Since 1978 the AFLCUA has awarded a Best Umpire Award in each of the three senior disciplines (Field, Boundary and Goal), as nominated by the respective discipline coaches in that year. An umpire needs to officiate a minimum of 7 senior grade matches in a season to be eligible for these awards.
In 2023 perpetual trophies were donated by Colin Larter for the Best Umpire in each discipline. The trophies list all winners since 1978 and have been named after three umpiring Legends as follows:
The recipients of the Best Umpire Awards have have been:
Best Field Umpire
Best Boundary Umpire
Best Goal Umpire