Since The Order of Australia was established in 1975, over 4000 Victorians have been honoured for their service to the nation.
The Victoria Branch of the Order of Australia Association was formally established on the 14th of February 1981 to unite these talented and hard-working Victorians and to support the aim of the Order of Australia Association to “foster love of and pride in Australian citizenship”. Major General Jock McNeill AO OBE was the first Chairman.
Over the years, the Victoria Branch has steadily grown, both in terms of its membership and the scope of its activities. Thirteen regional groups have been established to take the Association’s message of national pride and civic responsibility to every corner of Victoria.
Association members regularly organise and take part in events including morning teas and luncheons featuring inspirational guest speakers; fundraising events for worthy causes; and welcome functions for new members. Regional groups work hard to take their message of service into local schools, and Branch members have reached out to new Australians by attending citizenship ceremonies.
In 2006, the Victoria Branch entered into a ‘social affiliation’ with The Victorian Association of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Members of this organisation, who have received recognition for their achievements under the Imperial Honours system that preceded the founding of the Order of Australia, are now included in Order of Australia Association events.
In 2015 Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria became Patron of the Victoria Branch.
One of the aims of Victoria Branch of The Order of Australia Association is to raise awareness about The Order of Australia and the process through which awards are granted. The Branch Office regularly distributes information to Victorians who are seeking to submit a nomination.