History of the Australian Cricketers' Association
The ACA was formally incorporated in February 1997 with Tim May as the inaugural President. The ACA is not formally registered as a Trade Union, instead being registered as an Incorporated Association. The ACA's conduct and objectives are contained in and determined by the Constitution of the ACA.
ACA appoints Sports and Entertainment Limited as bargaining agents.
All first class cricketers sign "Instrument to appoint a Bargaining Agent", these are then filed with the ACB and their respective State Associations.
*Note: the filing of these documents indicated that the ACA was operating to achieve a Workplace Agreement, in accordance with the Workplace Relations Act.
The ACA present their initial proposal to the ACB. The proposal is rejected outright by the ACB and a stalemate between the two parties exists.
November 1997 - September 1998
Further meetings and stalemates are a regular part of the calendar prior to the final signing of the agreement between the two parties on September 1998. The final agreement is called the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the ACB and the ACA and covers the period from 1 July 1998-30 June 2001. The MOU principally deals with the following matters:
- establishment of Standard State Contracts for all State Players; and
- agreements of method of remuneration for all first class cricketers.
ACA in partnership with Cricket Australia and Channel 9 host the inaugural Allan Border Medal which was awarded to Glenn McGrath as the most outstanding Australian Cricketer of the Year.
The ACA, with support from Cricket Australia, establishes the Player Hardship Fund to assist cricketers experiencing hard times, tragedy or personal difficulties.
Tom Moody appointed the second ACA President at the 1998-99 AGM.
The ACA hosts inaugural golf day to raise money for Player Hardship Fund.
The ACA and Cricket Australia host the Century of Australian Cricket - a reunion of all living Test Cricketers and the presentation of the Test Team of the Century.
ACA and Cricket Australia establish the Career and Welfare Program. The program focuses on players' personal and financial development in readiness for life after cricket.
ACA establishes its Past Player Membership Category enabling retired first class cricketers to become members of the ACA.
ACA enters into negotiations with the ACB for the second Memorandum of Understanding between the two bodies to be effective for the period 1 July 2001 through to 30 June 2005.
ACA and the ACB sign off and announce the second Memorandum of Understanding.
Ian Healy appointed the third ACA President at the 2000-01 AGM.
ACA Life Membership introduced.
ACA and Cricket Australia host the Test Cap presentation dinner, a dinner at which the contributions and performances of all living Test cricketers were honoured.
ACA with support from Cricket Australia launch the ACA Youth Development Awards that allows the male and female Player of the Tournament at the U17's championships to spend time with the Australian sides. The Award was created to give highly skilled young players the opportunity to experience touring life with Australia's national cricket teams.
The ACA and Cricket Australia host the inaugural New Player Induction Camp to assist players in preparing for a career in cricket.
The ACA hosts the first Deutsche Bank India golf day in Mumbai to raise money for the Player Hardship Fund.
ACA enters into negotiations with Cricket Australia for the third Memorandum of Understanding.
The ACA, Cricket Australia, FICA, the ICC and Cricket Victoria join forces to host an Australia vs. the World limited overs match to raise funds for Tsunami relief.
Founding Chief Executive Tim May announces his resignation from the ACA effective 30
ACA and Cricket Australia sign 2005-09 Memorandum of Understanding.
Paul Marsh appointed Chief Executive of the ACA.
Education and Training Grants introduced for current contracted players and selected past players.
ACA enters into an agreement with Johnnie Walker to sponsor the All*Star Teams of the Year and Player of the Month for the respective domestic cricket competitions.
ACA introduces Kerry Packer Award recognising outstanding individual contributors to the ACA.
Darren Lehmann elected President of the ACA. Ian Healy remains on Executive as General Committeeman.
Former ACA CEO Tim May and Deutsche Bank CEO and member of the Player Hardship Fund Committee Chum Darvall become the inaugural recipients of the Kerry Packer Award as outstanding contributors to the ACA.
