The first group of Club Championships were between the VFA and SAFA premiers while from 1907 until 1914, the final competition for 54 years, it was contested between the premiers of the VFL and SAFL. Port Adelaide were champions a record four times during this period. The inaugural Championship was a best of three game series but all future tournaments were decided by a Grand Final.
In 1968 the Championship returned under the same format but the Australian National Football Council refused to grant it official status as a team from Western Australia and Tasmania were not competing and it thus couldn't be referred to as a Championship of 'Australia'. Both state's premiers joined the tournament from 1972 onwards to make it a four club championship. For Tasmania it was the premier of the Tasmanian State Premiership that was invited to the Championship although in 1974 a composite team of players from the premier clubs of the various Tasmanian leagues which took part. VFL clubs won every Championship from 1968, except in 1972 when North Adelaide upset Carlton to win by a point.
The final Championship, in 1976, was known as the NFL Wills Cup and was played under a new format. In an extended competition there were a total of 12 clubs, five from the VFL, four from the SANFL and three from the WANFL. They were divided into four groups of three and the winners of each group met in the semi finals.
Although the NFL Championship was played again in 1977, no clubs from the VFL took part as they were competing in the Night Series, a new tournament which would spell the end of the Championship of Australia.
|1888||Norwood||South Melbourne||3 games - 0||Kensington Oval, Adelaide|
|1890||Port Adelaide||South Melbourne||7.10 - 6.13 *||Adelaide Oval|
|1893||Essendon||South Adelaide||10.23 - 3.6 *||Victoria Park, Melbourne|
|1907||Norwood||Carlton||13.12 (90) - 8.10 (58)||Adelaide Oval|
|1908||West Adelaide||Carlton||12.9 (81) - 7.10 (52)||Adelaide Oval|
|1909||South Melbourne||West Adelaide||11.8 (74) - 7.14 (56)||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|1910||Port Adelaide||Collingwood||15.20 (110) - 7.9 (51)||Adelaide Oval|
|1911||West Adelaide||Essendon||8.9 (57) - 7.12 (54)||Adelaide Oval|
|1913||Port Adelaide||Fitzroy||13.16 (94) - 4.7 (31)||Adelaide Oval|
|1914||Port Adelaide||Carlton||9.16 (70) - 5.6 (36)||Adelaide Oval|
|1968||Carlton||Sturt||13.15 (93) - 6.20 (56)||Adelaide Oval|
|1969||Richmond||Sturt||15.27 (117) - 9.10 (64)||Adelaide Oval|
|1970||Carlton||Sturt||21.13 (139) - 12.22 (94)||Adelaide Oval|
|1971||Hawthorn||North Adelaide||13.13 (91) - 10.7 (67)||Adelaide Oval|
|1972||North Adelaide||Carlton||10.13 (73) - 10.12 (72)||Adelaide Oval|
|1973||Richmond||Subiaco||12.20 (92) - 10.19 (79)||Adelaide Oval|
|1974||Richmond||Sturt||27.11 (173) - 13.17 (95)||Football Park|
|1975||North Melbourne||Norwood||17.15 (117) - 5.11 (41)||Football Park|
|1976||Hawthorn||North Melbourne||12.17 (89) - 5.11 (41)||Norwood Oval|
* During the 1890s behinds, although recorded, were not added to a team's score as whoever kicked more goals won the game.