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Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network Inc (AVSN) [AVN]

Basic Information

Name
Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network Incorporated (as of 7 March 2014)
(formerly registered as Australian Vaccination Network Incorporated)
Founded
1994 (as Vaccination Awareness Network)
Address (from at least Dec 2015)
PO Box 88, Bangalow NSW 2479
Previous Addresses
from 21 April 2015: Lumley House, Level 14, 309 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000 (a virtual serviced office)
before April 2015: PO Box 177, Bangalow NSW 2479
Phone number
02 6687 1699
between April and Dec 2015: 02 9290 8511 (virtual serviced office)
Previous Names
Australian Vaccination Network
Vaccination Awareness Network (NSW)
Public Officer
Brett Smith (from 3 Feb 2017)
past Public Officers
Rebecca (Bek) Henry (from 28 June 2015)
Meryl Dorey (from 10 Aug 1998 to 28 June 2015)
Andrew Letho (from 25 Nov 1994 to 18 Dec 1997)
President
Tasha David (from July 2014) aka Annastasha David
Immediate Past-Presidents
Greg Beattie (from 1 Jan 2013)
Meryl Dorey
Official Spokesperson
Meryl Dorey
Regulator
Registry of Co-operatives and Associations (part of NSW Fair Trading)
Charity status
The AVSN [AVN] is no longer a registered charitable organisation. It was stripped of charity status and surrendered its authority to fundraise on 18 March 2014.
The AVSN [AVN] is no longer permitted to solicit, or accept, donations for a charitable purpose.
Taxation
The AVN is a non-profit organisation. It is not a deductible gift recipient, therefore donations to the AVN are not tax-deductible.
Business Details
  • Australian Vaccination Network Incorporated
    • Registration number: Y2079127
    • State of registration: New South Wales
    • Registration date: 25 November 1994
    • Status: Registered
    • Type: Associations
    • Regulator: Office of Fair Trading, New South Wales
  • ABN 30 077 002 923 (ABN lookup - Australian Business Register)
    • Name: Australian Vaccination Network Incorporated (from 5 Oct 2000 to current)
    • Name: The Australian Vaccination Network Inc. (from 26 Jun 2000 to 5 Oct 2000)
    • Entity Type: Other Incorporated Entity
    • ABN Status: active from 1 Nov 1999 to current
    • Deductible gift Recipient status: Not entitled to receive tax deductible gifts
    • Trading Names:
      Australian Vaccination Network Incorporated (from 25 Jun 2002 to current)
      Healthy Families...Naturally (from 26 Jun 2000 to 25 Jun 2002)
    • Business Names:
      AVN Australia
      AVN Global
      Australian Vaccination Network
      Informed Voice
      Living Wisdom
      Living Wisdom Distribution
      Australian Sceptics Network
      Australian Skeptics Network
      Australian Vaccine Sceptics Network
      Australian Vaccine Skeptics Network
      Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network
      Global Vaccination Sceptics Network
      Australian Vaccination Network - QLD
      Australian Vaccination Network - NSW
    • Goods & Services Tax (GST): Registered
    • Main business location: NSW 2479
  • ARBN 077 002 923 (ASIC Register - details)
    • Name: Australian Vaccination Network Incorporated
    • Name: Australian Council For Immunization Information Inc. (from 9 Jan 1997 to 30 Dec 1997)
    • Company Type: Registered Australian Body
    • Status: Deregistered (as of 24 Aug 2010)
    • Regulator: Australian Securities & Investments Commission
  • Australian Vaccination Network WA Inc
    • Registration number: A1007266T
    • State of registration: Western Australia
    • Status: Deregistered (20 Feb 2006)
    • Type: Associations
    • Regulator: Department of Commerce, Western Australia
  • ABN 21 298 596 813 (ABN lookup - Australian Business Register)
    • Name: Australian Vaccination Network WA Inc
    • Entity Type: Other Incorporated Entity
    • ABN Status: Active from 1 Nov 1999 to 1 Oct 2001. Cancelled 1 Oct 2001
    • Deductible gift Recipient status: Not entitled to receive tax deductible gifts
  • Australian Vaccination Network (Melbourne) [business name]
    • Registration number: 1371751L
    • State of registration: Victoria
    • Status: Removed (dates unknown)
    • Type: Business Names
    • Regulator: Office of Fair Trading & Affairs, Victoria
  • Living Wisdom [business name]
    • Registration number: BN98379979
    • Date of registration: 19 Aug 2008
    • State of registration: New South Wales
    • Status: Registered (renewal due 19 Aug 2014, not renewed as of 8 June 2015)
    • Type: Business Name
  • Living Wisdom Distribution [business name]
    • Registration number: BN98379983
    • Date of registration: 19 Aug 2008
    • State of registration: New South Wales
    • Status: Registered (renewal due 19 Aug 2014, not renewed as of 8 June 2015)
    • Type: Business Name
  • Healthy Families Naturally [business name]
    • Registration number: BN98503168
    • Date of registration: 19 May 2010
    • State of registration: New South Wales
    • Status: Registered (renewal due 19 May 2013, not renewed as of 8 June 2015)
    • Type: Business Name
  • Healthy Families Naturally [business name]
