MEDIA RELEASE – 29 September 2010

Admin Bandit online accounting software continues to sweep the awards pool with its eighth major accolade in four years, receiving the ACS Canberra ICT Community Award at the awards ceremony on 16 September 2010.

“Our software is fast developing a reputation as the premier financial management tool for Australia’s grass roots community and non-profit groups,” said Admin Bandit Director, Nerida Gill.

“The ACS is the peak body for ICT professionals, so to have our peers recognise our commitment to supporting community life in this country is a terrific endorsement,” she continued.

Admin Bandit has produced the only accounting software tailored to the unique needs of organisations at the grass roots of the community sector. It solves the many problems faced by volunteer treasures by providing users with the exact tools for meeting their legal responsibilities, including BAS, audits and monthly committee reports.

Award presenter Senator Kate Lundy MP said, “I am thrilled to present this award to Admin Bandit Online because it is a fantastic financial management software that supports hard-working volunteers who are contributing to their community”.

The award is another feather in Admin Bandit’s cap for what is turning out to be an exceptional year. In the last 12-months, the company has continued to upgrade its web-based software application, secured an internationally-renowned investor, won the nation’s most prestigious ICT award and represented Australia at the Asia Pacific ICT awards. Meanwhile, Ms Gill was crowned the Women in Information and Communication’s woman of the year for her contribution and role as mentor in the ICT industry.

“These successes are a great boost for our morale and credibility,” Ms Gill said. “However, as a former volunteer treasurer, the biggest reward is giving community and non-profit organisations a tailor-made product to modernise their financial management. Ultimately, that results in an enriched community life for us all.”

MEDIA BACKGROUNDERCommunity and non-profit sector financial management:

The community and non-profit sector earns $33.5 billion annually and provides essential medical, education, charity, cultural and recreation services. Yet its financial management is left largely to volunteer treasurers, of which almost two in five and little to no prior accounting experience. Admin Bandit Online solves this problem by providing users with the exact tools for meeting their legal responsibilities, including BAS, audits and monthly committee reports.

Admin Bandit Background:

Admin Bandit is a straight-forward and affordable software package that guides volunteers through every task required in their role as treasurer. It’s fast and easy to use, even if they’ve never done accounts before. No other accounting software package exists to fulfill the exact financial needs of grass roots volunteer treasurers in Australia, including producing accurate statements and easy-to-follow reports for committee meetings.

Admin Bandit creator Nerida Gill knows personally the challenges of being a volunteer treasurer. Armed with a preschooler, a toddler and little accounting experience, she took on the role of treasurer with her local preschool committee in 1999. “I was handed a paper cashbook and knew it was going to be a steep learning curve,” she said.

“Finding the time was one thing, but getting the right advice and having a system to allow me to manage the books with minimal accounting experience was a whole other challenge. This is what led me to develop this product.” Nerida said.

After many years of research, consultation and development, the software is now the perfect web-based financial management solution for any grass roots community and not-for-profit organisation, including schools, clubs, sports teams, small business networks, and religious, social or cultural groups.

Software details – Admin Bandit costs $199 – including support, hosting and free upgrades with an ongoing annual subscription of $99. A fully functional FREE 55 day trial is available at www.adminbandit.com.au .For more information on Admin Bandit and to try the fully functional 55 day trial go to : www.adminbandit.com.au

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