Bowls Australia

Bowls Australia
Sport Bowls
Jurisdiction Australia
Founded 1911
Affiliation World Bowls
President Des Skinner
Chief Exec Neil Dalrymple
Official website

Bowls Australia is the governing body for the sport of Bowls in Australia.[1] Bowls Australia is responsible for the leadership, development and management of lawn bowls in Australia. It is a not-for-profit organisation governed by a voluntary board that provides the strategic direction for the sport and the strategies that are implemented by the staff at the national office.

Bowls Australia’s members are the nine state and territory bowls associations.

There are over 2,000 clubs and 240,000 registered participants affiliated with our member states and territories. In addition there are a large number of social bowlers participating in competitions across Australia.

Bowls Australia is affiliated with World Bowls[2] and the Australian Commonwealth Games Association where it is a core sport in the Commonwealth Games held every four years.


In 1911, Bowls Australia, originally known as the Australian Bowling Council, was formed at conference of state delegates in Melbourne.[3]

The first Australian Championships under the new body were held in 1912, and the first Australian representative side played in New Zealand in 1914.

In 1928, the Australian Bowls Council became affiliated with the International Bowling Board, now known as World Bowls Inc.

The first World Bowls Championship was played at Kyeemagh Bowls Club (NSW) in 1966.


The national body has eight state member associations:

The main tournament they organise is the annual Australian Premier League the inaugural clubs will be Adelaide Endurance, Brisbane Gold, Melbourne Roys, New Zealand Blackjacks, Perth Suns and Sydney Lions

Strategic Plan

the 2013-2017 Bowls in Australia Strategic Plan was officially unveiled on Monday October 28, 2013.[4]

The plan identifies 40 fundamental strategic initiatives across six strategic priority areas that they are committed to tackling conjointly over the next four-year period to achieve the mission of growing the sport of bowls and the vision of ‘bowls – the sport for life’.

Supporting the plan are the following working Parties:


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