Parliamentary Friend of Football

The Parliamentary Friends of Football has been created to ensure effective
communication between Members of Parliament and the AFL community
on key matters relating to the development of football in Tasmania.

The Hon Will Hodgman MP, Premier of Tasmania

Madeleine Ogilvie MP, The Hon Elise Archer MP, The Hon Jim Wilkinson MLC


> November 2016 – The Future of Female Football in Tasmania

> March 2017 – The Next Generation of Football in Schools

> June 2017 – Multicultural and Indigenous football development

> September 2017 – Football as a vehicle for connecting communities

Building on the findings of the Future Directors for Tasmanian Football Report, the AFL has established the Tasmanian Parliamentary Friends of Football to engage with all levels of government more effectively to leverage the reach and influence AFL football has in Tasmania.

Premier of Tasmania Will Hodgman MP was named as the group’s inaugural patron at the official announcement on 21 September 2016 at Parliament House. The group will be co-convened by the Speaker of the House Elise Archer MP, the President of the Legislative Council Jim Wilkinson MLC and Southern Football League President and the Labor Member for Denison, Madeleine Ogilvie MP.

AFL Tasmania CEO Mr Rob Auld explained, “We are extremely grateful for the support AFL receives from government. It is not only critical to the sustainability of our game but it helps deliver many great social, health and educational benefits to the community. Government has also played an important role in helping us improve playing and training facilities across the state and they have assisted us in delivering a number of community programs designed to engage males and females and multicultural communities.”

With over 160 community facilities supporting 15 leagues, 108 clubs and over 40,000 participants AFL football reaches all corners of the state. The AFL wants to continue to work with members of Parliament, state and local governments to help grow the game and in turn deliver even greater community benefit to the people of Tasmania.

General Manager of the Tasmanian Football Council Jackson Hills says that local and state government are the AFL’s number one investment partner in community football. “We couldn’t operate without their support. Our clubs play at their facilities, they contribute to and maintain our grounds, they support our community programs and player pathways and we must continue to work together to future proof our sport for years to come.”

“The idea of the Parliamentary Friends of Football group is aimed at developing a two way and effective communication platform with government. We recognise members of Parliament are inextricably linked to their local communities and therefore are a fountain of knowledge with respect to local football and the opportunities that it presents. We need to engage with all levels of government to ensure we address the needs of the community and continue to grow the profile and impact of our sport in those communities.”

MPs and MLCs are invited to join the AFL Parliamentary Friends of Football group and attend events and engagement activities during the year to discuss key topics including junior/senior community football, facilities and infrastructure development, the rise of female football, community engagement and diversity, education and training.

In addition to key events, AFL Tasmania will provide members with a bi-monthly electronic Parliamentary Update on key items relating to AFL football in Tasmania and their local electorates to improve communication between AFL and government. Members of the group will be invited to AFL events during the year to continue the conversation.