The ARL Commission is the existing ARL corporate entity with an entirely new constitution and regulatory framework.
The Objects of the ARL Commission are listed in its constitution:
The primary objects of the Company are to:
The name of the Telstra Premiership and the NRL brand remain in place subject to any future decisions taken by the Commission.
(a) be the single controlling body and administrator of the Game;
(b) foster, develop, extend and provide adequate funding for the Game from the junior to elite levels and generally to act in the best interests of the Game;
(c) liaise with and delegate appropriate functions to governing bodies of the Game in the States and Territories of Australia, including the NSWRL and QRL;
(d) organise and conduct all State of Origin and Australian Representative Games;
(e) organise, conduct and foster the NRL Competition;
(g) liaise with the Rugby League International Federation Limited and organisations controlling the game in other countries in the fostering and control of the game of Rugby League throughout the world;
(h) promote and encourage either directly or indirectly the physical, cultural and intellectual welfare of young people in the community and, in particular, the Rugby League community;
(i) promote and encourage either directly or indirectly sport and
recreation, particularly Rugby League football, in the interests of the social welfare of young persons.
The NSW, Queensland and Country Rugby Leagues remain separate entities under the Commission.
All NRL clubs and the NSW and Queensland Rugby Leagues are members of the Commission.
Each club signs a seven-year participation agreement which allows it to compete in the Telstra Premiership.
The inaugural ARL Commissioners were agreed by representatives of the NRL Partnership, the Leagues and the clubs. Future Commissioners are appointed by the Commission itself.
The Commissioners are appointed into different groups and, initially, for differing terms. Each Commissioner must, at a nominated time, resign and seek re-election at an Annual General Meeting.
Gary Pemberton AC and Peter Gregg are appointed into Group A and will resign at the Board meeting immediately prior to the 2013 Annual General Meeting. Group A directors may then stand for re-election at the AGM.
Catherine Harris AO PSM, Jeremy Sutcliffe and John Grant are appointed to Group B and will resign at the Board meeting immediately prior to the 2014 Annual General Meeting. Group B directors may then stand for re-election at the AGM.
Ian Elliot, Dr Chris Sarra and Wayne Pearce OAM are appointed to Group C and will resign at the Board meeting immediately prior to the 2015. Group C directors may then stand for re-election at the AGM.
Ten members may, with the additional support of both the NSW and Queensland Rugby Leagues, vote to remove a Director.
Fourteen members are required to remove a Commissioner without the support of both the NSW and Queensland Rugby Leagues. Should either of these events occur, the remaining Commissioners would appoint a replacement.
A Director who has been removed from office may not seek re-appointment for a period of three years.