Advocacy is the practice of arguing or agitating for an outcome – usually on behalf of someone else.
As part of our vision to 'live, love and fight alongside others to transform Australia', The Salvation Army advocates to influence key decision makers and those who have the power to implement social policy change. This includes our advocacy with federal and state members of parliament, as we know from experience that social policy can make the most difference to those experiencing hardship and injustice.
This resource contains information about critical issues of social disadvantage in Australia, as well as the tools to contact your local member of parliament to raise your concerns.
A Pathway To Social Justice
Disaster doesn't discriminate, and The Salvation Army believes opportunity shouldn't either. Sudden job losses, unexpected health crises or a natural disaster can strike at any time and we believe that opportunity, recovery and hope for the future.
The Salvation Army believes we can use the lessons of 2020 to address the drivers of disadvantage so every person can have hope. See our Pathway to Social Justice report below that sets out actions we can all take to transform Australia.
To learn more about what we can do specifically on financial stress and disadvantage please visit our Anti-Poverty Week page below.
What you can do
Anyone can advocate! If you want to speak out effectively for change, here are three things you need to consider before you start.
- What is the change you want to achieve?
The Salvation Army has created several resources outlining what we think needs to change, but you are not limited to issues that are on our list. If you would like to learn more about the issues we are advocating for, you can access our reports and submissions here.
- Who has the power to make that change?
Australia has three levels of government and sometimes it can be hard to work out who has authority. In our policy statements, we have set out our asks for each level of government. However, if you aren’t sure, we recommend you approach your local federal member of parliament first.
- What is the most effective way to influence decision-makers?
Although there are many ways to influence a decision-maker, talking to them is always a good one. It’s important to always be civil, clear and concise.
If you want to learn more on how to speak to decision-makers such as your local members, visit this page below for some tips and guides.
The Salvation Army regularly discusses a number of policy priorities with political leaders and public officials. These policy priorities include:
- Family violence
- Financial hardship and inclusion
- Housing and homelessness
- Mental health
- Modern slavery
- Substance use disorders
- The environment
The Salvation Army advocates with government, community leaders and the wider community regarding the issues faced by Australians experiencing disadvantage. You can find out more about our current campaigns below.