The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is a document agreed to by RUPA with the Rugby Bodies (Rugby Australia and the State Unions), which governs the terms and conditions of the employment of professional Rugby players in Australia.
As such, the document is responsible for detailing items such as but not limited to the following.
- Training and playing conditions and obligations
- Player payments
- Annual leave and rest periods
- Minimum levels of health and accident insurance
- Treatment of players’ image rights
The first CBA was struck in 1996, with the second in 2001, the third following in 2004 and the fourth in October 2013.
On January 10, 2018, RUPA and Rugby Australia announced that they had agreed terms to a new CBA, which would run until 31 December, 2020.
Among the key features of the announcement were the inclusion of the Rugby Sevens and Wallaroos programs, the securing of a consistent every-level full-time minimum wage across Super Rugby and Rugby Sevens (Male and Female), adjustments to player contracting and Super Rugby squad sizes and salary caps, and the retention of the 29% share of revenue for all professional players.