Take Control

Want to lead the change? These resources aim to help community leaders, and potential community leaders to develop the skills they need to provide true community leadership and influence change in society.

We want to help you continue your vital work to influence the future agendas and policy of Australian society, to generate debate, to raise awareness, to ensure people have a voice, to let people know that alternatives are possible. We have provided a range of tools that are easy to use and that will help community groups learn about why advocacy is important, and how they can do it.

By providing tools and resources in a readily accessible manner the hope is that strong community leaders will be able to help with a growth in advocacy in Australia - we are advocating for advocacy.

Advocacy = Change 

Advocacy can take many forms - you could be lobbying for new lights at the local football ground, opposing a war, planting more trees to aid sustainability; the examples are endless. The methods of advocating may have changed (not to mention the issues), but the importance of the task remains.

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Advocacy help sheets 

These help sheets will take you through what you need to know to run an advocacy campaign and the various methods and tactics available to you. Use them as a starting point and to spark some ideas for action.

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Your representatives 

Each level of government have different responsibilities so you will need to direct your advocacy at the right level. Our contacts list give you a state-by-state break down of links to your representatives at the Federal, State and Local levels so that you can be more effective in your campaigning.

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Media contacts 

Utilising the media is useful for communicating any news, stories or information you want to get out to the public. Use our list to find basic contact details for many of the newspapers, radio and television stations operating in your area.

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Leadership Courses 

Some people are born leaders. Others learn on the job or have the good fortune to have a mentor who can share advice, expertise and knowledge of the best options in overcoming the many challenges. A leadership course can assist aspiring leaders, so we've compiled a comprehensive list of what's on offer in Australia.

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Other resources 

There are a plethora of excellent resources for advocacy activities online. Here we share some of the more useful ones.

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