Australian Progress revitalises civil society movements – enabling them to win social and environmental progress, while strengthening our democracy. Together with hundreds of partners, we ensure the community interest shapes our nation’s priorities.

Our back-story

Australian Progress was established in 2012 based on the formal input of more than 60 non-profit and civil society leaders.  Non-profits are more numerous than ever before. But many causes — from domestic inequality to international aid, climate change to human rights — seemed to be sliding backward in the public debate, and in public policy.

The same capacity issues were raised over and over by non-profit leaders: skill gaps in contemporary public engagement; a lack of cross-sector collaboration; poor public communications; and far too little early-stage support for innovation and new ideas. In part, these capacity issues existed due to long-term underinvestment in shared civil society infrastructure.

Over the next two years, with the backing of many of Australia’s leading organisations, we experimented with dozens of ways of tackling these issues, before settling on a model and business plan in 2014 (revised in 2017).

Our founding board included Nick Moraitis (Executive Director), Glen Berman (General Manager) and non-executive directors Rebecca Wilson, Louise Tarrant, Amanda McKenzie, Anita Tang, William Bowtell AO and Sam McLean.

Our community today

Today, Australian Progress is a dynamic community of thousands of social change-makers.

We have unrivalled trust with and insight into the strategies and challenges of myriad social movements in Australia, in part because we ourselves are part of these movements. Every day we work with big non-profit CEOs, grassroots change-makers and well-known philanthropists, from across the country.

While we are non-profit in nature and laser-focused on our mission, most of our funding still comes from charging for our programs. This means each year we design projects people need, value and return for.

We have strong bonds with change-makers and similar organisations around the world – we’re regularly sharing experiences and lessons learnt, as well as hosting top-tier international guests.

We bind together a powerful network of individuals and organisations. We tap into their skills and capacities to extend our own, and build a strong sense of community.

We are a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, and have Tax Concession Status granted by the ATO. We are non-partisan. While we build the advocacy capacity of other groups, we rarely advocate ourselves.

We are committed to operating with the highest degrees of professionalism – with best practice programs, marketing and communications; a renowned board; and great diligence with nancial management.