MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 22: The first round of draft picks pose for a photograph during the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft at the Melbourne Showgrounds on October 22, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

The AFLW players have voted 98 per cent in favour of the new collective bargaining agreement that was proposed last week.

The CBA will last through the 2022 NAB AFLW season.

The new deal does not include the lauded 13-game schedule but does include payment incentives to qualify for the grand final.

Most significantly, the AFL has agreed to pay for in independent review into the AFLW that has been dubbed a “gender equity review” prior to the new agreement and has now been called an AFL Competition Review by the AFLPA.

The scope of the review is in the works, as an official name. It is understood that the Player’s Association will play a role in defining the scope and the terms of reference.

“We are pleased to have a commitment to an AFLW Competition Review, which will allow us to work closely with players and the industry on matters of importance to ensure AFLW players have every opportunity to thrive,” says AFLPA CEO Paul Marsh.

Ink on the paper of the new deal means that the fixtures for this season can now be made public. Ironically, the new deal also includes rules that the league must make players aware of key dates with more consistency.

The fixtures will be released on Tuesday, October 29.