Australian Sporting Network: Joint Reconciliation Statement

The Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) is proud to again join its partners in sport to reaffirm its commitment to reconciliation.

Since 2021, the ASC has joined the Australian Olympic Committee, Paralympics Australia, Commonwealth Games Australia, and all seven State and Territory Sport Institutes and Academies in committing to the Australian Sporting Network Joint Reconciliation Statement.

Released annually as part of National Reconciliation Week, the 2024 statement builds on the work being done by each organisation involved, as well as the recently launched Connection to Country Action Plan, released as part of Australia’s High Performance 2032+ Sport Strategy.



The actions undertaken by the ASC and other signatory organisations since the Australian Sporting Network Joint Reconciliation Statement in 2021 include:

  • Supported, or launched their own Reconciliation Action Plans
  • Created their own formal or informal First Nations Advisory Committees
  • Increased their cultural knowledge through training and education immersion programs
  • Created several partnerships, relationships, and/or programs in collaboration with First Nations Elders, emerging leaders, and/or organisations.

The 2023 Australian Sporting Network Joint Reconciliation Statement, in conjunction with the HP2032+ Strategy Connection to Country, commits to the following:

  • Share learnings and resources relating to current and future initiatives
  • Support the continued development of Reconciliation Action Plans within the sporting network
  • Improve the procurement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander goods and services across the network
  • Develop and deliver cultural enrichment programs for First Nations athletes, coaches, and administrators
  • Create a more culturally aware, inclusive, and safe environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples across all areas of our operation and performance
  • Ensure our organisations are more reflective of the communities we represent, and
  • Commit to reviewing our progress and sharing this year-on-year.

For more information about the ASC's Reconciliation Action Plan, please visit the website here.

Australian Institute of Sport

Artwork by Katie Budgen

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