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.
Tips from Oxfam about how to write a letter that will have maximum impact on a Member of Parliament.
This guide is useful for anyone who is new to lobbying and wants to learn more. It includes how to guides, stories and examples.
Find out the difference between advocacy and activism in this book chapter published in 2022 by Jane Johnston and Robyn Gulliver.
What are the key elements of building a powerful coalition? Here are 3 tips to become a great coalition builder.
Two webinars by Australian Progress about political reform and government relations in relation to the newly elected Labor Government who won power in the Australian Federal Election 2022.
What helps motivate people to take action? Learn from this research from the University of Queensland that analysed the website communication of almost 500 Australian environmental groups.
A collection of case studies of how activists have intervened in elections collated by The Commons Social Change Library.
This collection provides how-to guides and resources regarding the skills and tactics you’ll need to reach your goals in election time.
Explore the concepts and tensions that surround elections and activism with some interesting reading collated by the Commons Library.
Watch webinar which brought together a panel of activists to share their insights about the campaign to stop Independent Assessments.
This book features nine never-before-told stories of remarkable women and their courageous pursuits of climate justice in Australia.
How can we equip ourselves to design effective monitoring and evaluation approaches for campaigns, movement building and organising work?
Contributing to government submission processes can be a valuable way for individuals to have a say on issues they care about. This article outlines some of the steps you can take to make your submissions powerful.
Listen to Professor Isaacs – to get a briefing about everything COVID-19, where it came from, what makes it a pandemic, and how to stay safe.
Teachers’ union activist Randi Weingarten discusses her experiences of social change and educational reform.
Tactics and strategy of nonprofit organisations involved in advocacy regarding forestry in the 1990s-2000s in Western Australia.
Practical tips from experienced advocates. Collated by Erin Gilmer to empower any person entering the advocacy space to have the knowledge they need to make the biggest impact.
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.