The NEAFL competition is officiated by the NEAFL Umpire Panel.
The panel has a number of AFL contracted umpires and AFL Rookies in its ranks along with a number of boundary and goal umpires pressing for listing on the AFL panel for 2016.
Each panel is managed directly by the umpire coaches and managers based in each region. Collectively, and under the direction of the NEAFL management committee, theses coaches form the NEAFL Umpire Coaching panel. The coaching panel consists of Mark Turner (QLD) Mark Noonan (NT), and Damian Anderson (Sydney/ACT). This group meets regularly to oversee the administration and development of the NEAFL Umpires Panel.
During the season there will be a number of opportunities for umpires to officiate interstate.
Umpires for NEAFL Finals and Grand Final will be selected by the NEAFL Umpire Coaching Panel. Umpires from each state or territory will be eligible for selection based on their performance in their respective home and away and finals matches.