First listed on: 14 June 2024

Concussion and Head Trauma Governance Policy Manager



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 Head of Concussion and Head Trauma Governance & Policy plays a key role in providing leadership in the ongoing development of the AFL’s head trauma and concussion strategy, and in the advancement of healthcare policy and service provision across our game.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide leadership and active participation in the coordination and conduct of the business of the AFL Concussion Steering Group
  • Coordinate and help lead the process of oversight over the Working Groups in the formulation and delivery of initiatives to further the Strategic Plan
  • Support the provision of service to the AFL Past Player Program (that facilitates and funds cognitive assessments for former players)
  • Manage staffing and policy implementation for Concussion Medical Spotters
  • Oversee the coordination and supervision of the concussion spotter program in the AFL Review Centre
  • Liaise with key stakeholders with respect to the coordination/provision of independent doctors at AFL and AFLW matches (subject to policy positions currently under review)
  • Support and help co-ordinate the AFL Independent Multidisciplinary Panels
  • Undertake consultation with key stakeholders (including the AFLPA, external experts and representatives from other codes) and work with the AFL’s medical experts to formulate the content and coordinate the delivery of concussion education across the industry
  • Support the coordination and providing substantive input (including drafting) on the review and updating of protocols, procedures, regulations and guidelines and other key documents that guide AFL’s strategy to prevent/reduce concussion and head trauma and provision of healthcare services
  • Manage the knowledge translation and policy implementation of these key directives and other concussion initiatives, including exploring potential commercial/partnership opportunities and required regulatory processes
  • Coordination of concussion budget, financial processes and contracting.


Core Competencies:

  • Working knowledge/familiarity with current issues and approaches to sports medicine, including concussion and head trauma in contact sports
  • In-depth understanding of Australian Football and health and safety issues in the sport
  • Medical, allied health, or public health, background advantageous
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills and demonstrated experience leading projects and complex initiatives with broad number of stakeholders
  • Strong (written and oral) communication and analytical skills
  • Experience in drafting policies, guidelines and submissions (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrated experience in policy knowledge translation and implementation across multiple stakeholders
  • Familiarity with product development from concept through to market in health sector desirable


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Applications Close:  25 June 2024

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