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THE AUSTRALIAN
ASSOCIATION OF
VOICE ACTORS

"To tirelessly advocate for human voice acting, while promoting community cohesion through events, education, resources and support for our entire industry, be it for the natural human voice or one ethically created using advancements in technology."

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AAVA (The Australian Association of Voice Actors) is a not-for-profit association for those who work as Voice Actors and those who facilitate and draw income from the Voice Acting industry in Australia, such as Casting Directors, Agents & Management, Audio Engineers, Sound Recordists. Creative Agencies, Suppliers of Audio Gear, and Studios. AAVA seeks to preserve the viability of the Voice Acting profession, advocating for all concerned parties with government, unions, and industry.

WHY WE NEED A.i. LEGISLATION NOW


In the Department of Industry Science and Resources “Safe and responsible AI in Australia -
Discussion paper” much is said of “high risk” applications of Ai. "High Risk" mainly alludes to medical applications and future concerns such as self driving vehicles. Of course advancements in AI could have great benefits in the areas of medicine and productivity, however the positive potential of AI technology also comes with a reverse side that must be considered.

When it comes to applications of Ai technology in communications, media, and creative sectors
the damage of Ai is already being felt putting these categories into a level of imminent risk,
actual real world damage to industry, labour displacement, media trust and intellectual property theft.

With an epidemic of violence towards women Ai voice clones can become one more tool for those who impose coersive control over others. The damage Ai voice clones can do to a person's reputation and identity can be irreversible, which is why this technology needs appropriate regulation.

According to Ai Developer ELEVEN LABS who are a leader in the creation of Ai Voices "AI voice cloning is a technology that creates synthetic copies of human voices. It analyzes audio recordings to mimic the tone, pitch, and characteristics of a person's voice."

The technology is getting better every day, in some instances indistinguishable from the real thing, but Ai needs your voice to do that. Remember it's YOUR VOICE, YOUR CHOICE. 

AAVA acknowledges that this technology is here and there are people and organisations who will choose to work with it on occaision. Our aim is that this will be done ethically with the rights and considerations of humans put first. AAVA urges AI developers to adhere to practices that respect the artist at all times.

In the US 2024 "The State of Voice Over Survey" 6% of Voice Actors claim that a synthetic version of your their voice or a character they voiced had been created without their permission, and that is only the performers who have been made aware of it. This statistic is only set to rise as the take-up of this technology increases. If you see any of the following lanuage in a contract, chances are the client is looking to use your voice to create an Ai Voice:

“simulation”
“synthesization”
“digital double”
“machine learning”
"clone"

If a contract mentions any of these things there is a good chance that cloning of your voice is being considered. You should also be mindful of any contract that uses phrases such as "in perpetuity". This means indefinitely, or put simply, forever. 

AI technology has the potential to make our lives better, but there are risks to using this technology without guardrails and regulation. At AAVA we understand that there are some jobs that a person simply can not do, in those circumstances the use of AI technology should always be employed ethically.

ETHICAL A.I.

ETHICAL AI IS PRO-HUMAN, NOT ANTI-AI

CONSENT

It should be illegal to create a synthetic clone of an Australian citizen’s voice without informed and explicit consent. Assumed agreement should never be accepted.

CONTROL

Any person who consents to their voice being cloned using Ai technology should be able to, if they so wish, have control over how, where, and what content their voice is used for.

COMPENSATION

A voice actor should receive an agreeable level of compensation for their talent and potential loss of future work by creating a digital clone of their own voice.

LABELLING Ai

Ai created audio content should be disclosed in an audible way when used. The identity of the creator and source voice should also be readily available to ensure an ethical production process. 

DATA SECURITY

Protections for data sets and source voice used to create a digital clone should be of absolute importance. Third parties must protect a voice actor's property, their voice.

ETHICAL SOURCING

All files used for the training and creation of Ai / Synthetic voice models should be fairly sourced, with the active consent and knowledge of the person the voice files are sourced from.

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY

BECOME A MEMBER OF AAVA TO SUPPORT THE ASSOCIATION THAT SUPPORTS YOU

GOLD MEMBERS

AAVA THANKS ITs GOLD MEMBERS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT

SILVER MEMBERS

AAVA THANKS ITs SILVER MEMBERS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT

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INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

$100/year

FOR AN INDIVUDUAL WORKING IN, OR IN SUPPORT OF THE VOICE ACTING INDUSTRY.
THIS INCLUDES VOICE ACTORS, PRODUCERS, AUDIO ENGINEERS, CASTING DIRECTORS, COPYWRITERS, AGENTS AND ANYONE WORKING IN A SUPPORTING ROLE TO THE VOICE ACTING INDUSTRY - PAID MONTHLY.
INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES:
ADVOCACY AND REPRESENTATION TO GOVERNMENT, UNIONS, INDUSTRY.
FREE TRAINING AND EDUCATION WORKSHOPS.
DISCOUNTS WITH AAVA COMMERCIAL PARTNERS. 
ONE VOTE AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. 

