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.