History of the ACA




History of the Australian Cricketers' Association

February 1997
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.

June 1997
ACA appoints Sports and Entertainment Limited as bargaining agents.

September 1997
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.

October 1997
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.

January 1999
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.

June 1999
The ACA, with support from Cricket Australia, establishes the Player Hardship Fund to assist cricketers experiencing hard times, tragedy or personal difficulties.

August 1999
Tom Moody appointed the second ACA President at the 1998-99 AGM.

November 1999
The ACA hosts inaugural golf day to raise money for Player Hardship Fund.

February 2000
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.

April 2000
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.

February 2001
ACA establishes its Past Player Membership Category enabling retired first class cricketers to become members of the ACA.

February 2001
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.

May 2001
ACA and the ACB sign off and announce the second Memorandum of Understanding.

October 2001
Ian Healy appointed the third ACA President at the 2000-01 AGM.

November 2002
ACA Life Membership introduced.

July 2003
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.

January 2004
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.

September 2004
The ACA and Cricket Australia host the inaugural New Player Induction Camp to assist players in preparing for a career in cricket.

October 2004
The ACA hosts the first Deutsche Bank India golf day in Mumbai to raise money for the Player Hardship Fund.

November 2004
ACA enters into negotiations with Cricket Australia for the third Memorandum of Understanding.

January 2005
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.

March 2005
Founding Chief Executive Tim May announces his resignation from the ACA effective 30

June 2005
ACA and Cricket Australia sign 2005-09 Memorandum of Understanding.

June 2005
Paul Marsh appointed Chief Executive of the ACA.

November 2005
Education and Training Grants introduced for current contracted players and selected past players.

June 2006
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.

July 2006 
ACA introduces Kerry Packer Award recognising outstanding individual contributors to the ACA.

October 2006
Darren Lehmann elected President of the ACA. Ian Healy remains on Executive as General Committeeman.

October 2006
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.

February 2007
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.

July 2007
ACA establishes Associate Membership category to allow current contracted female players to become members of the ACA.

October 2007
Former ACA President Ian Healy awarded Kerry Packer Award for his outstanding contributions to the ACA.

March 2008 
ACA launches the ACA Masters game development program to promote and grow the game of cricket in the community.

March 2008 
ACA and CA reach agreement to jointly host an annual T20 cricket match between an ACA All*Star team and the Australian XI.

May 2008
Johnnie Walker agree to extend their sponsorship of the All*Star program to include sponsorship of the ACA All*Star team.

October 2008 
ACA launches Most Valuable Player (MVP) program.

November 2008
ACA enters into negotiations with Cricket Australia for the fourth Memorandum of Understanding.

November 2008
For his outstanding contributions to the ACA, former ACA Executive member Matthew Hayden is awarded Kerry Packer Award.

November 2008
First All*Star game played between Johnnie Walker ACA All*Stars and the Australian T20 XI at the Gabba.

February 2009
ACA Masters conducts its first overseas tour to New Zealand.

June 2009 
ACA and Cricket Australia sign a Heads of Agreement for the 2009-11 Memorandum of Understanding.

November 2009
The membership votes to remove the Associate Membership category is and allow all current contracted female players to become full members of the ACA.

November 2009
Former ACA Executive member and 12 year NSW Delegate Greg Mail awarded Kerry Packer Award for his outstanding contributions to the ACA.

March 2010
ACA reaches highest ever membership numbers of 940.

April 2010
ACA and Cricket Australia sign 2009-11 Memorandum of Understanding.

November 2010
Former Australian and Queensland paceman Michael Kaprowicz appointed President at the 2009-10 AGM.

November 2010
Paul Marsh honoured with the Kerry Packer Award for his outstanding contributions to the ACA.

November 2010
Ian Healy steps off the Executive after nine years of dedicated service.

November 2011
Greg Dyer is appointed ACA President.

June 2012
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

December 2013
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. 

May 2014
Paul Marsh parts way with the ACA after 13 years - nine of which he was CEO.

September 2014
Former Melbourne FC footballer Alistair Nicholson becomes the ACA's third CEO, following Paul Marsh's departure.

June 2015
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.

April 2016
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.

July 2017
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.

August 2017
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.

September 2017
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.