About Us

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand (ASAN AUNZ) is run by Australian and New Zealander Autistic people, for Autistic people.  We are associated with ASAN making us a part of an international Autism advocacy network.

We are a member of the Australian Autism Alliance

ASAN AUNZ understands that Autistic citizens are capable of contributing to society and enriching the lives of their families and communities. We are committed to enable Autistic citizens to achieve their full potential in society.

While society provides supports and accommodations for many of its citizens, there is little understanding of the specific needs of Autistic children and adults. Autistic adults are entitled to be involved in the planning of services to be used by themselves and their peers. Inclusive and equitable services can only be developed when stakeholders contribute positively towards promoting their own wellbeing and connectedness to society.

We invite those interested in Autistic self-advocacy to join us as a Full (Autistic) or Associate (Non Autistic) member of ASAN AUNZ


Our Aims

(i) To be the peak body for Autistic Self Advocacy in Australia and New Zealand.
(ii) To promote self advocacy at both personal and systemic levels,
including Autistic participation in policy making and engaging in
public education.
(iii) To assist in the organisation of advocacy groups and to assist
existing groups to support Autistic Self Advocacy
(iv) To carry out research into issues affecting Autistic
individuals and to co-operate with other recognised groups to
achieve more effective solutions to these problems.
(v) To promote and support the education and training of self
advocates by and for Autistic individuals.
(vi) To establish and expend funds both for the general conduct of
the Association and to enable the Association to carry out its aims and
(vii) To publish education materials which promote self advocacy for
Autistic individuals.
(viii) The accepting of any gift for any one or more of the objects or purposes of the Association;
(ix) The borrowing and raising of money in a manner deemed fit by the committee to further the purposes of the Association.
(x) Subject to the provisions of the Trustee Act 1898, the investment of any moneys of the Association not immediately required for any of its objects or purposes in any manner the committee determines;
(xii) The making of gifts, subscriptions or donations to any of the funds, authorities or institutions to which section 78(1)(a) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 of the Commonwealth relates
(xiii) The Association shall be non-sectarian and non-party political
(xiv) The doing of any lawful thing incidental or conducive to the attainment of the basic objects of the Association or of any of the objects and purposes specified in this rule.