The constitution of the Queensland Rugby Football League Limited specifies its primary objectives to be the single controlling body and administrator of the game in Queensland.
To foster, develop, extend and govern the game from junior and school division to elite levels; provide for state-wide competitions, Regions, local leagues and like bodies; organise, foster and conduct the state-wide competitions, representative teams and representative program; and develop, administer and amend the Code of Conduct in relation to officials, players and participants.
We strive to promote and encourage sport and recreation, either directly or indirectly, for the physical, cultural and intellectual welfare of all persons in the rugby league community in Queensland.
Driving the game’s growth is the Queensland Rugby League (QRL), an organisation steeped in tradition. The QRL is governed by a nine-member Board chaired by Bruce Hatcher.
In recent times, the League has displayed its ability to adapt and meet the demands of a changing landscape through an extensive review of its Governance structure. Positive outcomes have been achieved through the recent restructuring of Regions and the positioning of Independent Directors on the Board.
Importantly, the QRL continues to employ more and more people on the ‘ground’. These key appointments at local league and in the game development field are assisting with the game’s growth throughout Queensland. The formation of one national body – the Australian Rugby League Commission (the Commission) – is proving greater efficiency across the game. The QRL continues to administer the game in Queensland with the support of the ARLC and resources made available via the National Rugby League.
Put simply, it is an exciting time to be involved in rugby league. In 2019, there were more than 62,000 registered participants and 18,000 registered volunteers. Never have so many exciting pathways been available for participants. Junior players can aspire to win selection in development squads and numerous representative teams under the QRL umbrella. In recent times, Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup (Under 18), and Hastings Deering Colts (Under 20) competitions have provided the platform for young talented players to progress through to Intrust Super Cup and National Rugby League clubs.
Great strengths of rugby league in Queensland are its volunteer network. From coaches and trainers to presidents and secretaries, volunteers form the backbone of the game right throughout the state.
This network is supported by staff from the QRL’s Brisbane based Head Office, along with the League’s three Regions – South East, Northern and Central. The QRL takes great pride in its ability to support community rugby league and connect with local people. Origin fan days are held annually in regional areas and club and representative matches are regularly taken to outback and remote towns.
This commitment and reach, coupled with the popularity of the Maroons in the Origin arena, has enabled the QRL to form new partnerships that is ultimately increase investment into Rugby League development.
The QRL currently employ staff across Queensland and have recently appointed Operations Managers across both the Torres Strait and Cape and Gulf regions to support rugby league delivery across all communities. Currently, the QRL has three staff who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Our 2018-2022 Strategic Plan has been developed in consideration of the broad demographic and reach the QRL has across the state. It has a will to maintain its unique place in the communities of Queensland through a comprehensive range of competitions and programs that are unmatched in other sports through scope, success or participation. The QRL support office locations throughout Queensland in all major centres. This includes mobile offices (including two motorhomes) that supports delivery across South West, Central West and North West Queensland.