Applications for football commission open

THE process to recruit commissioners to the new AFL Gippsland Commission has begun.

One of the key recommendations to come from the AFL review of football in country Victoria was the desire to establish 13 regional commissions which would be responsible for the strategic direction and planning of football across regional and rural Victoria.

This move to decentralise the administration of football at the top level is aimed to increase local collaboration and to provide extra resources at a local level to assist leagues, clubs and umpiring associations to grow the game. The review was about local people managing local football.

A working party made up of Gippsland VCFL affiliates, have been meeting since July to start to build the foundations for the proposed new football structure in Gippsland in line with the review recommendations and to keep local leagues, clubs and umpiring associations informed of the progress.

Gippsland working party chairman John Anderson has been pleased with the progress made by the group and the positive support from local football stakeholders.

“This is an exciting time for Gippsland football and one that we must grasp with both hands,” he said.

“The overall strategic intent is to put in place a governing body to ensure football in the region prospers, but in time also develop a football administration structure taking into account existing structures already in place, that can provide outstanding support to leagues, clubs and umpiring associations.

The AFL Gippsland Commission will comprise of seven independent commissioners.

Anderson emphasised the importance of the role of the initial Gippsland commissioners, and the diverse skill set required.

“We see how strategic and professional all sports are becoming these days, and if we want local football to grow and flourish throughout the Gippsland region we need to ensure we have good levels of management and governance,” he said.

“We are looking for high calibre individuals who are strategic thinkers and who not only have an understanding of football or community sport, but who can bring experience and skill to the commission in the areas of business, project management, legal, marketing and finance.”

The voluntary commissioners will meet regularly across the year. Candidates must be independent and not hold governance positions within the region at league, club or umpiring associations while on the commission.

The new commission will cover 14 bodies, including the Gippsland, North Gippsland and Alberton leagues, Sale and District junior association and the Sale Umpires Association.

A separate commission will be directly responsible for the leagues and associations in east Gippsland.

For those who believe they have the appropriate skills and experience to add value to an AFL Gippsland Commission they should express interest to John Anderson at or phone 0412 382 184.

Expressions of interests will close by Friday, October 19.

Once commissioner appointments are confirmed, leagues, clubs and umpiring associations will be asked to affiliate with the local AFL Gippsland Commission as well as the VCFL.