Bocce Federation of Australia
While bocce was introduced to Australia by European immigrants in the 1900s, it was only in the 1960s when the sport gained significant recognition after many years of being played as a recreational sport. By the time the Victorian Federation was established in 1967, there were about 13,000 competitive players throughout Australia. The establishment of the Western Australian Federation followed suit in 1969, then the Australian Federation in 1971. In 1974, Australia became a member of FIB and recognized by the Federal Government. Australia began holding national championships in 1970; and in 1974, started participating in World Championships. Currently, the Federation is working to promote wider participation in the sport and meet the sport’s technical standards by accrediting coaches and referees.