As part of its
ongoing commitment to integrity measures, the NRL is working with clubs to
develop procedures for an Integrity Hotline – a project that was flagged
earlier this year along with the establishment of a dedicated Rugby League
Integrity and Compliance Unit.
At the heart of
the proposal is the simple philosophy that if something needs to be addressed
then the code will have the courage to do so.
lines, as they are often called, are an important part of government and
business practices. Leading Australian companies including Telstra, Coles and Westpac use whistle-blower lines as
part of their integrity procedures along with government agencies.
The FAIRPLAY line is designed to protect Rugby
League. It encourages the reporting of any matter that may harm
the game’s reputation or that of the NRL, the Clubs and the players.
FAIRPLAY allows for anyone to
come forward in a protected environment that is governed by established
procedures laid down by Standards Australia.
In working to develop this policy with Clubs, the NRL is
also ensuring the rights of individuals are protected across every level of the
game. The consultation process is important as is the NRL’s commitment to
ensuring that players and fans have faith and confidence that integrity of the
game is paramount.