Welcome to the Lobbying & Advocacy topic in the Commons Social Change Library. This article guides you through a wide range of materials to inform the public in relation to lobbying, advocacy and policy-making.
Lobbying & Advocacy
Whatever our path to building people power there comes a time in most campaigns where we need to engage directly with decision makers. Here you’ll find the practical information you need (like how to contact MPs), tips for effective advocacy, training materials and policy reports.
Engaging with the 46th Parliament is a key part of working in the policy and advocacy sector of Australian not-for-profit organisations. Here’s some key details you should know.
An introduction to Australian Parliamentary Committees and ways advocates can navigate and utilise them. Includes a recording of a seminar presented by a Parliamentary Committee secretary.
Policy writing is a key part of the work of not-for-profit individuals and organisations. Follow these tips to do it well.
Hear from John Robertson, ex Australian Labor Party leader, about the real pressures and backroom deals that make change so hard.
This article helps advocates understand and intervene in policymaking more effectively by understanding the two main models of policymaking.
Use this diagram from Mobilisation Lab to chart the causes of the problem that your campaign aims to address and how that problem affects people differently. This tool helps identify the “root cause” to tackle in a campaign or even in a set of campaigns.
Facilitate the inclusion of individuals and groups in the design of policies via participatory means to achieve accountability and transparency.
Five principles that must guide policymakers in the face of the unprecedented public policy challenges posed by COVID-19.
Three websites related to Covid-19 laws, policing and human rights in Australia and internationally. The coronavirus is a threat to public health; it does not need to be a threat to civic freedom.
An empowering case study of how hundreds of mums in Serbia lobbied their government MPs to fix a maternity leave payment problem.
The COVID-19 pandemic is keeping many of us at home. Without the usual forums, film nights, and other campaign activities how can we connect to inspiration and continue learning? Here are films, podcasts, webinars and online courses.
A guide developed by ActionStation to support community members with petitions. Some information is specific to the New Zealand parliamentary system and OurActionStation petition platform but many of the steps are relevant for other circumstances.
A guide developed by ActionStation to support community members to run successful petitions, including notes on strategy, tips for getting more signatures, and example campaigns.
When the 2019 Bushfires burnt her home, Fiona Lee did what most would find hard – she became an advocate for climate change. Three days after her house burnt down, Fiona and her family stood at NSW Parliament House calling for serious action on climate change as creating the context for these catastrophic fires. What is her story? How did she do this? And what did she learn about the power of her own voice in this moment.
10 tips about how to influence policy with research from the Overseas Development Institute. e.g. what, who, when to influence, politics, networks, etc.
A list of handy websites to help you find out more about Australian Members of Parliament, including how to contact them, details about their electorates and what they say and stand for.
Links to useful resources in the area of advocacy, policy change, and social movement evaluation.
In 1977 Judith Heumann helped lead the groundbreaking Section 504 sit-in protest in which disabled-rights activists occupied a federal building for almost a month, demanding greater accessibility for all.
The Working with your elected representatives guide by Friends of the Earth (England, Wales & Northern Ireland) covers some of the different ways to work with, or lobby, your local elected representatives.