OUR COMMUNITY HAS GROWN IN THE 30 YEARS SINCE JET STARTED, WITH NETWORKS IN AUSTRALIA AND GLOBALLY
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 - see the JETAA International website for a full description.
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)
JETAANSW received the Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation award in 2020 for the 'promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and Australia'. JETAANSW was one of 172 individuals and 65 groups selected worldwide.
JETAANSW 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
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.
In 2014, JETAANSW was invited to the Consul-General's Residence at a reception for Naomi Campbell, who raised funds for Tohoku disaster relief through a fashion-based charity.
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.