The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is the agreement between the AFL Players’ Association and the AFL that sets out all the minimum terms and conditions of our employment. It’s a 5-year deal that will expire at the end of the 2016 season. Negotiations on a new agreement are currently underway, one that the Players’ Association hopes will secure the long-term future for both the game and the players.
With the demands of football always increasing, the need to have a recognised agreement setting out our minimum standards and conditions is paramount. The Players’ Association recognises that a player’s time in the game is short
The key areas of the current CBA include:
- Minimum player payments
- Day off and annual leave entitlements
- Grievance procedure
- Player appearances
- Injury payments
- Code of conduct and player rules
- Use of image
- Match tickets
The Player Relations Department of the Players’ Association plays a key role in ensuring the rights secured at the bargaining table are not eroded away and that the obligations on players aren’t extended beyond what was agreed upon when the deal was negotiated back in 2006. Through close work with our Clubs, our Player Agents and other industry stakeholders, they ensure things like our time away from the club, injury entitlements and the ability to resolve workplace disputes are protected.