Netball Australia has made a pay offer to the sport’s elite players that would allow contracting to begin for the 2024 season while negotiations continue between the warring parties.
The deal would mean all players receive an 11 per cent pay rise back-dated to October 1 as the groups continue to hammer out a new collective player agreement.
The sport’s governing body (NA) and the Australian Netball Players’ Association (ANPA) have been at loggerheads since February.
NA boss Kelly Ryan said the organisation had agreed to the union’s demands for a revenue-share model and invited player representatives to a meeting.
“We have listened to the players and their need for financial certainty right now,” Ryan said in a statement on Wednesday.
“This offer we have put forward would allow them to be paid immediately, while we continue negotiations with ANPA on building a financial model for the league.
“We hope this will provide all parties the certainty and stability they seek.”
Ryan said NA hoped to meet to outline further potential concessions regarding the revenue-share model and opportunities for players to work more closely with commercial partners to grow the sport.
The ANPA is meeting with players to discuss the deal.
If accepted the contracting period would begin for all Super Netball teams, with the previous agreement having expired on September 30 and the clock ticking on the new season.
(Australian Associated Press)