The PFA is established as an unregistered trade union incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic). The PFA Rules ensure that the PFA is a player driven organisation that operates in a transparent manner which is accountable to the PFA’s full members. The PFA Rules have been adopted by the players and can only be amended by a special resolution carried by the full members of the PFA at a General Meeting of the PFA. This requires the support of at least 75% of players who vote at the meeting.
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The current PFA Rules were adopted at the 2008 PFA Annual General Meeting on 5 September 2008 and took effect on 28 January 2009 upon being approved by the Office of Consumer Affairs Victoria. Minor amendments were approved at the 2009 Annual General Meeting held 13 November 2009, the Special General Meeting held 22 May 2010, the 2011 Annual General Meeting held 4 October 2011 and, most recently, the Special General Meeting held 12 June 2013.
The alterations approved at that meeting took effect on 8 July 2013, and achieved five purposes:
1. the passage of the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic) has changed the mandatory requirements regarding the content of the Rules of the PFA. Whilst the Rules of the PFA have always ensured player control over the affairs of the PFA through the PFA Congress and General Meetings, the changes further enhance this accountability;
2. to further enhance the control of the players over the affairs of the PFA through the PFA Executive regarding:
a) the appointment of the Chairman, the President, the Chief Executive and employees and contractors of the PFA; and
b) the appointment and involvement of the person who is to represent the PFA with FIFPro, the world players’ union;
3. further enhancing the powers of the Socceroos and the A-League Delegates’ Committees regarding proposed variations to their Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA);
4. ensuring Australian players presently playing overseas in emerging leagues in Asia such as the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are eligible to be members of the PFA even if they are not national team players; and
5. formatting and administrative changes, including the deletion of transitional provisions which are now obsolete.
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