The Australian women's rugby union team will be paid for Test matches for the first time under a new collective bargaining agreement.
Female players were the biggest winners from the game's new CBA which was agreed upon relatively seamlessly following a horror year for Australian rugby.
In another boost for the women's game, professional sevens players' base pay has been raised to a similar level to their male XV-a-side colleagues.
The deal may allay some concerns about the treatment of female players by Rugby Australia (RA), who admitted late last year it would not pay players in next year's national women's XV competition.
RA has struck the CBA with players' representatives and Super Rugby clubs, with the new deal effective immediately and will run through to the end of 2020, in line with the current broadcast agreement.
Clubs can now increase their Super Rugby squads to a maximum of 40, allowing more players affected by the axing of the Western Force to find homes.
Australia's Super Rugby teams have had their salary cap increased from $5 million to $5.5 million.
The CBA comes after a difficult year for players, many of whom faced months of uncertainty as the governing body made the decision to axe the Western Force from the SANZAAR competition.
Amid low crowd numbers, Australian teams also struggled on the park, with none of them able to beat a New Zealand-based franchise.
"Securing this agreement ... provides the certainty and stability to put recent challenges behind us," Rugby Union Players' Association president Dean Mumm said.
"This agreement allows all parties to draw a line in the sand and move forward towards a more prosperous future for Australian Rugby."
For the first time, the new CBA sees the Wallabies, Wallaroos, all Super Rugby players and both Australian sevens squads captured within its scope.
New minimum terms and conditions have been agreed for each playing group, with the CBA retaining the revenue share model which sees players continuing to receive 29 per cent of revenue generated by the professional game.
Pay equality between Super Rugby and Rugby Sevens players - male and female - has also been achieved, with the entry level full-time minimum salaries of $44,5000 replicated across the professional game.
Sevens players will continue to be eligible to receive AIS funding via the Australian Sports Commission in addition to these minimum RA contracts.
Professional female players will also now be protected by an industry leading Pregnancy Policy to provide support and security over their employment.
- With AAP