06/03/2024

A three-year CPA has been agreed on after a lengthy pay dispute. (Photo: @supernetball / X)

A three year Collective Player Agreement (CPA) has been signed by Netball Australia and the Australian Netball Players’ Association.

This comes 24 hours after Netball Australia CEO Kelly Ryan resigned.

The CPA aims to benefit current and future Suncorp Super Netball players, commercial partners, players nationwide and netball fans.

Stacey West, Netball Australia interim CEO, said the long-term deal provided some stability for the league.

“The new revenue share partnership with the players is a historic moment for the game that will set up netball for future success and ensure financial stability for the sport,” she said.

“Netball Australia and Suncorp Super Netball players love our sport and we are all committed to the growth and success of not only top-level competition but also future generations of grassroots players.”

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ANPA CEO Kathryn Harby-Williams said the introduction of revenue sharing in Suncorp Super Netball will help grow the sport in Australia.

“It’s an historic day for netball players and for the sport,” she said.

“It’s a day when revenue sharing enters netball for the first time with all of the benefits this brings.

“The operating model for netball has changed for the better, particularly at a time when there is competition for talented female athletes, many of whom come through the netball ranks.

“Netball is now a sport which incentivises players and administrators alike to grow the game for the benefit of all who love and invest in it.

“This is a stepping stone to even greater things for the sport.”

All Super Netball teams have also secured long term Team License Agreements (TLA).

Agreements outlined in the CPA include:

  • Players receive an immediate 11 percent pay rise over the span of three years with back pay from 1 October
  • The potential salary average will rise to $89,221 and minimum salaries will increase to $46,600
  • Netball Australia and the players will enter a landmark sponsorship revenue sharing partnership seeing players receive 20 percent of revenue above an agreed sponsorship forecast
  • An 11th player will be introduced — a team is eligible to nominated one training partner for selection outside of injury or illness on a 6-month minimum salary contract
  • A Professional Netball Committee will be established alongside a formal Australian Netball Players Association (ANPA) to work together to form new opportunities to progress athletes and the league

The contract signing period for the eight Super Netball sides will now open at 4:00pm AEDT today and will close at 5:00pm AEDT on Tuesday 19 December 2023. Teams can sign training partners from 5:00pm AEDT on Monday 8 January 2024.

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