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Football Compliance and Projects Lead


Location: Melbourne

Job Type: Full time


The AFL is Australia’s premier sporting organisation supporting two constantly evolving national competitions, AFL and AFLW. Our purpose is to progress the game, so everyone can share in its heritage and possibilities.

We have a strong workforce presence in most States and Territories of Australia including Northern Territory, QLD, NSW / ACT, Victoria and Tasmania.

As the AFL/ AFLW competitions continue to grow and evolve at both the elite and community levels, we are focused on ensuring we attract and retain great people in both permanent and casual roles at all levels and within all areas of our industry.

Importantly, we aim to reflect the communities where our game is played by recruiting locally where possible to strengthen our connection to the ‘grassroots’ of our game. We are also fortunate to have hundreds of passionate volunteers within our industry, offering their time and expertise to help grow our game.

The AFL's purchase of Marvel Stadium in Docklands, Melbourne, further diversifies our workforce with more than 1000 casual employees to make every moment matter for our fans and customers.


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 purpose of the Football Compliance and Projects Lead is to mitigate risks to AFL Victoria affiliate programs through the implementation of best practice management, including compliance and operating systems which support the delivery of the role of AFL Victoria across the Community and Participation segments.

This role is responsible for progressing the game and its key stakeholders by researching and delivering on special project and developing initiatives and training which build the capacity of AFL Victoria affiliate Clubs at community level, and presents AFL Victoria events in a professional manner.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Development of Project TOR and Project Plans including Country Governance reform and ongoing evolution and CCSP practices audit and training program
  • Develop and implement policies and regulations to improve community football, with a focus on ongoing updates, as required
  • Explore and develop initiatives which provide benefits to community football and keep AFL Victoria at the forefront of sports governance and management
  • Develop and audit a single electronic depository for AFL VIC employees in all locations
  • Drive and audit compliance of procedures and processes in community football for:
    • Child Safety practices and compliances
    • Concussion Policy implementation and delivery in community football
    • Other programs
  • Ensure best practice in governance and management in community football
  • Monitor region and league compliance with CCSP Policy
  • Ensure best practice in CCSP Integrity Officers
  • Recruit, train, and coordinate CCSP Integrity Officers
  • Assess and report on ROI value for AFL VIC program investments
  • Manage event planning, content, presenters, and delivery
  • Scheduling training seminars
  • Conferences, forums etc., internal and external of Marvel Stadium
  • Contribute to key projects within and outside of core role
  • Support and contribute to the success of the broader team


Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrated leadership and strategic thinking experience and capability
  • Ability to provide high level strategic and operational advice
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication, presentation and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated organisational management capabilities
  • Developed IT skills
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Extensive experience at a leadership level in sports management, business or relevant fields
  • Tertiary qualification/s in sports management, business, or equivalent relevant experience
  • Extensive experience in stakeholder relationship building with community sporting clubs
  • Experience in the planning and delivery of training and education programs
  • Experience in project management and professional business practices
  • An understanding of Victorian community football structure and environment
  • Experience in conducting operational audits and reporting on compliance
  • Capabilities to support, advice, and provide direction to community football
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Experience with overseeing a budget and event planning
  • Experience in community sport management and or governance


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  • Play The Day Your Way – a flexible approach to your working life
  • My Development – lean into the AFL’s My Development program consisting of on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring, and formal learning
  • Play Well – access to our extensive Health and Wellbeing program centered around our belief in a healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy workplace
  • My Benefits – with thanks to our AFL Corporate Partners, access great benefits and discounts
  • AFL Silver Memberships – permanent team members can access AFL matches at Marvel Stadium and the MCG, enjoy and share the experience of our game with your family and friends!


We care deeply for our people at the AFL with our primary focus being to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all. We strongly encourage and support all AFL team members to be vaccinated (including by receiving booster doses as recommended by the Relevant Authority and/or ATAGI). In addition, we’re committed to utilising other preventative health and safety measures as appropriate and/or as directed by Relevant Authorities to reduce the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 in our workplaces.

Applications Close: 31 March 2023