About Us

Welcome to the Victoria Branch pages of the OAA 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.

Victoria Branch
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

Regional Groups
Within Victoria there are thirteen Regional Groups. Seven are metropolitan based groups and the remaining six groups are located throughout regional and rural Victoria.

Contact details for all Regional Groups can be found here

Branch Events and Initiatives
The Victoria Branch undertakes four high profile events together with other initiatives each year. These include:-

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.

Information regarding previous orations can be found here

2020 Inspiring Australians Oration
The 2020 Inspiring Australians Oration was held at the Melbourne Town Hall and given by Kevin Sheedy AO. There is more to Kevin than football; he is a marketer, thinker, innovator, the holder of awards for community service and an inspirational speaker, capable of talking about subjects way beyond the boundaries of sport.

Annual Luncheon
The Victoria Branch Annual Luncheon is traditionally held in November each year 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.

New Awardees Reception
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.

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.

Annual Events
A composite list of the details of the above Victoria Branch events and all Regional Group’s upcoming events has been prepared and is regularly updated

Information on Upcoming events can be found here

The Order– is the quarterly national magazine. Each edition includes a Victoria Branch page which provides a range of articles to compliment information from other Branch’s and the national organisation. Please refer to the National Site for past copies of The Order

The Victoria Branch e-newsletter. The Victoria Branch produces four editions of the newsletter each year. The e-newsletter is distributed with the purpose of ensuring Victorian members are provided with information and reports on Victoria Branch and Regional Group functions.

Previous editions of the Victoria Branch e-newsletter can be found here