Constitution & Policies

Official website of Bowls Australia.


The Bowls Australia Constitution provides the framework and rules by which our organisation is governed. Bowls Australia is a company limited by guarantee.

View the Bowls Australia constitution


The Constitution empowers the Bowls Australia board and management to create policies.

 Affiliation and eligibility to play policy
- Interstate pennant declaration form

Anti doping policy

Appeals policy

Artificial devices - wheelchairs and bowlers arms

BA Logo Policy (dress regulations)

Bowls testing policy

Player and club clearance policy
- Interstate clearance application

Club coach reaccreditation policy

Developing junior bowls: guidelines and policy

Disciplinary policy
- Request for disciplinary hearing form
- Submission to the Judiciary Committee form
- Request for an Appeals Hearing form
- Submission to the Appeals Committee

Weather policy

Green Protection Policy

Hall of Fame policy

Instantaneous penalties policy

Introductory coach reaccreditation policy

Life membership policy
- Life Membership Nomination Form

Masters policy

Match fixing policy

Member protection policy - updated July, 2016
- Attachment C1
- Attachment C2
- Attachment C3 WWCC requirements
- Attachment D1 complaints procedure
- Attachment D2 - Mediation
- Attachment D3 - Investigation process
- Attachment D4 - Tribunal process
- Attachment E1 - Confidential record of informal complaint
- Attachment E2 - Confidential record of formal complaint
- Attachment E3 - Procedure for handling allegations of child abuse
- Attachment E4 - Confidential record of child abuse allegation

National Team Selection policy 

Personal electronic devices policy

Privacy policy

Privacy procedure

Request for a selection appeals hearing

Smoke free policy

Website disclaimers and privacy statement

Should you require the assistance of a Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) please contact:
Neil Dalrymple
Chief Executive Officer
03 9480 7100

Open Bowls policy

Bowls Australia has produced a statement in regards to Open Bowls in Australia

In recent years there have been a number of challenges relating to anti-discrimination legislation at club, regional and state/territory association level. 

Bowls Australia has undertaken detailed research and has formulated a position on Open Bowls in Australia.

The findings of the research demonstrate that state/territory associations, districts, regions, associations and clubs should apply the following principles to their competitions to provide equal opportunities for all members.

Where only single gender competition is offered, it is desirable to provide an opportunity for Open Bowls to take place.

Clubs, regions and association administrational operations should provide equal opportunities including within their constitutions. 

Bowls Australia endorses equal access to greens and other facilities for all members and to promote Open Bowls at the grassroots level. 

All stakeholders in bowls in Australia should be aware of their obligations under the relevant Anti-discrimination Act that applies in their area. 

Open Bowls does not solely relate to open gender, but religion, race, culture and disability collectively.

To read the formal Open Bowls Position Statement from Bowls Australia’s CEO Neil Dalrymple, click on this link. 
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