Western Australia

Newsletters and Publications

In this section you will find the more recent extracts of The Order for the Western Australia Branch. The WA Branch also produces local, on occurrence newsletters, back copies of which may be sourced through the Branch Secretary

The WA Branch honours the memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Sovereign head of The Order of Australia


Date/time Details of event Booking details and contact
Friday 21 October

11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

South-West Branch get together and luncheon, Caves House Hotel, Yallingup

It will be held at Caves House Hotel, Yallingup and involve champagne on arrival, soup, the hotel’s famous brisket roast, cakes and coffee / tea for $55 / head. Alcoholic drinks and barista coffee are available as extra’s. All payments to be made to the hotel on the day.


The annual lunch for South West Order of Australia recipients is organised for 11.30am – 3.00pm Friday, 21st October.

There will be a few short presentations on the day from the State & National scenes as well as introductions from newly minted recipients from this Region.

All welcome, with partners. Please notify the S/West convenor Barry House AM directly on barry.house49@gmail.com .

November 2022 Great Southern Group Albany weekend

Greetings from the Great Southern group.

This is a preliminary email to let you know that our annual Great Southern church parade and Christmas lunch will be on Sunday 27 November.

This is really the only function of the group in the Great Southern.

We will be joining the congregation of St John’s Anglican church, York St, Albany for their 9.30am service then going to the restaurant at Motel le Grande, Albany Highway, Albany at 12 noon for our lunch.


I will be sending out invitations with a RSVP for the lunch in mid-October, but this is an early notification to advise you of the date.

I hope some of you will be able to join us. We always appreciate the efforts of members from Perth and other areas who are able to join us.


Jan Savage OAM JP

Convenor Great Southern Group

Ph 0427 986476

Thursday 8 December OAAWA Branch Christmas Lunch

Fremantle Sailing Club

Prizes for a raffle are now sought. The proceeds of the raffle are committed to the Scholarship Fund (see below)

If you are able to offer a prize or prizes for the raffle, please let us know – wabranch@theorderofaustralia.asn.au

An invitation will be sent out at a later date with payment and other details.

WA Branch Chairman’s Report


The Lord Mayor and Councillors of the City of Perth hosted a Reception to honour the recipients of an award in the Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours.  30 of the 54 new recipients attended and were recognised and congratulated by members of the Association.  The Lord Mayor, in his speech, recognised the contribution made by each of the new awardees and, as his Mother had been the recipient of an award, he understood the commitment made and the pride with which awards are received.

New QB awardees of the Order:

And another of Jackie Scurlock’s photographs from the reception:

Ruth Shean, AO

Annual Dinner

Royal Perth Golf Club was the venue for this event and we thank the ladies of the Golf Club for the magnificent floral display and table decorations they arranged for us.  133 members and guests enjoyed a very convivial evening a highlight of which was the address entitled “Water forever for WA” given by Sue Murphy AO.  For a State which, at one stage was threatened with running out of water, it was encouraging to hear how, with water treatment plants now in place, we are assured of water supply.  Sue also highlighted the foresight and courage of C.Y O’Conner, who, despite scepticism and severe criticism, persisted with his scheme to take water to the goldfields.

Launch of a new region:

On the 31st August the Mayor of the City of Mandurah hosted an evening event to launch a new region – the Peel Region.  There are 34 members who live in this region which spans quite a large geographic area some of which is quite close to Perth.  Local members as well as some Committee members from Perth joined together for this celebration.  Marion Blair OAM has been appointed as Convener and has plans to arrange some local events for these members.

National Conference

The National Conference, held in Canberra in May of this year, was an opportunity for members from all over the country to come together to hear some outstanding speakers and to participate in the opportunity to meet members from other States and Territories.  Highlighting this opportunity, pictured below are Bettine Heathcote AM and Robin Watts AM from the WA Branch, with another interstate member enjoying fellowship at Government House in Canberra.


OAAWA Scholarship Project Sub-Committee

The OAAWA Branch Project to raise $45,000 to support the provision in Western Australia (for only the third time) of an Order of Australia Foundation scholarship for a needy student at a Western Australian university is progressing well – but needs a boost from new donations.

We received a good boost from the Annual Dinner of the Branch, with new donations flowing in.

Where are we at?

In round figures we have raised or have commitments of $38,000
Shortfall, still to raise $7,000


Please donate if you can – it’s a great cause and is tax deductible. See form at end of newsletter to donate.

Also, you can nominate us to receive Containers for Change payments due to you.

Your 2022-2023 Committee

Chairman Bettine Heathcote, AM
Secretary Margaret Lobo, AM
Treasurer Michael Lee, OAM
WA Nominated National Board Director Clive Robartson AM
Committee persons Michael Bleus, OAM
  Geoff Cattach, AM
  Lorraine Hammond, AM
  Bill Hassell, AM, JP
  Brad Norman, AM
  Jackie Scurlock, OAM
  Rebecca Tolstoy, AM
Great Southern Group of the WA Branch Convenor Janet Savage, OAM, JP
South West Group of the WA Branch Convenor Hon Barry House, AM
Mandurah Group of the WA Branch Convenor Marion Blair OAM

Police Patrons scheme

This is your Association’s premier community service project, led by Michael Bleus, OAM.

It involves our volunteer members mentoring police recruits at the Police Academy in Joondalup.

The long-operating scheme has been supported as valuable by successive Police Commissioners.

Michael currently needs new volunteer patrons. It is not scarry, and Patrons are given appropriate training before starting. Patrons tell us it is immensely rewarding.

Please contact Michael if you are willing to volunteer – 0450 603 643 

Newsletter editor

For input and material, please send to Bill Hassell, AM, JP – wrbhassell@gmail.com


Best wishes,

Bettine Heathcote, AM


The Order of Australia Association, WA Branch.


0407 195 040


The scholarship project – donations

Will you help?

The WA Branch aims to raise $45,000 to fund a scholarship at a WA University to be presented at the OAA 2024 National Convention in Perth.

You can help make a young person’s dream a reality by contributing any amount (no matter how small) to the OAA WA Branch Scholarship Fund.

Tax Deductible donations can be made by going directly to the Foundation’s website and completing the online form at: