1913        First recorded inter-school 7-a-side basketball competition in Victoria

1924        New Zealand Netball Association formed

1926        All England Netball Association formed

1926        First recorded interstate match held in Sydney

1926        Proud’s Challenge Cup donated as prize for Interstate Championships

1927        All Australia Women’s Basket Ball Association (AAWBBA) formed with five foundation members (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia)

1928        First All Australia Carnival (now known as National Netball Championships) is held in Melbourne and won by Victoria


1931         First All Australia (AA) Umpires’ Award is presented to Anne Clark (NSW) and Elsie Ferris (VIC)

1932         First Umpire’s Committee established

1933         Tasmania joins interstate competition

1934         First All Australia Team named to play in Centenary Celebrations in Melbourne in 1935

1938        Australia defeat New Zealand 40-11 in Melbourne in the first international match. It is the beginning of a long-standing rivalry

1939        Elix Shield introduced replacing the Proud’s Challenge Cup until 1977


1940         All Australia team named for first tour to New Zealand but tour abandoned until 1948 due to World War II

1947         2,891 registered players nationwide

1948         Australia travel to New Zealand for the first competition on Kiwi soil. Australia won the three 7-a-side Tests and all other matches except one 9-a-side game.


1956         More than 7,000 people watch a representative Australian team defeat England 14-11 in London – the first international netball team to enter their country

1957         Representatives from Australia, England, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, South Africa, the US and Wales meet in London to draw up an International Code of Rules

1959         Netball Australia Service Award introduced with four inaugural recipients: Elsie Ferres (VIC), Edith Hull (VIC), Helen Mann (NSW) and Pat Rooney (QLD)


1960         International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) is established with six nations in attendance.

Close to 60 National Netball Associations are now affiliated to IFNA, grouped into five regions – Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania              

International Code of Rules accepted

1963         1st World Tournament (now known as World Netball Championship) held in Eastbourne, England. Australia is undefeated and become the inaugural World Champions, its closest match being against New Zealand which Australia won 37-36

1967        2nd World Tournament held in Perth, WA. New Zealand become World Champions, defeating Australia 40-34 on the final day


1970         Decision was made to change the name of the game to ‘netball’ and delete the word ‘women’s’ so that the name of the association became the All Australia Netball Association (AANA)

                Anti-apartheid demonstrations – riots, arrests, injury and damage to the stadium – accompanied the first visit by a South African team to Australia

1971         Australia wins the 3rd World Tournament in Kingston, Jamaica undefeated, beating New Zealand 48- 42 in the last game

1975         Australia undefeated, draw with New Zealand 34-34 to again become World Champions at 4th World Netball Championship held in Auckland, New Zealand           

                Following AANA constitutional change, Australian Capital Territory Netball Association affiliated

1976         AA Club Carnival introduced

1977         Northern Territory Netball Association affiliated         

                200,000 registered players nationwide

1978         A national headquarters is established at Challis House in Martin Place, Sydney with the first salaried position Helen Edmunds-Jones, National Executive Officer and the first elected President, Deidre Hyland

1979         Australia equal first (with New Zealand & Trinidad/Tobago) at the World Netball Championship


1981         Netball becomes one of eight foundation sports at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra

1983         Australia defeats New Zealand 47-42 to become World Netball Champions at the 6th World Tournament in Singapore

1984         First 21/U Australian Team (Young Australians) is selected for a tour of New Zealand where they win all three matches

1985         Australia’s first women’s national league competition, the Esso Netball Super League, is launched with the Australian Institute of Sport the inaugural champions

                Margaret Caldow OAM is inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame

1986         The All Australia Netball Association Ltd is incorporated, and establishes its own headquarters,

                ‘Netball House’, in Harris Park, Sydney

                Jean Cowan MBE is inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame

                A Players Trust Fund policy is introduced to enable elite players to earn from the sport

1987         New Zealand win the 7th World Tournament in Glasgow, Scotland, after defeating Australia in the final rounds

                Anne Sargeant OAM is inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame

1988       Australia wins the first World Youth Netball Championship held in Canberra defeating England 75-23.

1989       Joyce Brown and Deidre Hyland inducted as inaugural associate members of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame


1990        Netball is a demonstration sport at Commonwealth Games in Auckland and Australia defeat New Zealand 53-35

1991        Australia hosts the 8th World Netball Championship (formerly known as World Tournament) in Sydney and in a nail-biting finish defeat New Zealand 53-52

                Australia moves into the IFNA Asian Region (formerly in Oceania)

1992        Australia win silver in the second World Youth Cup in Fiji, defeated by New Zealand 44-40

1993        Netball acknowledged as a “Recognised Sport” by the International Olympic Committee

                A National Umpiring Badge is introduced

1995        9th World Netball Championship held in Birmingham, England. Australia defeats South Africa 68-48 to win the World Championship title  

1996        Australia wins third World Youth Cup in Canada, defeating New Zealand 62-58

1997        The inaugural year of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy with the Melbourne Phoenix defeating the Adelaide Thunderbirds 58-48 in the final

1998        Australia wins the first netball gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia defeating New Zealand 42-39.

