Collective Bargaining Agreement
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The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is a document agreed to by RUPA with the Rugby Bodies (the ARU 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 current CBA is the third evolution of the document, and was agreed to in late 2004, and after over three years of negotations, the fourth version was agreed to by the ARU, Super Rugby Teams and RUPA in October 2013.

Final documentation of the latest CBA is still on-going, so a copy of the third version of the CBA is available for download.

A copy of the ARU Circular (March 2012) on the EPS Replacement Player Protocols can be found here.

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