AFL Victoria will spend big bucks on its eight new region general managers.
The RGMs, who are part of the administrative overhaul of country football recommended in an AFL review last year, will each be given salary packages worth more than $100,000.
New AFL Victoria Country boss Brett Connell said the pay packet would help attract "the best people possible".
"We want it to be attractive, so $100,000 is about the mark, but it could be a bit more - that's up to each region," Mr Connell said.
Eight of AFL Victoria Country's 13 regions - Ballarat, Western District, Geelong, Bendigo/North Central, Goulburn Murray, South East, Gippsland and North East Border - will employ a RGM, along with one or two football development managers.
The five smaller regions - Wimmera, Sunraysia, Central Murray, East Gippsland and Yarra Valley - will have only football development managers.
Mr Connell said advertising for RGMs would begin in each region once it had set up its independent commission, which was also recommended by the AFL review.
"The demand and accountability on AFL Victoria's regional staff will be much greater than it has been in the past," Mr Connell said.
AFL Victoria Country replaced the Victorian Country Football League as footy's governing body last month.