    • Registration number: BN7006706
    • Date of registration: 26 Aug 1998
    • State of registration: Queensland
    • Status: Cancelled (26 Dec 2009)
    • Type: Business Name
  • Healthy Families...Naturally [trading name]
    • Date: from 26 Jun 2000 to 25 Jun 2002
  • Informed Voice [business name]
    • Registration number: BN98154402
    • Date of registration: 18 July 2005
    • State of registration: New South Wales
    • Status: Cancelled (30 Aug 2010)
    • Type: Business Name
  • Australian Sceptics Network [business name]
    • Date of registration: 4 Jan 2014
    • State of registration: New South Wales
    • Status: Registered (renewal due 4 Jan 2015, not renewed as of 8 Jun 2015)
    • Type: Business Name
  • Australian Skeptics Network [business name]
    • Date of registration: 4 Jan 2014
    • State of registration: New South Wales
    • Status: Registered (renewal due 4 Jan 2015, not renewed as of 8 Jun 2015)
    • Type: Business Name
  • Australian Vaccine Skeptics Network [business name]
    • Date of registration: 4 Jan 2014
    • State of registration: New South Wales
    • Status: Registered (renewal due 4 Jan 2015, not renewed as of 8 Jun 2015)
    • Type: Business Name
  • Australian Vaccine Sceptics Network [business name]
    • Date of registration: 4 Jan 2014
    • State of registration: New South Wales
    • Status: Registered (renewal due 4 Jan 2015, not renewed as of 8 Jun 2015)
    • Type: Business Name
  • Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network [business name]
    • Date of registration: 4 Jan 2014
    • State of registration: New South Wales
    • Status: Registered (renewal due 4 Jan 2015, not renewed as of 8 Jun 2015)
    • Type: Business Name
  • Global Vaccination Sceptics Network [business name]
    • Date of registration: 4 Jan 2014
    • State of registration: New South Wales
    • Status: Registered (renewal due 4 Jan 2015, not renewed as of 8 Jun 2015)
    • Type: Business Name
  • Australian Vaccination Network - NSW [business name]
    • Date of registration: 7 Mar 2014
    • State of registration: New South Wales
    • Status: Registered (rewewal due 7 Mar 2015, not renewed as of 8 Jun 2015)
    • Type: Business Name
  • Australian Vaccination Network - QLD [business name]
    • Date of registration: 7 Mar 2014
    • State of registration: New South Wales
    • Status: Registered (renewal due 7 Mar 2015, not renewed as of 8 Jun 2015)
    • Type: Business Name
  • Australian Vaccination Network [business name]
    • Date of registration: 11 Mar 2014 (rewewal date 11 Mar 2017)
    • State of registration: New South Wales
    • Status: Registered
    • Type: Business Name
  • AVN Global [business name]
    • Date of registration: 12 Mar 2014
    • State of registration: New South Wales
    • Status: Registered (renewal due 12 Mar 2015, not renewed as of 8 Jun 2015)
    • Type: Business Name
  • AVN Australia [business name]
    • Date of registration: 21 Mar 2014
    • State of registration: New South Wales
    • Status: Registered (renewal due 21 Mar 2015, not renewed as of 8 Jun 2015)
    • Type: Business Name
Membership (from Jan 2013)
Standard Membership: $25 per year
Membership (from Feb 2010 to Dec 2012)
The AVN accept individual and professional memberships from all over Australia and overseas.
  • AVN Individual Membership
    • 1 Year - includes 6 digital issues of Living Wisdom magazine ($50)
    • 1 Year - includes 6 print issues of Living Wisdom magazine ($75)
    • 1 Year - includes 6 print & 6 digital issues of Living Wisdom magazine ($100)
    • 1 Year (Gift) - includes 6 digital issues of Living Wisdom magazine ($50)
    • 2 Year - includes 12 digital issues of Living Wisdom magazine ($)
    • 2 Year - includes 12 print issues of Living Wisdom magazine ($)
    • 3 Year - includes 18 print issues of Living Wisdom magazine ($)
  • AVN Professional Membership
    • 1 Year Basic Professional - includes 6 digital & 6 print issues of Living Wisdom magazine plus 10 free issues to give away ($275)
    • 2 Year Basic Professional - includes 12 digital & 12 print issues of Living Wisdom magazine plus 20 free digital issues to give away ($500)
    • 3 Year Basic Professional - includes 6[sic] digital & 6[sic] print issues of Living Wisdom magazine plus 30 free digital issues to give away ($700)
    • 1 Year Overseas Professional - includes 6 digital & 6 print issues of Living Wisdom magazine plus 10 free digital issues to give away ($300)
    • Premier Bronze Professional - includes 6 digital & 6 print issues of Living Wisdom magazine plus 10 free digital issues to give away ($500)
    • Premier Silver Professional - includes 6 digital & 6 print issues of Living Wisdom magazine plus 10 free digital issues to give away ($1000)
    • Premier Gold Professional - includes 6 digital & 6 print issues of Living Wisdom magazine plus 10 free digital issues to give away ($1500)
  • Subscriber - non-members could subscribe to AVN's Living Wisdom magazine through the AVN or some third-party websites
Number of Members
The AVN rarely publicise its membership figure, but as of 31 December 2010 the number of AVN financial members was 1199, according to its 2010 annual statement.
