CHASS was formally established on 16 June 2004, when the constitution was adopted at the inaugural AGM at the National Press Club in Canberra. Professor Malcolm Gillies was elected as first President, along with an inaugural Board of ten members.
It was envisaged that CHASS would play a key promotional and advocacy role for the humanities, arts and social sciences, and serve as a coordinating forum for academics, students, business, practitioners and the broader community. It would represent people working in research, education and practice.
Since then, CHASS has established itself as an authoritative source of advice on the views of our sector.
Established in 1988, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes serves as a site for the discussion of issues germane to the fostering of crossdisciplinary activity and as a network for the circulation of information and the sharing of resources. It has a membership of over one hundred and fifty centers and institutes that are remarkably diverse in size and scope and are located in the United States, Australia, Canada, Finland, Taiwan, Ireland, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, and other countries.