What We Do

Founded in 1992, JETAA Vic/Tas/SA is a ready-made circle of friends who have shared similar experiences and have a strong appreciation of Japan and the JET Programme.

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association (JETAA) Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia chapter is made up of former JET Programme participants sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne and Japan’s Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).

Our alumni association has grown from just a handful of members to today’s thriving membership of more than 300 across three states.

Our Mission

We help new JET Programme participants get ready to leave for Japan and when they return help them to make the transition back to life in Australia. We also seek to promote the knowledge and understanding of Japan, its people and its culture within Australia, and conversely, of Australia in Japan.

Our Committee

The 2024-25 committee was elected at our Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 17th February 2024.

President: Mathew H
Vice President: Belinda T
Secretary: Emma W
Treasurer: Soon T
Webmaster: Damian F
Social Media Officer: Carol C
Events Coordinator: Alyssar C
JET Q&A Officer: Rahil C
General Committee Members: Trevor T & Charise W
Tasmania Representative: Shane E
South Australia Representative: Alex W

To get in touch with the Committee, please use the Contact Us form.

Our Achievements

Since 2012 JETAA Vic/Tas/SA has raised almost $36,000 for various local charities that aid affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

  • In 2011, we raised more than $5000 for the Red Cross to support victims of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
  • In 2012, we launched Big Bento Lunch, a fundraising initiative designed to encourage participants to hold Japanese-style lunches and collect donation. We raised more than $15,000 for UNICEF.
  • In 2013, we held Big Bento Lunch again and raised more than $7000 for the Save Minamisoma Project, which has delivered fresh food and clean drinking water to people living in temporary villages every two weeks since the 2011 disaster.
  • In 2014, we raised a further $3400 for the Save Minamisoma Project
  • In 2015, we supported Playground of Hope and raised $2000.
  • Since 2016, we have supported the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund and have raised a combination of just above $3,500

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