NRL Policies and Guidelines

Updated: 06/12/2018.

NRL Policies and Guidelines covering NRL Member Protection Policy, NRL Privacy Policy, NRL On Field Policy, Return to Play Policy, Infectious Disease Policy, Electrical Storm Safety Guidelines, Sun Protection Policy, Heat Guidelines, NRL Welfare & Education, Risk Management for Coaches & Officials, National Registration Policy and NRL Pass Program.

Updates and additional guidelines from the NRL will be posted into this section.

The National Rugby League (NRL) has a policy of using world’s best practice in risk management to support and enhance activities in all areas of our organisation and to ensure that risk management is an integral part of our decision making process. We use a structured risk management process to minimise reasonably foreseeable physical, financial, legal and ethical harm to people, disruption to operations and damage to the environment and property. We identify and take advantage of opportunities as well as minimising adverse effects. We train our people to implement risk management effectively. We strive to continually improve our risk management practices.

Included as part of the National Rugby League’s Risk Management Program are Member Protection Policies and Procedures for the National Body, all Affiliated State Leagues and their affiliated organisations. These policies and procedures are an essential part of our organisation’s proactive and preventative a pproach to tackling inappropriate behaviour. These policies are governed by the NRL and adopted by its all Affiliated State Leagues and their affiliated organisations.

This Privacy Policy covers National Rugby League Limited and each of its associates, related entities and subsidiaries (together, the NRL). For the avoidance of doubt, a reference in this Policy to the NRL (including the NRL doing or not doing an act) is a reference to, and is intended to also cover, the Leagues. The NRL recognises that privacy is important and that an individual has the right to control his or her Personal Information. The NRL is committed to protecting the privacy of individuals and their Personal Information which the NRL collects during the course of administering and developing the game of Rugby League.

At times, a variety of injuries/illness occurs while playing contact sports. It is inevitable that injuries and illness will occur during a player/s career whether it is through professional or social events. Rugby League is a contact sport. The NRL Accredited Sports Trainer Code of Practice recognises that injuries occur on a variety of levels from minor muscular related, sprains, strains to fractures to more serious injuries such as head and spinal injuries and on some very rare occasions, death.

All official personnel over the age of (14) years who enter the field of play, must possess a minimum of an NRL Leaguesafe Certificate of Completion or; an Accredited Sports Trainer Statement of Attainment and an NRL ID Number. The Competition Administration may require a minimum of Sports Trainer Level 1 or higher at their discretion.

With particular reference to HIV (AIDS), Hepatitis B, Meningococcal Illness and other infectious diseases transmitted by saliva and other excretions from the nose and throat). A number of blood-borne infectious diseases can be transmitted during body contact and collision sports such as rugby league. The more serious include Hepatitis and HIV (AIDS). Infectious diseases may be spread by cont act between broken skin or mucous membrane and infected:
- Blood
- Saliva (There is no evidence that contact with saliva can place someone at high risk of HIV infection)
- Semen and vaginal fluids

Electrical storm is a risk that can cause death to participants in rugby league. It is vitally important that appropriate procedures are put in place to minimise exposure to injury due to lightning strike. The following guideline includes a designated “Weather Watcher” who has the authority to stop, postpone and restart training or matches. The “Weather Watcher” is recommended to be a senior official within the Rugby League organisation and is responsible for recognising the danger and activating the lightning protection plan.

The following guidelines, produced by Sports Medicine Australia, South Australian Branch, must be considered by Rugby League organisations and their personnel when considering their duty of care responsibilities and taking a responsible approach towards the safety of their participants. A common sense attitude must be applied with consideration to the comfort and well - being of all individuals, including participants and officials. Cancellation, modification of events and/or training or withdrawal from participation may be appropriate even in circumstances falling outside these guidelines.

The health of those participating in rugby league is of primary concern for the National Rugby League and its affiliated organisations. Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, with two out of three people experiencing some form of skin cancer during their lifetime. Each year more than 1,000 Australians will die from skin cancer. Being sunburnt as few as six times can more than double the risk of developing melanoma.

LeagueWise is being CareerWise CharacterWise HealthWise. The goal of our Welfare and Education Program is to turn talented boys into men of character and integrity; men who are all the better for having been part of Rugby League. Every element of the program is designed to help our young players grow and develop their potential in every aspect of their lives.

The policy applies to all participants registering to play, officiate, coach or participate as a sports trainer and/or volunteers at all clubs/Leagues/Associations.

Thousands of Australians participate in Rugby League at various levels on a regular basis. Activities range from the purely amateur recreational level to high profile professional Rugby League. No matter where on the scale an individual is placed, they may be exposed to risks that have the potential to cause physical, financial or legal disaster. Therefore the effective management of risk is an important requirement of everyone involved in Rugby League.

To thank those that are involved in grassroots Rugby League the NRL and NRL Clubs are pleased to offer junior players, coaches, referees and volunteers FREE tickets to come and experience the NRL Telstra Premiership. The number of free tickets that you are eligible for depends on your level of involvement with the game. If you are a registered player (born on or after 01/01/2014) or a coach, referee, volunteer or school teacher you are eligible to one (1) FREE ticket (general admission) to EVERY ROUND of the 2019 NRL Telstra Premiership competition (conditions apply). Simply use the details that you have received (either via email or printed on a poster) to login to this website, select the game you wish to attend and follow the instructions to get your tickets delivered directly to your mobile or email.


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