A fines system will be introduced for some low-grade offences following an extensive review of the NRL Judiciary system.
Offences including careless high tackles, tripping, contrary conduct and detrimental conduct will now result in a $1500 fine for a Grade One offence, rather than demerit points and possible suspension. Players who accept an early guilty plea will have the fine reduced by 25 per cent.
A Working Group which included representatives of NRL Clubs, the Rugby League Players Association and legal representatives of the NRL Judiciary system unanimously supported a hybrid model which incorporates both fines and points.
Other more serious offences including dangerous throws, shoulder charges, kicking and striking will still result in points penalties for Grade One offences.
All fines must be paid by the player and the revenue generated by the payment of fines will be reinvested in player wellbeing and education related initiatives.
For a comprehensive guide to all the changes to the NRL Judiciary, click here.
The new system will be in place for the start of the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership.