About this site

This site is devoted to all things dealing with fan funds involving Australia. It is intended to be an archive of everything related to Aussie-linked fan funds: ballots, voting details, administrators reports, bits from newszines and blogs saying “I’m back and the trip was fantastic…”, trip reports, and so on.

This is envisaged as being a work permanently in progress: comments, corrections, and contributions are eagerly solicited. Any offers to retype or scan material will be accepted with glee.

Please note that this site is not the official website of any Fan Fund.


Fan Funds exist as a means to provide closer links between various national science fiction fandoms. They achieve this aim by providing the funds for a well-known fan from one country to attend a major science fiction convention in another country. The Funds exist solely through the financial support and generosity of fandom.


GUFF Northbound Race 2017 — Voting extended; change in candidates

Voting is now open for the northbound race, to transport an Australasian fan to Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Helsinki, Finland, 9-13 August, 2017. Candidates are Donna Maree Hanson, Sam Hawke, Belle McQuattie, and Alexandra Pierce. Candidates’ platforms and general information about voting are here. Online ballot is here. PDF version for printing is here. Voting deadline is Monday, 17 April 2017 at 23:59 GMT.

NAFF 2017 voting now open

This year’s NAFF (National Australian Fan Fund) race is to Continuum 13, to be held in Melbourne 9–13 June 2017. It is expected that the winner will produce a report of their trip, engage in fundraising to support future NAFF races, and help administer the NAFF race for the following two years.

Voting is now open. Another strong race this year with four candidates from three states:
Jason Fischer (SA)
Talitha Kalago (QLD)
Fe Waters (WA)
Jay Watson (WA)

More details available here.

You can vote using Paypal. Each $5.00 vote helps support the ongoing viability of the fan fund.

FFANZ 2017 winner

Dan Rabarts, FFANZ administrator in New Zealand, has announced that Lynelle Howell has won FFANZ and will head to Continuum 13 in Melbourne next year.

GUFF Trip Reports are available to buy online now!

James Shields’ 2010 Trip Report is available here.

Gillian Polack’s 2014 Trip Report is available here.

Order both together to save on shipping.



Any Fund with an Australian connection. There are four on-going Funds:

DUFF moves people between North America and Australasia. Its current administrators are Clare McDonald-Sims and Lucy Huntzinger. DUFF has its own Offical website.

FFANZ moves people between New Zealand and Australia. Its current administrators are Stephen Litten & Jan Butterworth and Edwina Harvey. Ross Temple maintains FFANZ’s homepage.

GUFF moves people between Europe and Australia. Its current administrators are Mihaela-Marija Perkovic and Gillian Polack.

NAFF moves fans within Australia to the Australian National Convention. The current administrators are Grant Watson, Sue Ann Barber and Gina Goddard.

In addition there have been a variety of one-off Funds, including the BBB (Bring Bruce Bayside) Fan Fund.


The site is managed by Irwin Hirsh, who wishes to acknowledge:

  • Jean Weber, who is providing webspace and significant admin support;
  • Dave Langford, whose TAFF site has been an inspiration and who allowed me to re-use some of his htmled files;
  • Marc Ortlieb, whose publication An Australian Compendium of Fandom was my initial reference;
  • Damien Warman, with whom I bounced around some ideas;
  • Perry Middlemiss, who provided me with quite a few files and who probably would’ve done something like this years ago but instead got sidetracked by some Worldcon-thingyies; and
  • Janice Gelb, Edwina Harvey, Paul Kincaid, Dave Langford, Dave Locke (for the late Jackie Causgrove), Roman Orszanski, Joyce Scrivner, Alan Stewart, and Bob Tucker who have provided documents and/or ‘reprint’ permissions (though not all items are yet on the site.)


Building this site I began to notice a whole lot of useless information about Fan Funds. To share in this trivia click here.


…you may wish to make a donation to one of these funds. Fan Funds exist solely due to generosity of fandom. Any donation you may make would be gratefully appreciated and put to good use.

Alternately, you may wish to purchase an item or two that are being sold to benefit the various Funds.


DUFF’s Offical website.
The Australasian Fan Fund Live Journal.
Dave Langford’s TAFF website.
FANAC’s Fan History website.
Bill Burns’ eFanzines website.
Guy & Rosy Lillian’s 2004 DUFF race website and 2005 DUFF race website.
Janice Gelb’s DUFF website covers the 2000 and 2001 DUFF Races.
Norman Cates DUFF website covers the 2009 DUFF Race.
Jean Weber’s and Eric Lindsay’s GUFF website.


Previous iterations of this website can be found at the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.


This doesn’t have anything to do with Aussie Fan Funds, but if you want to purchase some good fanzines and help out a good fan check out this page.

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