FAQs - Thinking about joining?

The Australian Labor Party is a century-old political party, born out of the trade union movement and built on equality and social justice. We are a movement working to elect a Government that is dedicated to delivering a better life for all Australians.
If you are a resident of the ACT, Jervis Bay Territory, or Norfolk Island and 15 years old or over, you are eligible to join (provided you are not a member of any other political party). You can find more information about membership eligibility in the ACT Labor Rules in section B.3.
Labor party memberships are managed by each state and territory branch. Here in the ACT, we offer 3 payment options based on your circumstances. To make things a bit more simple, we have automatic renewals which means we won’t keep asking you to renew your membership and card details.
General $16.50 per month - charged monthly
Union members & part-time workers $11 per month - charged monthly
Concession $33 per year - charged annually (retired, full-time students, casually employed, under 18s, overseas, and concession)
Your payments help to keep our party member-driven and independent of relying on corporate donors. ACT Labor regularly funds events, campaigns and training to help win elections and implement Labor policy in our community.
Yes, you can be a member of the party however you will not be able to participate in candidate preselections.
No worries! You can join as an ‘overseas’ member, as long as you are still on the ACT electoral roll. Overseas members qualify for the concessional rate. If you are based overseas just put down the address you are registered with in the ACT in your application. You can put down an international address as your preferred mailing address.
Yes. You will receive an annual statement each July to help you claim the deduction. Membership fees fall under the political contributions category. More information can be found on the ATO website.
Yes, political party donations of up to $1,500 can be claimed as a tax deduction, see the ATO website for details.
Once you complete our online join form we will process your application on our end. This normally takes between 2-5 business days. Once your application has been processed you will receive a couple of emails which will include your member number, a new member pack, and information about your local sub-branch.
Within your first few months, you will also be invited to a new member event by Party Office which is a good chance to meet other new members, ask questions, and find out about opportunities in the party. You will receive your member card in the mail within 12-14 business days. If you have any questions after you sign up to get in touch with our Membership Engagement Officer at [email protected].
Labor is the party of working people whose members and supporters have been fighting for a better life for all Australians for more than 120 years. By joining Labor you have an opportunity to get involved and make positive changes for your community. There are a myriad of formal and informal things you can do as a member, from debating policy, to voting and campaigning for candidates, to campaigning in your community on issues you care about.
The Australian Labor Party is over 120 years old. The way the party makes decisions and our basic structures stem from 1891 when groups of unionists, socialists and radicals met in Balmain and Barcaldine to form our great party. Labor organises itself along a root and branch structure that delegates authority to members from the community level all the way up to the national level.
At the local level, ACT members join local sub-branches and participate in policy committees. These are the basic building blocks of ACT Labor and are the places where much of your activity in the party will take place. Local sub-branches are where members meet, discuss, and debate political issues, make decisions and campaign in the community. We have 17 local sub-branches that cover all of Canberra’s suburbs – including Norfolk Island – and you can decide to participate in any sub-branch of your choosing.
Policy committees are places where members with a passion for policy can meet and discuss, debate and create policy for consideration by the wider party. ACT Labor has 12 policy committees ranging in topics from economics to social justice to foreign affairs.
From these places you can get involved in various decision making forums that represent the views of the party across the ACT as a whole, including our Annual Conference which is the place where ACT Labor’s major decisions are made and our policy positions are determined.
Members are responsible for selecting and campaigning for the candidates who run in ACT and Federal elections. This is one of the great privileges of being a member of ACT Labor, but it’s not the only way to get involved in the democratic process. Campaigning, either during elections or in your community, is an exciting way to get involved in the party.
Members can volunteer as part of an election campaign by joining the team of a candidate and heading out into the suburbs visiting voters and talking to them about Labor’s values and policies. This is a great way to meet other members and learn new skills.
It’s also a really great feeling to get out into the community and fight for the election of a candidate. Campaigning on an issue is also a really exciting way to get involved in the community. Sometimes a sub-branch or a group of members will identify a problem in their community e.g. run down playground, and they will organise a campaign around solving that problem. The ALP provides training to members who want to campaign, keep an eye out for training sessions as they get advertised.