AAP FactCheck Organisational Structure

Australian Associated Press Ltd is an independent not-for-profit organisation established in 2020 to advance tolerance and understanding by protecting independent, ethical and sustainable news gathering and reporting in Australia. The organisation acquired the former Australian Associated Press Pty Ltd Newswire and FactCheck businesses on August 4, 2020. Australian Associated Press Ltd continues the 85 year legacy of the original Australian Associated Press Pty Ltd and provides media companies and corporations with news and information of public interest.

As a not-for-profit entity, Australian Associated Press Ltd has no owners or shareholders. It is constituted by a small group of members who have no ownership rights over the organisation. The organisation is governed by a board of elected directors.

AAP derives income from subscriptions to its news, image and information services.

AAP is an independent and non-partisan organisation. AAP accepts philanthropic donations and funding to support the losses of its operations. Donors and funders neither seek nor are granted any influence over editorial operations or the governance of the organisation.

AAP FactCheck is funded by a targeted allocation from AAP’s general newsroom budget and income earned through a Third Party Fact Checker partnership agreement with Facebook. Under this partnership agreement, AAP FactCheck maintains full editorial independence in selection of matter for review and in fact-checking conclusions. Seed funding for AAP FactCheck was originally contributed by Google News Initiative, and GNI has since offered funding towards costs associated with two short-term, election-specific factchecking projects.