Amaze is an incorporated association, and has Public Benevolent Institution income tax exemption and Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status from the Australian Tax Office. The organisation began operations in December 1966 as the Victorian Autistic Children’s Association (VACA) in order to provide facilities and training for children with Autism. In the 1990′s, the name was changed to Autism Victoria, and in 2013, members agreed to officially change to Amaze Inc.
Amaze moved to its current office at 24 Drummond Street Carlton in 2009.
Amaze receives funding from the Victorian State Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) and Department of Education and Training (DET) to provide information services and skill building to support people on the autism spectrum, families, professionals and the wider community.
Amaze is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services (DSS) to run the “Helping Children with Autism” program in Victoria, providing funding to families with children aged 0-6. The DSS also funds the “Early Days” Workshop program in Victoria.
Amaze receives support from individuals and organisations and from fundraising activities which enable us to undertake our work to create greater understanding of autism, influence change and build the skills of the broader community to better support people on the autism spectrum.
Amaze is a founding member of the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders (previously the Autism Council of Australia) and is represented by the Chief Executive Officer.
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Accounting and Auditing
The Association’s accounts are audited annually by Saward Dawson Chartered Accountants.
Board Election Process
Board positions are held for three years on a rotational basis, with three Board positions becoming vacant at each AGM. Members of Amaze may nominate for these vacancies and will be notified of the relevant dates. Nominations are sought on the basis of skills required and acceptance of nominations is at the discretion of the Board.
Anyone considering nominating for the Board will need to bring energy, understanding and enthusiasm to the Board, as well as specific skills as determined each year by the Board.
Please contact the Chair for additional information for prospective Board candidates via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contacting the Board of Governance
If you wish to get in touch with any board member, please forward an email to them c/- the Amaze CEO, to email@example.com
Vale Ursula Smith
The Board of Governance wishes to extend its sympathy to the family of Ursula Smith, who lost her long battle with cancer in August 2013. Ursula had been a committed member of the board for many years and a strong advocate for individuals with ASD.