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An evaluation of diversity initiatives and management in the Australian Football League. To what extent does the organisation address diversity and provide opportunities for the whole community i.e. people regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, ability, religion, sexual orientation and status as an indigenous person.


The Australian Football League (AFL) is the most popularly attended sport in Australia (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2010b). Cultural diversity has proven benefits within the sporting landscape (Taylor 2003) and how the AFL address this is, in some aspects, well ahead of other Australian national sporting organisations (NSO) (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2010a). More indigenous people are involved in Australian rules football than any other sport in Australia (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2010a) and this mass participation from a minority group is an enormous endorsement of the work the AFL have done in this area (Hallinan & Judd 2009).

This paper aims to identify various diversity initiatives within the AFL. The essay will evaluate the extent to which minority groups participate and it will discern between successes and shortcomings of diversity in the AFL. The paper will discuss how the AFL provides opportunities for many minority groups, including the indigenous community, culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) demographics, women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT). Finally this paper will conclude that while the AFL is a leader of diversity in the Australian sporting landscape, there is still much more work to be done. (more…)


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