Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs

Little Athletics NSW acknowledges the traditional owners of all lands on which we do business and we pay our respects to their elders, past and present.


Athletics Australia run programs for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Raise the Bar Academy & Athletics for the Outback.

Raise the Bar Academy

What is Raise the Bar Academy?
Athletics Australia and the University of Melbourne come together to host the Raise the Bar Academy. RTBA is a pathway Academy for Australian Indigenous secondary school students
(Years 11 and 12) who aspire to participate in athletics and study at university.

As a senior Indigenous secondary school student…What’s in it for me?
–  Get on track to start the school year right
–  Be inspired by peers just like you
–  Meet new friends
–  Learn from some of Australia’s best athletes who are excelling in all areas of their lives, not just in the sports arena
–  Find out how to pursue University education at Australia’s leading academic and research institution, The University of Melbourne
–  Train with the best in athletics

The Raise the Bar Academy will give you a great start to the school year by supporting you in your efforts to ‘Raise the Bar’ in every aspect of your life. This residential camp will help you elevate your ambitions to pursue a university degree and continue participating in athletics.

The FREE program, including air travel, ground transfers, accommodation and meals, consists of a five-day summer residence camp at the University of Melbourne, VIC.

Athletics for the Outback

Athletics Australia’s Athletics For The Outback reaches Indigenous Australians in towns and municipalities throughout Australia via a combination of activities including in-school coaching clinics, recreational running events and leadership and education initiatives.

The program aims to provide equitable opportunities for Indigenous Australians of all ages and abilities to participate in, and celebrate athletics in community.

Athletics For The Outback acknowledges the traditional custodians of all the communities in which we serve. We pay our respects to all Indigenous elders, both past and present.

Contact Athletics Australia for further information about these programs on  athletics@athletics.org.au