Constitution and Policies


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


The Constitution empowers the Bowls Australia Board and Management to create policies. 

*Variation to the Bowls Australia Anti-Doping Policy:

Minor variation to the Bowls Australia Anti-Doping Policy to recognise the replacement of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority by Sport Integrity Australia from 1 July 2020.

From 1 July 2020 the Bowls Australia Anti-Doping Policy is varied as follows:

Any and all references to the:

• Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) are to be read as references to Sport Integrity Australia;
• Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 (Cth) (ASADA Act) are to be read as references to the Sport Integrity Australia Act 2020 (Cth); and
• Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Regulations 2006 (Cth) (ASADA Regulations) are to be read as references to the Sport Integrity Australia Regulations 2020 (Cth).

Should you require the assistance of a Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO), please contact:

Neil Dalrymple
Chief Executive Officer
Bowls Australia
03 9480 7100

Open Bowls Policy

Following a number of challenges relating to anti-discrimination legislation at club, regional and state/territory association level, Bowls Australia (BA) 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 administration operations should provide equal opportunities including within their constitutions. 

BA 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 to their area. 

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