AFL SportsReady, in partnership with the National Careers Institute, is running a national design competition to showcase the traineeship experience through our First Nations participant’s eyes.

The competition is open to all current and former First Nations trainees of AFL SportsReady and ArtsReady. The winning artist will receive a $3,000 cash prize and the opportunity to have their artwork recognized nationally.

The theme is ‘My traineeship journey’ and your artwork should highlight your experience as a trainee and share what completing a traineeship means for you and your community.

Through this competition we hope to raise awareness about the benefits of completing traineeships, how they contribute to creating future opportunities and encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to explore traineeships as a career pathway. The artwork will become part of our Warumilang program and used to promote traineeship pathways and opportunities.

The winner will be selected by community, with all artworks available on the AFL SportsReady website for online voting. We will also acknowledge the artist and credit images of the artworks at all times.

You don’t have to be an artist to enter, just someone who wants to share their trainee experience in a creative way and wants to inspire other First Nations peoples to embark on their own traineeship journey.

If you are experiencing difficulties entering this competition or have any questions, please email [email protected]

The competition closes at 5 pm, Monday 1 August 2022

  • plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch. ARTWORK

    Entries must be supplied as a high-resolution PDF, high resolution photo, or be scanned in high resolution (300 DPI) as a JPG.

    Your submission should also include:

    • the artwork’s title
    • materials used
    • an explanation on how your artwork relates to your traineeship
  • plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch. ELIGIBILITY
    • You must be a current or former First Nations trainee of AFL SportsReady or ArtsReady
    • Artists must be 16 years and over to enter. If the artist is 16 years of age, they will require parental or guardian consent to enter the competition.
    • All artwork must be original and not infringe the copyright of any third party.


  • plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch. THE WINNER

    The winning artist agrees that their design will be used to further promote traineeships across both digital and print collateral for the Warumilang program.

    The winning artwork may also;

    • Be displayed at the home of AFL SportsReady, Victoria Park
    • Be used to illustrate Warumilang documents, including AFLSR’s Reconciliation Action Plan
    • Be used on AFL SportsReady’s social media channels and website

    The Prizes:

    • There will be prizes for first, second, and third place for this competition:
    • First prize is $3,000
    • Second prize is $1,500
    • Third prize is $500

    The successful artist(s) should be available for PR and media activities post winning. This may include attendance at an event to present and explain the artwork and photo opportunity with the Minister.

  • plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch. KEY DATES AND JUDGING
    • Entries open – Monday, 4 July 2022
    • Entries close – Monday, 1 August 2022
    • Judging – Opens: 4 August and Closes: 18 August
    • Winners announced – 23 August 2022 (at our RAP launch – National Conference)
  • plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch. FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
    1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Conditions of Entry. Participation in this competition is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
    2. The Design Competition is open to all current and former First Nations trainees of AFL SportsReady Pty Ltd (AFLSR) who are 16 years of age and over on the date the competition commences.
    • All entrants under 18 years of age at the date the competition commences must provide the written permission of a parent or guardian to enter.
    1. Current employees of AFLSR and their family members are not permitted to enter.
    2. The competition commences on 4 July 2022 at 9am and closes 1 August 2022 at 5pm (AEDT) (the Competition Period).
    3. Entries are deemed to be received at the time of receipt of the artwork or image to the Online Competition submission portal.
    4. AFL SportsReady Pty Ltd is not responsible for any late, lost or misdirected entries.
    5. Only one(1) entry per person will be accepted.
    6. The artwork must demonstrate what a traineeship is and highlight the entrant’s training experience and what completing a traineeship means to you and your community.
    7. Artwork for the purpose of the competition includes paintings, drawings and photographs.
    8. Entrants must submit their artwork as a high resolution PDF, high resolution photo or be scanned in high resolution (300DPI) as a JPG and include the title, materials used and an explanation of how the artwork relates to your traineeship.
    9. Entries must be entirely your own original work and must not breach any copyright or third party rights. AFLSR will not be held liable for any non-original work submitted by an entrant. The artwork or image must be suitable for public viewing and must not include any defamatory, offensive or unlawful content.
    10. While the copyright of the artwork remains with the entrant, the entrant grants AFLSR and the Commonwealth of Australia as represented by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the Department) a permanent, irrevocable, free, world-wide, non-exclusive, non-transferable licence to use, reproduce, adapt, display, modify and publish the artwork.
    11. All entrants and their parents or guardians’ consent to AFLSR and the Department using the winning artwork or image for publicity and promotion, including the name of the winning entrants, background and the story behind the artwork or image. This may include, but is not limited to, media interviews, social media posts, marketing and promotional materials.
    12. To enter this competition, you must provide AFLSR with your full name, age, current residential address, mobile number and email address. AFLSR collects this personal information for the purpose of administering the competition. If the information is not provided the Entrant may not participate in the promotion. AFSLR may disclose your personal information to the Department.
      1. AFLSR will use your name, age and residential State when displaying artworks on the AFLSR website for identifying the artwork and Entrant for judging purposes.
      2. AFLSR will use the personal information, of the winning Entrants as disclosed in clause 13.
      3. AFLSR will not oitherwise publish your personal details or provide them to anyone without your permission.
      4. Details on how AFLSR manages your personal information can be found in our Privacy Policy.
    13. Entrants must supply full details as required, and comply with all rules to be eligible for the prizes. No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.
    14. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.
    15. This competition is administered by AFLSR.
    16. All valid entries will be displayed on the AFLSR website and be open for the public (community) to vote for the winning artwork.
      1. Public voting will commence on 4 August 2022 and close on 18 August 2022.
      2. The winning artworks will be selected by the number of votes received. First, second and third prize winners will be determined in order with first prize being awarded to the artwork receiving the highest number of public votes.
      3.  Only one vote per person will be accepted.
    17. The prize winners will be contacted by email and or phone. The Judges decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.  The winner’s names will be entered onto the AFLSR website.
    18. Winning artworks will be announced at the AFLSR National Conference on 23 August 2022.
    19. The winning entries together with a picture of the artist and their biography will be displayed on the AFLSR website and at AFLSR head office Melbourne for a period of 12 months from the date the winners are announced.
    20. There will be three (3) cash prizes. First prize will consist of a cash prize of $3000.  Second prize will consist of a cash prize of $1,500.  Third Prize will consist of cash prize of $500.
    21. In the event that a winner is unable to be contacted, and all methods of communication are unsuccessful, unclaimed prizes will be dealt with as prescribed by the law of the State or Territory of Australia in which the prize winner resides. The prize remains the property of AFLSR until claimed by the prize winner.
    22. If this competition is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of AFLSR, then AFLSR reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by law: (a) To disqualify any Eligible Entrant; or (b) Subject to any written directions from a regulatory authority, to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the competition as appropriate.



The First Nations Design competition is an initiative of AFL SportsReady, proudly supported by the National Careers Institute (NCI)