Tax-Deductible Donations to ACRS

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Australian Coral Reef Society, the world’s oldest society concerned with the study and protection of coral reefs.

The objectives of the Australian Coral Reef Society are to promote, develop and assist in the scientific study of all aspects and attributes of the Coral Reefs of Australia and, by means of publications, meetings, symposia and such other methods as may be considered appropriate, to provide for the exchange of information and ideas among those interested in coral reefs. We are also charged with the protection and conservation of the Coral Reefs of Australia. We typically approach these goals from the standpoint of support of student participation and mentorship.

The majority of funds raised by the ACRS go toward supporting the next generation of Australia’s coral reef scientists. We support Australian student participation to the annual ACRS meetings and we provide several research grants to PhD students working on the biology and geology of coral reefs.

You can donate to the ACRS in several ways. Tax-deductible donations will be used to support student travel to annual ACRS meetings and student research grants. Presently, 4 student research awards are competed for annually and the two best are represented as the Terry Walker Prize ($2500) and the Danielle Simmons Prize ($2500). If you would like for your donation to be use in some other manner consistent with the goals of the Society, we would welcome your input.

If you are interested in supporting ACRS through a tax-deductible donation, please use the account details below or contact our Treasurer.

Bank: Westpac Banking Corporation
Branch: Park Beach Plaza, Coffs Harbour
Account Name: Australian Coral Reef Society
BSB Number: 032585
Account Number: 164823


Vicki Harriott Award Fund

In recognition of the special contribution to coral reef research by Dr Vicki Harriott, marine biologist and educator who passed away on 3 March 2005, the Australian Coral Reef Society Council has established the Vicki Harriott Memorial Student Prize. The prize will be presented each year at the ACRS Annual Scientific conference for the best student presentation. The ACRS Council has established a dedicated fund to support this prize and invites colleagues and friends of Vicki’s to donate to the memorial fund so that Vicki’s great contribution towards marine science and education can be acknowledged and remembered. Your help is now sought so that sufficient funds can be raised to enable this prize to be awarded in perpetuity - to achieve this, the ACRS Council has set a fund-raising target of AU$10,000 (ten thousand dollars).

A specific bank account has been established by the ACRS Council so that donors may contribute directly to the fund. Details are provided below. You can make your payment via the internet and in doing so can opt to record your name as donor. Alternatively, you can make a deposit at any branch of the Westpac Bank, and ask for a reference number for your payment. A third option is to send a cheque or money order to the ACRS made payable to the “ACRS Vicki Harriott Award Fund”.

Bank: Westpac Banking Corporation
Account Name: ACRS Vicki Harriott Award Fund
BSB Number: 034061
Account Number: 221697
SWIFT identification: WPACAU2S (for contributions from outside Australia)

Mailing address for contributions:

Australian Coral Reef Society
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072
Winner of Vicki Harriot Prize
Click here to read the tribute to Vicki Harriott and see the list of donors to the Vicki Harriott fund.

The Vicki Harriott Prize for 2010 (a cheque for $500.00) for the best student presentation at the conference in Coffs Harbour was awarded to Sebastian Schmidt-Roach of AIMS/University of Tasmania, for his paper entitled ‘Challenging morphological plasticity in a keystone coral species’. The prize was awarded by Dr Zena Dinesen.