Santos is a strong supporter of increasing Aboriginal workplace participation, particularly in the energy sector and programs that help young Aboriginal people reach their full potential through positive engagement, employment pathways and training.
The Aboriginal Power Cup (APC) is a joint partnership between Power Community Limited and major partners the South Australian Government and Santos. The program is supported by Transfield Services, Beach Energy, Maxima, UniSA, Defence Force Recruiting and Fairmont Homes. The program is based on key recommendations from Monsignor David Cappo’s report To Break the Cycle.
The Aboriginal Power Cup involves individual and team-based activities. This increases the awareness of the participants in the importance of personal health and well-being; instills confidence and self-worth as well as connects them with community organisations and positive role models.
Each school is asked to form two x nine-member football teams; one boys' team and one girls' team. In order to gain points for their team, students have to organise the following;
Combined with points already accumulated, results from the football matches are collated to decide the grand finalists who play the curtain raiser to a Port Power game at the Adelaide Oval.
Teams must attend at least 80% of school to qualify for the APC carnival and to participate in the curtain raiser grand final. Students gain credits towards their SACE by completing all of the tasks required for a Stage 1 Integrated Learning subject.
The Aboriginal Power Cup was launched in 2008 with 133 students from six schools participating.
In 2009 the program grew to include 10 schools with 231 students taking part.
The program evolved further in 2010 with 17 schools and 283 young people participating. In 2010 the program was aligned with the school curriculum providing year 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to gain 10 credits towards their SACE Stage 1 or Stage 2 Integrated Learning subjects.
2010 saw the announcement of a major three year sponsorship agreement between Power Community Ltd and Santos, which allowed for further expansion of the program and increased opportunities for Aboriginal secondary school students to complete their education and identify future education and/or career pathways.
In 2011 the Attorney General's Department entered into a new three-year funding agreement with Port Adelaide Football Club to enable the program to continue through to 2013. 2011 was the fourth year of the Aboriginal Power Cup and saw 289 students from 23 schools from across the state participate.
2012 had 285 students from 24 schools across South Australia participating in the program and celebrated five years by aligning the program to AFL Indigenous Round.
2013 had 385 students registered and 35 schools completing the APC program.
In 2014 the program continued to grow with 36 schools participating. 2015 saw 17 teams participate in the three-day carnival.