1999        Australia regains the World Netball Championship title at the 10th World Championship in Christchurch New Zealand, defeating favourite New Zealand 42-41 with Sharelle McMahon scoring the winning goal in the dying seconds of the match.


2000         Australia wins fourth World Youth Cup in Wales, defeating Jamaica 58-47

2002         Netball Australia’s headquarters relocate to new premises in Marion Street, Harris Park

                Australia retains the Commonwealth Games title in Manchester defeating New Zealand 57-55

2003         New Zealand wins the 11th World Netball Championship in Kingston, Jamaica, defeating Australia in the final 49-47

2004         A world record crowd of 14,339 attends Australia v New Zealand Test at Sydney’s Superdome

                Vicki Wilson OAM is inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame

2006         Commonwealth Bank Trophy celebrates its 10th season

                Melbourne hosts the 2006 Commonwealth Games and Australia win the silver medal with New Zealand taking gold, 60-55

                A landmark decision is made to move Netball Australia’s headquarters from Sydney to Melbourne

2007         Netball Australia opens headquarters in King Street, Melbourne

                Commonwealth Bank Trophy comes to an end after 11 years

                Australia reclaims the world number one ranking, winning the 2007 World Netball Championship held in Auckland, defeating New Zealand 42-38

                Australia’s highest-capped player at 122 tests Liz Ellis retires from the sport

2008        A new era in Australian sport is born with the commencement of the semi-professional ANZ Championship

Netball Australia sign a groundbreaking agreement with Network Ten to broadcast all Australian Diamonds test matches

                Australian Netball Diamonds are launched

                Netball’s junior development program NetSetGO! becomes national

                Australian Netball Hall of Fame is launched with six inductees

                Liz Ellis Diamond is introduced – the highest individual honour in Australian Netball – inaugural winner is Mo’onia Gerrard

2009         Australian 21/U wins the World Youth Netball Championships in Cook Islands

World Netball Series launched in Manchester, UK

Diamond Girl launched at the Holden Netball Test Series in Brisbane


2010          The Australian Sports Commission provides an additional $1.2million in funding ($700k for participation and $500k for high performance)

                 The Constellation Cup was launched and Diamonds won it for the first time (developed with the support of the Governors General from Australia (Quentin Bryce) and New Zealand (Sir Anand Satyananad)

                 A National Sponsorship Framework is signed between Netball Australia and the Member Organisations (to aggregate assets)

                 Sharelle McMahon was chosen by the Commonwealth Games Association as flag bearer during the opening ceremony in Delhi

                 Australia wins a silver medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games (defeated by New Zealand

2011          The Diamonds were crowned World Champions after overcoming New Zealand in extra-time in the final to win 58 – 57 (10th World title from 13 attempts)

                 Australia announced as host of the 2015 Netball World Cup

Natalie von Bertouch announced as Captain of the Diamonds

The Spirit of Netball Award introduced and Norma Plummer announced as the inaugural recipient

                 A record attendance for an Australian and England Test (11,000) at Allphones Arena Sydney

Lisa Alexander appointed as Coach of the Diamonds (14th Coach in the team’s 73 year history)


2012          The Diamonds recorded their highest ever score against New Zealand 68 – 48 at Allphones Arena Sydney

                 Catherine Cox became the fourth player in Australian netball history to record 100 international test appearances

                 The Australian Government contributed $2.6million for the ‘Home for Netball’

2013          Australian 21/U win Silver Medal at the World Youth Netball Championships in Glasgow

                 Netball Australia moves to new purpose built premises in Johnston Street Fitzroy on Friday 13 September

                 Laura Geitz is appointed Captain of the Diamonds

2014          Australia wins their third Commonwealth Games title in Glasgow defeating New Zealand 58-40

2015          Netball Australia host the 14th Netball World Cup at Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney

                 A world record crowd of 16,849 attends Day 10 of the Netball World Cup at Sydney’s Allphones Arena

                The Diamonds were crowned World Champions for the third consecutive time after overcoming New Zealand in the final to win 58 – 55 (11th World title from 14 attempts)

2016 The Queensland Firebirds win the final ANZ Championship Grand Final, in extended extra-time over the NSW Swifts.
                 Netball Australia announce Suncorp Super Netball, a new Australian-only league with eight teams. Three new teams are granted licenses, Magpies Netball Club (Collingwood FC), Sunshine Coast Lightning (Melbourne Storm) and GIANTS Netball (Netball NSW in strategic alliance with GWS Giants). A landmark broadcast deal is announced, with Nine and Telstra to broadcast in primetime.

       On 19 May 2016, Netball Australia announced that it would part ways with Netball New Zealand. In leaving behind the ANZ Championship, a new journey was embarked upon; one that would become Suncorp Super Netball.

The Nine Network and Telstra were announced as broadcast partners with two games now set to be televised live each week on the Nine Network, and the remaining two games live through Telstra TV. GIANTS Netball, Magpies Netball Club and the Sunshine Coast Lightning were announced as the three new teams joining the five existing Australian teams – the Adelaide Thunderbirds, Melbourne Vixens, NSW Swifts, Queensland Firebirds and West Coast Fever – in a new national netball league.

2017       February 18, 2017 – a new era of netball is born in Suncorp Super Netball.