Australian Jewish Association

AJAT role and objectives


ABN 23850316226

1.3 Interpretation Act 1987

The provisions of the Interpretation Act 1987 apply to and in respect of these Rules in the same manner as those provisions would so apply if these Rules were an instrument made under the Act.

2. Name

The name of the Association is: Australian Jewish Association Tzedakah Incorporated.

3. Charity and objects

3.1 Charitable institution

The Association is established as a charitable institution and will:
(a) Establish a fund known as the Australian Jewish Association Tzedakah Fund that will have as its principal activity the promotion of the prevention or control of human behaviour that is harmful or abusive to human beings.

The behaviour addressed by the Association is regarding emotional and physical abuse. The specified behaviour is addressed through the following activities: convening and participating in talks and events, discussion groups and forums, publishing papers, articles and making submissions, media commentary, lobbying government at all levels and providing practical support to those at risk and needy in the community.
(b) Collaborate with organisations locally and overseas which are involved in community harm prevention programmes and facilitate the development and promulgation of tools, education and resources for harm prevention in Australia.
(c) operate in Australia to advance Judaism by: conducting Jewish cultural services and activities, and provide instruction on the Jewish religion.
(d) advance the culture of the Jewish people by providing for the observance of Jewish customs, festivals and ceremonies.
(e) promote mutual respect and tolerance between groups of people in Australia by actively countering antisemitism, racism and bringing widespread understanding and tolerance among all sectors of the community.
(f) educate the public about the importance and benefits of Australia’s multicultural community.
(g) educate the public regarding the importance of ending racial discrimination in all of its forms in accordance with the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination through talks, discussion groups, the publication of papers and articles any other legal means.
(h) only pursue charitable purposes.

3.2 Objects

Subject to rule 3.1, the objects of the Association are:

(a) raise funds for the support of advancing its purposes in Rule 3 above with funds to be provided in Australia in accordance with the Gift Deduction Scheme established by the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to pursue its objects; and

(b) to provide a charitable organisation for the Jewish community in Australia based on authentic Jewish and centre-right conservative Australian democratic values;
(c) to provide an organisation that accepts members from the Jewish community who support the objects;
(d) develop, conduct and facilitate programs and communications to advance the charitable purposes;
(e) to develop and provide papers, resources, material and courses to advance the charitable purposes;
(f) to be guided by Torah (in its broad sense) in policy development and advocacy and in the pursuit of the charitable purposes;
(g) to welcome all Australian Jewish community members who support the objects of the Association and wish to apply for membership of the Association regardless of their level of Jewish observance;
(h) to engage with the broader Australian Jewish and Australian community in formulating and pursuing common objectives consistent with these objects and charitable purposes;
(i) to engage in activities that support the disabled, aged and the disadvantaged in the Jewish and broader community in Australia; and
(j) to undertake anything else necessary or desirable in furtherance of the objects stated in this rule 3.1(a).