M.A.L.A. is a non-profit, voluntary and independent organisation offering educational and social opportunities for the over-50's in Perth, Mandurah (and the surrounding Peel region) and the Rockingham areas of Western Australia.

M.A.L.A. provides engaging programs on a wide tapestry of topics including aspects of history, literature, science, art, environmental issues, politics, culture, philosophy, languages, nature studies, religion, music, contemporary issues and more.  Lecturers are experts in their field and are chosen on the basis of their understanding of our learning requirements.  The many members represent a diverse spectrum of our community.

There are no examinations, no educational prerequisites, no set homework and no embarassing questions - just interesting and stimulating lectures.  You may enrol in any course that interests you, and no prior experience is needed nor expected.   Laughter and enjoyment are part and parcel of the deal!  

Occasionally dinners, tours and interesting outings may be organised for those who wish to participate.

Because M.A.L.A. is a totally non-profit organisation all course fees are kept as low as we possibly can.

Currently, for example, Perth membership is $10 per Semester (10 weeks) and a Perth course comprising 5 lectures held on 5 consecutive weeks costs only $45.  

If you are interested in receiving course outlines, information and enrolment details please complete an 'Expression of Interest' by clicking on 'CONTACT US'.

You don't need to be a paid-up member to be receiving emails from us, but you must have paid the $10 per Semester (or $20 for the year in the Rockingham Branch) to be eligible to enrol for courses, lectures and M.A.L.A. activities.  If you have paid your membership fee, that allows you to enrol in a course at any branch!

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In America, when an unknown person needs a name (such as the unidentified body of a victim in a crime), the person is called “John/Jane Doe”.

Around the world, there are other quite different ‘placeholder names’ like Anders Andersen or Jens Jensen (Denmark), Jan Jansen (The Netherlands and sometimes in Belgium), Jean Dupont (France), Max/Erika Mustermann (Germany), Pera Perič (Serbia), and Juan Pérez or Juan Piguave (Ecuador).

In Australia and the U.K. the unofficial placeholder names "Joe Bloggs" or "John Smith" are sometimes utilised, but John/Jane Doe tend to be the standardised names used by authorities such as the police or the Coroner.


Perth, Peel & Rockingham


M.A.L.A. is an incorporated entity under the WA Associations Incorporation Act (2015). If you would like to consult the approved Constitution (a somewhat lengthy document) or download it, please click this button.



This web presence has been designed, constructed and is maintained by David Thorne using EverWeb. The work of John Bunday who created and maintained the original website is acknowledged.

M.A.L.A. needs current members to assist in continually maintaining and improving our presence on the web.

If you have skills or experience in website creation or maintenance, please contact David at the website email address: