Sam Wallace and Helen Housby

The Super Netball new pay deal will allow clubs to attract the world's best netballers, such as NSW Swifts' shooters Sam Wallace and Helen Housby. Photo: Dani Brown.

Huge news for Australian Netball, with Netball Australia and the players agreeing to a landmark new deal, which will see Australia's top netballers remain the highest-paid domestic club athletes in the country.

Netball Australia, the Australian Netball Players Association and the eight Super Netball clubs have agreed to a new pay deal, which will see Australia’s top netballers remain the highest-paid domestic club athletes in the country.

In a landmark two-year deal, the best players will earn up to 22 per cent more with the average potential maximum salary increasing from $75,167 to $91,500.

The average minimum salary of contracted players will also grow, by 15 per cent, to $74,000.

In 2022 and beyond, the minimum salary of all contracted athletes will rise to $43,000, an increase of 17 per cent from the $36,667 they were previously paid.

Training partners will also receive a $5000 honorarium, a jump of $1500 per season coming as further funding is provided to support the pathway into the league.

The pay deal is supported by the league’s new broadcast partnership with the Foxtel Group, which will see every game of the 2022 season broadcast live and ad-free on Foxtel and Kayo Sports.

Australian Netball Players’ Association Jo Weston was satisfied the players’ sacrifices are recognised
in the new deal. Photo: Dani Brown

After their incredible sacrifices over the past two seasons to keep the competition alive, Australian Netball Players’ Association President, Jo Weston believed it was appropriate their support of the league was recognised with a significant pay increase.

“It is hugely satisfying that, following the league’s ground-breaking new broadcast deal in February, players are being appropriately acknowledged through this new pay deal for our contribution to the sport and for the sacrifices we have made over the last two years,” Weston said.

Netball Australia CEO Kelly Ryan was excited to announce the Super Netball pay agreement had been reached, highlighted by the significant salary increases of up to 22 per cent.

“This landmark deal ensures our players are the highest-paid female domestic club athletes in the country and our league remains the best in the world,” Ryan said.

“We have worked constructively with the Australian Netball Players’ Association and the eight Suncorp Super Netball clubs to reach this outstanding outcome.

“Increasing the sustainability of netball and improving athlete conditions were central to these negotiations and we are delighted to reach an agreement on this deal, which delivers players a pay rise of up to 22 per cent.”

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Kathryn Harby-Williams, Australian Netball Players’ Association CEO, says the landmark deal will enable Super Netball teams to continue to attract and sign the best players from across the world.

“I am delighted that the players’ extraordinary professionalism and commitment has been recognised in this new deal, which is a real step forward for netballers in Australia,” Harby-Williams said.

“We believe Suncorp Super Netball is the best women’s sports league in the world. This agreement will allow us to continue to attract the world’s best players, with women’s sport growing rapidly in Australia and around the world.

 “I know the players are looking forward to continuing to deliver above and beyond for our sport in this exciting next stage of its development.”

The signing period will commence in the coming days. Stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum for all your off-season and signing news.

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