We would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia, the traditional owners of the land, and pay our respects to the Elders, both past and present, on whose land we gather.
The AFL Players’ Association believes in the importance of diversity in the AFL industry.
We provide numerous programs and services and host a range of events to support those from diverse backgrounds.
From Indigenous to multicultural players, we work to better serve our members while promoting social change within the industry.
There are more Indigenous footballers playing at the highest level than ever before, so it’s important to provide best practice when Indigenous players transition in and out of an AFL club to increase the careers of Indigenous players, which currently sits around five years.
- Indigenous Players Advisory Board – Born through discussions at the 2011 AFLPA Indigenous Camp, The AFL Players’ Association Indigenous Advisory Board comprises of current Indigenous AFL players and provides direction to the AFL industry to ensure a supportive workplace for Indigenous players. The Board is currently chaired by Hawthorn premiership player Shaun Burgoyne with Melbourne’s Neville Jetta serving as the Deputy Chair. The remaining members are; Chad Wingard, Allen Christensen, Jarrod Pickett, Danyle Pearce, Michael Johnson and Shane Edwards.
- Indigenous All-Stars Camp – First held in 2000, the Indigenous Camp serves to provide the game’s current Indigenous players with the opportunity to connect with culture and to spend time together before the start of the season.
- Indigenous Best Practice Guidelines – Launched by the Indigenous Players Advisory Board, the Indigenous Best Practice Guidelines – Many Stories, One Goal document provides AFL clubs with a framework to develop an environment that best supports Indigenous footballers.
- Reconciliation Action Plan – Launched in 2014, the RAP is a document that symbolises the commitment of our organisation to the development and support of our members to assist them in shaping an inclusive industry, connect with communities and promoting change within broader society.
- Indigenous Map – Created in 2005, the AFL Players’ Indigenous Map displays more than 50 culture and language groups represented within the AFL.
- Multicultural Players Working Group – Chaired by Collingwood’s Mason Cox, the Multicultural Players Working Group was set up to help players from other cultures transition in and out of the AFL system as smoothly as possible. Alongside Cox is Lin Jong, Pearce Hanley, Stephen Coniglio and Zac Clarke.
- Multicultural Map – After the success of the Indigenous Map, the AFLPA released its first Multicultural Map in 2015. The map features AFL and AFLW players who were born overseas or have a parent born in a different country.
- Supporting Multicultural Footballers, Best Practice Guidelines – This resource was developed by the Multicultural Players’ Advisory Board to help the industry better understand the various cultures represented within the AFL. The document profiles 39 countries represented by AFL and AFLW players and provides important information on topics such as cultural awareness, family traditions, language and key dates.