About Us

Our Purpose

The ASA was established in 1963 as the peak national association representing the interests of Australia's authors and illustrators. We provide them with advocacy, support and advice.


  • We campaign at industry and government levels for author and illustrator rights including, but not limited to, robust copyright protections, fair contracts and fair pay.
  • We set minimum recommended rates of pay for authors and illustrators.
  • We also represent our members' interests to relevant policy-making bodies, including representation on the boards of copyright collecting societies, lending rights agencies and other book industry bodies.



Our members

The ASA exists thanks to the support of our members, some 3000 professional and aspiring authors and illustrators. If you want to support our advocacy initiatives or need our support and advice, consider becoming a member.

The ASA represents everyone who writes or illustrates for publication. Our members include novelists, biographers, illustrators, academics, cartoonists, scientists, food and wine writers, historians, graphic novelists, children’s writers, ghostwriters, travel writers, romance writers, editors, bloggers, journalists, poets and more.

Join today

Alternatively, if you're already a member or prefer to contribute without joining the ASA, you can donate to our Endowment Fund. Donations to the Endowment Fund go directly towards supporting the ASA to lobby and campaign for thr rights and professional interests of authors and illustrators.

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