Touch Football Australia
Touch Football Australia (TFA) in partnership with Reconciliation Australia have worked with the Indigenous Community to develop our Touch Football Reflect Reconciliation Action plan (RAP). The process has allowed TFA to pause and reflect on what we have achieved and currently undertake to respect and celebrate our Indigenous participants and culture. Our sport is formally recognised as being founded on the Eora nation in 1968.
Touch Football Australia's Reconciliation Action Plan is available below.
The TFA RAP has been developed by our Reconciliation Action Plan Panel (RAPP) which consists of seven members, and is chaired by proud Waka Waka and Wangan man Phil Gyemore. Our RAP will be championed by our CEO, Jamie O'Connor.
RAP Panel Members
TFA's commitment throughout our Reconciliation journey is to be led by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members to ensure that their lived experiences guide our sport to ensuring we implement strategies that achieve meaningful outcomes and progress towards closing the gap within our wider community.
Read the message from Touch Football Australia's CEO Jamie O'Connor.
Read the message from Reconciliation Australia's CEO Karen Mundine.
Australia's national representative Touch Football teams are known as the Pain Away Emus. The Emu has a long history with Australia's Indigenous culture and is featured in many Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and artworks. The Emu reflects our respect for our past, current and future Indigenous Touch Football athletes.
Touch Football Australia hosts the annual National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout in conjunction with the Quit B Fit - Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program and the Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service.
THE WAY OF THE EMU : My design has the inspiration of the Emu in the bush. The Emu is our largest bird, but what is lacks in flight it makes up in speed on the ground. They can travel distances and run at fast speeds if needed. This gives me the connection to the Australian Touch Football team - the fastest amongst the players. The Emu has much wisdom and can read the land well, just as the players can on the field. Markings represent its travels on the land and waterholes. The meeting circles on the artwork have six symbols around to represent the six players on the field. Plus you can see their tracks throughout the art, representing their travels through land and communities, leading a way to goodness, strength and pride.