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QRL unveils inclusive strategy to shape future

Delivering a game that is accessible to all is at the forefront of the Queensland Rugby League’s Diversity and Inclusion Framework released today.

The 2020-2022 framework provides a formal commitment by the QRL as it embarks on a quest to lead change and make a significant difference across communities.

Designed by a project team following consultation with internal and external stakeholders over the past 12 months, the framework supports existing strategies relating to reconciliation and female participation.

Diversity and Inclusion Framework explained

QRL managing director Robert Moore said the wider rugby league community stood to benefit from the initiative.

“What this framework does really well is that it outlines a commitment to educate ourselves and our affiliates on issues that are close to the heart of diversity groups,” Moore said.

“It is really important to note that the principles of the framework are directly linked to our beliefs of being inclusive and united.”

Moore said the QRL’s commitment to the strategy would be driven by the existing seven pillars of inclusion as established by ‘Play by the Rules’.

These are:

  • Access
  • Attitude
  • Choice
  • Partnerships
  • Communications
  • Policy
  • Opportunities

“The significance of these pillars is explained in the framework document, along with an outline of the diversity and inclusion action plan which specifically identifies our goals and aspirations across the priority areas of gender, culture and all-abilities,” Moore said.

“It is essential for us to highlight that all of this work extends beyond the participants on the playing field, as it is also about the wider network of coaches, volunteers, match officials, administrators and consumers.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Queensland Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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