Rotary Zone8 Regionalisation Pilot Project
To significantly increase the reach and impact of Rotary and Rotaract in Australia New Zealand and the Pacific islands
Rotary International is considering establishing a regional governance pilot to address membership, public image, communication, and fundraising challenges to ensure our organisation thrives long into the future.
Should this proceed, in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands we have an opportunity to be one of a small number of regions across the globe to pilot this new governance structure, created by RI’s Shaping Rotary’s Future Committee (SRF).
Read the background of this project here.

Why a Regional Pilot ?

The overarching aim is to provide better and more direct support to clubs through a less layered, but more effective and contemporary structure. The ideals of Rotary are to be retained with the focus on strengthening support to our Clubs and their engagement with each other and their communities.
In addition to potentially saving members time and money, the new structure will foster more vibrant club environments and provide doable and attractive roles that are accessible to more potential Rotary leaders.
By streamlining our existing governance structure, we will:
● Allow clubs sharing geography, culture and language to organise in ways that suit them.
● Eliminate duplication and remove layers of hierarchy to make Rotary nimbler and more cost effective.
● Bring together the best resources from across the region and make them easily accessible to every club.
● Improve communication effectiveness in order to enhance club and member engagement.
● Grow membership through new club types, flexibility, and partnership options reflecting our diversity.
● Attract more community, corporate, and government sector support by communicating with one voice.
● Enhance leadership and personal development activities to better suit our modern world.
● Foster more diverse perspectives in decision making.
● Reduce the burden of administrative responsibilities placed upon leaders.

Briefing from Past Rotary International President (PRIP) Barry Rassin

Barry Rassin, Chair of RI's Shaping Rotary's Future Committee, presented a briefing to the Regionalisation Reference Group. The briefing provides a detailed explanation of the proposed regional governance pilot, including questions and responses from those in attendance.

Proposed Regional Structure

All districts in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands would be placed within a region governed by a Regional Council that would manage all regional operations with the assistance of vibrant Regional Committees. The role of the Regional Council would be to manage the day-to-day activities of the region, including setting membership dues and governing all aspects of Rotary currently managed by districts.

Each region would then be divided into sections or areas, with 10-30 Rotary and Rotaract clubs within each area.
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Answers to your most frequently asked questions

The Regionalisation Core Team Co-chairs Peter and Ingrid answer our most frequently asked questions.
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To establish a Regional Governance structure to transform Rotary and Rotaract in our region to better support Clubs to provide relevant and engaging experiences that serve our communities and enable us to grow.

Working Groups

The Regional Pilot Core Team established five Working Groups to involve a wide range of people in developing the recommendations for a proposed new regional structure. Each of the five Working Groups (WGs) is co-chaired by a member from Australia and New Zealand/Pacific.
Membership of each Working Group is drawn from those who express interest in joining or who those who accept an invitation to join, not only restricted to Rotarians or Rotaractors.

Please provide your details to join the Rotary Regional Pilot Reference Group as an active contributing member

More Information

Should you have any questions, would like to provide feedback, or would like a specific presentation to your Club,
  • contact us by completing the form below
  • contact your local Regionalisation District Representative, or approach a member of the Regionalisation Planning Team.


See your District Regionalisation Representatives and Planning Team Members here.
Some of the graphic images used are copyright Rotary Down Under, used with permission.

Regionalisation - RDU Articles

October 2021       Lead Positive Change
August 2021         Regenerating Rotary (2)
April 2020            Building Rotary's future
November 2019   Regenerating Rotary (1)
October 2019        Structure and Consultation
May 2019               Green Light

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