From the managing director
Welcome to the Queensland Rugby League’s Diversity and Inclusion Framework and Action Plan.
As the title suggests, this is a significant initiative for the QRL and one we’re immensely proud of.
In many respects, we are only at the beginning of our journey, having recently launched Queensland Rugby League’s Female Strategy.
It’s a journey that will take commitment, courage and purpose – traits that are already abundant in these early stages when you take into consideration the level of collaboration across many sectors.
So why is diversity and inclusion so important to our organisation?
From my perspective, this framework provides an opportunity for us to create a more inviting community for all, enabling people from all backgrounds to participate in the ‘Greatest Game of All’.
It’s about a game for everyone to enjoy, no matter your gender, culture or ability.
It’s also about recognising the need to adapt and evolve, as we strive to grow our participation base.
Importantly, the framework will guide our entire organisation, meaning we now have the foundations to make the necessary alterations to our business, providing greater opportunities to be more accepting and more inclusive of all backgrounds.
Ultimately, we see this framework as the catalyst that will enable us to deliver and facilitate new programs and competitions, as well as other forms of community and athlete recognition.
All of this supports our ability to grow as an organisation. These growth opportunities are directly linked to the QRL strategic objectives, and have the ability to raise the image and profile of rugby league in the community.
On the field, we hope to see an increase to our talent pool across all participation sectors; while off the field, there is considerable scope to raise our membership base and forge more meaningful partnerships with a whole-of-community focus.
As this framework guides us all into a new era, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in this initiative to date.
I would also strongly encourage you to take the time to learn more about our values and targets in these pages as we come together for the good of the game.