What is the AIDS Trust of Australia?
The AIDS Trust of Australia is a national charity for the HIV/AIDS sector.
How long has the AIDS Trust of Australia been raising funds?
We were established in 1987 by the then Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, The RT Hon. Sir Ninian Stephen KG, AK, GCMG, GCVO, KBE, QC. We still enjoy Vice-Regal patronage. Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia is our Patron today.
What does the AIDS Trust of Australia do?
We raise funds nationally and distribute them to state, regional and local organisations that deliver awareness, prevention, support, care, advocacy and social research programs relating to HIV/AIDS.
Why does the AIDS Trust of Australia do this?
HIV is a complex and demanding medical condition. Preventing HIV transmission and supporting people living with HIV has always involved a mix of social, cultural, religious, political, legal, geographic and economic challenges.
Australia’s response has been characterised by great skill, great resolve and great generousity. Committed and enduring relationships between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities have delivered ever-improving care and support for those living with HIV. Effective awareness, education, prevention and research programs have resulted in a country of remarkably low HIV prevalence.
Yet HIV is still here; and as HIV in the Australian community evolves, the relationships that have guided success become more important. Now more people than ever in Australia are living with HIV. There are 21 new diagnoses for HIV every week. Around 25,000 people now live with diagnosed HIV. It is estimated that a further 20% – 30% of this number live undiagnosed. Sector modelling out to 2020 suggests that without increased investment, the prevalence of HIV in Australia will be concerning and in some cases alarming.
There is no cure or vaccine. More and more people live with HIV/AIDS every day. More people require care and support. Global travel becomes more and more the norm, and with it, an increased need for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Each new generation has its own vernacular and view of the world. Messages relating to HIV/AIDS must be refreshed.
The work of the HIV/AIDS sector continues, namely, to deliver projects that actually stop people getting HIV whilst assisting those living with it.
So the need for help continues.
How does the AIDS Trust of Australia raise funds?
We raise funds by:
- directly approaching individual donors
- directly approaching individual corporations
- using data base lists to appeal to many people simultaneously
- holding our own events
- others holding events on our behalf
- establishing partnerships with businesses
- establishing partnerships with community groups
- establishing partnerships with corporate workplace groups
- developing sponsorships
- receiving bequests
- receiving annuities
- on line
What will happen to funds raised by the AIDS Trust of Australia?
Since 1987, the AIDS Trust of Australia has distributed over $7.5m to more than 215 projects, some large, some small, relating directly to HIV. The work of the sector is diverse, reflecting the needs of individual communities throughout the country. As well as augmenting existing projects that deliver care and support to those living with HIV, these days we work on national projects that address emerging concerns in HIV transmission and are prevention focused.
At the moment we are most concerned with:
- augmenting existing care and support programs
- supporting awareness and prevention campaigns that reduce HIV transmission in Australia
- supporting awareness and advocacy projects that deal with HIV related stigma and discrimination
What don’t you fund?
Pharmacological and medical research relating to HIV/AIDS is funded by drug companies, governments and medical research institutes. We do not participate in either field.
We do not fund projects outside the HIV sector.
Do you fund projects in other countries?
Does the AIDS Trust of Australia receive government funding?
Does the AIDS Trust of Australia operate its own HIV/AIDS related projects?
Delivering projects is a specialised and community specific task.
NAFL Members and certain other organisations excel in this.
They deliver projects; we raise funds for them to do it.
Can my project get funded?
Possibly. Contact us if your project is HIV/AIDS related. We’ll give you more information.
The Distributions Committee of the AIDS Trust of Australia revues all applications for funding.
We remind you that we are unable to fund projects not directly related to HIV.
NAFL stands for National AIDS Fundraising Limited, an Australian company limited by guarantee, and the sole Trustee of the AIDS Trust of Australia.
What does NAFL do?
As sole Trustee, NAFL manages on behalf of its Members, the activities and operations of the AIDS Trust of Australia.
Who are the Members of NAFL?
HIV knows no boundaries.
Our Members are on the front line, delivering the services for which Australia’s HIV sector is so internationally respected. Here are links to our Members’ websites. Please explore, see what they’re up to, and see how important your contribution really is.
What do they get?
The Members of NAFL receive 60% of the funds distributed by the AIDS Trust of Australia. Members use the funds to deliver HIV/AIDS related projects in their regions.
Who gets the rest?
The AIDS Trust of Australia itself distributes the other 40% of funds to HIV related projects.
Do the Directors of NAFL get paid?
Do you have volunteers?
Absolutely. We rely on the efforts on almost 200 volunteers to get us through each year. There would be no AIDS Trust of Australia without their generousity.
Is the AIDS Trust of Australia a registered charity?
Yes, most certainly.
Most States and Territories in Australia require that organisations be registered to raise funds for charitable purposes in their jurisdictions.
Where required, in every jurisdiction in Australia, the AIDS Trust of Australia is registered to raise funds for charitable purposes.
The AIDS Trust of Australia is the only HIV sector charity able to raise funds nationally.
Our fundraising authorities are:
NSW CFN 13976
VIC RN 9885
QLD CH 1813
WA LN 20955
SA LN 1280