Zone 8 Rotary 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 remaining on the 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.
Answers to your most frequently asked questions
Regionalisation Core Team Co-Chairs Peter and Ingrid answer our most frequently asked questions. You can read our full list of questions and responses here.
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, available for you to view.
The briefing provides a detailed explanation of the proposed regional governance pilot, including questions and responses from those in attendance.
The Regionalisation Project's success relies on the contribution and diverse views of all Rotarians. Join the Reference Group to receive updates on the project and contribute your views.
Please click the following button to join the Rotary Reginal Pilot Reference Group as an active contributing paticipant.

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 Support 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. 


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 those who accept an invitation to join, not only restricted to Rotarians or Rotaractors.
Culture and Membership
Develop strategies to assist
Rotary and Rotaract be more
relevant, diverse and flexible to
increase reach and impact.
Develop a Regional strategic
plan and structure to
streamline governance and
enhance efficiency and
Leadership and Development
Develop programs and
pathways that maximise
empowerment, service
effectiveness and governance
at all levels.
Public Image
Develop programs that
enhance the image of Rotary
and help attract greater
financial and general support.
Communication and Technology
Develop a Regional
Communication Strategy that
achieves greater engagement,
participation and attraction.

More information

RDU Regionalisation Articles:
Should you have any questions, want to provide feedback, or would like a specific presentation to your Club, Contact Us.  You can also contact a member of the Regionalisation Planning Team.