Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you're an existing donor to BioAutism or are considering making a donation, find answers below to frequently asked questions

All funds raised by BioAutism that re not used to cover costs of running events or administration of the organisation go towards autism research. BioAutism raises money by running events, through peer-to-peer sponsorship and lastly from donations. When we run an event there are costs involved so a portion of the funds raised go towards the cost of the event. For example when we put on our annual film night we need to pay for the film tickets and other costs associated with the event.

When we receive donations or sponsorship most of these funds go towards supporting our cause but a small portion go towards costs such as this website. BioAutism has no employees and its Board members volunteer their time.

Yes. BioAutism is registered as a health promotion charity which has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status in Australia. This means that when you donate $2 or more to BioAutism we are authorised to give you a receipt which entitles you to a tax deduction for the full amount of your donation.

BioAutism is fortunate to have a Scientific Advisory Committee which assists the charity to identify high quality autism research projects and to facilitate the establishment of cooperative autism research studies. The Committee is made up of some of the best autism researchers in Australia including Professor Katrina Williams, who is the Australia Chair of Developmental Medicine at the University of Melbourne.

No. As well as raising funds for research, BioAutism also actively advocates for more autism research from both the public and private sector in Australia. We know Australia has some of the best autism researchers in the world but many of these people need to go overseas to get funding for their work or worse simply abandon their studies because of the inability to source funding.

We regularly meet with state and federal members of government as well as private sector research funding organisations to put the case for greater investment from Australian government and companies in autism research.

If you don't want to donate via direct debit, we have a range of alternative options. You can make monthly donations via cheque, money order or direct deposit into our bank account. BioAutism, 384-388 Albert Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002. If you wish to make a direct deposit into our bank account or you have any further questions please contact mail@bioautism.

As part of our commitment to honouring and respecting the financial contributions made by our supporters, BioAutism has developed the following refund policy. In acknowledgement of the generosity of our donors and of their critical importance to our organisation, we want to ensure we establish appropriate principles of transparency and fairness in regard to the management of refunds

This policy outlines the circumstances under which BioAutism will refund a donation. Refunds will be returned using the original method of payment – if a donation has been made by credit card, the refund must be credited to that same credit card. Refund requests must be made by either the person who made the donation, a named person on the record or the card holder.

In the event that fraud is involved, the matter will be reported to the police. We understand that mistakes can be made when making donations online, in this instance we will honour all refund requests that are made within 30 days of the original donation date. In any instance where an error has been made by BioAutism, or any of our third-party affiliates, we will honour a refund request made within 90 days of the donation date. We’ll need the supporter to provide details of the initial transaction – including date, donation amount, supporter’s name, ID, tax invoice number and the nature of the error.

In the event of a refund we will issue a new tax receipt and the original will become invalid. We urge anyone who is wishing to make a donation to consider their decision carefully and check the value of their donation before finalising any transactions. In order to protect the funding structure and expectations of our programming and operations, we cannot issue a refund after 90 days of the donation date. If the donation amount is over $250 refund requests will have to be escalated to, and approved by BioAutism’s Treasurer.

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BioAutism relies completely on volunteers and funds its lean operations through events and business sponsors. This ensures that 100% of donations made through this website go directly towards funding autism research.