Want a Bowling Arm?

Do you wish to use a Mechanical Bowling Arm?

You must have approval to use a Mechanical Bowling Arm to play Pennant or Championships. 

If you wish to apply for one click here to download and print an application form - please note that you must have a Medical certificate to go with the application.

NOTE: You do NOT require approval for devices for balance - e.g. walking stick or mobility aid.  

To download, save &/or print a copy of the Bowls Australia policy on Mechanical Bowling Arms and other equipment - click here


The following information relates to what arms are available - copied from the Bowls Australia website 29 April 2016.

Approved bowlers arms

Bowlers arms: a bowlers arm (pictured) is designed to assist a bowler who cannot continue to bowl without the aid of the artificial device and can be used in any competition within Australia.  Typically they are used where a person has hip/knee complaints which restrict their ability to bend down to deliver the bowl correctly.

There are currently three types of bowlers arms approved for use in Australia.  They are known as "The Bowling Arm”, the “Bionic Bowler Arm” and the “DHB arm”.  Each device is manufactured in several lengths and some include varying release mechanisms.

An affiliated member must gain approval to use an artificial device (bowlers arm) which can be completed by contacting your state/territory association.  A medical certificate stating that the affiliated member requires the bowlers arm to continue to participate in lawn bowls must accompany the approval form.  Once you have lodged your form with your state/territory association you will be provided with a means of identifying your approval status from your state/territory association.  This information will then be forwarded to Bowls Australia to maintain a national register.

The bowling arm category is part of the NMP and only BA licensed manufacturers are able to produce bowling arms for use in pennant and above competition. All National Merchandise enquiries should be direct to:

Att: Cambpell Derrick

National merchandising program coordinator

PO Box 52, Northcote VIC 3070

Ph: 03 9480 7100 Fx: 03 9495 0194

E-mail: cderrick@bowlsaustralia.com.au


You can purchase a bowlers arm through the network of retailers listed on the Bowls Australia website by clicking through to retailers.