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Australian netballers get landmark pay deal

Australian netballers will have their wages doubled under a collective bargaining agreement to be unveiled by Netball Australia today.

The agreement includes a new parental policy that will allow players with very young children to travel with their child and a carer at the club’s expense.

Leading players could earn as much as $100,000 a year, but players at the lower end of the wage scale are expected to receive the highest percentage increase.

Under the previous deal for players in the trans-Tasman league, the base wage was $13,250. Under the new deal, the minimum wage will be bigger than the $25,000 available to marquee players in the new AFL women’s league.

Increased sponsorship and employment provisions will also be made available to the players.

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