Click Here to see profiles on the Australian members of the ICC Elite and International Panels as well as the CA National and Project Panels.
ICC Elite Panel
In March 2002, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that a select panel of umpires would be appointed to take charge of matches at international level.
The introduction of the new panel was aimed at allowing the best and most respected umpires to stand in the sport's biggest games; to improve the overall standard of umpiring at international level; and to establish a benchmark to which future umpires could aspire.
Two umpires from the Elite Panel now stand in all Test matches and at least one member of the Elite Panel officiates in each one-day international.
Umpires on this panel are contracted directly to the ICC.
ICC International Panel
The umpires on the ICC International Panel are available to support the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires.
Umpires are contracted to their home boards and are nominated by their board to this panel.
Umpires on this panel can be used by the ICC in international matches or by the home board for on field duties in ODIs or third umpire duties for Tests and ODIs.
Australia’s representatives on this panel are:
Cricket Australia National Panel
Umpires on the CA National Panel officiate in all of Cricket Australia’s senior domestic men’s matches including the Bupa Sheffield Shield, RYOBI One-Day Cup and KFC T20 Big Bash League.
National Panel Umpires will also officiate in Women’s International matches and can be appointed to 4th Umpire duties in ICC Test Matches played in Australia.
CA Project Panel
In 2001 CA implemented a strategic plan focused on aligning umpiring across Australia and improving umpiring at the elite level - i.e. a major focus of the plan was to produce better umpires at the First Class and International levels of the game.
One of the initiatives to arise from this plan was the development of a CA Project Panel for umpiring which targeted former players who were interested in turning their hand to umpiring. The theory was that former players had already built a lot of experience and expertise of the game, had an affinity for the on-field workplace environment, and that an individual with the right attitude, work ethic and support could become a successful umpire.
In season 2014/15, Cricket Australia introduced both a male and female Project Panel opportunity.