According to an FFA press release, A-League, W-League and National Youth League referees have come to an agreement to amend their standard Match Officials Agreement ahead of the 2013/14 seasons. Among the changes to the agreement, per the FFA release, are:
- An average increase of 19 per cent to Match Fees across all competitions;
- Reimbursement of costs associated with the pre season medical test;
- Reimbursement of out of pocket medical expenses for injuries sustained in organised training (in addition to matches);
- Confirmation that FFA will maintain medical insurance cover to include injuries sustained in FFA organised training (in addition to matches).
A-League boss Damien de Bohun explained in general terms why such a deal was important:
"It is important we constantly strive to improve management in all facets of the game, and match officials are an important focus for FFA...At the start of last season there were no full-time employees dedicated to refereeing. Now we have a Referees Department with three full-time staff members and one part-time staff member, dedicated to providing increased coaching and administrative support to all match officials."
The updates to the agreement are the first changes since the inaugural A-League season of 2005/06.