Three changes are outlined =
The Tribunal will now be empowered to use its discretion in sentencing in three key situations known as 'exceptional and compelling circumstances' where to apply set penalties would be inappropriate or unreasonable. (Eg - when Baker was suspended for 9 matches for 3 striking charges plus one of misconduct in a match)
The AFL has also modified the bumping rule so that a player who elects to bump is liable if he makes forceful contact with the head unless the player was contesting the ball and did not have a realistic alternative, or the contact was caused by circumstances outside the player's control and could not be reasonably foreseen.
A third change relates to offences that take place in a grand final. Currently, a reportable offence sustained during the AFL Grand Final results in the base demerit points being doubled. For consistency and to achieve effective deterrence, the financial sanctions for the wrestling, taking part in a melee and instigating a melee have now also been doubled.