About us / About RAWCS

Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd. (RAWCS)
(ABN: 37 739 341 003) was formed to enable Australian Rotarians, Rotary Districts and Rotary Clubs to assist disadvantaged communities and individuals through humanitarian aid projects.  

RAWCS facilitates and empowers Rotary projects to do good in the World. We Back doing Good.

  • Projects – volunteer work teams and/or funding for Rotary projects undertaken locally, nationally and internationally;
  • Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) – providing supplies, equipment and volunteers to support the elimination of malaria in our region by 2030;
  • Rotary Australia Repurposing Equipment (RARE) – collecting and transporting surplus goods from Australia to where they are needed overseas;
  • Communications – delivering Rotary in action to the public, the corporate sector, philanthropists and governments and linking Rotarians and Clubs with RAWCS activities.

These activities provide sustainable development and relief work overseas and charitable support for people in need of assistance within Australia. RAWCS administers three Tax Deductible funds:

  • Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund (RAOAF) (ABN: 21 388 376 554) (DGR1 status) – currently supporting 387 overseas projects delivering humanitarian aid in 130 countries;
  • Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) (ABN: 54 563 288 318) (DGR1 status) – last year supported 104 compassionate grants to Australians in need;
  • Rotary Australia Relief Fund (RARF) (ABN: 80 595 697 237) (DGR2 status) – rapid response to accept donations to major appeals disbursing funds to appropriate aid projects.

RAWCS provides back end systems and project services to all Australian Rotary Clubs for project accounting, donations and fund raising support, management, regulatory compliance, volunteer support, communications and marketing. These services are overseen by the Australian District Governors who are the RAWCS Ltd members.

So why should Australian Rotarians use RAWCS?

  • Easy to use on line systems that deliver nationally consistent project management in line with the ethical behavior and values of Rotary International.
  • Providing you and your project partners with tax deductibility for donors, project accounting, internal audit, and secure international currency transfers at low rates.
  • RAWCS has comprehensive Australian Government registrations providing regulatory compliance for your project.
  • RAWCS Promotes Rotary through nationally recognized high profile projects, advocacy and marketing.

In the last 12 months RAWCS has processed AUD$16M in donations. Significant progress has been made on the RAWCS Strategic Goal of sourcing external funding for Rotary Projects. This has amounted to AUD$44M in the past five years and RAWCS has developed policies and plans to source further significant external funding to assist and strengthen Rotary projects.

Rotary Australia World Community Service Limited (RAWCS) was incorporated in 1987 as a public company limited by guarantee, bound by its constitution and authorised by Rotary International as a Multi-District Activity.

RAWCS has established a staffed office to process the administrative, accounting and banking functions.