QRL unveiled as a finalist in AHRI awards

Queensland Rugby League’s ability to deliver change has thrust the organisation into the running for a prestigious award with the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Celebrating the pinnacle of HR and business excellence, the finalists of the 2019 AHRI Awards will come together next month with the QRL in the mix to win the Wayne Cascio Organisational Development Award.

This award recognises excellence in initiatives which demonstrate innovation and a responsible approach to organisational change and development.

QRL Chief Human Resources Manager Jane Shand said the nomination reflected the progressive approach of the organisation.  

“We have an outstanding team here at the QRL where we don’t sign up to sit on the sideline, everyone has played a part in this achievement,” Shand said.

“Our entry was based on the cultural improvement plan we have implemented over the past 18 months.

“This plan focused on fostering stronger cooperation and collaboration, improving performance, building recognition and enhancing communication.”

Further steps sought to enhance organisational sustainability, setting the platform for the QRL to continue with the delivery of key services across the game and Queensland communities.

“We have an outstanding team here at the QRL where we don’t sign up to sit on the sideline, everyone has played a part in this achievement"

Jane ShandQRL Chief Human Resources Manager

Shand said the results of the cultural improvement plan were outstanding.

“We set some ambitious targets, so it was pleasing to see a significant uplift across all focus areas,” Shand said. 

The QRL went from below the Australian benchmark in every survey section to above the benchmark in nine of eleven sections; and in that time, the organisation commenced a number of important new partnerships.

QRL Managing Director Robert Moore congratulated the entire team and all departments within head office and regional Queensland.

“To be named as a finalist at these awards is a major coup for the QRL,” Moore said.

“We look forward to the opportunity to come together with the other finalists next month.

“No matter the final result, we have a lot to celebrate as we believe we are leading the way in not only our industry, but across many industries in Australia through the commitment to our people and our communities via our ability to embrace positive change.”

The winners of the AHRI Awards will be announced in Sydney on November 27.