Softball Australia governs all forms of softball in all of Australia, including its member states. It holds the distinction of being affiliated with the International Softball Federation, the Australian Olympic Committee, and the Australian Sports Commission. As in other sports governing bodies, Softball Australia promulgates rules and regulations for the effective management and implementation of the sport in the country. The federation acts as the official arbiter for conflicts arising among players, coaches, and teams, among others; and imposes disciplinary actions to violators. Softball Australia also selects and controls teams to represent the country and the federation in various international competitions. It also conducts research and development activities for improvements in softball and its equipment.