ARL agrees on Independent Commission constitution

The Australian Rugby League Board has today agreed on a constitution for an independent commission that will be forwarded to NRL partner News Limited in the next 24 hours.

The Queensland and NSW representatives on the ARL Board agreed today to a number of changes to an earlier draft and believe that there remains significant progress towards the establishment of a single commission to oversee Rugby League.

The commission model remains one that assures the independence of future commissioners.

Subject to agreement by News Limited, the draft constitution will then be circulated among the committee representing the NRL clubs, with a view to establishing the commission as soon as practical.

“This whole exercise is a major undertaking and one that will benefit the future governance of the game,” ARL Chief Executive, Mr Geoff Carr, said today.

“Everyone has been working towards a November 1 outcome, which may or may not prove achievable in terms of having everything established.

“Certainly there is a very real possibility that the constitution can be finalised by that date and there can be no doubt that all parties are working in the right spirit to make things happen as soon as we can.

“It is, however, a very complicated process and the importance of getting it right when we are talking about some of the biggest changes in the game’s history has to be the primary factor.”