Moves for the establishment of a central organising body and a National Tournament came almost simultaneously from Queensland and New South Wales.
A National Body for Netball in Australia was founded at a meeting on August 26-27, 1927 when the All Australia Women’s Basket Ball Association was formed at a meeting held in conjunction with an Interstate Basket Ball carnival.
Foundation Members of the Association were:
• New South Wales – The City Girls Amateur Sports Association
• Queensland – The Australian Ladies Basket Ball Association
• South Australia – South Australian Women’s Basket Ball Association
• Victoria – The Melbourne Girls Basket Ball Association
• Western Australia – The Basket Ball Association of Perth
Tasmania affiliated soon after, having competed in Carnivals since 1933 with Australian Capital Territory (1975) and Northern Territory (1977) subsequently becoming full Members.
In 1970 the name of the game was changed to “Netball” and the word “Women’s” was deleted, changing the name to the All Australia Netball Association .
The AANA was incorporated as a public company limited by guarantee on 18 September 1986 and is governed by the Corporations Act 2001 (as amended from time to time). “Netball Australia” was registered as a Business Name in 1993.
The Company operates under Memorandum & Articles that are resolved by the Council. This group consists of two Delegates representing each State or Territory, and it meets twice a year, once to focus on operational issues and once to act as a major forum to discuss issues of significance to the long term development and direction of netball.
The Board of Directors currently consists of President, Finance Director, Ordinary Directors (6) and the Chief Executive Officer (non-elected position). The Board is elected by and accountable to the Council for the operation and good management of the Organisation., including long term business and financial planning.
The Chief Executive Officer carries out the role of Public Officer for the Company.
Some Australian Netball Milestones
1st recorded interstate match – in Sydney
All Australia Women’s Basket Ball Association formed
1st All Australia Carnival held – in Victoria
1st AA Umpires Award – Anne Clark and Elsie Ferris
1st International match (Australia v New Zealand, in Melbourne)
More than 7,000 people watch Australia defeat England in London
The International Federation (IFNA) established in August during a Conference in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and agreement reached on the adoption of an International Code of Playing Rules
1st World Tournament (Eastbourne, England – 11 Countries)
Australia become the first World Champions
Australia runners-up to New Zealand at World Tournament
The sport’s name changed from Basket Ball to Netball
Australia wins World Tournament
Australia again World Champions
AA Club Carnival introduced
1st Full Time Salaried Position – National Development Officer appointed National Office established in Martin Place, Sydney
Australia equal First (with New Zealand & Trinidad/Tobago) at World Tournament
1st Under Age National Championships (U/16s at Penrith, Sydney)
1st National Coaching Director appointed (Joyce Brown)
Netball becomes one of 8 foundation sports at theAustralian Institute of Sport in Canberra
1st International Club Competition held in Hawaii (AIS winners)
A direct mail service – AANA Sports Trading – introduced
National Office relocates to Clarence Street, Sydney
International Club Carnival the “Esso Gold” held on the Gold Coast Qld and televised
Australia World Champions
National Treasurer (Honorary) appointed (Gladys Waugh)
1st Under 21 Australian Team (Young Australians) selected
National Executive Administrative Officer appointed (Robert McMurtrie)
Inaugural National Netball Carnival for Intellectually Disabled Players
First officially published Annual Report of the AANA (1985/86)
1st National League competition – Esso Superleague
Purchase of Headquarters at Cowper Street Harris Park in Sydney
Incorporation of the Association (All Australia Netball Association Limited)
Adoption of a Player Trust Fund Policy enables elite players to earn from the sport
Finals Rounds introduced to Open/21s National Championships
Australia equal second (with Trinidad/Tobago) to New Zealand at World Tournament
1st World Youth Cup – in Canberra (Australia Winners)
National Media Co-ordinator appointed (Keeley Devery)
Winners of the Esso Superleague receive the Prime Minister’s Cup
An Australian Netball Touring Team visits China as part of Asian development
Netball is a demonstration sport at Commonwealth Games in Auckland
Australia hosts the World Championships in Sydney and are victorious over New Zealand in the Final
Australia now part of IFNA’s Asian Region (formerly in Oceania)
National Umpiring Director appointed (Chris Burton)
Head Office relocated to Wentworth Street Parramatta
Netball acknowledged as a “Recognised Sport” by the International Olympic Committee
Introduction of a National Umpiring Badge
Inaugural Australasian Schools Championships
Association Management Review carried out by Albany Consulting
New Structure approved – Nine Board Directors (incl NED)
Australia retains World Championship crown
Date of AGM altered to May
National Netball League Company established
Australia wins World Youth Cup
Inaugural year – Commonwealth Bank Trophy competition
New Financial Year Period for NA : Jan-Dec took effect
Launch of Netball Australia Website
The Honorary position of National Liaison Officer is abolished
Australia wins Gold at Commonwealth Games (Kuala Lumpur)
The Australian 21U Coach and AIS Head Coach positions become one (Norma Plummer)
First High Performance Manager appointed (Sue Hawkins)
Australia wins World Championships
Hundreds of netball personnel are recipients of the Australian Sports Medal awarded by the Australian Government
Australia wins World Youth Cup
National Netball League Pty Limited Company is deregistered
Head Office relocates to new premises in Marion Street Harris Park
Australia retains Commonwealth Games title in Manchester
Australia runners-up to New Zealand at World Championships
World Record Crowd (14,339) attends Australia v New Zealand Sydney Test
Australia places 3rd behind England (2nd) and New Zealand (1st) at the World Youth Netball Championships (held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Netball Australia launches the National Membership Administration System which links all clubs, Associations and Member Organisations with Netball Australia for the first time
Australia wins Silver at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. New Zealand win Gold
Commonwealth Bank Trophy celebrates its 10th Season since its inception in 1997
Head Office relocates to new premises in King Street, Melbourne
Australia wins the 2007 World Netball Championships held in Auckland, New Zealand
Inaugural year of the ANZ Championship.
National team becomes the “Australian Netball Diamonds”
Australia wins the World Youth Netball Championships in the Cook Islands, beating New Zealand in the Final.
Australia wins Silver at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. New Zealand win Gold.
Sharelle McMahon honoured by the Australian Commonwealth Games Association when she was chosen to lead the Australian team out as flag bearer for the opening ceremony at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Australia wins the 2011 World Netball Championship held in Singapore, the 10th world title.
Lisa Alexander takes over as Diamonds coach from Norma Plummer following the World Championships.
Queensland Firebirds create history by completing the ANZ Championship season undefeated.
Netball Australia moves head office into the new Netball HQ located in Fitzroy.
Australia wins Silver at the 2013 World Youth Netball Cup played in Glasgow, Scotland. New Zealand wins Gold.
Australia’s Fast5 Netball World Series team rebranded as the `Fast5 Flyers’ and wins the Silver Medal.
Australia ends its 12-year Commonwealth Games Gold Medal drought with a convincing 58-40 victory over New Zealand in the Final at Glasgow.
The Australian Fast5 Flyers wins the Silver Medal at the Fast5 Netball World Series.
Australia hosts Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015, winning Gold in front of a world record netball crowd of 16,849 fans.
Queensland Firebirds defeat NSW Swifts by one goal in the dying seconds of the ANZ Championship Grand final, after the Swifts lead the entire game.
More that 230,000 fans attend Australian hosted ANZ Championship games.