The Australian Christian Lobby
The ACL Vision
ACL aims to foster a more compassionate, just and moral society by seeking to have the positive public contributions of the Christian faith reflected in the political life of the nation.
ACL, established in 1995, operates in the Federal Parliament, and in all the state and territory parliaments, and is neither party partisan nor denominationally-aligned.
ACL does not seek to be the peak political voice for the church, but to facilitate a professional engagement of church with the state which allows for the voice of the church and individual Christians to be effective in the public square.
Recent ACL achievements
- Hosted a marriage webcast with a panel of experts watched by 25,000 Christians in 500 churches across the nation.
- Played the major public role in defending marriage, including raising what must be one of the largest petitions by the church in Australia at 100,586 signatures.
- Helped uphold religious freedom in Victoria, working with others to secure a commitment by government to amend laws that removed freedom of choice in employment from Christian schools, charities and churches.
- Commissioned and released a comprehensive academic research report, entitled ‘For Kids’ Sake’, into the state of children and young people in Australia, making recommendations to put children at the centre of public policy.
- Launched the Lachlan Macquarie Internship, a 14-week live-in internship that grounds exceptional young leaders in a solid biblical basis for future engagement in politics, public policy and media.
- With others, secured a commitment to change surrogacy laws in Queensland so that only heterosexual couples can access it.
Do you know?
- That 12.7 million, or 64% of Australians declared themselves as Christians in the 2006 ABS Census.
- That over 2 million Australians attend a place of worship every Sunday.
- That there are large numbers of Christian politicians at all levels of Government who value your prayers and support.
ACL offers you
- A credible Christian voice into the corridors of power.
- The campaign tools to influence policy and legislation.
- Regular news on issues of concern to Christians through the blog on this website, our weekly E-news or monthly hard-copy newsletter.
- Partnership with a credible Christian voice based on a Biblical worldview, balanced research and expert advice.
- The opportunity to hear from political leaders via election webcasts and Meet Your Candidate Forums to inform your vote.
ACL in action
ACL is positioned where it can make a difference. We have excellent relationships and credibility with those who make our laws and we always balance truth and justice with a spirit of grace and compassion.
- To concentrate on strategic issues with strategic effect.
- To be non-party partisan but critical when necessary.
- To seek both justice and righteousness in public policy.
- To promote Biblical concepts in relevant contemporary language.
- To seek excellence, professionalism and integrity.
- To maintain public credibility and strong relationships.
- To regularly seek God in prayer.
How ACL operates
- We assert the value of the Christian vote by activating the constituency that shares these values.
- We encourage support for candidates who demonstrate concern for Christian values, whatever their political affiliation.
- We lobby to affect Christian principles in government and legislation.
- We work with youth and business to help train and position tomorrow’s leaders.
ACL takes policy positions based on an orthodox historical understanding of Biblical Christian teaching. It does this in consultation with senior church leaders, Christian subject matter experts and when an issue is contentious, with ACL’s National Policy Council. The Board is the final arbiter policy positions where necessary.
But is it effective?
- Federal Government
ACL has cooperated closely with other organisations to help turn the tide on issues such as euthanasia in our Federal Parliament. It has briefed parliamentarians on industry plans to introduce “R” rated computer games. It maintains close liaison with staff and politicians to identify opportunities to advance Christian positions through legislation and makes regular submissions to parliamentary inquiries.
- State Government
ACL has an increasing influence and credibility in state parliaments as it grows its state executives and runs Meet Your Candidate Forums during elections. It has had significant influence in the ACT and Queensland where it has been longer established. Through professionally written submissions, active on the spot lobbying and advertising campaigns, the Lobby has recently positively influenced the debates on surrogacy, euthanasia and prostitution in the state parliaments.
- Local Government
ACL has had great success at this level of government, often working with local churches in fighting the placement of brothels, offensive advertising and in one case a plan for a by-law to prohibit preaching in parks. Many issues of concern to Christians are decided at this level of government and the combination of the Church, ACL and the local state or federal member can be decisive.
- Keep you informed.
- Make representations to government and industry.
- Coordinate lobbying.
How can I become involved?
There are many ways in which you can be a part of the ACL Team.
First register with ACL by filling out the secure Registration Form – that makes you the most important part of the team – someone who has registered support for Christian values, and is prepared to tell political parties that you vote.
You can be even more effective, if you can assist in any of the following ways, which you can indicate by sending an email to us:
- Joining our nationwide prayer network.
- Joining our Alert Team, to be prepared to write to politicians or media outlets as needed to change or support their policies.
- Inviting a speaker from ACL to address your church, group or organisation.
Providing volunteer services in:
- Office support.
- Research assistance.
- Other professional skills.
- Being a Church Representative.
One vote might not change much, but together the Christian community is one of the largest voter groups in Australia! As Christians we can use our vote to promote Godly and family values in Australia today. ACL urges you to believe that your vote can make a difference!
An organisation growing in size and influence
As evidence of its growth over just the last few years ACL has:
- Positioned itself as one of the premier political lobbies in the country.
