Welcome to the Australia District Website

We are an eclectic mix of ages, genders, occupations, backgrounds and interests. We are all passionate about making our community and the world a better place for children so they can thrive. We are devoted to serving the children in our local community and also children all across the country and worldwide through unique and innovative service projects and fundraising initiatives.

Message from Australian Governor

I quite often find when talking to people that they have never heard of Kiwanis, or what the name means.  I have heard a number of members describing Kiwanis in a variety of ways (and this quite often depends on who they are talking to).

The name Kiwanis was taken from an American Indian tribe for the meaning “we make a noise” – meaning to focus our attention on the disadvantaged children in our community so as to do things that will help them. 

Kiwanis began in the Detroit area in 1915, and is now one of the three oldest and largest volunteer community service organisations globally.  So Kiwanis is about serving the children of the world and is dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

Kiwanis is a positive influence in communities worldwide – so that one day, all children will wake up in communities that believe in them, nurture them and provide the support they need to thrive.  Kiwanis is about helping kids in need.

Internationally, major Kiwanis projects have included the iodine deficiency project, about improving the development of young childrens brains, and the eliminate project to innoculate mothers to prevent agonising death in babies and young children – both projects raising over $100 million USD and implemented with UNICEF.

Nationally, Kiwanis Australia District actively supports HeartKids, the Childrens First Foundation and the ALL (Childhood cancer research programs, with donations through the Foundation).

We also support a national children’s literacy strategy (free children’s books) and our Service Leadership Programs in schools – particularly Terrific Kids which is about kids setting and achieving goals.

Locally each Kiwanis club focuses on helping kids and organisations in their local area.
Kiwanis promotes hands on service and activities for its members.

Please find what communication about Kiwanis suits you and share the news as widely and to as many people as possible

District Governor 2023-24