Make a donation to Amnesty International today and help create a world where justice, freedom and dignity are not the birthright of a privileged few, but the deeply-held vision for all.

What your donation does in Australia

  • We ensure that the government meets its international human rights obligations. We highlight Australian issues within each of our global campaigns, including:
  • Respecting the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers
  • Addressing the most prevalent human rights violation - violence against women
  • Protecting human rights and security in Australia
  • Protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • A Human Rights Act for Australia

We also run Human Rights Education programs that focus on teaching human rights in schools. Members of Amnesty International's refugee casework team also provide assistance to hundreds of asylum seekers in Australia each year.

"You have done more for political prisoners around the world than any other organisation.."

Burma’s icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who last year was freed after serving 15 years under house arrest.

What your donation does Internationally

Internationally we:

  • Support countries with smaller sections and to work with local grassroots organizations, such as a growth a mobilization project in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Carry out extensive field research in areas experiencing human rights violations, such as in the Niger Delta
  • Respond to crises such as the recent civil unrest in Libya by sending observers to volatile regions
  • Publish and translate reports and other media to optimize awareness of our campaigns worldwide
  • Maintain a presence in key decision making bodies such as at the UN headquarters in New York and at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands
  • Increase Amnesty International’s impact in emerging economic powers such as Brazil, India, China and South Africa through human rights education training, collaboration with local organisations, monitoring policy, lobbying and campaigning
  • Help sections such as Chile and South Korea to build their supporter bases and raise vital funds

Why we need your support

We never accept funding from governments or political organisations for our campaigning work. We are funded by individual supporters who speak up for those whose rights are denied.

This financial independence means we are free to criticise or applaud with objectivity and impartiality.

Your financial support goes towards:

  • human rights research and campaigning
  • protecting people in immediate danger
  • pushing governments to change practices and policies to uphold Human Rights law


Become a Human Rights Defender

A Human Rights Defender is a financial supporter of Amnesty International Australia who chooses to donate on a regular basis to stand up for Dignity, Equality, Justice and Freedom. By becoming a Human Rights Defender you will join a community of over 3.2 million supporters around the world. Supporting Amnesty International Australia regularly in this way, you are giving us a greater ability to respond to human rights emergencies and take high profile action to safeguard justice.

become a human rights defender

Frequently asked questions

Why does Amnesty International need my money?

Amnesty International Australia relies on your support. We do not accept funding from governments or political organisations for our campaigning work against human rights abuses. This financial independence means we are free to criticise or applaud with objectivity and impartiality. We rely on contributions from people like you. Thank you.

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Where will my money go?

Expenditure for 2011

We are transparent with how we spend your money. To see how every $1 you donate is used, see the pie chart above. For more details, each year we are externally audited and we publish our Financial Report online, which provides a break-down of our expenditure.

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How can my donation make a difference?

For 50 years Amnesty has shown that determined individuals joining together can be incredibly powerful defenders of justice and freedom. Every year survivors of human rights abuses thank us for our work. They show that, together, we make a difference.

Here is how your gift can work:

  • $30 can contribute towards sending out urgent action letter to protect individuals at imminent risk of grave human rights abuse
  • $50 can contribute towards funding researchers to conduct an in-depth interview with human rights victims in a conflict situation
  • $100 can contribute towards launching life-saving appeals to defend a prisoner of conscience against torture and ill treatment

You can make a one-off gift, or give monthly.

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How do I make a donation?

There are a few ways you can support us.

  1. Give monthly
    Become a Human Rights Defender
  2. Make a one-off donation
    You can give $200, $100, $50, $30 or any amount of your choice. We accept major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and AMEX) online, as well as payments sent by mail of fax (see below).
  3. Leave a legacy
    Today, people of all ages are including us in their wills. How to leave a bequest.
  4. Payroll giving
    If you work, giving as you earn is the easiest way for you to donate. Learn more.
  5. Donation cards
    Organise a card in memory of someone special, in support of a friend or relative, or for a memorable occasion. Please call 02 8396 7668 or contact us by email.

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Are donations tax-deductible?

Yes, all donations are tax deductible.

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What is your donations policy?

We do not accept money or other direct support from governments or political organisations for our work investigating and campaigning against human rights abuses.

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Is the donation page secure?

Our online donation system is safe and entirely secure, and uses SSL for secure transactions. If you do have any concerns please contact us.

Are there other ways to donate instead of using a credit card online?

  • Donate by Phone: If you would prefer to make a donation over the phone, call us on 1300 300 920.
  • Donate by Mail: You can mail your donation by downloading our donation form (pdf, 201kb) or request the form by emailing our Supporter Relations Team or phone 1300 300 920. Please send the form back to (no stamp required):
    Amnesty International Australia
    Reply Paid 66261
    Broadway NSW 2007
  • Donate by Fax: You can fax your donation by downloading our donation form (pdf, 201kb) or request the form by emailing our Supporter Relations Team or phone 1300 300 920. Fax it to 02 8396 7663.

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Which fundraising suppliers do you work with?

We contract face to face and telephone fundraising services to a number of organisations:

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What is your Privacy Policy?

For information about our Privacy Policy, visit our Legal notices page..

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