Permaculture International Limited (PIL) (more commonly known as Permaculture Australia) began in 1987 with a focus on publishing the Permaculture International Journal, taking over from Terry White who had published the magazine from the late 1970’s. PA published PIJ for over a decade, until 2000. PA was also established to provide a vital nexus for permaculturists, nationally and internationally, to support each other, share information and promote permaculture through education and information services. PA has evolved as a member-based, democratically controlled national body, with a particular emphasis on operating a charitable hub (Permafund) and supporting Accredited Permaculture Training.
In the true tradition of permaculture, PA seeks cooperative relations with other permaculture and allied organisations and with agencies and entities in government, business, and our communities.
To achieve this and to keep the permaculture design system relevant to contemporary realities, PA engages in the following activities:
- the creation and administration of the Accredited Permaculture Training system of nationally-recognised permaculture qualifications
- management of the Permafund tax-deductible donation and granting initiative
- networking between permaculture practitioners that keeps us on track to those original goals of the permaculture design system through establishing and developing online social networking initiatives as well as on our website
- Offering member benefits that promote the permaculture consciousness.
The founders of the permaculture design system, David Holmgren and Bill Mollison, advised us to work with those who want to learn and to work where it counts. In providing its services and offering its perspectives to established permaculture practitioners and those new to the design system, Permaculture Australia's record is of an organisation that contributes to the fulfilment of David and Bill's dictum.
On a day to day basis, PA operates in the virtual world i.e. there is no physical office. There are 2 very part time paid contractors: an Accountant and an Administration and Memberships Manager. They both work as volunteers as well, along with about 20 others in various working groups. These groups meet online once a month and an elected Board of Directors also meets monthly. The website is maintained by a volunteer webmaster along with a selection of others from the working groups.
Join us on this great permaculture adventure in good design and let us move forward into the future confidently and in creative collaboration.