First listed on: 13 May 2024

National Disability Inclusion Participation Lead



As an organisation, the AFL works tirelessly in all states and at all levels to enhance and grow the game – from grassroots to elite. Together, we put on the game, deliver important events, communicate with our fans, run community programs, develop coaches and umpires, collaborate with partners, delight members, support clubs and so much more. While our roles may vary, we are all united by a common goal, to progress the game so that everyone can share in its heritage and possibilities.

The AFL is committed to promoting and protecting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in our care. Please note, we undertake several screening processes to ensure this commitment is upheld, this includes ensuring the successful candidate to this position holds a valid employee Working with Children/ Vulnerable People check and a satisfactory criminal history record check.

We are an Equal Opportunity employer and firmly believe that diversity and inclusion is an important part of both the AFL and the communities in which we operate. Our game is for everyone, and we strive to be a workplace for everyone.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.


The National Disability Inclusion Participation Lead will play an integral role in ensuring that our AFL community football participation programs are inclusive, accessible and delivered within safe environments.

Sitting within Game Development and reporting to the National Participation Growth Manager – Indigenous and Inclusion, this is a key position that provides leadership and strategic direction to the broader national participation workforce, ensuring that future footy participation opportunities are more inclusive and accessible (community, Auskick, Superkick, Nines and Schools). Our goal at the AFL is to progress the game so that everyone can share in its heritage and possibilities, and this role truly contributes to this goal.

Please note that the location of this role is flexible, and the AFL welcomes and encourages applicants who have a disability to apply for this role. Our game is for everyone, and we strive to be a workplace for everyone.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide leadership, strategic direction, and resources to the Game Development team, to make Australian football more inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities. This will help drive participation growth across our game.
  • Lead the Game Development Disability Inclusion Participation Action Plan.
  • Support the participation and program workforce around the country with the development and implementation of effective strategies to engage and connect with people with disability; including delivery of programs, competitions and development pathways.
  • Conduct formal reviews of initiatives and programs, and implement necessary changes to ensure they are inclusive, accessible and delivered within safe environments.
  • Build relationships and partnerships with relevant AFL Departments and external partners and communities to support program and initiative delivery.
  • Work with relevant stakeholders to continue to develop modified versions of AFL, including classification requirements, rules, resources, coaching and officiating content, to ensure our game is accessible for people with various disabilities.
  • Oversee and drive the delivery of the national AFL inclusion event, currently for players with intellectual impairment and AFL wheelchair.
  • Support other departments with ad hoc disability inclusion guidance as required.
  • Contribute to key inclusion and business projects


Core Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge, experience and understanding of disability inclusion principles.
  • Experience working with people with disability, and skilled in developing and modifying sport to remove barriers to participation for people with disability.
  • Able to communicate sensitively and effectively with people of all abilities.
  • Knowledge of child safeguarding principles, ad experience insuring all children are safe and included.
  • Demonstrated experience in partnering with and influencing a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Strong leadership and relationship management across a geographically diverse team. • Able to innovate, challenge convention and manage change.
  • Prior event management experience would be well regarded.
  • Working with a diverse range of stakeholders, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people from other culturally diverse backgrounds, would be well regarded.
  • Valid Working with Children Check.


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Applications Close: 24 May 2024

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