What does this mean for 2018?
The AFLPA is expected to approve a deal on Wednesday that will see the players’ association negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with the AFL, with the club and the player’s union likely to be able to agree on the terms of the deal in early July.
The player’s association is seeking the new agreement to give it greater control over the game’s future and to improve the way the sport is represented and monetised.
“The players’ representation will be able make the decision of the collective bargaining process in the AFL,” a spokesman for the players told The Conversation on Tuesday.
This is the third year that the players have demanded a collective bargaining deal, after the last round of negotiations failed in 2011 and the next round failed in 2016.
The union was set to meet with the players in June, but was prevented from doing so because of the federal government’s lockout laws.
After talks broke down in June the players continued to push for an agreement but were not able to reach an agreement.
It is understood negotiations were put on hold until the government moved to legislate in October.
The AFL is expected, if the collective agreement is approved, to announce the next schedule of fixtures in September.
The next round of the AFL’s home and away season will start in late August, with a four-week finals window set to start in November.