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Clear Skies


RAAFA is proudly committed to supporting local community groups, organisations and individuals within the wider community.

"Clear Skies" is an established program of community and philanthropic activities that support local community groups, organisations and individuals within the wider community. Clear Skies was established with our mission in mind, to provide camaraderie and supportive care whilst maintaining traditions and heritage for all members and former members of the Australian Defence Force and general community through the provision of welfare services within Western Australia.

RAAFA is regularly asked to sponsor, support and assist community groups, organisations and individuals to undertake a wide range of activities and events varying from aviation, advancing health, education, culture, social or public welfare promoting or protecting human rights, and other purposes beneficial to the public.

Request for support generally come in four forms:

  • Sponsorship: support paid in return for access to commercially exploitable benefits associated with an event/individual.
  • Donations: support gifted to benefit charitable purposes and/or causes.
  • Scholarship: a grant or payment made to support a student's education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement.
  • Grants: money or goods provided to a community group or organisation through formally recognised programs for a specific purpose and outcome.


Sponsorship plays a valuable role in the promotion of RAAFA and support for the communities in which we operate.

Each year RAAFA receives many requests for assistance. As we only have limited resources available, it is unfortunate that we cannot support all applications. Only proposals that deliver community benefits that align with our vision and values will progress to evaluation.

For more information on becoming a RAAFA sponsored partner, please contact us via the 'Contact Us' form.


Money or goods are given to help local community groups, organisations or individuals that align with RAAFA vision and values.

RAAFA believes that money is the most useful donation because it provides flexibility and choice to meet immediate needs.

For further information please contact us via the 'Contact Us' form.


McIntosh Memorial Scholarship


The McIntosh Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund was established in 1921 by the people of Western Australia to perpetuate the memory of WWI flyer, Lieutenant John Cowe McIntosh, AFC. He was killed in an aircraft crash near Pithara, WA on Easter Sunday 1921. In 1983 administration of the Scholarship was transferred to RAAFA.

The Scholarship is open to descendants of persons who have and/or are enlisted for service in any branch of the RAAF and Commonwealth Air Forces.

One scholarship, to the value of $5,000 and is usually used by students to help defray the costs of equipment, books, or activities associated with their studies.

Persons must be undertaking a first course of tertiary education full-time, in any year of that course, and must reside in Western Australia to apply for the scholarship.

To apply go to McIntosh Memorial Scholarship 2023.

Swetman Aviation Education Fellowship


The Fellowship was established in 1989 by Flight Lieutenant Ronald Charles Swetman DFC DFM, RAFVR (Retd) to foster aviation education and interest among youth in Western Australia.

Value of the Fellowship

One (1) Fellowship of $5,000 will be awarded to a candidate chosen by the Fellowship Selection Panel. The panel will be guided by the intentions of the benefactor, who envisaged that the award would be made for such purposes as:

  • an individual undertaking flying training
  • an individual attending an aviation event or facility for the purpose of his or her own professional development in the sphere of aviation education
  • any other purpose which furthers an interest in aviation

Other Prizes

Three (3) early bird and additional shortlist prizes of a Macchi VR session at the RAAFA Aviation Heritage Museum, Bull Creek are available.


Applicants must be a student aged between 16-20 years, an Australian citizen or resident, residing in Western Australia, and undergoing or about to undergo an approved Western Australian aviation education program.


For more information and to apply click here.

Applications close Friday, 21 October 2022



The 2023 RAAFA Leadership Award is open to No 7 Wing, Australian Air Force Cadets, aged 17 and over, who demonstrate good leadership ability and strive for excellence.

The successful applicant will receive:

  • the equivalent of two-months (paid) work experience;
  • $1,000 (one-off payment)
  • $1,000 bonus to go to the squadron of the successful cadet

To apply, go to 2023 Leadership Award Information


Applications close September 2023


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18 Bowman Street,
South Perth WA 6151
T: (08) 9288 8400
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