Incorporated in 1962 The Australian Asian Association was the brain child of like-minded groups who came together in 1956 with the vision of creating and establishing an association promoting mutual understanding between the Australian people, nearby regional neighbours, and peoples of the world.
By embodying a positive exchange and understanding of cultural, educational, social and trade opportunities to the mutual benefit of all the Association has maintained a high degree of cultural interchange over the years.
Today membership derives from over 110 diverse ethnic, cultural, welfare and corporate groups drawn from global regions such as Africa, Latin America, The Far East, South East Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, the Indian subcontinent, Europe, Oceanic Island nations, and Australia. The current composite membership numbers in excess of 15,000.
In the years since its inception the AAA has provided a range of services free of charge or at low, heavily subsidised rates which are not available from any government body, Federal or State or Local. In today’s atmosphere of where ‘user pays’ this highlights the unique position and value of the AAA within the community.
In recognition of the valuable assistance to the communities that the AAA caters to through these services the Association has been granted exemption from Income Tax.
The track record of the first 50 years of cooperative aid and services provided by the AAA to the Western Australian multicultural community has exemplified the immeasurable niche that is being filled for those who request and require information/assistance. Numerous grants for specified projects have also supplemented the work done by the AAA to keep it vibrant and viable to society. With foresight and a strong sense of future directions the AAA will continue to expand the range of its services for its members.