2019 Federal Election

Policy Priorities for a More Giving Australia 

Philanthropy plays a vital role in Australia by supporting the diverse, vibrant and innovative charities, not-for-profits and community groups that form the ‘social capital’ that strengthens communities right across our country.

The use of private wealth for public good assists those in need in our community, promotes culture, protects our environment, and makes a difference in many other areas. Philanthropy also works in partnership with charities to address the systemic causes of the complex social problems facing our nation.

This Federal Election Philanthropy Australia calls upon the Government, Opposition and all political candidates, to support of top 10 policies for a More Giving Australia. We also invite our members and the wider community to support our Federal Election campaign priorities.

Philanthropy Australia’s Federal Election policy priorities are outlined below:

Short term policy priorities

Philanthropy Australia believes government can deliver these priorities within 1 – 2 years of the 2019 federal election and with minimal budgetary impact.


Medium to long-term policy priorities

Philanthropy Australia believes government can deliver these priorities within 5 years with a higher budgetary impact.

For further information on Philanthropy Australia’s 2019 Federal Election policy priorities:

Download Philanthropy Australia’s full Policy Priorities for a More Giving Australia document here.
Download the Philanthropy Australia summary of our Policy Priorities for a More Giving Australia here.


How to support Philanthropy Australia’s campaign for a more giving Australia

To support our 2019 Federal Election policy priorities, please download our campaign supporter pack here which includes key messages, statistics, social media templates and campaign support letter and email templates.  

You can join our campaign through the following ways:

  • Download Philanthropy Australia’s campaign support pack and follow the guidelines for engagement.
  • Share our campaign through your social media channels by following the campaign supporter pack guidelines.
  • Use the key messages and other information provide in our campaign supporter pack to share information with your own members, supporters and networks about Philanthropy Australia’s campaign and get them involved in spreading the word!
  • Use our template campaign letter and policy documents to share your support for a More Giving Australia with your local federal Member of Parliament, or key Ministers or Shadow Ministers, to voice your support of the campaign. 

You can find all the contact details, and guidelines for communications, for all federal members of parliament on the following Parliament of Australia website.

Philanthropy Australia also recommends you address your communications to the following key members of parliament, overseeing the charitable sector and the taxation framework of the Australian philanthropic sector:


Senator the Hon Zed Seselja
Contact details

Assistant Minister for Treasury
and Finance (responsible for the ACNC) 

Senator for Australian Capital
Territory (ACT) 

The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP 
Contact details

Treasurer  Member for Kooyong (VIC) 

The Hon Paul Fletcher MP 
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Minister for Families and Social Services  Member for Bradfield (NSW)

The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP 
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Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow 
Minister for Charities and Not-for-profits 

Member for Fenner (ACT) 

The Hon Chris Bowen MP 
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Shadow Treasurer  Member for McMahon (NSW) 

The Hon Linda Burney MP 
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Shadow Minister for Families and
Social Services

Member for Barton (NSW)