Total player payments will increase by $500,000 next year under a revised tiered payment system that sees the minimum wage of a senior listed player rise from $8,500 to $10,500.
- Tier 1 players have received an 17.6 per cent bump, from $17,000 to $20,000,
- Tier 2 rises from $12,000 to $14,500 (up 20 per cent)
- The base wage is now $10,500, up from $8500 (up 23 per cent). Last season’s $8500 base wage was calculated pro-rata on an AFL male rookie wage of $29.32 an hour.
- The base wage on the last deal was due to increase from $8500 to $9276, tier 2 $12,000 to $12,846 and from $17,000 to $17,946 for tier one players.
- The players will now commit 13-15 hours per week during pre-season and 10 hours in season. Match day hours are on top of the 10-hour week.
- Clubs also have a marquee budget they can allocate to their most marketable players, ranging from $5000 to $10,000 per player, with a cap of $40,000 per team.
- Players have signed 24-week contracts, which includes two weeks of annual leave.
- pregnant players must inform their club’s medical officer as soon as they find out they are expecting. However, they do not have to disclose their pregnancy to other club officials until after the first trimester.
- Players who elect to continue playing during their pregnancy are expected to maintain appropriate levels of fitness and performance.
- Expectant mothers who decide not to play, or are not cleared fit to play, will receive full payment from their club during the term of their contract.
- Players who are breastfeeding will also be allowed to travel to interstate matches with their baby and partner or support person, with the clubs to pay for the extra flights and accommodation.
- AFLW clubs have also agreed to provide suitable facilities at training to allow players to breastfeed or express milk.