From the Managing Director
I am delighted to share this welcome note as we officially open a new chapter for rugby league in Queensland.
As custodians of the game in our great state, we are immensely proud to launch the QRL’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
This is about formally recognising our commitment to promoting reconciliation and inclusiveness, both on and off the field.
It’s about providing a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
And perhaps most importantly, it’s about a united approach, and truly understanding what is important to our communities.
Rugby league has a unique ability to bring people together – which is exactly what our RAP is all about.
We trust it is an initiative that we can all be proud of, from our youngest participants to those who have dedicated long periods to the game.
Our RAP will pave the way for the game to develop appropriate cultural processes to feature in our business operations as well as QRL Board level.
These are important steps that we believe will contribute to the growth of our game.
We believe the principles within this framework can help shape the rugby league journey of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Queensland.
Indigenous people already have a long history in our game and it is important to not only celebrate the past, but look forward to even more prosperous times.
We’re proud to share that more than 22 per cent of our participation base identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
Through initiatives like this, we believe our sport can become even more enticing, but above all else, more inclusive.
For a number of seasons now, we have watched clubs involved in our premier statewide competition – the Intrust Super Cup – come together during the Indigenous Round.
What a wonderful celebration of people and culture this has become.
Supporting our competitions, as well as the wider community, are dedicated QRL staff on the ground.
With this operations support extending from Thursday Island in the north to Charleville and Quilpie in the west, our footprint is expanding across the state.
We’re also excited about the opportunity to work collaboratively with key education and employment sectors throughout our communities.
In closing, it’s an exciting time to be involved in our great game and we look forward to delivering many positive outcomes for the people of Queensland.
Queensland Rugby League