GEOGRAPHICAL ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA Inc

GAWA's main objective is to encourage, in various ways, the advancement, education, promotion and practice of the science of geography in Western Australia. It does this by providing an organisation and forum for students, teachers and practitioners of geography to share knowledge, ideas, opinions and activities about the science of geography and geographical education.

Since its formation in the early 1970s, the Geographical Association of Western Australia (GAWA) has been serving teachers of Geography, secondary students and pre-service teachers at Universities throughout Western Australia.

GAWA Council oversees the operation of the Association through an Executive and a Management Council. The Council's sub-committees can be accessed via the following link.

GAWA organises and provides a variety of activities including:

For Teachers:

Currently, GAWA has approximately 300 primary and secondary teacher members. Teachers, who are GAWA Members either as Individual Members or through their Institution's Membership, are able to enjoy considerable subsidies and discounts for many of its activities and resources. 

Annual State Conference - In 2014, GAWA is planning separate Primary and Secondary Conferences with professional input from experts in geography, geographical education, curriculum development and other fields.  Details will be made available as they are finalised.

Professional Development Workshops - In 2014, GAWA is planning a number of professional development/learning activities for both Primary and Secondary teachers, including PL workshop in March for teachers new to the Australian Curriculum: Geography

The Joseph Gentilli Memorial Geography Award for Teacher Excellence - Currently this award is valued at $2,000. 

GAWA Bulletin - GAWA publishes a regular Bulletin (newsletter) for members. The publication provides an important vehicle for informing geography teachers and members of GAWA about activities, curriculum developments and a range of geographical education information. 

National Representation - GAWA is affiliated with a number of national and 'peak' geography and social science bodies, including AGTA. This is most relevant as WA schools implement the Australian Curriculum: Geography. 

For Students:

Geography WACE Revision Sessions - half-day enrichment and revision sessions for prospective Geography WACE Stage 3 Examination candidates. A number of local experts provide input on a range of topics. 

Australian Geography Competition - this national competition, which in 2013, attracted over 8,000 WA entrants from over 90 schools and over 90,000 entries nationwide, is a joint initiative of the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland.

GAWA Fieldwork Competition - a geography skills-based competition for primary, lower secondary and upper secondary Geography and Society and Environment students in WA with cash prizes for winners in each section.

Geography Resources:

Geography Texts - GAWA regularly produces a range of textbooks and other resources for students studying Geography. New publications are regularly published with GAWA’s new skills text: The latest textbook is a Year 8 Geography & History texxbook addressing the syllabus requirements for the new Australian Curriculum.

Trial Examination Papers -. GAWA has annually publishes Stage 2 andStage 3 examination packages (including a double-sided, full-colour Geography Broadshee, questions, marking guides and multiple-choice answer sheets) for both Semester 1 and 2. These examinations have proved extremely popular with teachers throughout the state.

Other GAWA Resources - GAWA is continually involved, in various ways, in the development and distribution of new teaching and learning resources. These new resources will cater for bothprimary and secondary students of Geography and Society & Environment courses. 

Other Publishers - Most of the major Geography textbook publishers market their products at our annual conferences. 

Public Access:

GAWA Office hours are 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Thursday. GAWA maintains an office at the Crossways Shopping Centre in Subiaco that is open to the public and handles numerous public inquiries concerning geography syllabuses, teaching, student resources and general geographical information. GAWA welcomes and encourages its members to access the Office for assistance. 

Website - GAWA maintains a public website at: www.gawa.asn.au 

Professional Liaison - GAWA maintains contact and networks with a wide range of professional associations, commercial organisations and non-profit groups both with respect to geography and other related fields (e.g. cartography, environment, GIS, global education, planning). 

New Members are very welcome.

GAWA's constitution may be viewed for your reference.

Contact the Geographical Association of WA:

Telephone/Facsimile: (08) 9388 2656                   e-mail: gawaadmin@westnet.com.au                   Internet: www.gawa.asn.au

Postal Address: P.O. Box 1252, SUBIACO WA 6904

GAWA Office Location: Suite 27, Upper Level, Crossways Centre, 180-184 Rokeby Road, (cnr of Bagot Road), SUBIACO

President:  Darryl Michie    E-mail: darryl.michie@education.wa.edu.au