Jackson drafted in to review AFL’s Indigenous advisory group

The AFL's Mr Fixit, veteran administrator Peter Jackson, has been drafted in to help review the league's Indigenous advisory group.

The group is into its sixth year, and Jackson, the former Essendon and Melbourne chief executive, has been asked to analyse its performance.

"Following the release of the AFL’s first Reconciliation Action Plan in 2014, the Indigenous Advisory Council was established in 2015, providing strategic and cultural advice to the AFL and AFL Commission," an AFL spokesman said.

Long-time AFL administrator Peter Jackson.Credit:Joe Armao

"As per normal practice, after a period of time we review our formed committees and processes. Peter Jackson, with his extensive business and football credentials, is heading up the review of the IAC."

The advisory group has been chaired by Paul Briggs, who is also the chair of the Kaiela Institute. Adam Goodes, the 2014 Australian of the Year and two-time Sydney Swans premiership player, former St Kilda and Brisbane Lions player Xavier Clarke, AFL commissioner Kim Williams and Peter Yu, the chair of North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd, were also part of the founding group.

"The council, led by Paul Briggs, continues to be an integral part of the development of the AFL’s indigenous strategy, partnerships and stakeholder commitment," the AFL spokesman said.

Jackson is regarded as one of the sport's more astute administrators. In 2011, he completed a review of the governance and structure of country football.

He hasn't been afraid to make tough decisions. In 2007 at Essendon, he oversaw the departure of legendary Bombers coach Kevin Sheedy. He joined the Demons as interim chief executive in 2013 with the league's backing, replacing Cameron Schwab. He presided over the departure of coach Mark Neeld, lured Paul Roos back into coaching, and was integral in the club's return to financial stability before leaving at the end of 2018.

The AFL Players' Association has its own indigenous advisory board, including Hawthorn champion Shaun Burgoyne and current players Neville Jetta, Chad Wingard, Allen Christensen, Jarrod Pickett and Shane Edwards.

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