Australia’s elite netballers will earn 22 per cent more next year after agreeing to a new pay deal which will see the maximum salary rise to $91,500.
This week, Netball Australia, the netballers union and all eight Super Netball clubs agreed to the new pay deal to ensure netballers remain the highest-paid female athletes across any domestic league in Australia.
The minimum salary for netballers will also grow as a result of the pay deal, up 17 per cent from $36,667 to $43,000.
Netball Australia chief executive Kelly Ryan said the increase in payments came after the league signed a new broadcast agreement with the Foxtel Group.
“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.
“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.”
The deal also provides funding for training partners which will see their fee increase from $3,500 to $5,000 per year.
The pay increase comes at a time where clubs are calculating the massive bill which has been handed to them as a result of COVID-19 outbreaks complicating the 2021 season.
At the beginning of this year, all eight teams and Netball Australia made the call to split any relocation costs nine ways.