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About the academy
The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) promotes excellence and encourages outstanding achievement in the social sciences in Australia. Established in 1971, replacing its parent body the Social Science Research Council of Australia, itself founded in 1942, the academy is an independent, interdisciplinary body of elected Fellows. It is an autonomous, non-governmental organisation, devoted to the advancement of knowledge and research in the various social sciences.
ASSA Strategic Statement
Associated organisations
There are three other learned academies in Australia, the Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH), Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and Australian Academy of the Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). The four academies co-operate to provide interdisciplinary advice on important matters of public policy through the Australian Council of Learned Academies(ACOLA, formerly the National Academies Forum, formed in 1995).
Donations and bequests
Your tax-exempt contribution will assist ASSA to strengthen the impact of social science research and knowledge for the betterment of Australian society. The academy has a vision for the future, and is enhancing its programs to better fulfil its mandate.
Fellowship nomination and election process
The Academy of the Social Sciences comprises social scientists in Australia who have achieved distinction in one or more branches of the social sciences. Such distinction is not restricted to social scientists holding academic posts and includes practitioners who have made a distinguished contribution to public policy. Fellows are recognised nationally and internationally for their very high level of distinction.
Governance
The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia was incorporated in the ACT in 1971. The affairs of the Academy are directed by an Executive Committee and nine other committees that oversee the various programs of the Academy. The secretariat is based in Canberra and provides support to the committees of the academy in conduct of its activities.
History
The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) was established in 1971, replacing its parent body the Social Science Research Council of Australia, itself founded in 1942. It is an autonomous, non-governmental organisation, devoted to the advancement of knowledge and research in the various social sciences.
Secretariat
The Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Academy and providing administrative support of Academy programs.