Indigenous Policy

Rugby Australia have had an endorsed Reconciliation Action Plan since 2013.

The vision of the Reconciliation Action Plan is to engage and work collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to foster positive relationships while also promoting healthy lifestyles and creating genuine opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the great game of Rugby Union.

Hunter Rugby including the Wildfires are formally adopting Rugby Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan. Hunter Rugby align with the view that this is a collective commitment to reconciliation and with the core vision ‘to inspire all Australians to enjoy our great global game’, strengthened by the values identified in Hunter Rugby Strategic Plan 2019-2021 of passion, integrity, high standards, respect & team work.

Hunter Rugby acknowledges that we train and play Rugby in the traditional countries of the Awabakal, Worimi and Wonnarua peoples. We acknowledge and appreciate that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is the oldest continual culture in the world; something that makes Australia unique.

Actions at a local level:

  • At all official Hunter Rugby events, meeting & functions perform an Acknowledgement of Country.
  • Have at least one round of local Zone competition, including Representative, Premier and Divisional designated as a First Nations Awareness round.
  • Foster a connection to the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Teams. Through this initiative players have access to participate at Ella 7s to gain player exposure to the #dreamBIGtime pathway.
  • Proactively support closing the gap, as this relates to health, fitness, and opportunities of Indigenous peoples.
  • Support programs for participants through the game of Rugby in our Zone by forming meaningful partnerships with Indigenous Foundations and foundations that run Indigenous programs.