Amnesty International Australia is part of a worldwide voluntary membership based organisation which defends people’s human rights by challenging injustice.

Democracy in action

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.

OUR BOARD

The National Board comprises seven elected directors and up to two additional co-opted directors.  At the 2019 AGM held on 13 October 2019, seven Board members were elected in three different classes (for one, two or three years)  to facilitate the transition to staggering terms and elections.  The Board is responsible for the overall running of Amnesty International Australia. Read our Board Charter June 2019 and National Board Attributes Statement.

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WHO FINANCES AMNESTY’S WORK?

The overwhelming majority of our income comes from individuals like you, and allows us to maintain full independence from any governments, political ideologies, economic interests and religions. We accept support only from businesses that have been carefully vetted.

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OUR CONSTITUTION?

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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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)

The Global Assembly is Amnesty International’s highest decision-making body and a significant element of our democracy in action.
Every year, our GA brings together representatives, members and staff from Amnesty International sections and structures across the world to discuss and agree on our future direction and work.

Amnesty International Australia Governance

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.

Our reconciliation strategy

Our vision for reconciliation is of an inclusive Australia where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples thrive and the wider community has a deeper understanding and respect for the Peoples whose land we live on.

Amnesty International’s 2020 Council

The 2020 Council is a forum that brings together leaders in business, philanthropy and the arts to increase Amnesty International's visibility in Australia and raise funds to support our work.