First Nations People and their Contribution to the National Basketball League

Basketball is one of the most culturally diverse and inclusive sports played in Australia, which is one of the reasons why it is the second most participated team sport in the country.

As the nation’s premier competition (and one of the best leagues in the world), with a multitude of grass roots connections, our aim is to unite Australia’s varied and vast basketball communities by acting as leaders in reconciliation and societal equality.

As an organisation and as a League, we have long celebrated our values of inclusion and diversity, but have not yet sufficiently recognised, in a consistent and sustainable way, the specific contribution that Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples have made to the development and success of Australian basketball, nor have we implemented sufficient programs to ensure talent identification, encouragement and development of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples. As a league, we respect First Nations peoples and we are seeking to make a public commitment that can be referred to as an ongoing point of reference by our staff and stakeholders.

By developing a RAP we will instil greater awareness, both at an organisational level in terms of the development of policies and procedures, but also as individuals, of the importance of the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to our sport, and to the communities in which we are most active. This will make us more conscious of our responsibility to ensure the ongoing involvement and participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our sport and through our organisation.

NBL will develop, implement and oversee a RAP framework that encompasses the policies and procedures governing and informing the practices of all employees of the League and of the League as an organisation, but which will also cascade down to influence the policies and procedures of each of our constituent Clubs within Australia – Clubs will be invited to adopt our RAP and implement a consistent policy framework.

The NBL’s Executive Management team, as championed by NBL Commissioner, will be responsible for communicating the organisational philosophy underpinning the development and adoption of the RAP, and its continuing evolution, while the Human Resources teams will ensure that policies are updated to reflect the commitments outlined in the RAP, and that they are disseminated to all staff whilst also ensuring that all future recruitment practices are consistent with those policy updates.

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