Netball holds a unique position in the Australian sporting landscape. It is a sport with significant and long held participation rates that are the envy of many other Australian sports. It is widely held to be the women’s sport in Australia. In fact, eight out of ten Australian families have had some involvement with netball; either through playing, volunteering, coaching or assisting in the administration of the sport.
Netball Australia is the national body for Netball in Australia.
Our vision is that every Australian values their connection with Netball.
The Organisation was founded in 1927 when the All Australia Women’s Basket Ball Association was formed. In 1970, the name of the game was changed to “Netball” and resulting in a change of name to the All Australia Netball Association (AANA). The AANA was incorporated as a public company limited by guarantee on 18 September 1986 and is governed by the Corporations Act 2001. “Netball Australia” was registered as a Business Name in 1993.
Netball Australia operates as a company under Memorandum & Articles that are resolved by the Netball Australia State and Territory Organisations (Member Organisations).
The Board of Directors currently consists of a President (a Director) elected by the Member Organisations, five other Elected Directors elected by the Member Organisations and up to two appointed Directors who may be appointed by the Elected Directors. The Board independently elects the Chair of the Board.
The Board is accountable to the Member Organisations for the operation and management of the Organisation, including long term business and financial planning.
The Chief Executive Officer carries out the role of Public Officer for the Netball Australia company.
Netball is at a turning point in its evolution as a leading sport in Australia, as it walks the line between its historical amateur status and the full professionalism of its athletes. While the sport continues to be supported by the Australian Sports Commission, netball is poised to fully leverage its key commercial products of Suncorp Super Netball, Fast5 and the Australian Diamonds.
To ensure Netball Australia continues to deliver on its wide-ranging strategic priorities, the organisation will focus upon growing the underlying business, while working to realise the untapped value in its asset portfolio.