Amnesty International is a worldwide organisation based on voluntary membership. Amnesty International consists of national branches (sections and structures), international networks, affiliated groups and international members.

Amnesty International Australia is a Section of Amnesty International and is governed by a member-elected National Board. As our highest-decision making body, the National Board provides governance, leadership and stewardship as part of a global movement of human rights defenders. It ensures that our global vision, mission and plans, as well as any decisions made at the Global Assembly (international AGM) and Annual General Meetings are implemented in Australia.


The National Board comprises seven elected directors and up to two additional co-opted directors. Directors are elected for terms of three years in rotation.  The Board is responsible for the overall running of Amnesty International Australia. Read our Board Charter 2022 and National Board Attributes Statement 2022.



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Amnesty International Australia’s constitution is its foundational document. It contains our purposes, our relationship with the international movement and details on our governance structures and processes.

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17 November 2022: Grant Thornton Audit Pty Ltd has been appointed as independent auditor of Amnesty International Australia, following the resignation of Ernst & Young. The reason for this change is the election of an Ernst & Young partner to the Board at the Annual General Meeting in 2022, which meant that Ernst & Young were no longer able to act as our independent auditors. It is also because it is good practice to change auditors from time to time. We thank Ernst & Young for their years of service and look forward to working with Grant Thornton Audit Pty Ltd as our independent auditors.


In 2018, Amnesty International Australia made significant changes to its governance structures and processes. It moved to a model which amplifies the voices of our membership by increasing the number of members who can vote at the AGM and established a forum at which members can exchange ideas and strategies for our work.

Activism Leadership Committees

Amnesty International Australia is divided into 7 regions, loosely based on state and territory lines.  Every member of Amnesty International Australia is linked to a region, based on their postcode of residence. Each region is led by an Activism Leadership Committee (formerly known as ‘Branch Committees’) – or ALC – whose members are elected by the members linked to that region.  

General Meeting Voters

Each region elects those members who will vote at the Annual General Meeting. The number of General Meeting Voters (GMVs) depends on the number of members in that region. They are elected at the same time as the ALC.  However, in order to be successful, each GMV candidate must receive a minimum of five votes.  This is not a requirement for ALC candidates.

Activism Forum

The Activism Forum is an informal meeting held at least every two years for members to feed into campaigns, activism strategies and priorities.

Getting involved in shaping the direction of Amnesty International Australia

There are different ways in which you can get involved in shaping the direction of Amnesty International Australia. Find out how!

Amnesty International Statute

Amnesty International Australia is a Section in the Amnesty International movement, which is governed by the Amnesty International Statute. The movement's strategic direction and other governance processes are set by the Global Assembly.

Global Assembly (GA)

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