Indigenous Liaison Officer

Carlton Football Club
CBD & Inner Suburbs
Community Services & Development
Indigenous & Multicultural Services
Full time
Posted 4d ago

Carlton Football Club is one of Australia's oldest and most prominent sporting institutions. With 16 Premierships, we are the equal most successful club in the AFL. 

We are a proud foundation Club of the AFLW and a proud recipient of a 2021 Employer of Choice Award. 

Our future is being shaped by a strong vision and underpinned by our core values.

We believe that a united football club, relentless in the pursuit of excellence who hold ourselves and each other accountable can achieve anything. This is the Carlton Way. 

About the position

Reporting to the Community Engagement Manager, this full-time position is responsible for leading the implementation of the Carlton Football Club’s Indigenous activities and programs, while also advising on the Club’s Indigenous strategy to provide cultural guidance and understanding across the business.

This role plays an integral part in supporting the club’s strategic priorities to drive social change and align the Carlton brand with causes which are culturally appropriate and responsive to the needs of the community. This role will have a clear focus on the Club’s Indigenous programming, building relationships in community, and collaborating with Carlton Staff to ensure the club is a culturally safe and supportive space for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players and staff.

This role is also responsible for driving internal diversity and inclusion initiatives such as the Carlton Reconciliation Action Plan program and any related programs.

The successful candidate will have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and history, and a connection to the local Aboriginal community to ensure successful community outcomes are achieved. 

Furthermore, the successful candidate will also demonstrate commitment to Carlton Football Club’s values of The Carlton Way: we believe that a united football club, relentless in the pursuit of excellence who hold ourselves and each other accountable, can achieve anything. This is The Carlton Way.

Key responsibilities for the Indigenous Liaison Officer

The key responsibilities for this role include, but are not limited to: 

Player Liaison

  • Collaborate with the Wellbeing and Engagement Manager and Indigenous Welfare Officer to support Carlton Football Club’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players with their off-field development and transition post football career.
  • Provide guidance to non-Indigenous players, staff and officials to ensure it is a culturally safe and inclusive elite environment. 

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and RAP Working Group

  • Facilitate the implementation of the Carlton Football Club Innovate RAP
  • In collaboration with the RAP Working Group, provide strategic advice and support to all areas of the club to ensure the successful implementation of the RAP.
  • Assist in building a cultural learning strategy to integrate cultural awareness for all staff and players.
  • Assisting and advising on policies regarding the retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players and staff.

Sir Doug Nicholls Round and NAIDOC Week

  • Lead and manage the planning, implementation and evaluation of Sir Doug Nicholls Round awareness campaigns and game days.
  • Engage and collaborate with players to ensure any suggestions, or advice are implemented in the round.
  • Sit on cross-department working groups to combine all elements of the awareness raising campaigns.
  • Engage all internal and external stakeholders to ensure involvement within the awareness raising campaign.
  • Lead process of engaging and collaborating with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artists for the AFL and AFLW Indigenous guernsey and gift exchange.

Carlton Indigenous Program

  • Collaborate with a number of stakeholders to build a partnership to develop the Carlton Indigenous Program
  • Lead and manage the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Carlton Football Club Indigenous program

Community Engagement

  • Build positive relationships with local Elders and respected community members in community.
  • Build respectful relationships with local Aboriginal organisations to increase positive community outcomes and engagement.
  • Build positive relationships with past-players, particularly our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander past-players to involve in Club activities and events.


  • Generate and increase awareness across all areas of the club to ensure the clubs ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity is upheld, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Collaborate with AFL & AFLW players to promote the Carlton Respects initiative, especially around the awareness raising campaigns.

Other duties as reasonably requested or required by Management. 

About you

Qualifications, knowledge and skills


  • Demonstrated knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and understanding the importance of family, kinship, and communities.
  • Connection and ability to build relationships with local Aboriginal organisations and communities.
  • Exceptional collaboration, communication, and advisory skills for both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to plan, lead and manage initiatives
  • Experience in working with/within organisations focused on Indigenous community engagement
  • A sound level of competency both written and verbal communication and an intermediate level of computer literacy
  • Attend AFL and AFLW matches as required
  • A current Victorian Driver’s License
  • Hold or ability to obtain a Working with Children Check

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to collaborate across departments and work within a team environment to achieve positive social outcomes
  • Proven ability to communicate with internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • Maintain appropriate professional conduct especially in the area of ethics and confidentiality


  • A passion for creating positive community outcomes
  • Experience working in a high-performance environment

How to apply

Applications are now open and will be accepted until midnight Sunday 24 October 2021.

Applications consisting of a CV and cover letter outlining how you meet the role requirements and the essential qualifications, knowledge and skills listed above will be accepted via APPLY NOW.

  • Applications and shortlisting will commence immediately.
  • Given the high volume of interest, candidates who do not address the criteria above will not progress through to the next stage.


The Carlton Football Club is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer.

 At Carlton we are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone, including children and young people and ensuring everyone involved with our Club understands their responsibility in relation to child-safety. 

All staff must hold (or be willing to obtain) a current Victorian Working with Children Check as part of their employment with the Club.

Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:
  • How many years' experience do you have as an Indigenous Liaison Officer?
  • What's your expected annual base salary?
  • How much notice are you required to give your current employer?

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