ALIA Constitutional change passed | Environment, human rights and sustainable development goals included


Wednesday, 17 May 2017, Canberra: The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has tonight passed an important constitutional change at its Annual General Meeting.

As ALIA celebrates its 80th year of existence, the ALIA Board proposed that 'environment' be added to the first Object of the Constitution.

(a)    To promote the free flow of information and ideas in the interest of all Australians and a thriving culture, economy, environment and democracy.

In addition it was proposed an inclusion of an additional Object to the Constitution:

  • To endorse the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights- Article 19 and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in response to the many challenges faced by the world today and into the future.

Patricia Genat, President of the ALIA Board, said: 'After a good discussion of the issues involved, this was put to the vote and it was overwhelmingly passed to put these important principles at the heart of our Constitution.'

'The ALIA Membership has recognised that the evidence-based climate science confirms that climate change is real and our environment will increasingly affect decision-making in all areas of society.  It is important that our Association is mindful of environmental issues.

"Also we live in increasingly challenging times and increasingly libraries, information services and workers are involved in decisions that require a position on access to information.  Inclusion of this principle, confirms our position on the importance of freedom of access to information for all Australians.'

ALIA looks forward to continue working on the Sustainable Development Goals by:

  • Promoting universal literacy, including digital, media and information literacy and skills, with the support of dedicated staff;
  • Closing gaps in access to information and helping government, civil society and business to understand local information needs better;
  • Providing a network of delivery sites for government programmes and services;
  • Advancing digital inclusion through access to ICT;
  • Serving as the heart of the research and academic community; and
  • Preserving and providing access to the world’s culture and heritage.


About the Australian Library and Information Association

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support.


Heather Wellard, Communications Manager: | 02 6215 8225 | 0409830 439


Wednesday 17 May 2017 7:30pm