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. 

Labor has always aimed to, in the words of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam: 

"Promote equality, to involve the people of Australia in the decision-making processes of our land, and to liberate the talents and uplift the horizons of the Australian people." 

Membership of the Australian Labor Party is open to all residents of Australia who share our objectives. 

Labor's policy platform is made by national conferences comprising the federal and state parliamentary leadership of the Party, together with elected delegates from all states, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Australian Young Labor.