From time to time the Association undertakes National initiatives or activities. Individual Branches have an array of more local initiatives details of which can be found on the applicable Branch webpage.
REVIEW INTO EXPANSION OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE OAA
Call for submissions from OAA Membership
The OAA Board has agreed to conduct a review of those who may be able to join the OAA. Currently only those with awards in the Order of Australia are able to join the OAA. The review will look at extending membership eligibility in the OAA to include others who had been recognised in the Australian Honours System (AHS) but not in the Order of Australia, reflecting changes made to the AHS since our association was formed, in particular the Australian Bravery Awards, the Public Service Medal and similar other new honours recognizing service in Emergency Services, as well as an increased number of new military honours and awards. There are now many grants of awards and honours in other systems in the AHS, many equal to those in the Order of Australia in terms of published Order of Precedence.
Although holders of other Australian Honours can join as affiliate members at Branch level they are precluded from being full members. Extending our membership base by changing eligibility would also allow us to grow our membership. To allow the Board to make a considered decision to develop this concept, it has requested two eminent Australians, Past OAA National President and Chairman Dr Neil Conn AO, and Patron of ACT Branch General Peter Gration AC OBE to examine the proposal and possible impacts on the OAA, and to make recommendations for the Board to consider. Any proposal flowing from the review and the Board’s decision would be presented to members. The Review Team is now seeking submissions from OAA Members.
The Terms of Reference provided to the Review Team are:
- Examine the proposed expansion of eligibility for membership of the OAA including its impact on the OAA. In so doing, accept and consider submissions from existing members of the OAA. Make recommendations on the way ahead.
- If expansion is recommended, develop and recommend changes to the nature, structure, objectives and operation of the OAA.
- Note and conform to the timeline endorsed by the Board, and submit your Report by Ist August 2014.
The proposed timetable is:
- April/May/July 2014. Submissions called from OAA Membership via an email to members, Branch Newsletters and in the Order.
- April - August 2014. Review Team prepares their Report.
- August/September 2014. EC considers the Report and refers to the Board.
- September 2014. Board considers Report
Submissions need to be received by Friday 17 July 2014 to allow them to be considered by the Review Team. You can provide your comments to the review Team via normal mail to the National Office at this address:
℅ National Office, OAA, Old Parliament House,
King George Terrace, PARKES ACT 2600.
You can also reach the Team on a special email address set up for this Review:
Questions can also be directed via the same channels.
The Foundation. Currently, the major National activity being sponsored by the Association is The Order of Australia Association Foundation. This stand alone entity provides prizes and mentoring for deserving students around Australia. Details are available on the Foundation webpage.
The Association raises funds in support of the Foundation.
The National Oration. At most National Conferences a distinguished Australian is invited to present the Order of Australia Association Oration. Where an oration is not presented a forum of distinguished Australians is invited to discuss an issue of national significance. The following links are to current and past Orations:
PDF: 2012 The Order of Australia Association Oration - The Hon Austin Asche AC, QC
PDF: 2009 The Order of Australia Association Oration - The Hon Justice Margaret McMurdo AC
PDF: 2007 The Order of Australia Association Oration - LTGEN John Sanderson AC
PDF: 2006 The Order of Australia Association Oration - Sir Guy Green AC KBE CVO