Australian Sports Commission and his mentor in reaching one of his goals of participating in an International Candidate Course (Indoor) and passed the course successfully.
He later received an appointment to his first AVC event and subsequently and successfully received his International Referee status and ratified by the FIVB.
After a number of years, Rob progressed and improved his skills in officiating within Asia and has selected to participate in a number of World Grand Prix and World League matches both here in Australia but also as a Neutral Referee oversees for these events.
Rob has run State Referee Courses, been a mentor to many up and coming referees as well as those whom are now International Referees. He continues to liaise and work with Volleyball Australia staff ensuring events (AJVC, FIVB GP, WL etc.) meet requirements and conducted at the highest level with outstanding success.
In recent times, Rob has been involved in the Interim VARC working parties focusing on Education.
Rob looks forward to consulting with referees around the country, strengthening the relationship between Volleyball Australia, referees, coaches and teams. He aims to strengthen the relationship of all referees, their skills and understanding whilst utilising the skills of the current cohort of referees to be in the forefront of officiating within Australian Sport. 

Name: Catriona Tweedie
Position on VARC: Education Member
State Association: Volleyball Victoria Inc.
Current level: International Beach Volleyball Referee
Started officiating in: 1996
Contact: officials@avf.org.au Subject: ATT:Catriona


  • International Beach Referee Course 1997 
  • International Referee confirmation 1998 
  • Officiated at the Olympic Games 2000 
  • Gold Medal match (women) Chicago 2000 
  • Goodwill Games 2001 
  • Gold Medal match (women) Marseilles 2010 Bronze Medal match (women) Austria 2010 Bronze Medal match (women) Switzerland 2010 
  • Received the 2010 Merit award for her officiating dedication 
  • Received referee of the year 2010-2012 
  • Officiated at the Olympic Games 2012 
  • Has refereed over 350 international matches 
  • VARC member for the last few years. Particularly focusing on the Technical pillar 

Name: George Chalhoub
Position on VARC: Pathways Member
State Association: State Volleyball New South Wales
Current level: International Volleyball Referee
Started officiating in: 2007
Contact: officials@avf.org.au Subject: ATT:George


  • Started refereeing following a level 1 course in March 2007 
  • Attended my first national junior’s competition in Victoria in July 2008 
  • Jeff Kostas award recipient at AJVC 2010 in WA 
  • International referee Candidate Course in Japan in August 2014 
  • Attended many AVC appointments as an accompanying referee since 2016 
  • Nominated as an FIVB international referee in January 2017 
  • Chief referee at AJVC 2016 and 2017 
  • National Technical Delegate for AVL 2017 
  • Life member of the NSW Volleyball Referees Association and elected Chair from 2014 to present 


Name: VACANT      Further information to be circulated on how this role will be reappointed                                    
Position on VARC: Technical Member
State Association: 
Current level: 
Started officiating in: 
Contact: officials@avf.org.au Subject: ATT:Technical