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The AFL Grad Program aims to provide a dynamic entry point into the AFL, where you’ll gain hands on industry-wide experience and access to learning and development opportunities to foster relationships, boost your skills and enhance your leadership capabilities. 

This program isn’t just about kicking goals, it has a key focus on supporting both your professional and personal development. 

Meet our 2024 Grads

What to expect from the AFL Grad Program?

Our grads will be supported by a relevant leader for mentoring and coaching and will complete possible rotations throughout the year, as well as participating in immersive development experiences and opportunities to enhance job readiness, as well as personal and professional growth.

You’ll get to participate in a variety of industry wide immersions and uniquely AFL experiences. 

These could include: 

  • Insights from our football department, elite umpiring team and game development experts
  • Experience Marvel Stadium and behind the scenes of game days
  • In-depth sessions with some of our key partners, including Champion Data 
  • Participation in working groups to support key football rounds including: Sir Doug Nicholls Round, Gather Round and AFLW Pride Round
  • Spending time at some of our AFL Clubs
  • Opportunities to attend AFL events 

Through a structured and supportive induction and development program, you’ll experience all the AFL has to offer, including:  

  • A supportive community of like-minded future leaders 
  • Insights from our AFL Grad Program Alumni 
  • Industry immersions and access to uniquely AFL experiences 
  • Access to on-the-job training, coaching, mentoring, and dedicated learning and development opportunities 
  • Flexible and hybrid working opportunities – including collaborative office connect days 
  • Access to Play Well the AFL’s health and wellbeing program designed to help you thrive in and out of work 
  • A range of benefits, perks and exclusive opportunities through our AFL corporate partners and friends
  • Flex cultural leave to support our employees to participate in culturally specific activities 

Applications are open from Monday 15 July and will close on
Sunday 4 August. 

How do I apply? 

We welcome a range of educational qualifications – you might have a degree in law, arts, engineering, marketing and communications, sports management, finance, commerce, IT, HR – the list goes on.  

We are looking for superstar candidates with unique and diverse backgrounds. You don’t have to have studied sport or understand football to be successful! 

You just have to be able to work well in a team environment and have a passion for learning, with a drive to develop your career pathway.   

The AFL warmly encourages Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply.  

Eligibility criteria  

  • Please note: these roles will be based at AFL House in Melbourne – we welcome graduates from interstate who may be considering relocating for such an opportunity
  • You will graduate/ have graduated with a bachelor's degree (or greater) and have a minimum of a credit average (an official copy of your transcript will be required if you are being considered for our next stage) 
  • Applicants must have Australian or New Zealand Citizenship or Australian permanent residency at the time of application 
  • You must be free to attend a half day assessment centre in Melbourne in person in September 2024 
  • You have successfully balanced your studies with previous work experience in the capacities of part time, casual, volunteer roles and/or internship programs 
  • Optional short character reference – max 500 words e.g. lecturer, employer and coach (can be included in your cover letter) 

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