- Established effective political relationships in both state and federal governments.
- Established a permanent head office situated in Canberra.
- Caused or helped facilitate, policy changes from each of the local to federal levels of government.
ACL and the church
ACL is not presuming to be a peak body for the Church, but aims instead to provide a professional Christian presence into government that can both forewarn and forearm the Church, as it brings its influence to bear on government policy.
Specifically ACL aims to benefit the Church by:
- Promoting the relevance of Christian values in public policy.
- Encouraging an ethical environment in state and federal parliaments.
- Highlighting the potential political power of the Christian constituency.
- Identifying and supporting candidates and politicians with Christian values, regardless of party.
- Keeping the Church informed of future government policy and legislative changes.
In order to achieve this ACL seeks from Churches a ministry partnership that:
- Encourages its people to join ACL.
- Supports ACL through subscribing as a supporter.
- Assigns an ACL Church Representative.
- Shares in the vision of ACL.
ACL and business
ACL benefits business by promoting Christian ethics in the community and within government. ACL assists to equip future businessmen and women to better impact the marketplace for Christ through greater political awareness.
Specifically ACL aims to benefit business by:
- Championing legislation that builds an ethical business environment.
- When consistent with ACL’s purpose, facilitating introductions to politicians.
- Providing potential executives and small business men and women practical experience in, and a deeper understanding, of politics.
In order to achieve this ACL seeks from business a ministry partnership that:
- Provides professional business and legal advice to ACL.
- Supports ACL financially to achieve its goals.
The Australian Christian Lobby does not necessarily endorse the views held by contributors, comment providers, or by authors of linked websites. Material is provided for your information to assist you in forming your own opinion. The Australian Christian Lobby encourages its supporters and readers of its website to research the issues raised.
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Online Payment Gateway Merchant Facility Policy
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) wants to provide the best possible service to our supporters and customers who use our online payment gateway merchant facility (either purchasing products or paying for ACL related events). The following information is the ACL policy related to this area and also provides contact details if you have any questions or concerns.
All transactions are processed in Australian Dollars (AUD).
- Refund Policy
Please choose our products carefully. We do not normally give refunds if you simply change your mind or make a wrong decision. You can choose between a refund, exchange or credit where goods are faulty, have been wrongly described, are different to the product purchased on the website or does not do what it is supposed to do. In regards to payments for ACL related events the specific event will clearly outline the refund policy. The default policy, however, unless stated otherwise, is that a full refund will be issued if cancelled at least 1 week before the event. A 50% refund will be issued if cancelled at least 24 hours to 1 week before the event. A refund will not be issued if cancelled within 24hrs of the event. No administrative charges will apply.
Details available here.
ACL is dedicated to keeping your details private. Any information we collect in relation to you is kept strictly secured.
Whenever you use our website or any other website, the computer on which the web pages are stored (the web server) needs to know the network address of your computer so that it can send the requested web pages back to your internet browser. When you connect to the internet your Internet Service Provider allocates you an ‘IP’ address which identifies your internet connection. From this IP address (and a couple of other details) it is possible to determine the general geographic location of your connection to the Internet. This IP address is automatically sent to ACL when you connect to the ACL website. However, your identity details are not provided with this IP address.
We record IP addresses and other network information for statistical purposes only. We only link IP address details to information about yourself when you specifically provide personal details to ACL.
When purchasing from ACL your financial details are passed through a secure server using the latest 256-bit SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption technology. 256-bit SSL encryption is the industry standard (as at 1 October 2010). If you have any questions regarding our security policy, please contact our Chief of Staff at the ACL National Office on 02 6259 0431.
Annual Report 2013
Why a Christian lobby group?
Most Australians, and certainly many Christians, have simply had enough of the increasingly rapid erosion of traditional family values and ethics in Australia. We are rightly proud of a country that has built an enviable reputation for tolerance and quality of life and has so much potential.
But we see Australia failing to achieve that potential if the very values on which it is predicated are not upheld. We believe that our success as a nation and a community to date is largely due to our strong Christian heritage.
However, this heritage and our values are currently being eroded by self-serving interest groups who have achieved unwarranted political influence, largely because of our silence. ACL aims to break that silence. After all, Christ calls us to be salt and light.
ACL at a glance
- Was established in 1995
- Is rigorously non-partisan
- Operates at federal, state and local government levels
- Is non-denominational
- Has credibility with church leaders, political parties and the media
- Has a presence in all Australian states and territories
- Provides sophisticated voter support packages in elections
- Makes a real difference on issues of concern to Christians
ACL board membership
- Tony McLellan
- Jim Wallace
- David Burr
- Michelle Pearse
- Terry Winters
- Mark Allaby
- Lyle Shelton
For further information on the ACL Board click here
The Australia Christian Lobby (ACL) is a registered company limited by guarantee.
ABN: 40 075 120 517
National Office Address: 4 Campion St DEAKIN ACT 2600
State offices are listed here
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Phone: 02 6259 0431