All venues selected by the Victoria Branch for our events are accessible by members and guests of all abilities.
Venues are also easily accessible by public transport from metropolitan and regional areas.

Reminder members and guests are invited to attend events

Please Save the Dates below, further information will be added over the coming months

Victoria Branch – Events 2024

Updated on Tuesday 17 July 2024

Virtual Event via ZOOM

Wednesday 24 July
Order of Australia Association members, Order of Australia recipients and guests are invited to attend the Virtual Event via ZOOM 5.30pm to 6.45pm
Two speakers: 
Ian Carson AM Co-founder of SecondBite. “From an Idea to 330 million meals in 19 years”
The Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO CVO The Order of Australia Association National President
There is no cost to attend this event
Book before 5.00pm Wednesday 17 July at:

PHARAOH Introduction Talk and Exhibition Winter Masterpieces

Sunday 4 August
10.45am start. Meet at the National Gallery Victoria International Information Desk located on the ground level of the gallery. A NGV Program Assistant will direct OAA members and guests to the Clemenger Theatre for the Pharaoh Introductory Talk. Exhibition tickets will be distributed at the end of the talk.
Pharaoh, the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2024 exhibition explores the fascinating lives, myths and images of ancient Egypt’s all-powerful kings with over 500 exquisite works of art, design and architecture.
PHARAOH Introduction Talk and Exhibition is open to OAA members and guests.
Note: Large OA medals may be worn for this event
Cost: $52 per person incl. GST covers the Introductory Talk and Exhibition.
Book before 5.00pm on Thursday 25 July at:

Thank You Reception

Wednesday 9 October
For Order of Australia recipients who join the Association in 2024.
Event commences 1.15pm at Alex Theatre St Kilda within walking distance of rail and tram services including from Melbourne CBD/Southern Cross Station.
There is no cost for the member and guest to attend

End of Year Dinner

Thursday 21 November
End of Year Dinner for OAA members and guests at Stamford Plaza Melbourne 111 Little Collins Street, Melbourne. 6.15pm for 6.30pm seating.
Pamela Clark AO: Order of Australia citation – For distinguished service to the dental profession, particularly through a range of roles with national and international associations, as a supporter of research and technical dental standards, and to manufacturing
2018 OAA Foundation scholarship recipient Hannah Gandy will also speak at this event

Victorian Regional Groups Events  2024

South Central Suburbs Regional Group

Wednesday 17 July 12 noon Sandringham Club Christmas in July. Speaker: Patricia (Pat) Burke OAM Topic: “Creating a Generous and Inclusive Australia: an Overview of Philanthropy in Australia”

North Central Suburbs Regional Group

Monthly ZOOM session – Thursday 18 July, commencing at 5:30pm – Speaker is Mike Lescai. Mike has nearly 40 years experience as an Executive and Non-Executive Director serving and advising executive teams across a wide range of industries. The topic of his presentation is Strategies to secure volunteers. To book, please advise Fred Harrington OAM by 5pm on 15 July – [email protected]  This promises to be an interesting and relevant topic for a lot of us involved in community organisations.

Yarra Valley Lunch and Welcome Reception for 2024 Honours Recipients Sunday 11 August 12 Noon
Yering Meadows Golf Club, 178-180 Victoria Road Yering
Once you have booked and closer to the event, a menu will be sent for you to makeyour selection before attending the lunch – pay on the day for food and drinks
Bookings close: 5:00pm Monday 5 August.
Bookings to Irene Harrington OAM at: [email protected]

Monthly ZOOM session – Thursday 15 August, commencing at 5:30pm – Speaker is Matthew Hall. Matthew recently finished his employment at Cricket Australia and will talk about his time in umpiring and his role in rostering of umpires for one day / T20 matches throughout Australia. To book please advise Fred Harrington OAM by 5pm on 14 August – [email protected] . This promises to be an interesting and relevant topic for a lot of us who enjoy cricket and the ‘Big Bash’.

