Get Involved

Get Involved

Since our foundation in 1913, many thousands of Sydneysiders have been a part of the WEA Sydney story – and you can be a part of it too, by simply becoming a member, making a donation, joining our council or even teaching at WEA.

Join our Council

Since its foundation in 1913, the WEA has been governed democratically by its students and members through the WEA Board and Council. Why not become an active participant in this unique educational institution? Our Council welcomes new members to its monthly meetings. Members of the Council & Board work closely with staff in ensuring the smooth organisation of the WEA, and in promoting its work as well as vital input into the courses that WEA offers. Any student enrolled in a current WEA class may nominate themselves at any time during the year as a student representative on the Council.

If you would like to join the WEA Sydney Council, please send us an email.

Become a Member

WEA Sydney has a growing membership, consisting of students, WEA club members, and individuals just keen to support what WEA does – provide the best short courses in Sydney. Membership only costs $20 for a 1 Year Membership or $50 for a 3 Year Membership and comes with many benefits:

  • Enrolment into 2 free members-only lectures, given by some of WEA’s best tutors (refreshments included)
  • Social events at WEA
  • Members draw for a FREE course each term
  • Priority mailing of term course catalogues
  • Quarterly newsletter with members-only offers
  • Enhanced Membership of WEA Sydney’s library (and also of the library at the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney)

You can join or renew a membership using the below links:

  • Join or Renew a 1 Year Membership - Purchase
  • Join or Renew a 3 Year Membership - Purchase

As an independent not-for-profit organisation, whose sole aim is the provision of educational courses and activities for its students, WEA Sydney is able to raise support funding from the public through gifts and donations. Largely self-funding through the fees that it charges for its courses, WEA Sydney attempts to keep these fees to the lowest level possible, and to offer extensive concessions for the elderly and for social security beneficiaries. Public or private donations assist WEA Sydney in this process, and any gift or donation to WEA Sydney over $2 is tax-deductible.

This public contribution is an important source of financial support for WEA Sydney. All donations go directly to WEA Sydney's educational activities, enabling our courses to be presented in the best possible setting, with the latest teaching equipment. WEA Sydney is committed to offering its students the best value possible, and your help through a small donation adds significantly to this objective.

WEA Sydney is licenced by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient under Subdivisions 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 - Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 and item 2.1.7.

Join the WEA Ramblers

WEA Ramblers Sydney provides walks for up to 500 members, with a varied program every weekend and on weekdays. Our leaders plan walks in the national parks accessible from Sydney, as well as in Sydney’s suburbs. All walks are graded for difficulty and planned around public transport. New walks are added regularly.

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