Australia Tibet Council

Enabling everyone in Australia to be part of change in Tibet

Tibet Advocacy Project

Australia can play a constructive role in the resolution of the Tibet-China conflict. ATC is committed to making Tibet an important part of a deepening Australia-China relationship and in leveraging Australia’s growing importance as the global power shifts from the west to the east.

Our strength in building political support comes from our movement of 20,000-strong Australians.

Translating our strong public support into real political action for Tibet is a key goal at ATC.

Tibet in the Australian parliament

parliament1We work closely with the Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet in Canberra, a cross-party group of members from both houses of the Parliament. They keep the Tibet issue on the parliamentary agenda through motions and statements and raise the issue with the government through questions to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and meetings with the foreign minister. Members also participate in meetings with visiting Tibetan leaders including the Dalai Lama in the Parliament, take part in parliamentary delegations to Dharamsala and speak at rallies and public forums across the country.

Tibet Advocacy Day

TAP1The Tibet Advocacy Day is our annual lobbying initiative for Tibet in the Parliament. Members of Australia’s Tibetan community visit Parliament House every March, brief parliamentarians on the latest situation in Tibet and call for stronger political support.

2017, the sixth Tibet Advocacy Day in Australia, will see our largest delegation ever, with 14 delegates and four mentors.  They will discuss China’s intensifying crackdown on the Tibetans’ freedom of religion and push for a visit to Tibet by Australian parliamentarians.

Australian visits by Tibetan leaders

ktls tt sydAlong with Tibet Information Office, we work towards building political support for the Dalai Lama and the democratically elected Tibetan leadership in exile.

Australian politicians, media and the public gave a strong endorsement to Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay as he visited Australia in August 2012 for the first time since taking over Tibet's political leadership from the Dalai Lama.

Parliamentary delegations to Dharamsala 

delegation2012A parliamentary delegation to Dharamsala is an important step in Australia’s support for Tibet. We have been involved in organising two parliamentary delegations to the Tibetan exile capital in India, the most recent in July 2012.

After meeting with Tibetan political and community leaders, students, former political prisoners and artists in Dharamsala, politicians have invariably returned with a deeper appreciation of the Tibet issue. Back in Australia, they become strong voices for Tibet in the Parliament. 

lisa-singhSenator McEWEN (South Australia—Government Whip in the Senate): At the request of Senator (Lisa) Singh, I move:

That the Senate— (a) notes That the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council will review the implementation of recommendations which emerged from the first UPR cycle of 14 states, as well as human rights developments since the first review of these states, in its seventeenth session commencing in October 2013;

(b) urges the full and transparent engagement of all states with the UPR process and consideration of the recommendations arising thereof;and

(c) notes that China is scheduled in this session for review, and: (i) supports China's participation in the UPR, (ii) notes the ongoing tension in the Tibetan regions, and nearly 120 deaths by self-immolation in protests against China's policies in those regions, and (iii) endorses Australia's efforts to promote human rights in Tibet.

Question agreed to.

Source: Hansard, Wednesday 26 June 2013

Prime minister Julia Gillard, who’s on her five-day visit to China, told journalists yesterday that she had raised the Tibet issue during her meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping. We will share more details when they become available to us.

The Australian prime minister is among the world’s first leaders to meet the new Chinese leadership. The US secretary of state John Kerry is scheduled to visit China next week.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, the first day of her arrival in China, the prime minister said that Tibet is on the agenda. This announcement follows Australia Tibet Council’s letter to the Prime Minister prior to her departure, urging her to encourage the new Chinese leadership to address the current crisis in Tibet.

Tibet Advocacy Day 2013

Published in Tibet Advocacy Project
Wednesday, 03 April 2013


Two days after our Tibet Advocacy Day on 18 March, a motion moved by Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, a key member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, was passed in the Senate.

Thank you to all our supporters from across the country, our volunteers and the entire Tibet Advocacy Day team!

On 18 March, twelve young Tibetan-Australians shared their personal stories about Tibet with almost 40 national leaders from across the political spectrum and urged Australia to adopt a new approach on the Tibet issue by joining forces with other governments. They joined Tibetans and supporters lobbying their elected representatives in various national capitals in March. We're all carrying the same message – that it's time for governments to work together to address the escalating crisis in Tibet.

Tibet motion passed in Senate

Published in Tibet Advocacy Project
Wednesday, 20 March 2013

sarah-hanson-youngSenator Sarah Hanson-Young (South Australia): I move:

That the Senate notes the Australian Government's efforts to urge Chinese authorities to:

(a) address the underlying causes of tension in Tibetan regions;

(b) end the use of harsh policies, such as increased surveillance and violent crack downs, which have only exacerbated the security situation in Tibetan areas;

(c) lift restrictions on access to Tibetan regions, including for international media and diplomats; and

(d) resume substantive talks with the Dalai Lama's representatives to prevent the situation deteriorating further.

Question agreed to.

Source: Hansard

(This motion was passed in the Senate two days after the Tibet Advocacy Day in Canberra.)