Serra International recognises the beneficial role that National Councils provide by representing individual Clubs at the International level and by ensuring more effective extension work within a country. National Councils can only be approved by the Board of Trustees of Serra International.
National Councils have been established in Great Britain, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Mexico, the Philippines, Canada, United States of America and Australia. The initial Serra Councils were set up in Great Britain and Brazil during 1970.
From its introduction into Australia in early 1970, Serra was managed by Area Trustees appointed by Serra International. Working closely with District Governors, the Apostolate grew in Australia and in New Zealand and led to the formation of several working parties to determine how a local Council could be set up.
Serra's Council for Australasia is The Serra Council of Australia, New Zealand and The South Pacific (SCANZSPAC). All Clubs in this region are responsible to SCANZSPAC.
An Interim Board of SCANZSPAC was formed in 1994 with John Stephens, President of the Serra Club of Canberra, as the Chairman. The Board worked to develop the Mission and Role of SCANZSPAC. The Constitution was approved by the Board of Trustees of Serra International in 1996.
The Mission of SCANZSPAC is to actively promote the work of Serra International within Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific by:
The first meeting of the SCANZSPAC Board took place in October 1996 following the inaugural SCANZSPAC Convention in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. John Stephens was elected as President of the new Council. The SCANZSPAC Board meets three times a year at venues determined from time to time.
Elections are called each year for positions on the SCANZSPAC Board and are open to Office Bearers from each Club in its area.