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.
Whistle-blower 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.