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP - STANDARD

$500/YEAR

FOR A COMPANY WORKING IN, OR IN SUPPORT OF THE VOICE ACTING INDUSTRY.
THIS INCLUDES VOICE AGENTS, ACTING AGENTS, TALENT MANAGERS, PRODUCTION COMPANIES, POST PRODUCTION STUDIOS, CASTING DIRECTORS, ADVERTISING AGENCIES, COMPANIES WITH IN-HOUSE PRODUCTION FACILITIES, AND COMPANY WORKING IN A SUPPORTING ROLE TO THE VOICE ACTING INDUSTRY - PAID YEARLY.
STANDARD CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES:
ADVOCACY AND REPRESENTATION TO GOVERNMENT, UNIONS, INDUSTRY.
FREE TRAINING AND EDUCATION WORKSHOPS.
DISCOUNTS WITH AAVA COMMERCIAL PARTNERS.
ONE VOTE AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. 

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP - SILVER

$1000/YEAR

FOR A COMPANY WORKING IN, OR IN SUPPORT OF THE VOICE ACTING INDUSTRY.
THIS INCLUDES VOICE AGENTS, ACTING AGENTS, TALENT MANAGERS, PRODUCTION COMPANIES, POST PRODUCTION STUDIOS, CASTING DIRECTORS, ADVERTISING AGENCIES, COMPANIES WITH IN-HOUSE PRODUCTION FACILITIES, AND COMPANY WORKING IN A SUPPORTING ROLE TO THE VOICE ACTING INDUSTRY - PAID YEARLY.
SILVER CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES:
ADVOCACY AND REPRESENTATION TO GOVERNMENT, UNIONS, INDUSTRY.
FREE TRAINING AND EDUCATION WORKSHOPS.
DISCOUNTS WITH AAVA COMMERCIAL PARTNERS.
ONE VOTE AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.
LOGO & LINK PLACEMENT IN "SILVER MEMBERS" SECTION OF AAVA WEBSITE.
LOGO & LINK PLACEMENT IN AAVA MAIL-OUTS.

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP - GOLD

$2000/YEAR

FOR A COMPANY WORKING IN, OR IN SUPPORT OF THE VOICE ACTING INDUSTRY.
THIS INCLUDES VOICE AGENTS, ACTING AGENTS, TALENT MANAGERS, PRODUCTION COMPANIES, POST PRODUCTION STUDIOS, CASTING DIRECTORS, ADVERTISING AGENCIES, COMPANIES WITH IN-HOUSE PRODUCTION FACILITIES, AND COMPANY WORKING IN A SUPPORTING ROLE TO THE VOICE ACTING INDUSTRY - PAID YEARLY.
GOLD CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES:
ADVOCACY AND REPRESENTATION TO GOVERNMENT, UNIONS, INDUSTRY.
FREE TRAINING AND EDUCATION WORKSHOPS.
DISCOUNTS WITH AAVA COMMERCIAL PARTNERS.
ONE VOTE AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.
LOGO & LINK PLACEMENT IN "GOLD MEMBERS" SECTION OF AAVA WEBSITE.
LOGO & LINK PLACEMENT IN AAVA MAIL-OUTS.

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP - PLATINUM

$8000/YEAR

FOR A COMPANY WORKING IN, OR IN SUPPORT OF THE VOICE ACTING INDUSTRY.
THIS INCLUDES VOICE AGENTS, ACTING AGENTS, TALENT MANAGERS, PRODUCTION COMPANIES, POST PRODUCTION STUDIOS, CASTING DIRECTORS, ADVERTISING AGENCIES, COMPANIES WITH IN-HOUSE PRODUCTION FACILITIES, AND COMPANY WORKING IN A SUPPORTING ROLE TO THE VOICE ACTING INDUSTRY - PAID YEARLY.
PLATINUM CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES:
ADVOCACY AND REPRESENTATION TO GOVERNMENT, UNIONS, INDUSTRY.
FREE TRAINING AND EDUCATION WORKSHOPS.
DISCOUNTS WITH AAVA COMMERCIAL PARTNERS.
ONE VOTE AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.
LOGO & LINK PLACEMENT IN "PLATINUM MEMBERS" SECTION OF AAVA WEBSITE.
LOGO & LINK PLACEMENT IN AAVA MAIL-OUTS.

MEMBERS ONLY BENEFITS

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OUR PEOPLE

The AAVA Committee & SUB-COMMITTEES are VOLUNTEERS dedicated to working for their members. 

Simon Kennedy

PRESIDENT
(Committee)

Teresa Lim

VICE PRESIDENT
(Committee)

Gail Knight

SECRETARY
(Committee)

Jacqui Duncan

TREASURER
(Committee)

Alistair Lee

DISABILITY ADVOCATE
(Committee)

Kate Beahan

PROJECT OFFICER
(Committee)

Dorje Swallow

MEMBERSHIP LIAISON
(Committee)

LESLEY CHAMBERS

INDUSTRY LIAISON
(Sub-Committee)

MIKE GOLDMAN

MEDIA SPECIALIST
(Sub-Committee)

CONNECT WITH AAVA

Address:

Suite 1 / 156 Great North Road
Five Dock NSW 2046
Australia

Phone:

 ‭+61 2 9059 8232‬