This membership figure does not reflect the total subscription base to the AVN magazine, Living Wisdom, which is unknown.
As of 31 December 2011 the number of financial members was 2042 according to its 2011 annual statement. This figure includes members and subscribers-only as AVN was not permitted to accept new members at any time during 2011.
In March 2012 the AVN said it had 889 financial members but did not disclose the number of magazine subscribers.
As of 31 December 2012 the number of financial members was 1877 according to its 2012 annual statement. As of 31 December 2015 the number of financial members was 987 according to its 2015 annual statement.
Meetings
No regular meetings.
Publications
  • Magazines
    • Living Wisdom: commenced October 2008. Published quarterly to end of 2009, then changed to bimonthly. Ceased publication January 2013 (last edition published June 2012).
      Former title: Informed Voice.
      Published: issues 1 to 10
    • Informed Voice: commenced 2005, last edition published in 2008. Published quarterly.
      Former Title: Informed Choice.
      Published: Vol 3.3 & 3.4; Vol 4.1 to 4.4; Vol 5.1 to Vol 5.5, Vol 6.1
    • Informed Choice: commenced 2003, last edition published in 2005. Published quarterly by "Healthy Families...Naturally". Originally the newsletter for the Australian Council For Immunization Information Inc.
      Published: Vol 1.1 to 1.4; Vol 2.1 to 2.4; Vol 3.1 & 3.2
  • Newsletters
    • AVN E-News: commenced July 2008. Former title: Doing The Rounds.
    • Inside Edition: members-only newsletter/insert in the AVN magazine (ceased when magazine folded in Jan 2013).
    • Doing The Rounds: commenced 2006, last edition June 2008.
    • Vaccination? The Choice is Yours: commenced 1996.
      Also the official newsletter for:
      • Vaccination Awareness & Information Service (VAIS)
      • Vaccination Information South Australia (VISA)
      • Immunisation Investigation Group (IIG)
      • Vaccination Information Service (VIS)
      • Vaccination Information Network (VINE)
      • an unnamed group in Tasmania
      Former title: VAN newsletter.
    • Vaccination Awareness Network (VAN) newsletter: commenced September 1994.
  • Books / Guides
    • Investigate Before You Vaccinate - A Guide for Parents originally produced by the Australian Vaccination Network in conjunction with Vaccination Information South Australia. (VISA now produce this booklet).
    • Vaccination Roulette: published by the Australian Vaccination Network. AVN Contributors: Meryl Dorey, Stephanie Messenger, Susan Lindberg. ISBN: 1329-4873
  • Information Packs
    • Library Pack
    • Autism Pack
    • Conscientious Objector Pack
    • Flu Pack
    • Hepatitis B Pack
    • Measles (MMR) Pack
    • Meningitis Pack
    • Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Pack
    • SIDS Pack
    • Vitamin K Pack
  • DVD
    • Vaccines: are they really safe & effective? Lecture series featuring Meryl Dorey, Dr Mark Donohue, Dr Robyn Cosford, Dr Archie Kalokerinos, Maureen Hickman, Marelle Burnum Burnum, Michael McInerney
    • The Needle, The Law and the Damage Done video of workshop conducted by Meryl Dorey on behalf of the AVSN.
    • Australian Vaccination Network Back Issues: AVN magazines and newsletters.
Websites
AVN main website: http://avn.org.au/
Real Australian Sceptics: http://australiansceptics.com/ [inactive]
No Compulsory Vaccination blog: http://nocompulsoryvaccination.com/
No Compulsory Vaccination blog (old): http://nocompulsoryvaccination.blogspot.com/
Social Media
During May and June 2015 the AVSN ditched most of its official social media accounts: Google+: http://plus.google.com/118351931288198241208/posts group still exists but is a private group with only 29 members at this time.
Internet - other
Google Groups: Vaccination - Respectful Debate [inactive]
Yahoo! Groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AVN/ [public welcome but approval required to join]
YouTube: avnhealth [inactive]
Domain names
avn.org.au (as of June 2015 this domain still presents the AVN's website. However, sometime between 17 Dec 2014 and 25 Feb 2015 the domain was transferred to the Northern Territory association, Australian Vaccination News - Risks, Information, Scepticism & Empowerment, Incorporated, run by Greg Payne.
update April 2017: avn.org.au is still registered by Greg Payne's AVN-RISE but the registrant contact and technical contact is now Meryl Dorey.
living-wisdom.com
living-wisdom.com.au (no longer registered)
living-wisdom.net
living-wisdom.net.au (no longer registered)
living-wisdom.org
living-wisdom.info
informedvoice.com.au (no longer owned by AVN)
informedvoice.org.au
nocompulsoryvaccination.com
nocompulsoryvaccination.net
nocompulsoryvaccination.org
australiansceptics.com
australiansceptics.net
australiansceptics.org
australiansceptics.info
realaustraliansceptics.com