Foundation for the Advancement of Astronomy

The Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) has established the Foundation for the Advancement of Astronomy (FAA). The FAA is a tax-deductible Foundation which exists to enhance the ASA's efforts to promote Astronomy and related fields in Australia, and to recognise and support excellence in those fields.


The purposes of the FAA are broadly defined to allow the support of prizes, scholarships, research and facilities.

FAA now funds all ASA Prizes:

In addition, funding from the Richard Cole Fund is now available to support ASA activities for students - in particular the ASA/ANITA Summer School in Theoretical Astrophysics and the Astroinformatics School.

The ASA welcomes suggestions for other initiatives.

In the past, the FAA has also accepted donations for a Mount Stromlo Fire Fund to assist students affected by the fire at Mt Stromlo in 2003 that destroyed most of the observatory, including all the telescopes, the workshops, and most of the student housing.

(Note that, to comply with its tax-deductible status, the FAA makes it funds available through Educational Institutions, Scientific Institutions and other Eligible Institutions and must incur its expenditure principally within Australia.)

Please Support Australian Astronomy

The FAA's ability to support these and other activities depends on the level of funding available, and hence on the financial support of ASA members and the public. Your support is essential if the FAA is to sustain and diversify its activities and continue to develop a significant role in Australian Astronomy.

We invite you to help support Australian Astronomy.

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible for Australian tax payers.

ASA members may make a donation when paying their annual ASA membership subscription. You may specify support for an individual prize or activity or make it available to the general purposes of the Foundation.

Members of the public should forward a cheque made out to Foundation for the Advancement of Astronomy, or may use a direct deposit with the following information:

or may use a credit card by simply providing the information on the following form.


Donation to the Foundation for the Advancement of Astronomy

A fund of the Astronomical Society of Australia - ABN: 37 660 297 848

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Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible (for Australian tax payers) and you will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

You may specify the cause your donation is intended to support, or make it available to the general purposes of the Foundation.

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Please return this information (or this page) with your payment to ASA Treasurer.

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