The Commission members the 16 NRL clubs, the QRL and the NSWRL approved the annual accounts before a wider meeting in which the Commissioners and Chairman and Chief Executives of each member organisation attended a full-day briefing on the game and its strategic agenda.
ARLC Chairman, Mr John Grant, detailed some of the key milestones achieved in the first year of the Commission including:
Competition improvements such as a new finals system, the abolition of the shoulder charge, stronger concussion guidelines, a restructuring of refereeing and changes to eligibility rules for State of Origin;
A Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with players for the next five years that increases player financial rewards and invests in welfare and education;
The promotion of one NRL brand across the game;
The integration of game-wide development programs under one administration;
More 6 to 12 year old boys and girls signing up to play in 2012 than ever before;
International recognition for Rugby Leagues One Community programs with the Commission named the 2012 Beyond Sport International Governing Body of the Year and also receiving royal acknowledgment from His Royal Highness Prince Charles, who participated in a Dream Believe Achieve leadership program at Bondi last November;
The most significant media rights agreements in League history, surpassing $1.2 billion;
The establishment of an NRL Digital Media unit to give fans unprecedented online access;
The most significant set of sponsorship agreements in the games history;
A new framework of financial grants for NRL Clubs, restoring financial strength and underpinning growth and sustainability;
A reshaping of governance structures across the game to focus on strategic opportunities;
The implementation of a whole-of-game strategic plan;
A $200m fund to invest in the growth of the game.
It has been a year of incredible change for Rugby League but the game today is in a stronger position than it has ever been in and we need to make the most of that opportunity, Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman, Mr John Grant, said today.
We have set some really aggressive targets for growth over the next five years and there is a clear strategic framework in place to reach those targets.
Included within those targets are a doubling of membership, significant growth in revenue, a substantial increase in match attendance as well as game-wide growth in participation.
The governance structure that is now in place and the strengthening of the administration with the appointment of Dave Smith as Chief Executive are critical factors in achieving those outcomes.