The WACA and the WA Aboriginal Cricket Advisory Committee (WAACAC) support many programs that target all areas of the cricket pathway, from grassroots to high performance, for Aboriginal communities.
Each advisory committee member has the responsibility and scope to offer advice to the board and management of their respective cricket associations on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander involvement in cricket.
Strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governance and community representation is critical to Australian cricket realising its vision to be a sport of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Terms of Reference for the Advisory Group can be downloaded HERE
Aboriginal people are encouraged to apply for the Co-Chair and Committee Member roles.
Non-Aboriginal people are encouraged to apply for the Independent Member roles.
Programs are supported and funded in part by the Department of Sport and Recreation. Some examples of Aboriginal Programs include:
- Extended Skills Programs delivered in Schools
- Coaching and Volunteer Education
- Relationship with Clontarf Academies
- Clontarf School team competing in the Perth u15 Girls Cricket Competition
- Street Cricket Youth Outreach Programs
- Boys Aboriginal XI - Junior Country Week Team
- Aboriginal XI – Senior Country Week Team
- Female State Team
- Mens State Team
If any schools or community groups are interested in having the WACA support or deliver programs for Aboriginal cricket, please contact the WACA Aboriginal Programs Coordinator. See contact details below.
One of the WACA’s goals is to assist the development of Aboriginal cricket. There are a number of program’s and initiatives in place that aim to achieve this goal. All activities are done in consultation and partnership with the WA Aboriginal Cricket Council (WAACC).
The WACA and the Western Australian Aboriginal Cricket Advisory Committee (WAACAC) support programs that target all areas of the cricket pathways, from grassroots to high performance of Aboriginal people and communities.
The WAACAC transitioned from the WA Aboriginal Cricket Council (WAACC) as a result of a 2013 report, undertaken by the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS) from the Australian National University. The researchers were focused on identifying best-practice actions for engaging Indigenous Australians and approached Cricket Australia (CA), which welcomed the opportunity.
Cricket Australia and the ANU in October 2015 released the final report of the pilot project titled “For the Love of the Game”, which provided a comprehensive history of the involvement of Indigenous Australians in cricket and presented a series of recommendations for the sport to guide its ongoing work with Indigenous communities.
One of the key recommendations from the report was for CA and all State and Territory Associations to review the present governance of Indigenous cricket. This included changing the current model and structure of each state and territory to better represent and advocate the needs and opportunities for the development of Indigenous Cricket across the country.
The WACA elected to adopt the advisory committee model for the restructuring of Aboriginal Cricket Governance, leading to the formation last year of the WAACAC as a sub-committee of the WACA Board.
WACA chair Dr Ken Michael sits as co-chair of the WAACAC, alongside esteemed Aboriginal representative Prof Colleen Hayward AM, highlighting the importance the WACA has placed on growing and supporting cricket for Aboriginal people.
The WACA strengthened its support of developing Aboriginal cricket through its creation of the position of Aboriginal Programs Coordinator and the subsequent employment of Larry Kickett, becoming the only state association in Australia to make such an appointment.
Ballardong Cricket Academy
Ballardong Cricket Academy is an excellent case study of a cricket program engaging the local community and contributing to crime and anti social behaviour prevention. Boys and girls participate in cricket teams in an after-school program. The program nominates two Under 13 teams in the Northam Junior Cricket Association and one B Grade Team in the Northam Senior Cricket Association.
The program is delivered by a dedicated set of volunteers who fulfil tasks such as coaching, driving the team bus, team management, cooking breakfasts and scoring matches.
The program was initiated by former WA Aboriginal Cricket Council member Mark Davis, a long time Northam resident, who was passionate about getting young students to play cricket. While the program targets Aboriginal youth, non-Aboriginal students and students from neighbouring schools are welcome in the program.
WA Aboriginal Cricket Development Plan
The WACA is seeking input into the formation of the WA Aboriginal Cricket Development Plan. The plan is being developed in partnership with the WA Aboriginal Cricket Advisory Council and seeks to support the development of Aboriginal Cricket in the areas of:
- Sustainable Participation
- Community Engagement and Connection
- Pathways & Programs
If you have an interest or knowledge of Aboriginal engagement in cricket, please complete the survey below and share your thoughts and insights.
Aboriginal Cricket Development Plan Survey
For anyone wanting more information about regarding Aboriginal Cricket, including how to be involved in representative teams, contact Project Officer - Aboriginal Cricket Adam Cockie.