6 Apr 2016

Big pay rise for Australia's top female cricketers

3:32 pm on 6 April 2016

Australia's leading female cricketers will be the best paid of any women's team sport in the country after Cricket Australia announced significant pay rises.

The Southern Stars team that played the White Ferns earlier this year.

The Southern Stars team that played the White Ferns earlier this year. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Many Southern Stars players, who recently played off in the final of the ICC World T20 in India, will now be able to earn in excess of $100,000 a year.

Cricket Australia will almost double its commitment to Australia's elite female cricketers from $2.36 million to $4.23 million.

This will see maximum retainers for the Southern Stars rise from $49,000 to $65,000.

When combined with increased maximum retainers for the Women's Big Bash League of $15,000 the base rate for Australia's best female players rises to $80,000.

Southern Stars match payments and tour fees will ensure earnings exceed six figures.

Minimum retainers have more than doubled, rising from $19,000 to $40,000 for the Southern Stars and $3,000 to $7,000 for the WBBL.

With Women's National Cricket League payments up from $7000 to $11,000, Australia's best domestic female cricketers will earn $26,000 a season.

Players will now also receive improved travel and accommodation benefits, an updated pregnancy policy, restrictions on weekday hours for players working or studying and reduced commericial restrictions.

CA CEO James Sutherland said Australia's female cricketers were some of the most successful sportswomen in the country and deserved to be rewarded accordingly.

"Cricket is a sport for all Australians and Cricket Australia will continue to invest heavily in the women's game in the coming years," Mr Sutherland said.

"We are determined to make cricket the sport of choice for women in Australia.

"We have worked constructively with the Australian Cricketers' Association to reach this point and will continue to do so in our ongoing efforts to improve wages and workplace conditions for all elite female cricketers."