AFL Commission

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AFL Commission
Sport Australian rules football
Jurisdiction Global
Founded 1985
Headquarters AFL House. 140 Habour Esplanade, Melbourne Docklands
Chairman Mike Fitzpatrick
Chief Exec Andrew Demetriou

The AFL Commission is the official governing body of the Australian Football League (AFL), the elite national Australian rules football competition.

The AFL Commission is responsible for the administration of the competition and its constitution proclaims it as the "keeper of the code", the body universally responsible for the sport of Australian Football. Since forming in 1985, the AFL Commission has become increasingly wealthy and powerful and has had control of the sport in Australia since 1993 and internationally since 2005.

There are eight members that comprise the AFL Commission who are elected by the 18 AFL clubs, with each club entitled to make nominations.

National and international game development[edit]

The Commission was formed to set policy and has directed the AFL (known then as the VFL), the game's most professional league in December 1985.

In 1993 the AFL Commission assumed national governance of the sport (see Principle 2 below) following the earlier disbanding of the Australian National Football Council. At the same time, control of the AFL passed from the AFL Board of Directors (effectively the 18 AFL clubs) to the Commission [1], with the abolition of the Board of Directors and adoption of new Memorandum and Articles of Association for the AFL. This was a significant change of power as previously the Commission required explicit approval by the League (teams) for major items, such as further Expansion, Mergers, Relocations, Major Capital Works and similar items. The AFL also created an International Policy in 2005 in an attempt to govern the sport worldwide.

In its role as national and international governing body, the AFL Commission also controls and delegates development funding for Australian state and international bodies and leagues. As most of this funding is sourced the revenue and activities associated with the AFL competition, much of the funding is directed to the competition's developing markets. Semi-professional state competitions are generally self-sufficient and receive a much lower percentage of the AFL's funding.

Organisation structure and members[edit]

The AFL Commission has a simple structure. There are formal corporate titles for members which currently consists of a chairman whose role is to oversee meetings and a Chief executive officer who typically also oversees the operations of the Australian Football League.

Commissioners are elected by the a 18 AFL clubs, who each are entitled to make nominations. Should an election be necessary, then the membership is decided by a vote of the AFL clubs. Under the current constitution, member clubs have the power to veto commission decisions only with over 75% of votes.[1]

Current Membership[edit]

Current membership of the Commission is:

Name Current Role Appointed
Mike Fitzpatrick Chairman 2007
Gillon McLachlan Chief Executive Officer 2014
Bill Kelty Commissioner 1998
Chris Langford Commissioner 1999
Sam Mostyn Commissioner 2005
Justice Linda Dessau Commissioner 2007
Richard Goyder Commissioner 2011
Paul Bassat Commissioner 2011
Kim Williams Commissioner 2014

All-time membership[edit]

Chief Executive Officers[edit]

Chairmen[edit]

Executive Commissioners[edit]

Commissioners[edit]

  • Kim Williams (2014-)
  • Paul Bassat (2011-)
  • Richard Goyder (2011-)
  • Linda Dessau (2009-)
  • Christopher Lynch (2009-2014)
  • Sam Mostyn (2005-)
  • Andrew Demetriou (2004-)
  • Mike Fitzpatrick (2003-)
  • Bob Hammond (2001-2011)
  • Graeme John (2001-2011)
  • Chris Langford (1999-)
  • Bill Kelty (1998-)
  • David Shaw (1997–1998)
  • Craig Kimberley (1997–1998)
  • Wayne Jackson (1995–2003)
  • Colin Carter (1993–2007)
  • Terry O’Connor (1993–2000)
  • John Kennedy, Sr. (1993–1997)
  • John Winneke (1993–1994)
  • Michael Carlile (1991–1992)
  • Albert Mantello (1988–1992)
  • Ross Oakley (1986–1996)
  • Graeme Samuel (1985–2002)
  • Peter Scanlon (1985–1992)
  • Peter Nixon (1985–1990)
  • Richard Seddon (1985–1987)

Life Members[edit]

  • Colin Carter (2009)
  • Graeme Samuel (1995)

Club and Competition Intervention[edit]

The AFL Commission has also become involved in Australian Football League matters on occasion that the league causes on-field or off-field, sometimes in controversial circumstances.

On the field[edit]

Off the field[edit]

The commission has become involved when players bring the game into disrepute, including:

Expansion[edit]

The AFL Commission has an ongoing role in undertaking assessments of expansion clubs and awarding new licences including:

The Commission owns a stake in the Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney clubs.

Member Club Viability[edit]

The AFL Commission manages a special fund called the Competitive Balance Fund (CBF) since 2004 as a grant of up to A$5 million per club to ensure that member clubs remain financially viable. The system was later changed to the Annual Special Distribution (ASD) of A$6.3 million shared among all clubs[3] as well as allowing for grants and special concessions, such as payments to ensure that AFL member clubs remain viable in the short term including.

In 2006, the Commission approved a $2.1 million special financial assistance package for the Carlton Football Club.

In response to clubs increasingly relying on and applying for special funding in 2008, the Commission recommended removing the fund altogether.[3] However after considerable club protests led by struggling clubs Western Bulldogs, Melbourne Football Club and North Melbourne, CEO Andrew Demetriou announced that the ASD would remain. In early 2009 it increased the Melbourne Football Club's assistance from $250,000 to A$1 million and later made a A$1 million grant to the Port Adelaide Football Club[4]

Name[edit]

The sport is officially called "Australian football", though some people refer to it as "Australian rules football".[5] The AFL Commission has representatives from all the clubs in the league liaising with the commission. The aim is to use the strong brand of the professional league as well as to promote it further.

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