Welcome to the Victoria Branch pages of The Order of Australia Association National Website.
The Victoria Branch has approximately 2000 members and provides four high profile events each year to compliment the various programs and events undertaken by the Regional Groups within Victoria.
The Branch is administered by a committee chaired by Helene Bender OAM supported by ten other elected members and one coopted member.
Helene’s profile can be found here
Contact details for the Victoria Branch and Branch committee members can be found here
Within Victoria there are thirteen Regional Groups. Seven are metropolitan based groups and the remaining six groups are located throughout regional and rural Victoria.
The Victoria Branch undertakes at least three high profile events together with other initiatives each year. These are in addition to events hosted by Regional Groups.
Inspiring Australians Oration
One of the key objectives of former Victoria Branch Chair, Paul Wheelton AM was to have a ‘signature event’ created for the Victoria Branch. From this the annual Inspiring Australians Oration was established. The initial Oration in 2017 was delivered by Her Excellency Linda Dessau AC Governor of Victoria. The second Oration was delivered by Dr Susan Alberti AC. The 2019 Oration was delivered by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp. The 2020 Oration was held at the Melbourne Town Hall and delivered by Kevin Sheedy AO. There is more to Kevin than football; he is a marketer and thinker.
Information regarding previous orations can be found here.
The Victoria Branch Annual Lunch is traditionally held in November at the William Angliss Institute where meals and waiter services are provided by hospitality students from the Institute. Each year the event includes a high-profile guest speaker. Recent speakers have included Peter Hitchener OAM, David Parkin OAM, Jane Edmanson OAM, Steve Moneghetti AM and Rosie Batty AO. The 2020 Annual Lunch was virtual due to COVID restrictions, guest speaker was Dr Robbie Gillies OAM.
This event is conducted each year, generally in July or August, to provide a fitting acknowledgement of all that year’s Australian Honours recipients, within Victoria and in particular for the Victoria Branch to welcome all new awardees and enable them to meet, in an informal manner, other recipients. Deferred in 2020 due to COVID restrictions.
2017 saw the awarding of the Victoria Branch’s first Scholarship to a promising young Victorian, a Deakin University Waterfront Campus student Jordan Eitler, via the OAA Foundation. Subsequent scholarship recipients, from within Victoria, include, Juanita Collins-Mundine, Jeremy Doupe and Hannah Gandy. These scholarships have resulted in a tangible benefit for all members of the Association – we can see firsthand the results of our scholarship donation as each scholarship holder is a regular attendee and guest speaker at our events.
A draft list has been prepared for 2021 that includes virtual and face-to-face.
The Order quarterly national magazine includes National, Branch and Foundation information.