With the AFL-CAFTA negotiations now just weeks away, the AFLCIO has released its latest report, highlighting the key issues facing the industry in the coming months.
The AFL has made a significant investment in infrastructure and public education, as well as ensuring its players receive high-quality education, and ensuring that the health of its players is taken seriously.
The AFLCII has made significant progress, particularly in terms of education and workplace issues, and has been able to make progress in ensuring its athletes receive quality education and access to quality healthcare.
However, the report highlights the AFL’s continuing challenges in the education sector, and its continued need to improve the educational environment and workforce of the players, which is critical to its growth and future success.
The report also found that AFL players are being underpaid for their work and the AFL needs to improve its performance in the classroom and in terms and conditions of the education workforce.
The CIO report highlights significant gaps in education, including the lack of opportunities for students in rural and remote areas, a lack of adequate training and an inadequate range of quality resources in education.
This is a critical issue that is going to be critical to the success of the AFL and its future, the CIO said.
“While we recognise the need for the AFL to increase its education and workforce to meet the changing needs of its young people, the sector needs to be held to a high standard of service delivery, and not be left behind.”
The report recommends the AFL address some of these issues by:Implementing a national student labour market, including ensuring that eligible players have access to the training that they need, and that they are trained on the best practices of employment, work-life balance and career development;Creating a robust and transparent workforce recruitment strategy to attract, retain and develop the most promising AFL talent;Implement the new AFL Education Workforce Development Programme, which aims to improve and enhance the quality of education available to players in the industry;Establishing a new industry-wide recruitment strategy for all players, including recruitment in areas outside of the core AFL footprint; andIntroducing the AFL Education Quality of Service (EQOS) to improve educational outcomes and workplace standards.
The latest report comes as the AFL is set to release its annual economic plan in early October, which has the AFL set to announce the top five economic sectors, and the top 20 industries, for which the AFL will receive $1.2 billion in funding over the next five years.