GetUp is an independent, grass-roots community advocacy organisation which aims to build a more progressive Australia by giving everyday Australians the opportunity to get involved and hold politicians accountable on important issues. Whether it is sending an email to a member of parliament, engaging with the media, attending an event or helping to get a television ad on the air, GetUp members take targeted, coordinated and strategic action to effect real change. GetUp does not back any particular party, but aims to build an accountable and progressive Australia - an Australia which values economic fairness, social justice and environmental sustainability at its core. GetUp is a not-for-profit organisation and relies on small donations to fund its work and in-kind donations from the Australian public. GetUp does not accept donations from political parties or the Government.
GetUp by the numbersHere's a real-time snapshot of what GetUp members are up to.
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There are over half a million GetUp members from across the country, and across the political spectrum. We don't all vote the same way, but we share a concern for our country, and a set of basic values: economic fairness, environmental sustainability, political accountability and a fair go for all.
By signing up for updates, GetUp members receive emails alerting them to new campaigns and providing ways of affecting positive change. Whether it is sending an email to a member of parliament, engaging with the media, attending an event or helping to get a television ad on the air, GetUp members take targeted, coordinated and strategic action.
Being part of GetUp doesn't mean you support every GetUp campaign. For each campaign we operate, GetUp sends out a message alerting members to the issue at hand and an opportunity to take action, but we respect every member's choice to "opt-in" on campaigns as they see fit.
For more information about GetUp members' opinions, see Attitudes of Progressive Australians: Analysis of GetUp Member Surveys (March 2010)
GetUp Staff, Volunteers and Board
GetUp has a core team of staff and volunteers in Sydney, who conduct research on new campaigns, develop the website, prepare GetUp email updates and raise awareness of our campaigns in the media.
In September 2008, after two years as Executive Director, Brett Solomon left GetUp to move to Avaaz.org and Simon Sheikh was appointed as National Director.
GetUp was founded in 2005 by Jeremy Heimans and David Madden, two young Australian graduates of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government who have worked at the intersection of technology, new media and politics in the United States. David and Jeremy are now co-founders of Avaaz.org, a new global online political community inspired by the success of GetUp and the US group MoveOn.org.
GetUp has a board that advises the staff. The board includes GetUp's co-founders David Madden and Jeremy Heimans, community organiser Amanda Tattersall, the founder of Rural Australians for Refugees Anne Coombs former GetUp Executive Director Brett Solomon, and social movements and indigenous politics author Sarah Maddison.
Ultimately, the real work and impact of GetUp is achieved through GetUp members, who make the calls, send the emails and supply the financial support - thank you!!
GetUp volunteers, intern and staff in the (pretty messy) office in Sydney, during the 2010 federal election.
Australian Electoral Commission Documents
GetUp's political expenditure declarations to the AEC
The AEC's findings regarding GetUp's independence from political parties.
The AEC's response to Getup's Federal Court victory regarding the OzEnrol site and use of a digital signature.
- A Blueprint for Voting Reform, published with newdemocracy (April 2011)
- A Blueprint for Australian Democracy: This Moment and the Renewal of Parliament, Government and Elections (October 2010)
- Attitudes of Progressive Australians: Analysis of GetUp Member Surveys (March 2010)
- GetUp Submission to Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) Review of the 2007 Federal Election (May 2008)
- GetUp! Submission to the Standing Committee on Petitions' Electronic Petitions Inquiry (August 2008)
- People's Agenda for the New Parliament (January 2008)