The ABC is worth fighting for!

We are former employees of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation who believe passionately in the need for a fearless, well-funded and independent national broadcaster as a vital part of Australian democracy. 


  • Publicly advocate for improved funding for the ABC, and for the protection of its independence and integrity
  • Constructively criticise the ABC where warranted, and promote continuous improvement and public accountability
  • Mobilise our skills in support of the ABC, including through mentoring and training current staff
  • Provide public speakers, articles and research on the role and importance of the ABC, and work with like-minded groups to campaign for strong and vital public broadcasting that delivers for the public interest
  • Provide opportunities for alumni and associates to meet among themselves, and also to hear from current ABC management and staff on the performance, challenges and opportunities facing the ABC

The Alumni is an independent company limited by guarantee, with no affiliation or partnership with any lobby group or other organisation, aside from a working relationship from time to time with ABC Friends on issues of common interest.

How you can get involved

You can join ABC Alumni if you’ve worked one full-time year for the ABC or its part-time equivalent. If you’re not ex-ABC but support our objectives, please join as an Associate. 

Contact us if you can help us establish a presence in your area. You can be involved wherever you are. Your suggestions and offers of help are welcome at ABCAlumniAustralia@gmail.com.

ABC Alumni is a registered not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (ACN 628 088 371, ABN 85628088371). We are registered as a charity with the Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) for the purpose of advancing education and public debate about the ABC, and establishing a scholarship fund.

Board, Committees, Services


ABC Alumni Board, L-R: Janet Clayton, Alan Sunderland, Helen Grasswill, Jonathan Holmes, Gael Jennings. Missing: Quentin Dempster, Sandra Levy.

Click on Alumni names to view brief biography.

Jonathan Holmes (Chair)

Helen Grasswill (Deputy Chair)

Janet Clayton (Company Secretary & Treasurer)

Quentin Dempster

Dr Gael Jennings

Sandra Levy

Alan Sunderland

State Branches

VIC: Peter Marks

ACT: Phil Williams

Tas:  David Brill, Deborah Fleming

QLD: Trish Lake, Mark Hayes

WA: Bobbie Mackley

SA and NT: TBA


Administration: Helen Grasswill, Janet Clayton, Gil Appleton

Campaigns: Quentin Dempster

Drama and Specialist: Dr Gael Jennings, Sandra Levy

Events: Sharon Carleton

Government: Jonathan Holmes, Helen Grasswill, Alan Sunderland

Historian: Wendy Borchers

International: Helen Grasswill, Vivien Altman

Membership: Janet Clayton

Media & Public Relations: Helen Grasswill

Newsletters: Jonathan Holmes

Social Media: Janet Clayton

Training/Reviewing/Mentoring: Sue Spencer, Peter McEvoy, Alan Sunderland

Website Content: Helen Grasswill (editor), Sue Spencer, Mick Donaldson, Gil Appleton

Website Management: Janet Clayton

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