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QUEENSLAND 3 (1 for Member Union Status, 1 for Super Rugby Team and 1 for more than 50,000 participants)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 2 (1 for Member Union Status and 1 for Super Rugby Team)
VICTORIA 2 (1 for Member Union Status and 1 for Super Rugby Team)
ACT & SOUTHERN NSW 2 (1 for Member Union Status and 1 for Super Rugby Team)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1 (1 for Member Union Status)
NOTHERN TERRITORY 1 (1 for Member Union Status)
TASMANIA 1 (1 for Member Union Status)
RUGBY UNION PLAYERS ASSOCIATION (RUPA) 1
Previously the voting structure made no allowance for Super Rugby bodies or RUPA with the 14 votes split along the following lines:
NSW Rugby Union 5
Queensland Rugby Union 3
Other State and Territory Member Unions 1 each
Under the new Constitution each State and Territory has the opportunity to secure an additional vote should they – like NSW and Queensland – surpass 50,000 registered players in their region.
ARU President, Ron Graham and ARU Chairman, Michael Hawker AM, thanked members for their support and contributions to the debate.
“Today marks an historic occasion for Australian Rugby, an occasion that would not have been possible without the combined efforts and commitment of all our Members to work together,” Mr Graham said.
“Over the past number of weeks we have undertaken a process of consultation. We have listened to our members and worked with them to get to where we are today.
“I am proud that the decision has been made to take the game to the next level and officially move to having an independent corporate governance structure.”
The new Constitution takes effect immediately.
Over the coming months a four-member independent nominations committee will be established to recommend independent directors for election to the ARU Board.
Existing directors will serve out their terms. However, they will have the right to be considered for nomination as an independent candidate for re-election, by the newly elected Nominations Committee.