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AA's 7th Tradition ONLINE donations - we are self-supporting


Self-supporting means

  • AA does not take government or any outside funding
  • AA runs on members donating money as they see fit
    - there are no fees or dues
  • These voluntary contributions can be made either
    via their group or directly to various parts of AA
  • Groups, local/ central services, districts, areas,
    regions, and the national services all perform different tasks. 
  • Therefore the WSO plan below suggests the donations are
    spread across these key bodies as bolded above

Individual donations:

Suggested Account Names below are to protect your privacy.

AA National/ General Service Office (GSO): 
Suggested Account Name: GSO Australia
BSB 012 006   
Acc. No:  009 7505 29

AA Area B: 
Suggested Account Name: Area B Canberra 
BSB 062919   
Acc. No. 009 215 84

AA Central Service Office Canberra - Canberra is closest CSO in Area B.
Suggested Account Name: CSO Canberra
BSB: 062919
Acc. No: 009 171 55

Group Donations:

Each group is autonomous and can divide its excess funds,
after keeping a prudent reserve for rent etc., in whatever way its group
conscience decides.

Why donate regularly? Because:

  1. Money sitting in a bag OR a draw or personal bank account
    OR group bank account is NOT helping to carry the message
    to the alcoholic who still suffers - which is our primary purpose
    and responsibility.

  2. To be self-supporting, an individual group (which cannot print
    literature and do the other functions of the National Office, nor
    can be perform the tasks of the Area, nor the local outreach
    tasks of the local central service office)
    needs to donate to
    key AA bodies
    to ensure all key AA activities continue.

The 60:30:10 World Service Suggested Donation Plan:

See the Diagram below:

1. After keeping a prudent reserve
For meeting rent, refreshments, literature and other meeting costs

2. Divide the remainder into 3 portions
60% to your local/ central service office or CSO -
30% to our national/general service office GSO - Always needs donations for printing books and other literature etc.
10% to our local Area (which is Area B Canberra)

For example: If a group has $100 over its prudent reserve, then

$60  to its local Central Service Office
$30  to our national AA General Service Office (GSO)
$10  to our Area B Canberra



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