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 players’ 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.

* Please note, this document does not reflect the revised CBA agreement between the AFL and AFLPA for 2021. For more information about those changes refer to this media statement.

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 guaranteed year-on-year growth of the NAB AFLW Competition and provided certainty for all AFLW players and clubs and was finalised in October, 2019.

Please note that the 2019-2022 AFLW CBA was amended by a Heads of Agreement signed by AFLPA and AFL on 19th May 2022 to cover Season 7 of the AFLW.

An item found in the original CBA will continue to apply unless that item is covered in the Heads of Agreement. See below for the infographic that explains the key features in the agreement between AFLPA and AFL for Season 7 of the AFLW Competition. If you are an AFLW Player, Club or Agent and have any questions, please contact the AFLPA.