Rugby League in Australia
Rugby League is Australia’s most entertaining and popular sport.
With a rich history dating back to its creation in 1908, Rugby League telecasts have grown to be the most watched programs on Australian television.
The NRL Telstra Premiership is the closest elite sporting competition in the country and the Holden State of Origin series between New South Wales and Queensland is Australian sport’s greatest rivalry.
At its heart, Rugby League is a community-based sport played by hundreds of thousands right across Australia, especially in country areas. In addition, there are countless people who give their time volunteering to ensure boys and girls, teenagers and adults can play the sport they love each weekend.
On these pages, you can find out more about Rugby League from the grassroots through to the elite level – and the role of the Australian Rugby League Commission and National Rugby League in administering the sport.
How Rugby League is governed
Australian Rugby League Commission
Formed in 2012, the ARLC is the governing body for Rugby League in Australia. It sets the overall strategic direction for the game and works to ensure that the administration across all levels of Rugby League can meet the demands of being a modern, professional and well governed sport. It has responsibility for funding the game at all levels and helping the game to grow and foster both in Australia and internationally.
ARLC Vision, Mission and Values
Our Vision is to be the most entertaining, most engaging, most respected sport.
Our Mission is to bring people together and enrich their lives.
We’re committed to inclusiveness, excellence, courage and teamwork defining every step. These are our core Values.
Valuing the importance of every decision and every action. Striving to improve and innovate in everything we do. Setting clear goals against which we measure success. Inspiring the highest standards in ourselves and others
Engaging and empowering everyone to feel welcome in our game. Reaching out to new participants and supporters. Respecting and celebrating diversity in culture, gender and social background.
Standing up for our beliefs and empowering others to do the same. Being prepared to make a difference by leading the change. Having the strength to make the right decisions, placing fact ahead of emotion.
Encouraging and supporting others to achieve common goals. Committing toa culture of honesty and trust. Motivating those around us to challenge themselves. Respecting the contribution of every individual.
Roles and responsibilities
The role of the ARLC is to be the single controlling body and administrator of Rugby League in Australia. It has responsibilities for fostering, developing and funding the game from the junior to the elite levels.
The ARLC also organises the NRL competition, the State of Origin and Australian representative matches and works with international the Rugby League International Federation and other Rugby League bodies to foster Rugby League throughout the world.
Recognising the significance and profile of Rugby League in communities all across Australia, the ARLC also has a commitment to promote the welfare of young people, the Rugby League community and their interests.
The Australian Rugby League Commission is made up of eight independent Commissioners. They are not officers of the National Rugby League, an NRL Club or a Rugby League State or Territory body.
Each year Commissioners elect one member to be the ARLC Chairman.
The ARLC members are:
National Rugby League
The National Rugby League runs the world’s premier Rugby League competition comprising of 16 teams (15 from Australia and one from New Zealand).
The NRL Telstra Premiership attracts about three million people to its matches each year with more than 100 million viewers on television. The NRL has more Facebook fans than any other sport in the country.
The NRL is also responsible for the Australian Kangaroos (male) and Jillaroos (female) representative teams, the annual three-match Holden State of Origin series between New South Wales and Queensland, the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines, the under 20s Holden Cup competition, and the Harvey Norman NRL Touch Football affiliation.
The Holden State of Origin series is Australia’s greatest sporting rivalry and regularly ranks as Australia’s highest rating television program.
The NRL proudly supports the largest and most comprehensive community relations program in Australian sport, known as NRL Community. It provides a platform for Rugby League to drive powerful social change with a particular focus on children and young people.
Through current and former NRL players, it uses the reach and scope of the NRL to deliver community programs, health and education messages and promote inclusiveness and diversity.
NRL CEO and Senior Executive
The NRL Chief Executive Officer is appointed by the ARLC and has overall managerial responsibility for Rugby League in Australia. The CEO reports to the ARLC but is not a member or director of the ARLC.
NRL Leadership Team
Todd Greenberg – Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Abdo – Chief Commercial Officer
Alex Alderson – Chief Digital Officer
Graham Annesley - Head of Football - Elite Competitions
Jaymes Boland-Rudder – Head of Government and Community Relations
Tony Crawford – Chief Financial Officer and Head of Club and State Services
Rebecca Doyle – Head of People & Culture
Luke Ellis - Head of Football - Participation, Pathways and Game Development
Peter Grimshaw – Head of Media & Communications
Eleni North - General Counsel and Company Secretary
Nick Weeks – Chief Operating Officer
The Australian Rugby League Commission is the single controlling body and administrator of the Game.