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YWAM Brisbane: charity review

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This is a review[1] for those thinking of getting involved with YWAM Brisbane[2], especially as a student or a donor.

If this is you, then please pause and consider the following:

  • This is an organisation that has a public invitation to young people to enter agreements, at not insignificant cost, that are likely to be life-changing,
    • that is governed by a Committee of just five people[3], with two of these being the couple[4] who are the ‘directors’[5] (since 1997), of this YWAM
    • that has a ‘Director/President’[6] (most likely David Neibling) who has been in this position for 24 years, a position bolstered by the fact that he doesn’t ever face re-election[7]
    • that has a Committee that that has no outsiders (even from another YWAM)[8]
    • that has a membership (to whom the Committee is accountable) that appears to be restricted to staff of the organisation[9].
  • This is an organisation, a registered charity, that had revenue of $1.73 million in the 2019 year[10], but where the responsible persons continue to show their disdain for their legal responsibilities by
    • submitting for their last Financial Report one that was grossly deficient
    • not having yet submitted the charity’s annual reporting due six months ago (with that date being a generous six months after the financial year-end)
    • operating without some of the required registrations[11].
  • This is an organisation that gives no information on what it achieved (outcomes, results, or impact) from all that it does[12], and is doing (using labour funded by donors[13]).
  • This is an organisation that is part of a movement where
    • periodically there are credible reports of abuse of students
    • there is a lack of accountability: the external YWAM body that this and many Australian YWAMs constitutions say needs to be involved in some of the important decisions[14], appears not to exist[15][15]
    • The members resist independent scrutiny of their information.

A draft of this review was sent to the charity. They….did not respond.



  1. For the previous review, see here.
  2. This is the name under which they trade – see, for example, the website – yet, contrary to the law, they have not registered it.
  3. Angela McGillDarcie De la PorteDavid Neibling

    Gwendolen Carman

    Valma Neibling

  4. If Valma Neibling is not David Neibling’s wife, then it is likely that she is a close relative.
  5. A group of people standing outside Description automatically generated with medium confidence
  6. Clause 12 (1), the constitution, ACNC Register.
  7. Clause 12 (2).
  8. Clause 12.
  9. Clause 4.
  10. ACNC Register
  11. An ARBN for operating interstate, and a registered business name for ‘YWAM Brisbane’. And, most likely, one or more fundraising licences?
  12. Apart from a few anecdotal reports in their newsletter.
  13. Not on their website, but common to YWAMs:Text, letter Description automatically generated
  14. From the constitution [ACNC Register]:Text, letter Description automatically generated
  15. The only mention of Australia in a long list of ‘global contacts’ all around the world is ‘Pacific & Asia Field Convenor’.