Political Party Memberships in NSW Parliamentary Parties: 2014-18

As part of the electoral disclosure regime in NSW, registered political parties are required to disclose funds raised from membership fees and subscriptions.

The following sets out the membership numbers for the years 2014-18 reported to the NSW Electoral Commission by each party represented in the NSW Parliament since 2015.

As far as possible, the total and membership category figures are reported consistently against the same categories.

Given the practice in various parties to allow for multiple year subscriptions and/or couples and family memberships, the figures represent the minimum membership numbers in a given year. The number crunching is only as good as the data.

To allow for the ALP’s practice of three year membership subscriptions, in 2014-15 and 2015-16, this was roughly accounted for by multiplying the number of such memberships paid for that year by 3. For 2016-17 and 2017-18, the figure reports actual three year memberships paid for each year in these three year cycles.

Animal Justice Party

2017-18 – 628 (2.1% increase on 2016/17)

625 general members; 3 junior members

2016-17 – 615 (78.5% increase on 2015/16)

606 general members; 9 young members

2015-16 – 344 (8.9% increase on 2014/15)

315 general members, and 29 junior members.

2014-15 – 316

Australian Labor Party (NSW Branch)

2017-18 – 14,149 (1.6% decrease on 2016/17)

(4055 waged members, 1994 members who are members of affiliated unions, 7998 concessional members, 102 student members.)

2016-17 – 14,383 (0.6% decrease on 2015/16)

(4200 waged members, 2009 members who are members of affiliated unions, 7802 concessional members, 372 student members. The Labor Party is no longer reporting affiliation payments from unions)

2015-16 – 14,475 (1.96% decrease on 2014/15)

(4107 waged members; 2126 members who are members of affiliated unions; 8025 concessional memberships; 217 Student members, paying $5.00 to join), and 325,285 affiliation payments by virtue of membership of unions affiliated with the ALP.

2014-15 – 14,763

(4143 waged members; 1847 members who are members of affiliated unions; 8564 concessional memberships; 209 “New recruitment” members, paying $5.00 to join), and 291,632 affiliations by virtue of membership of unions affiliated with the ALP.

Country Labor: Since the late 1990s, the ALP has maintained “Country Labor” as a separate identity in NSW. The figures attributed to membership of this branch are:

2017-18 – 3013 (1.1% decrease on 2016/17)

(634 waged memberships; 441 members who are members of affiliated unions; 1928 concessional memberships; 10 student memberships).

2016-17 – 3045 (4.3% increase on 2015/16)

(679 waged memberships; 393 members who are members of affiliated unions; 1951 concessional memberships; 22 student memberships).

2015-16 – 2919 (17.96% decrease on 2014/15)

(65 ordinary memberships; 605 waged memberships; 354 members who are members of affiliated unions; 1883 concessional memberships; 12 student memberships).

2014-15 – 3558

(68 ordinary memberships; 812 waged memberships; 429 members who are members of affiliated unions; 2227 concessional memberships; 22 student memberships).

 “NSW Labor” (ALP (NSW Branch) plus Country Labor)

2017-18 – 17,162 (1.5% decrease on 2016/17)

2016-17 – 17,428 (0.2% increase on 2015/16)

2015-16 – 17,394 (5.1% decrease on 2014/15)

2014-15 – 18,321

Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

2017-18 – 1311 (2.2% increase on 2016/17)

(Full members 551; Concessional memberships 751; Youth memberships 9)

2016-17 – 1283 (14.8% increase on 2015/16)

(Full members 544; Concessional memberships 727; Youth memberships 12)

2015-16 – 1118 (11.3% decrease on 2014/15)

(Ordinary members: 464; Concessional memberships: 644; Youth memberships: 6; Life members: 5)

2014-15 – 1261

(Ordinary members: 549; Concessional memberships: 706; Youth memberships: 4; Life members: 2)

Liberal Party (NSW Division)

2017-18 – 11,433 (19.4% increase on 2016/17)

(Basic memberships: 6147; Concessional memberships: 2334; Friends of Israel memberships: 28; Gold memberships: 423; Junior memberships: 37; Party Patron memberships: 71; Platinum memberships: 258; Previous Year memberships: 74; Secondary branch memberships: 25; Young Liberals membership: 2036).

