Introduction

The Australian Labor Party is Australia's oldest political party. Our history is intertwined with the history of Australia’s democracy and labour movement.

Labor’s commitment to fairness at work, access to quality education no matter what a person’s circumstances and a firm belief that we should all have the same opportunities in life underpin what we do.

The Australian Labor Party is a national organisation with national rules. However, each State and Territory forms a separate Branch within the organisation. Although they share common elements such as sub-branches, State Conferences and Administrative Committees, each State branch is structured and governed in its own way.

WA Labor Party Members

Party Members form the core of WA Labor - as a member of WA Labor you can shape decisions affecting our community, influence the policy of Labor governments and discuss ideas with others members.

Membership of WA Labor is about having a say in Australia's future.

For more information about the benefits of joining WA Labor click here.

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Branches

Party Members all belong to a Branch and your Branch is one of the foundations of WA Labor. The Party can only function effectively with the active involvement of its members in Branches.

There are two types of Branches. Local Branches are named after suburbs or towns and organised around a local geographic area. Direct Branches are generally larger and are organised around an issue or a broader group in the community.

In each case your Branch offers you the opportunity to:

  • Campaign to elect Labor government and Labor members of parliament;
  • Discuss issues of public policy and influence the policies of Labor in government;
  • Have your ideas brought before WA Labor State Conference;
  • Participate actively in election campaigns;
  • Meet like-minded people, who also have a commitment to social justice;
  • Stand in preselection ballots as a candidate for public office;
  • Meet WA Labor members of Parliament;
  • Find out the inside news on the labour movement and your Labor Party.

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Electorate Councils

All Branches within a federal electorate send delegates to their Electorate Council. Delegates are elected each year at the Sub-branch Annual General Meeting.

Electorate Councils meet regularly to consider motions passed by Branches, to hear reports from local Members of Parliament, to help the recruitment of new members by Branches, and to campaign for the ALP. The Electorate Council also elects delegates to State Executive.

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The Administrative Committee

The Administrative Committee is responsible for the management and administration of the Party. The Administrative Committee comprises 14 members, with 10 of these members being elected annually by the State Conference. The State Secretary and Assistant State Secretary, who are elected at State Conference for three year terms, are automatically members of the Administrative Committee. The leader of the State Parliamentary Labor Party (SPLP) is also automatically a member of the Administrative Committe, and a representative of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party (WA) (FPLP WA) is elected by their fellow FPLPWA colleagues.

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State Executive

State Executive is the principle forum of the Party. It is made up of delegates from Electorate Councils, affiliated unions and ALP Parliamentary representatives.

It is responsible for managing the Party's affairs between State Conferences, giving effect to the decisions and policies of State Conference and choosing the Western Australian delegation to the ALP's National Conference.

In addition, State Executive selects ALP candidates for Federal Parliament and the State Parliament. State Executive is held seven times a year.

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State Conference

State Conference meets annually and is the governing body of the Party in Western Australia. It is made up of delegates from Branches, affiliated unions and ALP Parliamentary representatives.

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Policy Committees

Policy Committees report to State Conference with a draft policy document for debate. The policy that results from this debate becomes the State Platform, to which all Government actions must adhere.

These are run by a Convenor who is elected for a two year term at State Conference.

Policy Committees advice Ministers and Shadow Ministers, consider items from Sub-branches and unions, develop the draft Party platform to be considered by State Conference and make submissions to the National Policy Committee about changes to the Party's National Platform.

Committees welcome the help and ideas of all Party Members. The WA Branch has eight policy committees. The Committees cover the following policy areas:

  • Health
  • Education and Training
  • Law, Public Administration and Community Safety
  • Economics, Industrial Relations and Regional Development
  • Community and Social Policy
  • Conservation and the Environment
  • Transport, Roads, Infrastructure and Planning
  • International Affairs

If you would like to be involved in any of the Policy Committees, please contact Party Office on (08) 9328 7222 or 1800 200 777 or email us and indicate the Policy Committee you wish to join. Your nomination will be presented to the Administrative Committee and then passed onto the Policy Committee Convenor.

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Parliamentary Parties

WA Labor members of State and Federal Parliament form Parliamentary Parties which operate as separate Sub-branches of the Party. "Caucus" is the collective term used to describe the Labor MPs in a particular Parliament. For example, the SPLP is the State Caucus and the FPLP (comprising Federal Members and Senators from all States and Territories) is the Federal Caucus. Caucus elects the Party Leaders in both Houses of Parliament and the Ministry or Shadow Ministry.

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