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Raise the Bar Academy

From July 5 - July 9 Athletics Australia and the University of Melbourne will come together to host the Raise the Bar Academy (RTBA). RTBA is a pathway Academy for Australian Indigenous secondary school students (Years 10, 11 and 12) who aspire to participate in athletics and study at university.


Raise the Bar participants will return to the community determined to continue their education beyond secondary school; participate in athletics as a life-long pursuit; be proud of their cultural heritage and excited about their potential.


  1. To inspire and develop the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary school students to pursue lifelong participation in and enjoyment of athletics.
  2. Expose Indigenous secondary school students to education pathways offered at the University of Melbourne.

Registrations are now open - 

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Reconciliation Action Plan

In developing our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Athletics Australia commits to completing the actions within this RAP to ensure we are well-positioned to develop and deliver actions aimed at strengthening our relationships and improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

The RAP Committee plays an important role in ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and successes are celebrated, recognised and included in all aspects of our current and future strategic planning processes and are part of our everyday business and sporting activities.

Our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan

History in Athletics

Indigenous Australians have a proud and fascinating history with track and field in Australia. From the turn of the century to modern-day elite athletes, the indigenous story of athletics is invaluable to our history.

To learn more about this please read our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people in Athletics History section.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people in Athletics History 

Register your interest

If you would like Athletics for the Outback to visit your region/community or would like more information on Raise the Bar, please contact Emily Broderick, First Nations Manager, Athletics Australia at