Welcome to the Orienteering Australia technical pages.
These pages are a source of information for controllers, mappers, organisers and course-setters.
The primary means of communication between OA members with a technical bent is via the "Tech News" newsletter. The latest edition of Tech News can be downloaded from the Tech News Archive.
Contributions for Tech News should be emailed to OA Director, Technical.
Rules, Guidelines and Resources
Orienteering Australia produces rules and guidelines for major events. The rules are binding for group A and B events, while the guidelines are produced to assist organisers of National League events. These are available for download from Section 2 - Technical and Competition of the OA Operational Manual.
International control descriptions (2004 edition) should be used at all Australian events. These can be downloaded from the links below:
Resources for Event Organisers
A set of documents have been collated by the Technical Director relevant to organisation of major events.
These are available from the Director Technical. When the upgrade to the OA web site is complete, they will be available on that site.
Spreadsheet that can be used to calculate handicaps for the Family Teams Event at the Australian Three Days is here : FamilyRelayHandicapSystem.xlsx
Resources for Course Planners
User Guide: Planning relay courses in OCAD. This document covers the following with an example relay course:
Assignment of team numbers
Printing maps for each team
Export course details to for import into Sports Software for Relays (OS)
Controllers are our first line of defence in the battle to maintain the technical standards of Australian Orienteering: they provide the quality control on all of our major events.
Recently, OA completed a major program to standardise education and accreditation of controllers under ASC's National Officiating Accreditation Scheme. Details of the curricula, controllers currently accredited and other resources for controllers can be found on the
For more information on how to become a controller, email OA Director, Technical.