The Australian Bridge Federation (ABF)
During the 1930's, a number of states formed associations to manage bridge. To co-ordinate the sport nationally, the states then formed The Australian Bridge Council. It changed its name to the Australian Bridge Federation (ABF) in the 1960's.
The Structure and Purpose of the ABF
The ABF is the peak body for the administration of the sport of bridge in Australia. It is a non-profit organisation and its headquarters are located in Canberra.
The ABF has only 8 members (the State and Territory associations). Details of the clubs and players affiliated to these associations can be found here .
As at October 31, 2016 there were 335 clubs affiliated with the eight state & territory associations. The total number of bridge players registered with the ABF Masterpoint Centre was 36,633. The break down per state excluding the ABF Youth club members (268) was:
Source: ABF Masterpoint Centre Newsletter October, 2016.
Player numbers in each state are not taken into account in determining representation at ABF level.
There is a list of the ABF objectives on the ABF website.
The ABF levies capitation fees to all clubs affiliated with their State body. Details of these charges can be found here.
What does the affiliation fee cost?
From time to time the ABF Management Committee sets the affiliation fee. From March 2014 it will be $15 per home club member: it is normally paid when you pay your annual club membership (see this price list for ABF fees). This fee is payable for all players in the club who elect that club to be their home club for masterpoint purposes. Players may belong to as many clubs as they wish. If they belong to one affiliated club, that club will be recognised as their home club for masterpoint and ABF purposes. If they belong to more than one affiliated club then they must choose one of them as their home club.
Affiliated Clubs must be aware that all members of their club must be affiliated in at least one club: it is not open to clubs to elect whether or not a player wishes to receive masterpoints and therefore be affiliated.
What does the ABF provide in return?
In particular the ABF provides a blanket insurance cover for affiliated clubs.
Plans for the Future
The ABF is managed as a voluntary run organisation.
The Australian Bridge Federation has developed an ABF Strategic Statement for the period 2013 – 2017 to guide the activities of the organisation over coming years. This document is supported by the ABF Strategic Plan 2013- 17 which articulates the strategies to help us achieve our vision.
If you have any questions or comments about these strategies please contact the ABF through the phone (02) 6239 2265, fax (02) 6239 1816 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org and visit the ABF site at www.abf.com.au.
Each State and Territory elects two members of the ABF Council to represent them.
The contact details of the present councillors are on the ABF website.
The State Associations
Each state and territory has its own bridge association. The purposes of these are as follows:
- Organise State Championships and selection events;
- Regulate bridge in the State by adopting a set of tournament regulations and alerting procedures that all Clubs are advised to follow;
- Organise the calendar of events;
- Overview the affiliation of Clubs;
- Participate in ABF management through the two representatives that each state or territory sends to the ABF Council;
- Run the director accreditation scheme.