WA Police Patrons Scheme
The Recruit Squad Patron Scheme was introduced to the Western Australia Police in October 2000. The scheme provides recruits-in-training with access to a respected member of the community who can provide a community expectation of the police and provide appropriate personal advice and guidance.
The Recruit Squad Patrons are all volunteers from the members of the OAA WA Branch. They make themselves available to the recruits during their 28 weeks training course. The background and guidelines for the scheme are outlined here.
Order of Australia Association Foundation (OAAF) Scholarship Programme
The Foundation of the National Association awards valuable scholarships on a regular basis to outstanding students at tertiary level who need financial support – as well as mentoring and other support – to fulfil their potential.
Usually these awards are announced at the annual national conference of the Association, and Branches and individuals provide the funds (currently some $45,000 for each scholarship) to facilitate these awards.
As the work of past awardees has shown, the ‘investment’ in a scholarship provides a magnificent return to the Australian community.
The Western Australian Branch is currently engaged in an appeal for funds so we are able to have a scholarship awarded to a Western Australian student when the next national conference is held in Perth in 2024. Much progress has been made in this project, but we do still need more support.
Donations are both tax deductible and provide the donor with the satisfaction of doing something wonderfully worthwhile as a follow up to their own award in the Order.
Promotion of Nominations
The Branch is very keen to promote the Australian Honours System as a means of recognising the achievements and contributions of outstanding West Australians. Many West Australians have made a real difference but are yet to be nominated for recognition. The Order of Australia is the national means by which the contributions of these worthy West Australians may be recognised.
The Branch committee is happy to provide advice about the making of nominations in the Order. Any Australian may be nominated by any other Australian. The Branch has an informal guide for making a nomination which may be found here.
The Branch committee would also welcome discussions with all WA professional and charitable organisations to help promote more nominations of worthy West Australians for honours in the Order of Australia.