The Player Hardship Fund was established in 1999 with the objective of providing assistance to cricketers, whether past or present, in times of genuine hardship. The beneficiaries of the fund may also include the immediate families of past and present players.

In its history, the Player Hardship Fund has assisted 23 members, or family of members, in a variety of ways including:
  • Financial grants
  • Financial loans
  • Financial education and counselling
  • Wellbeing counselling (gambling, relationships, drugs and alcohol, grief etc.)
  • Work placement assistance (interviewing, resume development and job searching assistance)
Funds are raised through a variety of sources; however the major contribution comes from the annual ACA golf day, which is generously supported by Deutsche Bank.

The fund is administered by the ACA and governed by the Player Hardship Committee comprising of:

Paul Marsh – ACA Chief Executive
Chum Darvall – Deutsche Bank (Australia / New Zealand) Chief Executive
John Inverarity – former Australian Test cricketer
Michael Brown – Cricket Australia General Manager Cricket Operations

For further details or for a confidential application, please contact Ben Smith on 613 9698 7200 or email

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