AILASA was established in 1993 with several aims, including:
To promote research into and the teaching of Iberian and Latin American Studies in Australasia;
to promote the professional development of its members;
to promote public awareness of and interest in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America;
to stimulate and encourage interchange between Australasia and the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America; and
to coordinate and rationalise available resources among member institutions through the interchange of students, teachers and resources.
How AILASA is governed
AILASA holds a Biennial General Meeting at which members participate in setting policy and regulations. In between meetings, the organization is run by the Executive Committee (the President, Secretary and Treasurer), elected by full members of AILASA for a two-year term. See also the AILASA Constitution as amended on 12 August 1999).