The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is the document signed by both the AFL Players’ Association and AFL that sets out all the minimum terms and conditions of our employment. The six-year deal was finalised in June 2017 and will run until the end of the 2022 season. Under the 2017-2022 CBA, player wages were tied to the industry’s revenue for the first time in the history of the game.
The key areas of the current CBA include:
- Minimum player payments
- Injury payments
- Leave, travel and accommodation entitlements
- Free Agency
- Grievance procedure
- Player appearances
- Player Retirement Scheme
- Code of conduct and player rules
- Use of image
- Match and grand final tickets
A new three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which guarantees year-on-year growth of the NAB AFLW Competition and provides certainty for all AFLW players and clubs, was finalised in October, 2019.
The new agreement, covering the 2020, 2021 and 2022 AFLW seasons, delivers an increase of 37 games, with additional pre-season and development hours for players and increased salaries.
The CBA also provides an increased focus on player development with a Player Development Manager committed to each club, together with a 65 per cent increase in player development funding.
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.