ABC Friends is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, volunteer-based organisation with active state and territory divisions all around Australia.
We have been working to uphold and promote the vital role of the ABC as a national public media organisation since 1976.
Our vision is for a fearless, independent ABC valued by all Australians and fully supported by government.
Our mission is to represent the community interest in upholding and promoting the vital role of the ABC as a national public media organisation.
We value democracy, independence, accountability, quality, diversity and accessibility. This translates to an ABC that:
- is essential for a healthy democracy
- is independent of government influence, commercial sponsorship and advertising
- is accountable to the public
- offers distinctive, high quality programs and services
- promotes Australian culture in all its diversity
- is accessible and relevant to all Australians
What we do
We influence government policies on the ABC and ensure that it is fully funded to fulfil its role as Australia’s national public media organisation as set out in the ABC Charter.
We campaign to persuade the public and political candidates of the importance of the ABC.
We inform the Australian public about issues affecting the ABC and public media.
We conduct research into emerging issues in public media to better understand the environment in which the ABC operates.
We partner with like-minded organisations to conduct research, campaign, and communicate with the public.
We collaborate with, support and coordinate the work of the state and territory divisions of ABC Friends.