About & History

About the Australian Basketballers’ Association

The ABA was formed in October 2016 by CEO Jacob Holmes from the foundations of the NBLPA and WNBLPA. The ABA’s objective is to grow the game and the players’ position as genuine partners in shaping the future of Australian Basketball. The Players Association Board is composed of prominent past players and industry experts in administration and finance, including Chairman Greg O’Neill, Deputy Chairman Mark Cowan, Director Andrew Bogut, Directors Dave Andersen, Laura Hodges and Bert Bargeus and CEO Jacob Holmes.

Since its establishment, the ABA has been instrumental in securing minimum wages for basketballers playing in our National Leagues, negotiating improved conditions and support for our senior national teams through Collective Bargaining Agreement with Basketball Australia, and have established a Player Development and wellbeing program, including work experience, education and mental health support.

The ABA was established to:

  • Grow the Game and the Players’ Position as Genuine Partners in Shaping the Future of Australian Basketball
  • Represent, Protect, Promote and Advocate for the Players and Their Best Interests
  • Improve the welfare of Australian basketball players


The ABA was formed from the foundations of the NBLPA and WNBLPA. The former of which has been a strong advocate for the players in the NBL since the 1980’s.