About the Foundation

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The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (affectionately known as the Foundation) was formally established in 1976, partially to carry on the work of the 1975 Aussiecon, the first Australian World Science Fiction Convention. The Foundation was the nucleus for the successful Aussiecon II bid and its members worked, along with many others, to run the 1985 Worldcon in Melbourne. In March 1988, the Foundation became an incorporated association.

Its main purpose is to sponsor and encourage the creation and appreciation of science fiction in Australia through a variety of activities:

  • Awards the A Bertram Chandler Award, which has been presented since 1992 to an Australian person for “Outstanding Achievement in Australian Science Fiction”. Since its inception it has garnered much prestige and is now considered one of the premier awards for Australian Science Fiction, whether that be literary based or other relevant work within the Australian SF community. The ASFF administers the award and donates a prodigious trophy. Nominations for the Chandler are always open: please check the ASFF website for instructions on how to nominate a person.
  • Awards the Norma K. Hemming Award, which marks excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in science fiction produced either in Australia or by Australian citizens.  First awarded in 2010, the Norma K. Hemming has been garnering increased awareness and prestige especially from publishers as it is a juried award. The ASFF administers the award and donates a prodigious trophy.
  • Sponsors the Amateur SF Competition, conducted by the Australian National Science Fiction Convention.
  • Lends seed money to Australian National Science Fiction Conventions (Natcons) to cover their start-up costs providing Natcons with some cash flow before the memberships start rolling in.
  • Provides banking facilities to the Australian Fan Funds. Being unincorporated entities, the Fan Funds found it difficult to establish bank accounts in the fund’s name. The ASFF provides the funds with a bank account which can be operated by the current fan fund administrator; bank fees and other costs are not passed on to the Fund thus preserving all the donations for the purposes they were given.
  • Produces a newsletter, Instrumentality, an essential information source for Australian SF&F events and news.
  • Operates as a resource centre for everyone involved in Science Fiction in Australia. Clearing House operations ensure that the myriad of enquiries received are connected to the right person or organisation.

The Foundation relies on membership subscriptions and donations to fund its ongoing activities.


Rose Mitchell President
LynC Vice-President / Membership Officer
Carey Handfield Treasurer & Secretary (formerly Public Officer)
Vacant Administrative Secretary
Robin Johnson General Committee Member
David L Russell General Committee Member
James Allen General Committee Member / Writing Competition/Chandler Award
Cath Ortlieb General Committee Member
Geoff Allshorn General Committee Member / Social Media Communications
Jeremy Byrne General Committee Member (seconded)
Em Tse General Committee Member (seconded) Instrumentality Editor
Ion Newcombe General Committee Member / Website Manager
Tehani Croft Norma K. Hemming Award Administrator
Van Ikin Academic Community
Jean Weber & Eric Lindsay Agents-at-large
Gillian Polack ACT
Gerald Smith NSW
Carey Lenahan Tasmania

ASFF Annual General Meeting

The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on Sunday 19th of January 2020, commencing at 2 pm. As the meeting is held in the private home of a committee member, the address will not be published here. The meeting is open to all members of the Foundation. Those who plan to attend are asked to … Read more

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2020 DUFF Race is Open

Paul Weimer and Marlee Jane Ward, Administrators of DUFF, the Down Under Fan Fund, announce that the 2020 Race is now open, to send a fan from North America to ConZealand, the 2020 Worldcon in Wellington New Zealand and become the North American Administrator of the Fund. Nominations open from 1 December 2019 until 17 … Read more

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Vale Lesley Shane Robertson

By David L. Russell Les Robertson was a science fiction fan. He lived in Moe in the east of Victoria with his parents Charlie (Chas) and Kath Robertson. Like his father, Les worked at a coal-fired power station. Most of Moe’s men did the same. He was one of the problem-solving techs that fandom produces … Read more

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Chandler Award Nominations Open

Nominations for the A. Bertram Chandler Award will open in December and close 1 February 2020. The A. Bertram Chandler Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Australian Science Fiction”, was established in recognition of the contribution that science fiction writer A. Bertram Chandler made to Australian Science Fiction and to Australian fandom in general. It is … Read more

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John Scalzi to Q&A at Conflux

Conflux, held in Canberra later this year, reports that it will feature a Q&A session with John Scalzi hosted by Cat Sparks. Scalzi is a former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is best known for his Old Man’s War series, three novels of which have been nominated for the … Read more

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