About Us

The Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) is an independent, non-profit organisation seeking to promote interest in and understanding of international affairs in Australia.

The WA Branch of the AIIA was founded in 1947 by Professor Fred Alexander of the University of WA, who became its first President. Like the earlier established branches in the other Australian states, the WA Branch was modelled on the British Royal Institute of International Affairs, based at Chatham House in London.

The WA Branch has maintained a steady membership, including many prominent West Australian and national leaders. Successive State Governors have served as the Branch’s Official Visitor. The aim of the institute is to be an independent and non-political body that facilitates and encourages the study and debate of international questions.

Membership fees includes a subscription to The Australian Journal of International Affairs as well as two tickets at the member price to each of our our monthly meetings where you will learn about developments in international affairs of concern to the people of Western Australia. We rely on membership contributions and sponsorship of special events to keep our association running: we receive no core funding from government.

AIIA WA Executive Committee

President, Mr Brendan Augustin
Senior Vice President, Prof. Samina Yasmeen AM
Vice President, Ms Gráinne O'Connell
Treasurer, Ms Claire Rendtorrf
Secretary, Ms Molly Rogers-Thomson

General Committee

Immediate Past President, Mr John Goodlad
Past President, Dr Sue Boyd AM
Chair Programming Committee, Mr Ash Jones
Ms Nancye Miles-Tweedie
Ms Natalie Meyer
Ms Robin McLellan
YPN Convenor, Mr Cameron Hee

Official Visitor

The Governor of Western Australia
The Honourable Kim Beazley AC