GetUp provides Australians with the tools to fight back, hold politicians accountable, and take innovative and effective action on important issues facing our country. GetUp is a ground-up movement of real people who are putting participation back into our democracy.
Since its inception 10 years ago, the GetUp community has grown to include over 800,000 members who are not afraid to stand up and have their say about important progressive political issues, helping shape the direction of Australian politics.
Together we've upheld civil liberties, fought for a free and unbiased media, ended the detention debt for refugees housed in detention centres, mounted a legal challenge to allow more Australians to vote, fought for mental health reform and in more recent times, endeavoured to promote corporate responsibility.
Take a look at our campaigns page to check out what issues we're currently working on.
The work and impact of GetUp is achieved through our community members who make the calls, send the emails, attend the events and give generous financial support. GetUp could not carry out its important work without the amazing support of our members.
GetUp's board includes Chair Sarah Maddison, Associate Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne; David Madden, a GetUp co-founder; Simon Westcott, CEO and owner of Luxe City Guides, Chair and Co-Founder of and Mr & Mrs Smith, and former global publisher at Lonely Planet; Lyn Goldsworthy AM, Executive Officer of the Frank Fenner Foundation; Treasurer Sally Pearce, former CFO of St Vincent's Hospital; Phil Ireland, Managing Director of the Online Progressive Engagement Network (OPEN); Alex Rafalowicz, Movement Strategist at the Climate Action Network Australia (CANA); Sara Saleh, human rights and refugee advocate, grassroots activist and creative artist/performer; and Carla McGrath, a proud Indigenous Australian woman whose family comes from Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, a Board Director of Shared Path Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation and a Delegate to the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples.
For more info, see our board member profiles here.
GetUp brings together progressive people - some, from a variety of political backgrounds and parties but GetUp remains independent of any political affiliation. It is GetUp's political independence that allows us to work with and critique all political parties without fear or favour.
GetUp has a team of staff, volunteers and interns in our Sydney office who assist with a range of tasks such as research, administration, website development and event coordination. If this sounds like your cup of tea, check this out.
We also occasionally seek out volunteers to help out at community events. If you're interested, please send us a short email at firstname.lastname@example.org explaining how you think you could help and attach a brief resume - we'll keep your details on file for when an opportunity arises.
Are you from the NT? Northern Territory postcodes have a temperamental relationship with our website - but the best way to get around it is by entering your postcode without a 'zero' at the start. Just the three final digits should do the trick!
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If you'd like to change your email address, try this:
1. Unsubscribe your old email address here.
2. Register the email address to which you'd like to receive emails anew - pop your email in on the homepage.
3. If you have any troubles, or would like to make sure we keep your donation history in one place, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org - make sure you include the two email addresses and the subject line 'merge'.
If you'd like to change any of your other personal details, click on the "My GetUp" link at the top right-hand corner of this page and login. Failing all else, you can always shoot us an email - let us know how we can help on email@example.com.
Through regular surveys and community feedback, we identify what our members care about and what they want to act on.
GetUp campaigns will always reflect our core values; social justice, democratic accountability, economic fairness and environmental sustainability.
Since there are many issues facing our country at any given time, GetUp looks for those opportunities where our contribution will be most effective. Although there are many worthy campaigns idea, GetUp only has the capacity to take on around a dozen issues in any given year. This means we take great care when deciding which issues we take on as GetUp campaigns.
GetUp mainly works on domestic campaigns, and we've certainly got our hands full here! If you have an international campaign idea, you might like to approach one of GetUp's sibling organisations:
- International: www.Avaaz.org
- The UK: www.38degrees.org.uk
- The US: MoveOn.org
- Canada: Leadnow.ca
- Corporate campaigns: SumofUs.org
Useful information to include in your suggestion:
- What does victory look like (what, specifically, are you trying to achieve)?
- Who has the power to make change happen, or at least influence the political result (should we be targeting dissenting MPs, the media, the Prime Minister)?
- Why is this important, in a sentence (i.e. No child belongs in detention)?
- How can GetUp members make a difference (i.e. sign a petition, call talkback radio, attend a rally, email their Federal MP)?
- When is this happening (why should we run a campaign about this now, or later)?
Our members 'opt-in' and support issues they care about and are motivated to act on. For each campaign we run, GetUp will send out a message alerting members to the issue at hand and an opportunity to take action. As a member, you'll be provided with ways to get involved with issues that you're passionate about. Our role is to facilitate action, but we don't dictate it - you can elect not to take part in campaigns you do not personally support.
If you do not remember subscribing, it is possible that someone else subscribed you using your email address. At the bottom of every email we send, there is a link to unsubscribe. If you feel you have been added in error, or would like to stop receiving GetUp updates, you can also click here to unsubscribe.
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- Via phone: To donate via the phone, please call on (02) 8188 2888
- Via mail: To donate via mail, simply fill out our donation form here. Please make your cheque or money orders out to 'GetUp Ltd' and post to
- GetUp Ltd
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- PayPal: If you would like to donate via PayPal, our account name is firstname.lastname@example.org.
GetUp is a not-for-profit organisation and receives no money from any political party or the government. Instead we're supported by thousands of individuals who may not have a lot of time or money, but who care about the issues and want to have a say. Over 50,000 Australians have chipped in to fund GetUp's campaigns, and the average donation is just under $42. That's something to be very proud of.
The majority of donors to GetUp give under $100, but some individuals and organisations have contributed more. Like all advocacy organisations, GetUp is required by law to disclose to the Australian Electoral Commission the identity of any donors who give over $11,200 in a financial year. These disclosures take up to 18 months; for example, donations to political parties and advocacy organisations during the 2010 Federal Election won't be disclosed to the public until February 2012. We believe those laws should be tightened, so GetUp is immediately making public all donations to GetUp over $11,500. All future donations over $11,500 will be published on our website within 30 days of their receipt.
If you donate towards a particular campaign, we'll only put that money towards the issue you're passionate about. We rely on the donations given by people who choose not to chip in to a specific campaign, but to support GetUp in general, for our (small) office. These donors make everything possible, and give all GetUp members the chance to influence change on the issues you care about. Our dedicated team of staff are backed up by the inexhaustible energy of interns and volunteers - we make sure your dollar goes a long way to creating a progressive Australia.
We know that being transparent about the donations we receive is important to members - check out our donations disclosure page here.
If you would like to donate to GetUp, click here.
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