The WRAAF Branch consists of a group of ex-WRAAF’s who meet every two months (January, March, May, July, September and November) in Brisbane, usually on the third Thursday of the month.

We are always glad to welcome new members at our meetings, we aim to enjoy each other’s company over morning tea, have a short meeting and then maybe a social activity afterwards.  We help each other where we can and most importantly, we have a great time together.

We are a non profit Organisation dedicated to the enhancement of facilities to aid the well being of all past and present WRAAF and Affiliates.

Where we Meet

143 Anne St, Brisbane, Qld



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International Women's Day breakfast at the Officer's Mess
on Tuesday 8th of March 2016.


Women's Royal Australian Air Force Branch Queensland Division Members,
Mrs Truus Perry, Mrs Carol McCool and Ms Janet Noack with Joint Logistics Unit South Queensland Procurement Clerk, Corporal Liz Brown (centre right) at the 2016 International Women's Day Breakfast held at the RAAF Base Amberley Officer's Mess.

Last WRAAF retires from Air Force 11 Jan 2016

Last Wraaf

The Air Force's last Women's Royal Australian Air Force (also known as WRAAF) member, Corporal Christine Bell (front), with Air Force Police personnel from No.2 Security Forces Squadron on the flightline at RAAF Base Amberley.

On 11 Jan 2016, the last serving member of the Women's Royal Australian Air Force retires from service in the Permanent Air Force. Corporal Christine Bell, an Air Force Police member of No.2 Security Forces Squadron, RAAF Base Amberley, transferred to the High Readiness Reserves after joining the Air Force in 1973.


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Poster from April 1953




History Records

The WRAAF Birthday

WRAAF recruits commenced training 30 Jan 1951

The Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force which functioned during World War II was disbanded in December 1947, but in July 1950 the re-formation of women’s services in Army, Navy and Air Force was approved, in principle, by Cabinet. This time, the RAAF’s women’s service would no longer be an ‘auxiliary’ but a branch of the Permanent Air Force. By the time the Minister for Air, Thomas White, announced in November that the new Service would be known as the Women’s Royal Australian Air Force (WRAAF), more than 2000 applications had been received. The first two officers were appointed on 27 November and, next month, applicants underwent screening at Laverton air base, Victoria. But this day came to be accepted as the official birthday of the WRAAF, being the date that the first 50 trainees commenced recruit training in two separate courses conducted at Laverton and Richmond, New South Wales.


First WRAAF members served overseas

09 Feb 1967

On this day, 11 members of the Women’s Royal Australian Air Force became the first members of the WRAAF to serve outside Australia when they flew out of RAAF Base Richmond, NSW, to take part in Exercise Southern Cross in the North Island of New Zealand. Fourteen RAAF aircraft (eight Canberras, three Hercules and three Caribous) joined 44 from the RNZAF in the exercise, which was the first ever held in New Zealand by the two Air Forces and involved offensive and defensive operations against airfields, bridges and railways. A total of 160 RAAF personnel took part, before the exercise ended on 21 February. The women were led by Squadron Officer J.A. Dines and filled important positions at Ohakea air base, which was the air operations centre for the exercise.

Women fully integrated across Air Force

01 May 1977

After nearly a decade of removing the inequalities between female servicewomen and their male colleagues, the final step was taken on this day of disbanding the Women’s Royal Australian Air Force (WRAAF) as a separate entity and transferring its personnel to the ordinary RAAF. Similarly, members of the RAAF Nursing Service were integrated into the Air Force’s Medical Branch. The separate disciplinary code formerly applied to women was rescinded, and a uniform code covered both sexes in areas such as powers of command. Provisions which discriminated against women by preventing WRAAF members from serving overseas, remaining in the Service after marriage, and receiving equal pay to men, had all been previously eliminated––in 1967, 1969 and 1972 respectively. From 1977, it was mainly only areas of employment classed as combat-related which remained closed to women in the RAAF.


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