When the first JETAA charter was drawn up and debated in 1989, JETAANSW was one of the 37 global chapters to be officially recognised by CLAIR. The chapters were established in cities which had Japanese consulates.

Almost immediately, elections were held for the first official committee. Below are listed the Presidents since the foundation of JETAANSW (if any information is incorrect, please contact us).


  • Denise Watson (1989 - 1992)
  • Rhonda Rickards (1993 - 1996)
  • Tania Wilson (1997)
  • Kirsten Bruce (1998 - 2001)


  • Alice Stapleton (2002 - 2003)
  • Mary Samra, Kym Swaby (2004)
  • Sharon van Etten (2007 - 2010)


  • David Boyd (2011 - 2012)
  • Ben Trumbull (2013 - 2014)
  • Eden Law (2015 - 2017)
  • Sally Miles (2018 - )


On 5th May 2012, JETAA NSW met with the Japan-Australia Parliamentarians' League of Friendship for the Diet (Parliament) Party of Japan. Discussions focus on the role and continuance of the JET Programme, with invited members of the JETAA NSW committee giving their thoughts and opinions on the exchange programme and what it meant to them. In attendance were Mr Masayuki Naoshima, Mr Chiaki Takahashi, Mr Norihiko Fujita, Mr Gousei Yamamoto, and Mr Atsuhito Ikeda.

In 2013, JETAANSW accepted on behalf of the JET Programme, a Certificate of Recognition by Sister Cities Australia in recognition of work done by JETs and alumni in supporting Japan after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.

JETAANSW also received the Consul General of Japan's Commendation award in 2016, for contributions to the Japan-Australia relationship. Awarded during the Farewell Reception for that year's departing JETs, it was also given to two other recipients, including Dr Rowena Ward - a former JET and professor at Wollongong University.