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Advocating for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities


DASSH represents more than 250 Deans and Associate and Deputy Deans from nearly every university in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Our members lead schools that are home to more than 100,000 students and several thousand scholars in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. We advocate for our disciplines, produce research and policy submissions, engage with government, members and colleagues in Australia and around the world. DASSH is a hub for members, with networking and professional development events held throughout the year.

We Advocate for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities by:

  • Conducting research
  • Writing policy submissions
  • Engaging with media
  • Engaging with other peak bodies
  • Working with government departments and agencies

We support members by:

  • Bringing members together at networking events
  • Connecting members with government departments and agencies
  • Creating and distributing resources
  • Sharing opportunities and news
  • Hosting an annual conference
  • Establishing partnerships in Australia and globally
  • Connecting members with Deans and cognate academic leaders from around the world

DASSH was formed more than 20 years ago, when Deans from around Australia and New Zealand gathered for the first time. The organisation has always represented institutions from across the Tasman. We became an association in 2011 and have had 12 Presidents since 2007.

Strategic Plan & Constitution

The Strategic Plan outlines DASSH’s objectives and key strategies and underpins the work of the Secretariat directed by the Board. The operations of DASSH are governed by its Constitution.

Past Documents

Dassh Ba Benchmarking Project Summary Reports Banner Web

Information sheets

DASSH has produced three infographic sheets. They are available for distribution and download below.

A limited number of hard copies of All About DASSH and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Research printed on light card-stock is available for your use. Please contact to request them.

Annual Reports

  • 2023 DASSH Annual Report
    This year DASSH emphasised member engagement and increased the number of inclusive discussions, workshops, and collaborative projects. NOADD welcomed three new Special Interest Group leads who have led a number of webinars and workshops over the past year. We have also had a strong impact on policy with support being shown for a number of… Continue Reading»
  • 2022 DASSH Annual Report
    READ the 2022 DASSH Annual Report here. Find out about DASSH’s activities over the last financial year and hear from outgoing President Professor Catharine Coleborne.
  • 2021 DASSH Annual Report
    Read the DASSH 2021 Annual Report here for insight into the last 12 months and a vision for the coming year. Read the report here.