Frequently asked questions

Wikimedia Australia is the Australian chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organisation that provides almost 300 online collaborative wiki projects, most notably Wikipedia, an internet-based encyclopaedia which is the world's largest and most popular reference website and one of the top 10 most visited websites globally. Together, the foundation's sites are visited about 15,000 times a second.

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What is your mission?

Wikimedia Australia has three main aims:

  • to organise, support and participate in educational and social events that promote the development of free cultural works and related open-source software systems, in particular, wikis;
  • to increase public awareness, support and participation in the projects hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF);
  • to develop resources to assist Australians to create and maintain free cultural works.

Wikimedia Australia is recognised by the foundation as a official chapter; so we provide our members with an official voice in the global Wikimedia community, whose aim is to create no less than the sum of human knowledge, and to make available gratis related free resources for use by anyone throughout the world.

There are now around 40 local chapters of the foundation. All are self-dependent organisations that share the goals of the foundation and support them within a specified geographical region. They support the foundation, its communities, and its projects in different ways – by collecting donations, organising local events and projects, and spreading the word of Wikimedia and free culture. They provide the volunteer community and potential partners and supporters with a point of contact capable of fulfilling specific local needs.

Are you a charity?

Wikimedia Australia is a registered charitable organisation, as well as being a not-for-profit association incorporated under the laws of the state of Victoria. While your donations are greatly appreciated, Wikimedia Australia does not currently have tax-deductible status for donations.

What is the difference between Wikimedia Australia and the Wikimedia Foundation?

Wikimedia Australia is a non-profit association incorporated in the state of Victoria, Australia. The foundation is the US non-profit charitable organisation that operates Wikipedia and other sites. Please read the foundation's FAQs for more information.

Which projects does Wikimedia Australia support?

We support all projects run by the foundation; most of our members actively contribute to one or more of these projects, often as editors of the English Wikipedia.

The following projects fall under the Wikimedia Foundation umbrella:

How is the chapter run?

Wikimedia Australia is administered by a committee; members vote in an annual election for their representatives on the committee. This site includes a complete list of committee meetings and resolutions.

Most of the interaction between committee members, other members and the community happens online through wikis, mailing lists and video calls. Face-to-face meetings, known as wiki meetups, occasionally occur around Australia. These meetups are generally organised locally by members in their capital city. Project participants and new people are always welcome to attend.

Wikimedia Australia has a statement of purpose and rules.

Is Wikimedia Australia responsible for content on Wikipedia?

Well, no. Wikipedia is run by the Wikipedia editing community, and the chapters have no particular power over content. However, as many of our members are Wikipedia editors, as individuals we can attempt to persuade others – like anyone else at Wikipedia. If you'd like to contribute to Wikipedia, we encourage you to become an editor (as well as joining WMAu!); that way, you can contribute online to the biggest repository of information in the world, and can work with other Australians to support the creation and uploading of free cultural content. These two aims neatly complement each other.

Is my donation to Wikimedia Australia tax deductible?

While your donations are deeply appreciated and are always put to good use to further the mission of the Wikimedia movement in Australia, donations to Wikimedia Australia and to the Wikimedia Foundation overall, are unfortunately not tax deductible.

The eligibility criteria for an organisation to be tax deductible in Australia is limited. Unfortunately after close review of tax law, Wikimedia Australia does not meet these criteria at this time as there is no category that recognises free knowledge or digital volunteering organisations.

How can I contact Wikimedia Australia?

Please see the contact page for information on contacting us. We look forward to hearing from you!

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