Monthly ZOOM session Thursday 19 September commencing at 5:30pm. Speaker to be advised


Eastern Suburbs Regional Group

Join us to celebrate mid-winter and a traditional Christmas Dinner in Ferntree Gully
Tuesday, 23 July 2024 1812 Theatre Visit: 11:00 am Lunch: 12:30 pm
Before our Christmas in July luncheon, we are privileged to have the opportunity for a special behind-the-scenes visit to the 1812 Theatre, just across the road from the Royal FTG Hotel which is the lunch venue. We will see all of the stage and back-stage areas, the lighting and sound room, and learn about the activities which are involved in the presentation of live theatre. There is a large car park at the rear of the hotel,1200 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully.
The theatre tour is free and we will pay individually for lunch.
Everyone is invited to come along and make new friends with other members of The Order of Australia Association. This event is open to all members, families and friends of The OAA so you may like to invite some friends to join you.
For catering, please rsvp to [email protected]  by 8th July.

Another webinar has now been arranged, to be held online at 5 pm on Thursday 19th September. The speaker will be Libby Anderson, from Quilts for Orphans. Details will be published shortly. 

Frankston Mornington Peninsula Regional Group

Wednesday 14th August 2024 (6 for 6.30pm) New Members Dinner, Safety Beach Sailing Club.  RSVP and Dietary Requirements – close Wednesday 7th August – cost $50 per person includes GST.


Barwon Regional Group

Thursday 15 August Primary Schools Citizenship Award 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm start. Scheduled to finish at 4.00 pm. Geelong RSL, Newland VC Room, 50 Barwon Heads Road, Belmont. Cost $15.00 GST included per person

Friday 22 November 2024 Christmas Luncheon. Details to follow


Melbourne Central Regional Group

Wednesday 28 August 2024, 12noon, Angliss Restaurant – 550 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne. Speaker: Mark Galliott – Acting Assistant Commissioner, North West Metro Region, Victoria Police. Topic: A subject that is of concern to us …. Current trends in youth offending in Victoria, the perception, the reality, the drivers of youth crime and the policing response
Mid-July Melbourne Central Regional Group will email an invitation and booking details for this lunch in Melbourne CBD.

Gippsland Regional Group

Sunday 22nd September Spring Luncheon 12 noon for 12.30pm at the Black Tie Restaurant, 90 Alfred Street Warragul

Wednesday 23 October 2024 Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet gala event to take place in Traralgon (the birthplace of Sir Frank). The  venue for this year’s gala event is to be ‘Wine & View Winery and Function Centre’ 140 Burnets Road Traralgon with an entry cost of $85 per person and a student rate of $75 GST included per person

South West Regional Group

Thursday 10 October Luncheon Speaker Bob Handby AO “Rwanda, 30 years on from the genocide”. More details to follow.

Central  Highlands Wimmera Regional Group

Sunday 20 October Spring Luncheon – Horsham RSL

North East & Goulburn Valley Regional Group

Sunday 20 October – Luncheon at The Woolshed@ Emerald Bank, Shepparton – guest speaker, Don Kilgour OAM. “The Golden years of Radio and Television.

Loddon Campaspe Regional Group

Friday 25 October – a luncheon, winery tour, and a talk on wine by John Ellis OAM at Hanging Rock Winery at 88 Jim Road, Newham The event includes morning tea, a light luncheon of estate-grown beef pies and sausage rolls and salad in their marquee overlooking the vineyard. A local produce platter and a glass of wine provided. John Ellis OAM will present a talk in wines and the winery. The Art in the Vines Sculpture Exhibition, including over twenty sculptures by renowned artists will be open for viewing. The cost will be $50 GST included per head; pre-booking available up to Friday 11 October.

Friday 4 April 2025: Visit to Rochester to view their annual mural exhibition and their renowned Sports Museum. Luncheon at the Shamrock Hotel at Rochester.

Wednesday 17 September 2025: Heritage train trip from Castlemaine to Maldon and return, with luncheon at historic Maldon.


Western Suburbs Regional Group

The Western Suburbs Regional Group meets four times a year, usually on the second Thursday in February, May, August and November.
The next event will be on Thursday 15 November:  lunchtime movie at the Rapallo boutique cinema in Strathmore, Vic 3041.  While enjoying a private showing of a recent film (still to be advised), members will enjoy refreshments including a cold drink.  Cost, including GST:  $22.  Wine, champagne, tea and coffee are available.
More info: [email protected].