Carlton Football Club

Carlton Football Club has been selected as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2021. The Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice [EOC] recognises organisations that develop workplaces that maximise the full potential of their workforce through established policies and practices which demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention.

“The Carlton Football Club is honoured to be recognised as an Employer Of Choice as part of the 2021 Australian Business Awards. As an organisation, we are incredibly proud of our people and the culture we all continue to harness and this award recognises that. Carlton Football Club is a united, collaborative and high-performing environment that fosters a sense of connection, with a strong focus on inclusion, belonging and personal wellbeing to ensure all of our people are supported in playing their role in contributing to Club success. Congratulations to all of our people on this significant achievement.”

Luke Sayers, President, Carlton Football Club

Carlton Football Club (the Club) is one of Australia’s oldest and most prominent elite sporting institutions. With a history spanning 157 years and 16 Premierships, Carlton is the equal most successful Club in the history of the Australian Football League (AFL).

Situated on Wurrundjeri land within its homeland of Carlton North, Melbourne and amongst the picturesque Princes Park, Carlton is one of the few AFL Clubs that remains based within their geographical birthplace. The Club was one of the first eight clubs to form an AFLW (women’s) team and was a Grand Finalist in the 2019 AFLW season.

Carlton employees approximately 170 people to support the operations of the Club which includes football programs in the AFL, VFL, AFLW and VFLW with a total of 133 players proudly representing the Navy Blues. Currently, 40% of the Club, including players, are women.

In 2019, the Club set about re-building its home ground to become the first fully integrated facility in the AFL, whereby male and female athletes would have identical quality facilities, in close proximity to each other and equally sharing in all support services. This ambition was supported by both state and federal government. Diversity, education, health, wellbeing, equality, inclusion and safety have been at the forefront of the new facility development and no female athlete will ever walk into the Carlton Football Club again and feel any sense of inequality.

In addition to the world-class AFL and AFLW changerooms, gymnasium and medical facility, the redevelopment also includes a prayer room, a carers and breastfeeding room for parents and a quiet room for meditation and focus. To support connection between staff and players, a shared dining room facility has been built which everyone can use, along with a state-of-the-art gymnasium and aquatic centre, with robust end of trip facilities designed to promote exercise as part of everyone’s daily routine at the Club.

Carlton Football Club is committed to driving and harnessing an organisational culture and working environment that is in alignment with its core values. Carlton believes that a united football club emphasises a one Club mentality who are collaborative and support one another to achieve success.

The Club is committed to attracting and retaining talented people who are aligned with the Club values and expectations relating to professional standards. The Club adopts merit-based recruitment processes in accordance with robust key selection criteria for both technical and personal attributes. Vacant positions are advertised across a variety of mediums to attract a wide range of diverse candidates and are written with inclusive and supportive tone and language whilst also outlining Club values, emphasising our supportive culture of high performance.

The Club’s Carlton College of Sport academic program, also in conjunction with La Trobe University, provides the ultimate learning experience for students in a high-performance environment with professional athletes, coaches and mentors. Each year, the Club commits to employing four graduates from the Carlton College of Sport program, providing an opportunity to support the development of high potential students increasing their learning, knowledge, and sports industry job readiness skills.

Carlton Football Club is committed to driving a culture of high performance. The Club recognises that their people are key to achieving organisational success. Therefore, the Club has invested in substantial opportunities to increase the capability of people to not only increase productivity and engagement levels, but to harness their culture of innovation, high performance, and pursuit of excellence.

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