2010 Castan Centre Annual Lecture in association with Mallesons Stephens Jacques
Andrew Demetriou, CEO of the Australian Football League
"A matter of leadership: the AFL on the field and in the community"
Sponsored by Mallesons Stephens Jaques
17 August 2010
Held at the State Library of Victoria Conference Centre and Theatrette, Melbourne
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Andrew Demetriou is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Football League. The AFL administers the 16-team national competition and guides the game of Australian Football that currently has more than 733,000 participants and supports a $3.4 billion industry that employs the equivalent of 9500 full-time jobs. Since Mr Demetriou became CEO, the AFL has also expanded its programs in indigenous and multicultural communities, changed its racial and religious vilification rule to outlaw vilification on the basis of gender or sexuality and developed a respect and responsibility program to build safe and inclusive environments for women.
For three years prior to being appointed CEO in September 2003, Mr Demetriou served as General Manager - Football Operations, overseeing all aspects of operating the 16-team AFL competition. In 1998, Mr Demetriou became CEO of the AFL Players Association ans was instrumental in establishing programs to look after players during their careers and after their retirement. Mr Demetriou is Public Appeal Chairman for the Olivia Newton John Cancer Centre, a member of the National Australia Bank's Community Advisory Council and Chair of the Federal Government's Australian Multicultural Advisory Council.