• Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Program (RYDA)

    Road Safety Education Limited provides quality road safety information to youth to help ensure that when they commence driving, they have the best road safety education possible.

    Road Safety Education Limited (RSE) is a not-for-profit company that has developed a road safety education program specifically designed for youth in our community. RSE’s evidence based RYDA Program is facilitated in partnership with Rotary Clubs in Australia and presented by professionals.

    The RYDA Program was developed in response to the tragic loss of young people in road crashes – young people aged 17-25 represent less than 15% of the population yet account for around one quarter of deaths and injuries on our roads. The program is a community road safety initiative to deliver practical road safety information targeting the “attitude and awareness” of young drivers and passengers.

  • Interact

    Interact Days at Matthew Flinders Anglican College are scheduled on Wednesdays at 1.00-pm to 1.45pm.

    Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people age 14-18. Interact Clubs can either be school or community based and are required to carry out at least two service projects annually — one that serves their school or community and another that furthers international understanding. Although each club is sponsored by a local Rotary club whose members offer guidance, Interact clubs are responsible for planning, financing, organizing, and executing their own projects.

  • Working on Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment (RYPEN)

    Teenagers today benefit greatly from opportunities to develop “life skills” and motivation to help them cope with the challenges of a very competitive future.

    Pressure is put on students to perform academically and their results are the benchmark of success. However other skills are needed for the next stage of a student’s growth, be that further education or the workplace.


  • Rotary AUS/NZ Student Exchange (RANZE)

    This programme is designed to foster International understanding between young Australians and New Zealanders, by giving secondary school students the opportunity to experience family, academic and community life in Australasia.


    • To actively promote, encourage and monitor the selection of Year 10 students to exchange with Australia each year.
    • To participate in the Inter-District Conference where all applicants are “matched” with students of similar age and interests, and families with similar backgrounds and values.
    • To facilitate and monitor the counselling of Australian and New Zealand students by clubs.
    • To initiate a reunion of past and present Exchange students.
    • This exchange programme offers young people, aged between 14 to 16 years, an opportunity to live with a family in a country speaking the same language, to broaden their outlook and learn a different culture.
    • As a reciprocal programme with Rotary Clubs in Australia, students could be located in many parts of Australia.
    • Essentially a family to family exchange co-ordinated by Rotary Districts in both countries.
    • Each year the initiating country alternates during School terms 1 and 2, Arrivals in April-concluding at the end of September.
    • Ideally the student will be in Year 10 during the calendar year of the exchange but Years 11 and 12 may be considered with written permission from their school principal and if places are available.
    • The Rotary counsellors appointed for each student are required for a calendar year, not a Rotary year.
    • Under a Code of Practice introduced by the Ministry of Education, any household hosting students are required to consent to a police check. This applies to all persons over the age of 18 years of age.
    • Application Fee $250.00 non refundable, to offset costs for training, promotions and postage.
    • Rotary Sponsorship of outgoing student $400.00 for Uniform, Travel Bag, Name Badge, Business Cards and Accommodation costs for Northland Experience.
    • Programme Cost to Parents- Estimated $4500 which includes return air travel, domestic internal flights to destination, travel and medical insurance all arranged by District.The District Committee provides training on rules and guidelines, the need to follow instructions, previews the highlights and provides safety nets for the unexpected.
    • A comprehensive handbook has been prepared.
  • National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

    It is our task, with the help of the District Governor, the committee, and all 51 Clubs of District 9600 to identify 27 of the best science students in year 11 from right here in our District.

    These students will then be sent to Canberra next January where they will be part of a group of 432 such students whom we believe to be the best science students in Australia and hence major players in Australia’s future.

    This is one of the biggest Rotary projects within Australia and certainly deserves the attention of all of us. Naturally District 9600 needs your help in identifying these people and I would like your Club to put forward applications from at least two students by June 30 next so that the selection committee can choose the best students from the District.