RAWCS - Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd


Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd (RAWCS) and Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) assist Rotary Clubs develop and manage National and World community service projects. Australian Rotarians participate in activities to improve the lives and living conditions of others and to promote international understanding and goodwill.

RAWCS Overseas Aid Fund and Rotary Australia Benevolent Society are Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR) so are able to offer tax deductible donations from organisations who wish to support our worthy projects within and outside Australia. You can search here for over 350 projects, particularly in the Pacfic Rim area. If you know the number of the project you are interested in, you can donate here, in many cases via our secure on-line page.

Six areas of focus have been identified by Rotary International. These areas reflect critical humanitarian issues and needs that Rotarians are addressing worldwide. RAWCS Projects align with these areas and examples of projects in these areas are available below.

Click on the pictures below to see stories of some of our projects or check here to find further projects.

Maternal projects

Maternal and Child Health Programs

Discover a project to provide updates to Loisa Hospital on Trobrian Island, Papua New Guinea to "Save the Kula Babies" by improving pre-natalcare for mothers and medical and health aspects of birthing and nutrition

Water and Sanitation

Year 12 students from Western Australia, as an alternative to "Schoolie's week" , help with a Timor Leste village project that provides water wells.


Disease Prevention and Treatment Programs

The 2013 Medical Field Trip by the Rotary Club of Nepean ( District 9690) to Bangladesh as part of their Aussie Bangla Smile project has given smiles that will last a lifetime and changed their lives forever.


Peace and Conflict Prevention / Resolution Programs

Pantea Beigi from Australia (second on a left) participates in the Peace and Conflict Resolution Workshop: Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping during Rotary World Peace Symposium Breakout Session III. Rotary International Convention, 4 May 2012, Bangkok, Thailand.

Basic Education and Literacy Programs

Orkeeswa Secondary School is located in rural, north western Tanzania, and is part of the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania . The Rotary Club of Geraldton, WA, is raising funds to provide improved facilities at the school, a computer room, science building, a library and a sports pitch.


Economic and Community Development Programs

The project in Fiji aims to alleviate subhuman living conditions for impoverished families. Volunteers working with community residents have built 705 homes in country areas and 111 homes at Koroipita community, Lautoka. Around 3600 people have been housed.



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Perhaps you need to Register your project or
Sign up as a volunteer or report on your project.
Policy documnts are also available to download from this area.



Australian Humanitarian Programs

RAWCS has established the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) to assist Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts within Australia to respond to needs within their own communities and to gain tax deductibility for donations made to their projects which provide direct relief to people in need.



Donations in Kind
( DIK )

Donations in Kind (DIK) provides humanitarian aid through the provision of donated goods.. This recycling and reuse program involves the collection and distribution of donated items to countries in need..


What's New?

Rotary in the Solomon Islands have requested help from New Zealand Rotarians as they respond to the devastating floods of the past 24 hours.

-Emergency non food items are desperately needed including shelter (tents) and other basics for the many thousands who have lost everything after their homes were swept away.

Rotary New Zealand have tents and emergency response kits on standy by and have been advised by Rotary in the capital Honiara that a call from the Solomon Island’s National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is likely to made following a state of emergency being called.

“Rotary is most often one of the first cabs off the rank in emergencies like this” spokesperson Stuart Batty said. Working with local NDMO, they are able to arrange through their own volunteers and supporters network an immediate response. Rotary New Zealand through their website appeal for cash donations to support the victims of this disaster. www.rnzwcs.org


Insurance policy details for 2013 - 2014 are now available. Volunteers are now issued a card to facilitate claims. The new system is explained in the downloads available here.

More and more Year 12 High School graduates are joining short term Rotary Humanitarian Projects. which will increase their world view of developing countries and the health, education, water or sanitation issues they face due to lack of adequate facilities or funding or other circumstances. Their school communities (which embrace local businesses, neighbours or local citizens, local government councils, past students and parents) are combining to fund these trips as they acknowledge the benefits which are gained by everyone involved:- the volunteers, the often impoverished communities with which they both assist and bond with, and the maturation quickly reached by these experiences. If you know a High School who is looking to follow the ever growing number of examples that our RAWCS projects conduct in developing countries, provide them this story or ask us to locate a Rotary club in your area.

Looking for  a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) ?

RAWCS Overseas Aid Fund is a Deductible Gift Recipient so is able to offer tax deductible donations tp support organisations with worthy projects outside Australia. Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) can provide a similar service within Australia.

Our Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund ( ABN: 21 388 376 554 ) holds the following registrations which will enable it to accept tax deductible donations and grants from all sources in Australia including business coorporations and not-for-profit organisations.

  • Deductible Gift Recipient
  • Tax Concession Charity
  • Income Tax Exempt Fund

Check our donations page    or    Email our Chairman   for more information.



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