AFL Cape York established in 2003 with the main purpose of coordinating the AFL Kickstart program. By applying for in corporation it gave the company the opportunity to further develop programs through Government and Non Government Partnerships.

To enhance the lifestyle skills of Indigenous Australians and increase participation in sport through the AFL game.

AFL Cape York runs a number of programs to fufill its’ mission including

  • Lifeskills Education
  • AFL Development
  • Career Pathways Development
  • Alcohol and Drug Education
  • Diversion
  • Community planning and engagement via sporting festivals and other events

Staff travel to 25 different different Cape York and Torres Strait Island communities rolling out sporting and lifestyle programs. Staff implement programs by using the sport of  AFL as the vehicle.

In addition to these programs AFL Cape York umbrella body under which AFL Cape York House operates.

AFL Cape York House is a not-for profit organisation, funded under the Federal and State Indigenous Housing Partnership program and supported by Aboriginal Hostels Limited, Indigenous Schooling Support, Education Queensland and the Australian Football League.

The House aims to provide educational, employment and training opportunities for young indigenous men from some of far north Queensland’s most remote communities in a culturally appropriate, safe and secure residential environment to ensure every boarding student has the opportunity to reach their potential.

Construction of the boarding facility was completed in January 2013 with the House welcoming its inaugural students later that month.

To visit AFL Cape York House’s homepage, click here.


Founded 2003
Awards AFL Kickstart Program Awards;
2006 Premiers Award for excellence in Public Sector Management
2010 – ACHPER Queensland Sports, Sport in Schools Award for the significant contribution made to the promotion of active and/or healthy living

Kids Living Safer Lives Award;
2010 – Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards, conducted through the Institute of Criminology
2010 Queensland Child Protection Award, Youth Participation Category
2009 Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Awards


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To enhance the lifeskills of Indigenous Australians and increase the participation in sport through the AFL Game