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Founding of the Party

Pirate Party Australia was founded in 2008 by Rodney Serkowski based on the principles of free culture, intellectual rights reform and civil liberties. The Party formally registered with the Australian Electoral Commission in January 2013.

In 2012, the Party significantly broadened its policy set, expanding into areas such as animal welfare, the environment, energy, taxation, drug reform, and other more traditional policy areas, taking an evidence-based approach to solving these issues.

Contested Elections

In 2012, three members of the Pirate Party contested ACT local elections as independents representing the Pirate Party, and each attained 0.5% of the vote with a budget of less than $5,000.

In 2013, the Party contested its first Federal Election, gaining between 0.3% to 0.8% of the vote depending on state, with a budget of less than $30,000. The Party is currently focusing on founding state and territory branches to build grassroots campaign strength and prepare to contest state-level elections.

Previous National Councils

The National Council is the administrative body that leads the Pirate Party. It originally consisted of 7 members, but was expanded to 9 members in 2013. All members are appointed by election at a National Congress by all full members.

Time period identifies the year that the specified National Council began their approximately 12 month term.

Term Time Period President Secretary Treasurer Deputy President Deputy Secretary Deputy Treasurer Party Agent
1st 2009 David Crafti Peter Barber (resigned),
Rodney Serkowski
Jarryd Lassen (resigned),
Paul Templeton
David Gaetjens Michael Nadler Paul Templeton (promoted),
(vacant)
Rodney Serkowski (promoted),
(vacant)
2nd 2010 Rodney Serkowski Simon Frew/Brendan Molloy (shared) