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Super Netball has announced a new Collective Player Agreement (CPA) for 2020-21, which will keep its stars the highest-paid female domestic club athletes in the country.

The updated agreement led by the Australian Netball Players Association (ANPA) will see club salary caps increase by 8.65 percent this year and then from next year, the minimum salary of all contracted players will rise by 10 percent to $33,000.

There will also be an increased insurance allowance of $2,667 and a technology allowance of $1,000, lifting the overall minimum payment to $36,667.

Australia’s Super Netball players have the highest minimum wages of any domestic women’s competition in the nation, despite sitting well behind the average salaries of men’s sports codes. Super Netball is ahead of the WBBL ($26,000), W-League ($16,344), AFLW ($16,263), NRLW ($8,500), and WNBL ($7,500) for minimum wages to players.

Natalie Haythornthwaite, Helen Housby and Sam Wallace of the Swifts

“Super Netball set the gold standard for women’s sport in announcing the inaugural Collective Player Agreement in 2017 and we’re thrilled to be able to work with the ANPA and our eight teams to ensure the league is constantly evolving and improving conditions for our athletes,” Super Netball CEO Chris Symington said.

“Super Netball is already the world’s premier netball competition and the league’s vision is to become the number one women’s sport league globally, so we’ll continue to work proactively with all our stakeholders, particularly the playing group, to achieve that.”  

As part of the negotiations, the ANPA pushed for increasing attention to athlete mental health and well-being, so this year Super Netball introduced athlete well-being minimum standards. It will involve players working with Netball Australia’s full-time National Wellbeing Manager and part-time staff providing wellbeing services.

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“The playing group prioritised wellbeing and private health Insurance, in addition to an increase in minimum salary and payment made to training partners. All of these areas have seen an uplift, which is of great benefit to the players,” ANPA CEO Kathryn Harby-Williams said.

“The focus on well-being and looking after the lower paid players speaks volumes of the playing group’s maturity. All athletes involved in Suncorp Super Netball should feel proud of the outcome.”

The new Super Netball season begins on Saturday May 2, 2020, with the pre-season tournament the Suncorp Team Girls Cup starting Friday March 27, 2020.

Swifts wrap it up

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE COLLECTIVE PLAYER AGREEMENT

  • Salary cap – $751,670
    • Total player payments of $515k for each team
    • Plus $200k for additional employment/education/ambassador roles
    • Plus $26.67k Health Insurance Allowance
    • Plus $10k Technology Allowance
  • Potential average salary – $75,167
  • Minimum salary – $33,000 from 2021, rising from $30,000 in 2019 and $27,375 in 2017
  • 12-month part-time contracts, averaging 20 hours per week
  • Players/training partners to agree to the six-hour block of time between 8am-6pm weekdays within which they will not be required to attend training sessions (changed from 10am-4pm)
  • Parental policy, which provides support for an infant carer to attend matches, if a player has a child under 12 months old or a child who is being breastfed
  • 100% income protection on all earnings for up to two years in the event of injury or pregnancy
  • Athlete wellbeing standards supporting all players’ welfare and mental health matters
  • A further $50,000 per team (maximum $15,000 per player) per year is allowed for additional payments to players from existing team sponsors
  • Payments for training partners will increase from $2,500 to $3,500
  • Athletes will be able to perform work related to “netball development” outside of their club’s salary cap
  • Three cars per club can be provided to players outside of the salary cap

Super Netball has announced a new Collective Player Agreement (CPA) for 2020-21, which will keep its stars the highest-paid female domestic club athletes in the country.

The updated agreement led by the Australian Netball Players Association (ANPA) will see club salary caps increase by 8.65 percent this year and then from next year, the minimum salary of all contracted players will rise by 10 percent to $33,000.

There will also be an increased insurance allowance of $2,667 and a technology allowance of $1,000, lifting the overall minimum payment to $36,667.

Australia’s Super Netball players have the highest minimum wages of any domestic women’s competition in the nation, despite sitting well behind the average salaries of men’s sports codes. Super Netball is ahead of the WBBL ($26,000), W-League ($16,344), AFLW ($16,263), NRLW ($8,500), and WNBL ($7,500) for minimum wages to players.

Natalie Haythornthwaite, Helen Housby and Sam Wallace of the Swifts

“Super Netball set the gold standard for women’s sport in announcing the inaugural Collective Player Agreement in 2017 and we’re thrilled to be able to work with the ANPA and our eight teams to ensure the league is constantly evolving and improving conditions for our athletes,” Super Netball CEO Chris Symington said.

“Super Netball is already the world’s premier netball competition and the league’s vision is to become the number one women’s sport league globally, so we’ll continue to work proactively with all our stakeholders, particularly the playing group, to achieve that.”  

As part of the negotiations, the ANPA pushed for increasing attention to athlete mental health and well-being, so this year Super Netball introduced athlete well-being minimum standards. It will involve players working with Netball Australia’s full-time National Wellbeing Manager and part-time staff providing wellbeing services.

https://twitter.com/SuperNetball/status/1228045457475002368

“The playing group prioritised wellbeing and private health Insurance, in addition to an increase in minimum salary and payment made to training partners. All of these areas have seen an uplift, which is of great benefit to the players,” ANPA CEO Kathryn Harby-Williams said.

“The focus on well-being and looking after the lower paid players speaks volumes of the playing group’s maturity. All athletes involved in Suncorp Super Netball should feel proud of the outcome.”

The new Super Netball season begins on Saturday May 2, 2020, with the pre-season tournament the Suncorp Team Girls Cup starting Friday March 27, 2020.

Swifts wrap it up

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE COLLECTIVE PLAYER AGREEMENT

  • Salary cap – $751,670
    • Total player payments of $515k for each team
    • Plus $200k for additional employment/education/ambassador roles
    • Plus $26.67k Health Insurance Allowance
    • Plus $10k Technology Allowance
  • Potential average salary – $75,167
  • Minimum salary – $33,000 from 2021, rising from $30,000 in 2019 and $27,375 in 2017
  • 12-month part-time contracts, averaging 20 hours per week
  • Players/training partners to agree to the six-hour block of time between 8am-6pm weekdays within which they will not be required to attend training sessions (changed from 10am-4pm)
  • Parental policy, which provides support for an infant carer to attend matches, if a player has a child under 12 months old or a child who is being breastfed
  • 100% income protection on all earnings for up to two years in the event of injury or pregnancy
  • Athlete wellbeing standards supporting all players’ welfare and mental health matters
  • A further $50,000 per team (maximum $15,000 per player) per year is allowed for additional payments to players from existing team sponsors
  • Payments for training partners will increase from $2,500 to $3,500
  • Athletes will be able to perform work related to “netball development” outside of their club’s salary cap
  • Three cars per club can be provided to players outside of the salary cap

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