Teams automatically qualified from last season must retain at least 4 of their rostered players from that season. Teams and rosters from Season 11 are available here.
- Three back to back matches played on Mondays and Wednesdays.
- Matches scheduled at 9:15PM AEST, 9:45PM AEST, and 10:15PM AEST.
- Top 6 teams qualify for the finals series.
- Bottom 3 teams are relegated to AVPL Division 2.
- The AFL finals system will be used. (see image below)
- Best of 3 format. Extra time and penalties will be used to decide a winner if regular time ends in a draw.