Who we are

Who we are

The SEARCH Foundation was established in 1990. It was originally formed as the entity to
manage the assets of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA) when it ceased operating as a
political party, with objects including the promotion of “greater understanding in the
community of the main factors affecting social life, influencing social development and
advancing social wellbeing.”

Over the last 27 years, the Foundation has evolved and now undertakes a range of activities
to promote its goal of democratic, ecological socialism and to work for cooperation and
solidarity among left and progressive movements for democracy, economic and social
justice and equality, environmental sustainability, human rights, and international peace and

The SEARCH Foundation is a national membership-based organisation comprising several
hundred members, many now being drawn from a wide range of organisations and political
parties on the Australian left. The Foundation’s office is based in the Unions NSW complex in
Sussex Street, Sydney, including access to a broad range of associated organisations and
excellent facilities for meetings and other activities.

The Foundation is constituted as a company limited by guarantee and is governed by an
elected Committee of 10 members, comprising three officers (President, Vice-President, and
Honorary Treasurer) and seven other Committee members. The elected Committee appoints
a Company Secretary who, if a SEARCH member and not already a Committee member,
becomes a member of the Committee.

After 27 years of activity, the Foundation has undergone a rethink of its broad strategy and
purpose through a wide-ranging SEARCH Review leading up to a National Forum open to all
members last year (2017). This process also incorporates a Review of the Foundation’s
constitution, currently being undertaken and due to conclude in late July.

SEARCH members

SEARCH works to build a democratically socialist and ecologically sustainable Australia.  SEARCH supports, and our members are involved in, many radical and progressive movements and causes, nationally and in solidarity with movements and people fighting for peace, social justice and liberation internationally.

SEARCH also seeks to mobilize our members around key issues of the day as they arise such as environmental justice, against domestic and other violence against women, jobs and workplace justice, social justice equity, inclusiveness and the Recognise campaign for recognition of Indigenous people in the Constitution and for marriage equality.

Committee members

The Committee of the SEARCH Foundation is the group of members elected by the membership to take responsibility for the governance and strategic direction of the organisation under the terms of the Constitution.  The governance and strategic direction of the organisation is managed by the appointment of committee members to sub committees which are listed below.  Working groups have also been established to provide broad policy and strategic advice to the committee.  More information here:  Working groups

The committee is also responsible for employing the Project Officers, the Company Secretary and other employees of the Foundation.

President: Jacquie Widin
Vice President: Mat Kunkel
Treasurer: Adrian Graves
Company Secretary: David Pink
Committee members:
Brian Aarons
Patricia Hovey
Carmen Blanco
Penny Sara
Ama Somaratna
Luke Whitington
Peter Murphy

Committee Meetings - 2018

10-11 February
12  May
11 August
13 October
8 December

Annual General Meeting - 2018



Project officer - Amalina Wallace
Project officer - Alice Strauss

Search Sub Committees

Finance and Investment Sub-Committee
Convener: Adrian Graves.

Communications' Sub-Committee
Convener: Luke Whitington

Education Advisory Sub-Committee
Convener: Adrian Graves

SEARCH Review and National Conference Sub-Committee
Convener: Brian Aarons

Constitutional Sub-Committee
Convener: David Pink

Uniday Pty Ltd Board
Directors: Chris Elenor, Tony Hawkins, Sally Trevena, Carmen Blanco, Brian Aarons, Jo Kerr, Ama Somaratna, Peter Murphy