Our History

The Australian Association was officially formed on 19th May 1976, when delegates from Australian States and Territories which were interested in forming a national body met in Victoria.  Those represented were Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia. Not all joined immediately as two were ineligible for full membership (not conducting Judges Schools). All were members by 1989.

The original name of the National body was Australian Association of Floral Art Judges Schools. The present name, Australian Floral Art Association,  came into effect in 1994.

Our Chairpersons / Presidents

1976 – 1978Lois Barnett, Victoria
1978 – 1982Elsie Holden, Queensland
1983 – 1986Edna Wilkins, Victoria
1986 – 1989Hilda Upperton, New South Wales
1990 – 1993Gwenda Nesbitt, South Australia
1993 – 1996Elva Wass, Western Australia
1997 – 2000Mary Mortensen, Queensland
2000 – 2003Norma Gordon OAM, Tasmania
2003 – 2006Marilyn Carle, Australian Capital Territory
2006 – 2009Irene McIndoe, New South Wales
2009 – 2012Eileen Wenn OAM, Western Australia
2012 – 2015Eileen Wenn OAM (Western Australia), President – National Management Committee
2015 – 2018Madhu Shah (New South Wales), President – National Management Committee
2018 – 2021Kim Baillie (New South Wales), President – National Management Committee
2021 – 2023Kim Baillie (New South Wales), President – National Management Committee
2023 – 2024Ngaire Gamack (ACT), President – National Management Committee

AFAA National Shows/Conventions:

February 1994 Art in Floral SplendourAdelaide, South Australia
May 2000 Floral Rendezvous 2000Brisbane, Queensland
September 2004 Nature’s Network Windsor, New South Wales
September 2010 Floral Rendezvous Perth, Western Australia
September 2013 A Floral Affair Geelong, Victoria
August 2014 Dare To Be Different Glenelg, South Australia
August 2015 Blooming Art Exhibition in conjunction with Bunbury Flower Designers Club Golden JubileeBunbury, Western Australia
August 2016Interconnected – A Floral Extravaganza Penrith, New South Wales
October 2017 Costa del Sol Marcoola, Queensland
October 2018 InterACTionCanberra, ACT
August 2019Inspired To Create – A Shared Experience Glenelg, South Australia
September 2020 VicfloriaGlen Waverley, Victoria – cancelled due to COVID19 restrictions
November 2021 New Visions Mittagong, New South Wales – changed to a virtual presentation due to COVID19 travel restrictions
September 2022Wonderful WestPerth, Western Australia
July 2023Nature’s ExpressionsNambour, Queensland
September 2024Southern SplendourCanberra, ACT – Jointly hosted by VFAA and FAG-ACT
May 2025South Australia
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