We commit to
aspiring together +
As we begin this journey of opportunity and progress for Australian High Performance Sport, we commit to enhancing meaningful connection with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, histories, communities, and culture.
We commit to working together, walking together, aspiring together, and achieving together.
Representing our country is the ultimate honour, and we are proud to represent it all in its entirety.
Australia’s Aboriginal Peoples’ culture is the oldest continuous living culture on Earth. It provides Australia with a unique and powerful place in the world, something that no other country can claim. Both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are the First Peoples of Australia.
We welcome and will support our First Nations Peoples into our High Performance Sport System. We will connect athletes, coaches, administrators and our people to this culture, which will create a more equal opportunity for a stronger Australia as a sporting nation.
As part of this 2032+ Strategy, we in the Australian High Performance Sport System will promote and implement our principles of reconciliation and self determination to help create culturally safe environments that support First Nations Peoples to enjoy and maximise opportunities at every level of High Performance Sport, from administration to our sporting fields, to achieve at all levels of athletic excellence.
We commit to continually learning and seeking to improve our knowledge and appreciation about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and their histories, so that it enriches and enhances the sporting culture for all within Australian High Performance Sport.
Sport is an important vehicle for building community identity and social cohesion. By increasing awareness of our First Nations Peoples cultures to everyone in the High Performance Sport System, we will unearth an environment in which we can have twoway knowledge sharing with mutual respect, coupled with an understanding, so that it becomes a common practice.
Beyond the importance of symbolism, the High Performance Sport environment will have practices embedded into it that provide culturally safe and diverse environments for everyone. We will honour and reflect the vast contributions of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, their sporting achievements, and continue to celebrate their culture to improve the identity of our future athletes’ representation.
Australia’s High Performance 2032+ Sport Strategy outlines how the High Performance Sport System will work and consult with the current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group to develop an action plan, and measure and monitor our commitment to this legacy, now and into the future.
There is a great strength for all Australians with a sporting culture that understands our collective histories and that seeks to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, their living cultures and celebrates their achievements.