Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders  

What's New

Position papers 

 Chairperson's Reports 

 

16 February 2013 - The AABASD welcomes the announcement by the Australian Government of $31 million in funding for a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for autism. 

pdf Read the statement (139kb)

December 2012 - The interface between autism spectrum disorders and mental health: the ways forward

Read the report (798kb)

November 2014 

At the recent AGM, the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders appointed Adrian Ford, CEO of Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) as Chairperson, with Fiona Sharkie, CEO of Amaze in Victoria as Deputy Chair, and Terry Burke, CEO of Autism Tasmania as Treasurer and Company Secretary.  

November 2012

The Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders appointed Penny Beeston as Chairperson at its recent meeting. Penny was previously the Deputy Chairperson. Jon Martin, former Chairperson, is now a Director and Murray Dawson-Smith has been appointed Deputy Chairperson. Other roles are detailed further down this page.

August 2012

The Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders has issued a Position Paper relating to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Assessment Processes. 

pdf Open Letter to all members of the Australian Autism Spectrum Community, Policy and Decision Makers (653kb)

Read the Position Paper at Submissions and Media

16 August 2012

Media release - Australia's first Future Leaders program for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Read the media release at Submissions and Media

February 2012

pdf Communiqué (205kb)

29 November 2011

This National Call to Action is the result of a collaborative approach between all autism associations in all States and Territories and has identified a number of critical imperatives for the Autism Spectrum community. We appeal to policy makers in the Australian community to ensure effective resourcing and structuring of future service delivery.

pdf   National Call to Action (122kb)

2011 Annual General Meeting

pdf   2011 Chairpersons' Report (136kb)

September 2011 Meeting

pdf Communiqué (130 kb)

29 July 2011

The Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders has issued a statement about the the diagnosis and assessment of autism spectrum disorders in Australia.

pdf Position Paper (118kb) 

27 July 2011

The Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders has issued a statement about the campaign for change to disability support through a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

pdf Letter to all members of the Australian Autism Spectrum Disorder community (188kb

20 May 2011

Following discussions at a National Autism Summit in April, there has been significant progress towards the development of a more inclusive peak body.

pdf Letter to Summit attendees regarding progress on development of a new National Peak Body (87kb)

May 2011 Meeting

pdf Communiqué (130 kb)

April 2011

Response to the Productivity Commission's draft report into the establishment of an improved system for disability care and support.

pdf   Submission (128kb)

 30 March 2011

This National Call to Action is the result of a collaborative approach between all autism associations in all States and Territories and has identified a number of critical imperatives for the Autism Spectrum community. We appeal to policy makers in the Australian community to ensure effective resourcing and structuring of future service delivery.

pdf   National Call to Action (205kb)

pdf   Media release - 1 April 2011

 

2010 Annual General Meeting

pdf   2010 Chairpersons' Report (143kb)

pdf   2009-10 Financial Report (546kb)

Other Board documents

pdf   Updated February 2012 - 2010 Education Position Paper (183kb)

pdf   2008 - Position Paper on Early Intervention Services (122kb)

3 October 2007: National Call to Action

The Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders welcomed announcements by both the Federal Government and the Opposition. The Advisory Board released a National Call to Action which clearly outlines the issues facing people with an autism spectrum disorder, their families and the consequent impact on the community at large.

National Call to Action (98kb)

The Prevalence of Autism in Australia: Can it be established from existing data?

Visit the Research page to view the prevalence report and media release from March 2007.

What we do

The Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders is the national peak body representing people who have an autism spectrum disorder, their families, carers and helpers. Through its members, the Advisory Board represents over 12,000 people who live with an autism spectrum disorder and who are members of, or who obtain services from, the Advisory Board’s member organisations. There are many more people who have an autism spectrum disorder (often accompanying other conditions) but whose needs are met either privately or through other disability programs.

The focus of the Advisory Board is working with governments to develop appropriate policies for people who have an autism spectrum condition, their families and carers, disseminating information about ASDs and working with the Australian ASD community to build skills.

Who we are

Chairperson

Adrian Ford, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)

Deputy Chairperson

Fiona Sharkie, Amaze, VIC

Treasurer and Company Secretary

Terry Burke, Autism Tasmania Inc

Directors

Penny Beeston, Autism Queensland 

Joan McKenna Kerr, Autism Association of WA

Prof Jacqui Roberts, Board-appointed Director

Prof Katrina Williams, Board-appointed Director

Peter Brady, Autism Aspergers ACT


APAC 2015

Information on autism spectrum disorders is available from the websites of the Advisory Board's member organisations: