Al Fricker

M Teach (Sec), B Arts (Hons)

PhD Candidate

Al is a junior Academic at RMIT University specialising in Indigenous Education. He formerly worked as a primary and secondary school English, Maths, History and Humanities teacher. He grew up in Melbourne on Wurundjeri country, but he is a proud Dja Dja Wurrung man whose ancestors came from the region around Bendigo and the Loddon River in Victoria. When he is not working he studies as a full-time PhD student at RMIT University and is currently working on his research with Professor Barry Judd and Dr. Peter Phipps to examine the impact of AFL football on the engagement with school for students in Papunya. In his leisure time he coaches for the local junior basketball club and enjoys sitting in front of the TV playing video games.

PhD Project Title

Two Goats, One Footy and a School Bus: Tensions in the Education, Culture and Sport Interface of Children in Papunya.

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Studies
  • Education
  • Sport


Professor Barry Judd, Principal (Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University)
Dr Peter Phipps (School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University)

Link to Research Publications

Al Fricker


T: 03 99259403

Melbourne, VIC