ACA and Cricket Australia host the ODI shirt presentation dinner, a dinner at which the contributions and performances of all living ODI cricketers were honoured.
ACA establishes Associate Membership category to allow current contracted female players to become members of the ACA.
Former ACA President Ian Healy awarded Kerry Packer Award for his outstanding contributions to the ACA.
ACA launches the ACA Masters game development program to promote and grow the game of cricket in the community.
ACA and CA reach agreement to jointly host an annual T20 cricket match between an ACA All*Star team and the Australian XI.
Johnnie Walker agree to extend their sponsorship of the All*Star program to include sponsorship of the ACA All*Star team.
ACA launches Most Valuable Player (MVP) program.
ACA enters into negotiations with Cricket Australia for the fourth Memorandum of Understanding.
For his outstanding contributions to the ACA, former ACA Executive member Matthew Hayden is awarded Kerry Packer Award.
First All*Star game played between Johnnie Walker ACA All*Stars and the Australian T20 XI at the Gabba.
ACA Masters conducts its first overseas tour to New Zealand.
ACA and Cricket Australia sign a Heads of Agreement for the 2009-11 Memorandum of Understanding.
The membership votes to remove the Associate Membership category is and allow all current contracted female players to become full members of the ACA.
Former ACA Executive member and 12 year NSW Delegate Greg Mail awarded Kerry Packer Award for his outstanding contributions to the ACA.
ACA reaches highest ever membership numbers of 940.
ACA and Cricket Australia sign 2009-11 Memorandum of Understanding.
Former Australian and Queensland paceman Michael Kaprowicz appointed President at the 2009-10 AGM.
Paul Marsh honoured with the Kerry Packer Award for his outstanding contributions to the ACA.
Ian Healy steps off the Executive after nine years of dedicated service.
Greg Dyer is appointed ACA President.
CA and the ACA agree to a new five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the longest deal ever struck between the two organisations.
Major aspects of the new MOU include:
- Change in the players' share of revenue model
- Reduction in the number of CA contracted players from 25 to 17-20
- Increase in the number of State contracts to 15-20
- Increased retainers for CA and State players
- Increased match fees for players at all levels
- A significant performance bonus pool for Australian players on top of their retainers and match fees
- ACA to receive 26% of net 2015 World Cup revenues to help develop, with CA, a past player and game development legacy program
- Players will no longer be subject to retainer reductions for playing overseas cricket
- Introduction of a Player Agent Accreditation Scheme
The ACA Past Player Game and Personal Development Program is launched. The ACA negotiated a 26% share of Cricket Australia's profits from the 2015 World Cup to exclusively fund the Program.
Paul Marsh parts way with the ACA after 13 years - nine of which he was CEO.
Former Melbourne FC footballer Alistair Nicholson becomes the ACA's third CEO, following Paul Marsh's departure.
The ACA launched the ACA Premier Cricket Program, designed to support ACA members in their post-cricket lives. Current males contribute $1million to the program in its first year.
Following negotiations between the ACA and Cricket Australia, the female players were awarded a new $4.2million payment pool covering them for season 2016/17.
The expiration of the previous MOU on July 1 rendered most of Australia’s top male and female cricketers unemployed.
With no progress towards resolving the pay dispute, Australia A players con rmed they would not tour South Africa following an emergency ACA Executive meeting in Sydney.
On August 3 the ACA recommended that Australia's male and female cricketers accept a renewed MOU secured under an in-principle Heads of Agreement between CA and the ACA.
The players voted and accepted the terms, taking 27.5% of forecast revenue streams and a 2.5% xed performance pool, with 100% of any revenues over-forecast being shared between all male and female and domestic and international players.
On August 29, 2017 the ACA and CA of cially signed off on the new ve-year MOU, which expires on July 1 2022.
Other highlights included the introduction women for the rst time with a gender equity pay model, an improvement to the player retirement fund (ACRA), $13m in funding for the Professional Development Program, and a contribution of approximately $25m from the players to grassroots.