"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"
"Who watches the watchmen?"
- Juvenal, Satires, VI, 347
To contact EFA, please go to our Contact Us page.
Objects and Purposes
The Objects and Purposes of Electronic Frontiers Australia, as defined in Rule 3 of the Rules of Incorporation, are as follows:
- To protect and promote the civil liberties of users of computer based communications systems and of those affected by their use.
- To advocate the amendment of laws and regulations in Australia and elsewhere which restrict free speech and unfettered access to information.
- To educate the community at large about the social, political, and civil liberties issues involved in the use of computer based communications systems.
- To support, encourage and advise on the development and use of computer based communication systems, and related innovations.
- To research and advise on the application of the law (both current and proposed) to computer based communication systems and related technologies.
Who We Are
Electronic Frontiers Australia Inc. (EFA) is a non-profit national organisation that has been promoting digital freedom, access and privacy in Australia since 1994. EFA was established in January 1994 and incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act (S.A.) in May 1994. EFA's registration number is 101007096. Our ABN is 35 050 159 188.
EFA is independent of government and commerce and is funded by membership subscriptions and donations from individuals and organisations with an altruistic interest in promoting online civil liberties. EFA members and supporters come from all parts of Australia and from diverse backgrounds. They are people who recognise that preserving freedoms and rights always depends on the willingness of people to defend them and that combatting the threats posed by the anti-civil libertarian forces and ill-informed reports in the media requires constant vigilance and support.
EFA is completely independent from the USA's Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). EFA is not (and never has been) a subsidiary or affiliate of the EFF, although the two separate organisations share a number of goals and have an excellent working relationship. EFA is focused on issues directly affecting Australians, while EFF has an American and also a broad international focus. EFF's role in the establishment of EFA was solely that of an advisory ally.
What We Do
EFA has the honour of serving as an aspiration both timeless and immediate in working for online freedoms and rights. It is a timeless aspiration because the defence of liberty is a daily endeavour, history demonstrating that freedoms and rights lost are hard to regain. It is an immediate aspiration because the global Internet offers all people the right to communicate without interference, and governments have the chance to embody Internet freedoms and rights into law, custom and practice for generations to come.
Since 1994, on a shoestring budget and without business premises, EFA has led campaigns within Australia and overseas. Each year EFA spokespersons respond to hundreds of media and public enquiries about Internet regulation. They present oral testimony to Parliamentary Committees; attend meetings with members of Parliament and political staffers to explain the need for policy reform and have been keynote speakers and lecturers in Australia and overseas. Given the limited understanding of politicians and bureaucrats regarding Internet issues when EFA was formed in 1994, EFA can be justifiably proud of achieving a change in Government opinion in relation to censorship, ISP liability and telecommunications policies, and widespread support for EFA's views among key stakeholders and the general public.
EFA policy formulation, decision making and oversight of organisational activities are the responsibility of EFA's Board of Management.
Elected Board Members act in a voluntary capacity; they are not remunerated for time spent on EFA projects. Board Members are subject to compliance with a Board Code of Conduct [PDF] approved by the members-at-large which ensures, in addition to the provisions of the Associations Incorporations Act (S.A.), that in the event of any Board Member having a conflict of interest in relation to any matter under consideration by the EFA Board, they are not entitled to vote in relation to that matter.
Current Board Members
- David Cake - CHAIR
- Daryl Sheppard - VICE-CHAIR
- Dr Jenny Ng - SECRETARY
- Daemon Singer - TREASURER
- Alan Isherwood
- Alex Schlotzer
- Andrew Pam
- Dr Mike Kent
- Fletcher Boyd
- Nicholas Kavadias
EFA funding is provided by membership subscriptions and donations from individuals and organisations with an altruistic interest in promoting online civil liberties. As the management committee of an incorporated association, the Board is required to act in the best interests of the members as a whole in accord with the objectives of the association. The Board therefore does not accept donations from sectional interests wishing to influence EFA policy or activities. Since EFA was formed in 1994, the Board has only accepted donations on the basis that the donation does not entitle the donor to vote or exert influence in relation to EFA policy formulation, or any other aspect of the Board's decision-making or organisational activities.
- Jon Lawrence - Executive Officer (part-time)
Functional Teams (Standing Committees)
In the interests of promoting more efficient management and oversight of the organisation, and to continue building the organisation's capacity, the EFA Board has established the following Functional Teams:
- Governance and Finance
- Policy and Research
- Communications and Campaigns
All current and prospective members of EFA are welcome to apply to join any of these Functional Teams.
For more information, please see our Functional Teams page.
- 2015 Annual General Meeting: 8th November - details coming soon
- 2014 Annual General Meeting: 23rd November - includes draft minutes.
- 2014 Special General Meeting: 10th June
- 2013 Annual General Meeting: 16th November
The EFA Board's Annual Reports, as presented to each Annual General Meeting are available on our
Annual Reports page.
The following organisations are financial or in-kind supporters of EFA and its campaigns.
If you're interested in becoming a Supporting Organisation, please contact us.