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Neighbourhood Watch Australasia


Annual Budget: $250,001-$750,000
Number of Paid Staff: 1 - 3
Number of Volunteers: more than 100
Community Segment: Public Safety

Current Board Size: 4-7
Board Meetings (frequency): Every two months
Board Meetings Held: During Day
State where Board Meetings Held: Western Australia
Local Government Area:

Any further information about this vacancy:

Neighbourhood Watch Australasia (NHWA) is in the process of recruiting for the board directors

Expressions of Interest are invited from suitably qualified individuals who are interested in an opportunity to join the board of directors for NHWA. This is an excellent development opportunity to lead the expansion of NHWA and to contribute to safer communities across Australia and New Zealand.

Just over ten years ago representatives of NHW groups and policing organisations from each Australian State and Territory, and New Zealand joined together to form Neighbourhood Watch Australasia (NHWA) Inc. By taking this action the national body provided a platform for the exchange of ideas, the greater promotion of the aims and objectives of Neighbourhood Watch.

Since its inception there have been changes to legislation governing Not for Profit organisations.  These changes, together with the need for financial security for the organisation and to strengthen good governance practices, has encouraged the NHWA Board of Management to apply to have NHWA change from an Incorporated Association to a Company Limited by Guarantee. 

The next step in the process was to apply for Charity Status with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC). This has now also been achieved. NHWA Ltd is officially now a registered charity.

The Board is looking for individuals who have demonstrated experience and knowledge of:

  • Fundraising
  • Grant writing
  • Lobbying


The board of directors is legally and ethically responsible for all activities of NHWA.  To that end it:

  • Determines how NHWA will carry out its mission through long and short-range planning
  • Adopts an annual budget and provides fiscal oversight
  • Recruits, orients, and develops board members
  • Hires and evaluates the performance of the CEO
  • Evaluates its performance and overall performance of NHWA in achieving the mission
  • Establishes policies for the effective management of NHWA


  • Understand and promote the NHWA mission
  • Be familiar with NHWA programs, policies, and operations
  • Attend board meetings and appropriate committee meetings
  • Actively serve on at least one committee and offer to take on special assignments
  • Review agenda and supporting documents prior to meetings
  • Strictly adhere to the NHWA Constitution
  • Strictly adhere to confidentiality policies

Time Demands (approximate):

  • Attend and actively participate in at least 75% of board meetings
  • Attend and actively participate in the annual planning
  • Attend and actively participate in the annual meeting
  • Attend special events such as fundraisers and ground breaking ceremonies
  • Meet with potential donors/funders to make a case for funding the organisation

Copies of the NHWA Strategic Plan and Constitution are attached for your information

Expressions of Interest are to include a chronological CV (maximum 4 pages), two-page covering letter outlining relevant experience and why you wish to apply for this role.

If you have any questions, please contact Bernie Durkin Chairman of the Board of Directors NHWA on 0403124932 or email Bernie.Durkin@police.wa.gov.au

Expressions of Interest along with a copy of your CV are to be forwarded to Bernie Durkin at the above e mail address.

Role: General Board Member
Area of Expertise Being Sought: Fundraising, Grants Administration, Lobbying
Targeting: Not supplied
Payment: Reimbursement of expenses

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