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YWAM Toowoomba

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This is a review for those thinking of getting involved with YWAM Toowoomba, 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[1] to enter financial agreements likely to be life-changing,
    • that is directed by a Committee of just three people, with two of these being a couple[2] and the ‘Leadership Team’.
    • that has a Committee
      • without any outsiders (even from another YWAM)[3]
      • the composition of which may contravene the organisation’s constitution[4]
    • that has a membership (to whom the Committee is accountable), that requires potential members to be staff.[5]
  • This is an organisation, a registered charity, that collected $632K last year, but where the leaders[6] have shown their disdain for their legal responsibilities as the responsible persons of the charity, by
    • submitting the annual documents required by the charity regulator five (5) months late[7]
    • submitting a financial report that is grossly deficient
    • operating without the required registrations[8].
  • This is an organisation where the reviewer of the Financial Report, Alan Norman MIPA, has issued a report that does not comply with the Auditing Standards.
  • 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 the constitution says needs to be involved in some of the important decisions[9] appears not to exist[10].
    • there is an unwillingness to submit to independent scrutiny of their information.

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



  1. https://ywamtoowoomba.com/:Text Description automatically generated
  2. The leaders are not shown on the website.
  3. https://soundcloud.com/ywam-toowoomba/anchor-for-my-soul-nathan-edgell
  4. Because YWAM Toowoomba operates a fund, gifts to which may be tax deductible [ABN Lookup, via the ACNC Register], the composition of this committee may be in breach of clause 12 of the charity’s constitution:Graphical user interface, text, application, email Description automatically generated
  5. The constitution, ACNC Register.
  6. Financial Report 2019, ACNC Register.
  7. The last time they submitted on time was for the 2015 year.
  8. An ARBN for operating interstate, and a registered business name for ‘YWAM Toowoomba’.
  9. For example, clause 12:A screenshot of a computer Description automatically generated with low confidence
  10. The only mention of Australia in a long list of ‘global contacts’ all around the world is ‘Pacific & Asia Field Convenor’.