Definition of fairy tale

We explore the term ‘fairy tale’ broadly as a living entity that is not exclusively European nor limited to children, and encourage you to read our definition of what is a fairy tale.


Founded in 2013, the Australian Fairy Tale Society focuses on collecting, preserving, discussing, sharing and creating Australian fairy tales.

We apply the term ‘Australia’ inclusively; we welcome immigrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, and endeavour to operate according to Equal Opportunity and Human Rights principles pertaining to diversity of faith, race, ability, economic circumstance, sexual orientation, marital status, age and other attributes.

Our aim is to encourage academics, writers, artists, performers and enthusiasts from around the country to network and share all things fairy tale through a national website, annual conferences and local fairy tale rings. As we are a national arts organisation, and many of our members are writers, we recommend the guidelines presented on various cultural websites of government and other reputable bodies listed at our Directory.

The Mission Statement and Objectives of the Australian Fairy Tale Society, as set out in our constitution (updated with a Special Resolution approved at the Annual General Meeting on 26th June 2016), are as follows:

Mission Statement

To explore fairy tales through an Australian perspective and to stimulate the creation of Australian interpretations: academic, creative, and performative.


  • Collecting original Australian fairy tales, fairy tale adaptations, interpretations, and criticism;
  • Organising and cataloguing this fairy tale collection meaningfully for maximum accessibility by Australian and international researchers, educators, and creatives;
  • Building a community of interest across Australia (academics, writers, artists, performers) in national and local groups, which can communicate with like-minded communities internationally;
  • Discussing and analysing Australian fairy tales through: interpersonal discussions (national conferences and local groups); the publication of written articles; digital resources (the AFTS website and social media);
  • Promoting Australian fairy-tale retellings in all forms;
  • Encouraging the creation of new fairy-tale works (literary, visual, musical and performative) and increasing public awareness of the value of new, adapted, and performed fairy tales in or about Australia.


The following policies have been ratified by AFTS Committee:

Accounting Practices Policy

Conference Presenters Policy

Cultural Diversity Policy

Health and Safety Policy 2018

Sustainability Policy

The following policy is broadly approved but due for revisiting:

Trigger Alert Policy