Multicultural and Indigenous Player Subsidy

As part of the AFL’s strategy to encourage diversity in our game, AFL NSW/ACT’s Multicultural and Indigenous Programs offer financial assistance to young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) backgrounds to get involved in Australian football, where the cost of participating is prohibitive.

To establish if players are eligible for the subsidy, please read the selection criteria below:

  • Players must be Multicultural or Indigenous
  • Players must be between 5-18 years of age
  • Players must be enrolled in club football
  • Players need to demonstrate financial hardship
  • Subsidy application forms must be submitted by a Club Representative

Subsidies are available to players for up to three years – new applications must be submitted each year.

All application forms must be submitted by 30th June 2013


AFL NSW/ACT will provide subsidies to individual players involved in Club Football for up to three years. Please refer to the payment structure below:

Subsidy per year:

1. Registration fees (100% of the actual player fees will be reimbursed) + playing kit only

2. Registration fees (75% of the actual player fees will be reimbursed)

3. Registration fees (50% of the actual player fees will be reimbursed)

Please note: Uniform costs will not be subsidised after the first year. AFL NSW/ACT will only subsidise a proportion of the registration fees in year two and three. There will be NO reimbursement for other items including footy boots and other accessories.


The subsidy application process will open on the 1st January 2013 and close on 30 June 2013.

No applications will be accepted after the closing date except under special circumstances.

To apply, applicants are encouraged to follow the process outlined below:

1.     Download Subsidy Application Form here

2.     Complete and submit Subsidy Application Form to (Indigenous) (Multicultural)

3.     Each application will be reviewed by the subsidy committee

4.     Successful applicants will be notified via email within 2-4 weeks of submitting the form

5.     AFL Clubs will be required to provide a tax invoice (if successful)

6.     AFL NSW/ACT will process payment once the tax invoice has been received

7.     Subsidy payment will be deposited to the nominated bank account within 2-4 weeks


If you have questions or require further information, please contact:

Katriina Heikkanen, Indigenous Program Manager
0404 090 598 or

Nickie Flambouras, Multicultural Program Manager
0413 699 181 or

To download further information about this program please click here