The Australian Democrats values and beliefs are structured by a framework of principles created and supported by the general membership of the party. Focusing on our belief in a freer and fairer Australia, these party objectives are listed below:
1. To be beholden to no group or groups in the community but to serve the best interests of all Australians.
2. To accept the challenges of the predicament of humanity on the planet with its exponentially increasing population, disappearing finite resources and accelerating deterioration of the environment.
3. To recognise the interdependence of all people and all nations, to co-operate fully with the United Nations, and to accept our obligation to the developing countries by co-operating with them in their social and economic development.
4. To seek the transition to a sustainable economy, in equilibrium with world resources and eco-systems, with a minimum of dislocation by planning the necessary changes in good time, and by increasing public awareness of problems ahead.
5. To be even-handed to employee and employer, and reconcile their real interests by encouraging industrial democracy and other appropriate forms of co-operation.
6. To foster greater mutual understanding as well as greater equality in income per hour of work, between city and country dwellers.
7. To stimulate the development of a multi-faceted national culture, with full opportunity for all ethnic groups to contribute.
8. To further unite the people of Australia by co-operative, indicative national planning, taking into account social, economic and environmental objectives.
9. To seek improvement in the quality of human relationships in all aspects of society and the economy, through honesty, tolerance, compassion and a sense of mutual obligation.
10. To decentralise power, to oppose its concentration in the hands of sectional groups, and to ensure that the power of large groups or of bureaucracies is not allowed to override the interests of individuals or of smaller groups.
11. To achieve and defend effective participatory democracy and open government by appropriate constitutional, parliamentary and government reforms.
12. By supporting existing rural and provincial industries and in other ways, to stem, and finally reverse, the flow of population to the cities.
13. To emphasise prevention rather than cure in social and health services.
14. To foster community activities and the growth of community spirit, bringing government and health and social services closer to the people.
15. To enable people to pursue their own way of life so long as they do not interfere with the rights of others.
16. To provide throughout life an education for living as well as for earning a living.
17. To ensure ready access to the media for public communication.
18. To ensure that the basic needs of all people are securely met, and to distribute income, wealth, social services and opportunity more equitably without undermining either incentive or self-respect.
19. To encourage individual initiative and enterprise and to recognise the need for self-fulfilment.
20. To protect animals from cruelty and exploitation.
21. To recognise the rights of all people to self-determination.
22. To ensure the maintenance of biodiversity, to protect threatened species and to provide for better habitat protection.
23. To seek the election to Parliament of members committed to the objectives of the Party, in such numbers as to win Government.