2016-17 – 9579 (3.0% decrease on 2015/16)

(Basic memberships: 5333; Concessional memberships: 2031; Gold memberships: 326; Junior memberships: 67; Party Patron memberships: 60; Platinum memberships: 231; Secondary branch memberships: 19; Young Liberals membership: 1512).

 2015-16 – 9872 (4.9% decrease on 2014/15)

(Basic memberships: 5291; Concessional memberships: 2263; Gold memberships: 325; Junior memberships: 70; Party Patron memberships: 77; Platinum memberships: 248; “Previous year” memberships: 50; Secondary branch memberships: 21; Young Liberals membership: 1527).

2014-15 – 10,380

(Basic memberships: 5349; Concessional memberships: 2652; Gold memberships: 366; Junior memberships: 19; Party Patron memberships: 94; Platinum memberships: 281; “Previous year” memberships: 132; Secondary branch memberships: 38; Young Liberals membership: 1449).

National Party (NSW Division)

2017-18 – 3942 (2.9% decrease on 2016/17)

(966 Ordinary single members; 1678.5 members as ordinary member couples; 567 pensioner/retiree single members; 437 pensioner/retiree couples; 16 sponsor singles; 37 sponsor couples; 209 Young Nationals concessional memberships; 20 supporters; 5 supporter couples; 0.5 Gold couple and 6 various/ad hoc memberships.)

2016-17 – 4058 (4.7% decrease on 2015/16)

(990 Ordinary single members; 1801 members as ordinary member couples; 541 pensioner/retiree single members; 470 pensioner/retiree couples; 16 sponsor singles; 43 sponsor couples; 163 Young Nationals concessional memberships; and 34 various/ad hoc memberships.)

2015-16 – 4257 (4.7% decrease on 2014/15)

(997 Ordinary single members; 1910 members as ordinary member couples; 550 pensioner/retiree single members; 549 pensioner/retiree couples; 12 sponsor singles; 38 sponsor couples; 167 Young Nationals concessional memberships; and 34 various/ad hoc memberships.)

2014-15 – 4466

(1,061 Ordinary single members; 2,088 members as ordinary member couples; 580 pensioner/retiree single members; 518 pensioner/retiree couples; 16 sponsor singles; 32 sponsor couples; 125 Young Nationals concessional memberships; and 46 various/ad hoc memberships.)

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party

2017-18 – 954 (9.8% increase on 2016/17)

(“New” Ordinary members 574; “Old” Ordinary members: 16; Concessional memberships: 364)

2016-17 – 869 (65.8% increase on 2015/16)

(“New” Ordinary members 219; “Old” Ordinary members: 317; Concessional memberships: 333)

2015-16 – 524 (4.0% decrease on 2014/15)

(336 Ordinary members; 188 concessional memberships)

2014-15 – 546

(324 Ordinary members; 222 concessional memberships).

The Greens (NSW)

2017-18 – 3762 (5.5% decrease on 2016/17)

(1377 salaried members; 760 low waged members; 1231 concessional members; 394 Young Greens)

2016-17 – 3981 (8.5% decrease on 2015/16)

(1440 high waged members; 843 low waged members; 1275 concessional members; 421 Young Greens; 2 interstate transfers)

2015-16 – 4353 (10.4% increase on 2014/15)

(1651 High waged members; 908 low waged members; 1325 concession members; 464 Young Greens and 5 interstate transfers)

2014-15 – 3943

(1423 “salaried” members; 21 “waged” members; 911 “low income” members; 1201 concession members; and 387 Young Greens.)

 

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