The changes are as a result of a 'thorough and disciplined process' which started in December last year and contains four important changes:
- The 'notice of intention to ban' gives people the opportunity to make a submission and provide evidence to the FFA for consideration.
- Under the new procedure, the FFA will provide access to evidence that they are legall allowed to disclose to the person.
- Banned fans can appeal the decision to a three-person Football Independent Banning Appeals Committee, which will consist of a pool of 12 prominent barristers and legal practitioners.
- The 198 people currently banned will be able to apply to have their case reviewed by the committee, if they dispute that they engaged in the conduct for which they are banned.
FFA CEO David Gallop said the changes demonstrate a desire to grow the game, but he insisted their zero-tolerance stance has not changed.
“It shows if we all work together we can ensure the unique passion and atmosphere at football matches is celebrated and preserved for all true football fans as we strive to grow our game,” Gallop said.
“This new procedure allows a person facing a ban the opportunity to put forward their case at no cost before the ban is imposed, greater access to evidence where legally possible and the right to appeal a ban to an independent appeal committee.
“In developing a new procedure, we have maintained our firm stance on safety at football matches. Our paramount responsibility is to ensure that every fan that goes to a game can enjoy a safe environment.
“Our policy of zero-tolerance towards anti-social behaviour has not changed.”
FFA Chairman Steven Lowy said the changes will provide a "more comprehensive process" and is a delivery on the governing body's commitment made in a meeting with fan groups in December.