FAQs for Members
Already a member and have a question about your membership or how to get involved? Check out our FAQs for existing members below.
My membership fee didn’t go through. What can I do?
You will receive an email whenever a payment declines. This email will include a link to update your payment details.
Our system will automatically re-attempt the deduction another three times over a fortnight. After the fourth failed attempt, we will contact you to see if your payment details have changed. Members have three months from the date the payment is due to settle the outstanding amount/s before your membership is suspended.
If you find yourself in difficult financial circumstances, you can ask the Administrative Committee for a temporary fee waiver
I'm struggling to afford my membership fees. What can I do?
If you find yourself going through a tough time financially, you can ask for a temporary fee waiver while you get back on your feet. To request a waiver, please in touch with Party Office at [email protected] or call 02 6247 4066. Requests for temporarily fee waivers are sent to the Administration committee.
Fee waivers are only available to existing members.
How do I change my membership fee category?
If your circumstances change you must update your membership fee category accordingly.
To update your category email [email protected].
Fee categories are as below:
General $16.50 per month
Union members & part-time workers $11 per month
Concession $33 per year (retired, full-time students, casually employed, under 18s, overseas, and concession)
How do I change my contact details or address?
To change your residential address please update this with the AEC. This change will automatically flow through to our membership system.
To update any other contact details simply contact Party Office. The easiest way is to email us at [email protected] or give us a call during office hours on 6247 4066. Just make sure to include your full name and membership number (or your DOB if you can't remember this) in your email.
Am I eligible to vote in internal ballots?
Being a member of ACT Labor means that you get to have your say. One of the ways you can contribute to the party is through the election of party executives, delegates, and candidates. Here in the ACT, we want to offer this opportunity to as many of our members as possible but there are a couple of requirements to ensure our ballot process is fair.
Executives of Sub-branches and Policy Committees:
- To vote you need to have been a member for 3 months.
- To stand for election you need to have been a member for 6 months.
- To vote you need to have been a member for 3 months
- To be nominated to attend conference you need to have been a member for 6 months and have been in your sub-branch for a minimum of 6 months.
Pre Selection as Labor Candidates for a State or Federal election:
- To vote you need to have been a member for 12 months.
- To nominate someone else for pre selection you need to have been a member for 6 months
- To stand for election you need to have been a member for 12 months membership and attend at least three meetings in preceding 12 months or six meetings in preceding 24 months.
I’m moving state, can I still be a member of ACT Labor?
Even though we would love to keep you as a member in the ACT, people can only be members in the state where they are enrolled to vote.
To have your membership transferred to another state just get in touch with your new state branch (e.g. if you move to VIC get in touch with Victoria Labor) and let them know. They'll give you a form to complete and Party Office will sort the rest out. Depending on the state this could take between two to six weeks.
How can I join a policy committee?
Joining a policy committee is a great way to get involved in and contribute to a specific area of policy. If there is a particular area you are interested in or just want to hear more about, you can just head along to the monthly meeting.
Join a Policy Committee
Can I change sub-branches?
You sure can! When you join as a member, you will be automatically assigned to the sub-branch closest to your home address. But we know that sometimes it’s easier to attend a meeting closer to your office, or maybe a lunchtime meeting.
If you want to change sub-branches you'll need to attend your new chosen sub-branch and compete a transfer form. Your new sub-branch executive will then arrange the transfer with Party Office.
What to expect at a sub-branch meeting?
- Every sub-branch is different and no meeting will ever be the same. That being said there are a few things you can expect to see each time. Most meetings will be run by the President and the Secretary. They will take the meeting through an agenda which can include things like welcoming new members, hearing from guest speakers, debating motions, passing motions, and announcing events.
- Often things will need to be ‘passed’ by the sub-branch, in these cases, the convenor will ask for someone to ‘move a motion’, and then someone to ‘second it’. A vote will then be called by asking ‘all in favour say I’, followed by ‘all against with nay’. You are also allowed to abstain from any vote. Sometimes if the vote is close, they will ask for a show of hands.
- Sub-branches will often debate and discuss motions.
- The President and Secretary (also known as the sub-branch executive) of your sub-branch are a great first point of contact for the party. If you have questions feel free to send your local branch an email or chat with them after a meeting. You can find your sub-branch email contact here.
Remember that every sub-branch is unique and different. If your current branch isn't a good fit for your interests you can always attend a different one!