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Established in 1976 as the The Alan Robert Memorial Fund of WA, the association was reincorporated in 2022 as the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association of Western Australia, abbreviated to RACIA|WA.

The purpose of the Association is to grant financial and other awards to further the education of apprentices and others in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry in Western Australia. Award nominations can be made by prospective students themselves, training bodies, employers or members of the public.

The Association obtains income from conservative cash deposits in Australian banks with all financial accounts independently audited annually.​

The Allan Robert Memorial Fund comprises a board of Western Australian Refrigeration and Air Conditioning industry identities.

Our current board comprises:

  • Chairman: Andrew Ford (Managing Director, Co-Founder & CEO of Ford & Doonan Air  Conditioning Systems)

  • Treasurer: Ian Wooten (managing Director at CBD Refrigeration)

  • Board:

    • Lindsay Turner (Managing Director at Airskill)

    • David Lee (Service Manager at Centigrade Services)

    • David Gaunt (Managing Director at Turner Engineering)

    • Andrew Shultz (R & AC Lecturer - South Metropolitan TAFE)

Our Trustees 

Our board members are all very busy professionals and correspondence and business are usually conducted by email and telephone. The board meets twice annually, with the annual general meeting typically held in October each year.


Po Box 8010, Hilton WA 6163

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