Please join us in the fight to save quality public service broadcasting in Australia, which is currently under unprecedented attack from enemies including the Murdoch-owned media, organisations such as the IPA and the Federal Government.
If you are a former staffer, chances are you have dedicated a great part of your professional life to the ABC and hate to see it decline in the face of these attacks. It has suffered huge cuts to its budget in recent years and lost more than a thousand experienced staff. Those remaining are battling to maintain both morale and the quality services we have all helped to create.
ABC Alumni is a group of former staff and sub-contractors who have banded together to mobilise public support for the ABC. We help like-minded organisations such as ABC Friends and others; provide mentoring and training for ABC staff; and we meet regularly with ABC Executives to provide suggestions, support, feedback and constructive criticism.
We also educate and rally support from politicians and other community leaders to strengthen the essential role of the ABC in our democracy.
The Alumni has provided high-level submissions to several parliamentary inquiries, into issues like police raids, political interference, ABC Board appointments and international broadcasting, and worked to increase ABC-friendly policies at elections.
When COVID allows, we organise social gatherings for Alumni to stay in touch, in the major cities.
Joining is easy. You are eligible if you have worked at the ABC for one year or its equivalent, either on staff or on contract; and others who support our objectives can join as Associates and pay online
While you’re here, please explore the rest of the website. You’ll find articles, submissions, news and views. And we welcome any contributions!
We really hope you’ll join us in defending the ABC. If you’d like further information, please contact us at ABCAlumniAustralia@abc.net.au.
You can be part of ABC Alumni in one of two categories: professional or associate
You are qualified to join as a full professional Alumni if you have previously worked for the ABC for a full year equivalent, either as an employee, contractor, casual or board member.
For those who do not qualify as a Professional Alumni, we welcome you as an Associate if you support our aims and values, advocating to support the independence and proper funding of the ABC.
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ABC Funding & Appointments
Join our campaign for qualified, independent appointments to the ABC Board and for adequate, secure funding. Contact Gil Appleton:
Phone: 0414 656 861
Asia Pacific Broadcasting
To join the group campaigning to rebuild broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific after the disastrous cuts to Radio Australia and short-wave. Contact Jemima Garrett:
Phone: 0408 163 226
Public Media Coalition
To help forge a coalition of other groups supporting public media please contact John Cleary:
Phone: 0437 459 353
We’re looking for ex-ABC staff from all departments and locations. Contact Helen Grasswill via email with Recruitment Drive in the subject line.
If you would like to donate to any Alumni campaigns or support a scholarship fund, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABC Alumni Limited is a registered charity and not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
ACN: 628 088 371
ABC Mentoring Program
This five-month program from May to September pairs a suitable Alumni Mentor and an ABC employee Mentee. All areas of the ABC are included, from journalism to production to management.
Contact Sue Spencer or Peter McEvoy for further information