ASG’s Australian founders Harry Tyler and Gary Bickerton had one single passion—to assist as many children as possible to receive an education. They had no resources and no precedent to follow. Today, ASG has more than AUD$1.6 billion in funds under management and has assisted more than 520,000 Australian and New Zealand children.
In 1973 Harry and Gary made an application to register the Independent Provident Society of Victoria (IPS) as a Friendly Society, operating under the jurisdiction of the Registrar’s Department.
The first member was signed up in Australia in October 1973, even before the Society was registered. ASG opened in New Zealand in 1990 and is now known as ASG Education Programs New Zealand.
Through hard economic times and market vulnerability, ASG resolutely stuck to its mission of being a member organisation that strives to enhance the opportunity for children to gain a complete education.
ASG has never lost sight of its core values, which started as a cooperative of parents. ASG remains committed to both its members and the Australian and New Zealand communities in supporting the education opportunities of parents and their children.
A brief timeline of ASG:
1974 – The Australian Scholarship Trust was formally registered.
1982 – The first beneficiary received her Australian Scholarship Trust cheque.
1990 – ASG opened in New Zealand.
1996 – The ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (ASG NEiTA) was launched in New Zealand. The awards provide communities with the opportunity to recognise and honour their dedicated and inspiring teachers whose efforts often go unrecognised.
2004 –ASG’s funds under management exceed AUD$200 million.
2014 – ASG celebrated its 40th year in Australia.
2015 – Since its inception, ASG has assisted more than 520,000 children and has returned more than AUD$2 billion in education benefits and scholarship payments to members and their children.
2015 – ASG Education Programs New Zealand celebrated its 25th anniversary.