A Gateway to Rotary Clubs in Australia

About Rotary in Australia


Australian Rotary Clubs are part of an international network of business, professional and community leaders who strive to make the world a better place through practical efforts. Through Rotary International, the reward of "paying it forward" unites men and women from different backgrounds, cultures, religious and political beliefs the world over, allowing ordinary people to make a difference & be the inspiration to others.


Our Mission, Values & Four-Way Ethical Test


Want to know what we're about in a nutshell? Our mission, values and four way test describe us well:

Our Mission:

We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Rotarians have a simple motto: Service Above Self.

Our Four-Way Test

Our Four-Way test is a simple ethical framework to help us in our lives every day. Feel welcome to use it yourself - it's pretty simple:

Of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


Our Structure


Each of Australia's 30,000 Rotarians belong to a local Rotary Club. There's over 1100 Clubs in Australia, each Club led by a Club President and supported internally by a number of Club office holders. The position of President is rotated every July, providing ample opportunities for Rotarians to step up and gain leadership experience. Clubs operate independently, but often come together to work on joint projects and celebrate big events. 

Each Club belongs to one of 21 Rotary Districts in Australia. Districts are geographically defined and sometimes cross state and even international borders. The head of the Rotary District is the District Governor.  

Each District is part of 6 worldwide Zones, with Australia's being part of Zone 8, which includes oceanic nations like Australia, New Zealand, East Timor and Papura New Guinea. 

And of course every Club is part of the the wider Rotary International - a network of 1,210,047 Rotarians in 32,774 Clubs aroud the world, all dedicated to making the world a better place through promotion of peace, cultural understanding and service to the community alongside other like-minded community and business leaders.Rotary International is led by the Rotary International President

If you'd like to find out about your nearest Rotary Club, click here for our Club Locator.


Rotary: At the centre of your community.



We've Been Around A While...


Over 100 years in fact.

Since 1905, Rotary has been making a positive impact in the world. Beginning in Chicago before spreading throughout the world, Rotary first touched our shores in Australia in1921, with the charter of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, closely followed by the charter of a Sydney Club and other Clubs around the nation.

Since that time Rotary has grown all over Australia, and no matter where you are, you'll find a Club near you that has contributed to some amazing things... 




 ...And Aussie Rotarians Have Achieved a Bit...

...In fact plenty. For example:


Bringing the World's Youth Together - Rotary Youth Exchange

Today, most people have heard of the Rotary Student Exchange, the world's biggest and best known student cultural exchange program. But not everyone would know that it came about thanks to Australian Rotarians. The Rotary Student Exchange program had its genesis in an exchange between Australian Rotary Clubs and Clubs in Nebraska, USA back in 1959, the program's ongoing success over the following years leading to its official adoption worldwide in 1972. Today, Australian students can go on a 1 year exchange program to countries all around the world while many Aussie Rotarians gladly play host to international students visiting our shores. To find out more about Rotary Youth Exchange, visit The Rotary Youth Exchange website.


Launching The Global Fight Against Polio

It was during the term of an Australian Rotary International President, Queensland's Clem Renouf in 1979 that Rotary International first took up the international fight to stop polio. Providing humanitarian grant funding and hands-on support from everyday Club members, Rotary committed to a five-year effort in partnership with the government of the Philippines to immunise about six million children against polio. This scheme grew into PolioPlus, a program which has since helped to immunise over 2 Billion children worldwide, reducing worldwide polio cases by 99.9%. While the last holdouts of the virus are proving the most difficult to eliminate, today we are on the verge of finally ending polio forever. To find out more about the fight against polio, visit End Polio Now.


Developing One of Australia's Most Vital Medical Research Funds - Australian Rotary Health

Australian Rotary Health (ARH) was founded in 1981 to provide support for research into the causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Supported by Rotarians Australian wide, Australian Rotary Health was soon in a position to sponsor health research in areas that did not readily attract funding. Today Australian Rotary Health is Australia's largest non-government funding body of mental illness research and provides funding for research in many health related areas as well as scholarships to support aspiring students in areas such as indigenous health.   For more on Australian Rotary Health, visit: Australian Rotary Health


Putting Smiles on Faces - Interplast

Interplast is a Rotary driven intiative to improve the quality of life for people with disability who are disabled as a result of congenital or acquired medical conditions, such as cleft lip and palate or burn scar contractures.

Since 1983, Rotary has sent fully qualified Australian and New Zealand volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to the Asia Pacific region to provide free surgical treatment for patients who would otherwise not be able to afford access to such services. Thanks to the support of Rotary, Interplast has sent over 600 volunteers on medical programs, providing over 32,000 consultations and performing over 21,000 life-changing operations. For more on how Interplast is changing lives, visit Interplast's website.


Reducing the Gender Gap

While women have been part of Rotary for many years, the issue of gender equality in board rooms is an ongoing issue facing our society today. With diveristy being a core value of Rotary International, the pioneering efforts of an Australian initiative, Women in Rotary, has sought to provide aspiring women with greater access to networking and mentoring opportunities amongst both male and female business and community leaders through Rotary. Women in Rotary's signature event, The International Women's Day Breakfast draws over 1000 men and women and supports charities helping disadvantaged women as well as programs to stop domestic violence. To find out more about opportunities for women through Rotary, visit Women in Rotary.


Want To Get Involved?

plyamgirl.jpgHave you got a passion to give back that Rotary could make real? The place to start is by finding and getting in touch with your local Club. There's more than likely a Club near your work or home that is full of people just like you who enjoy giving something back while working with friends and developing personal and professional networks.

Rotary Clubs meet once a week, most meeting over dinner in the evening but others meeting over lunch or breakfast, so it's a great opportunity to network in a social, inviting atmosphere while organising initiatives that make the world a better place. 





Or if you if you're on a smartphone, you can also download a Club Finder App here to find your local clubs and when they meet.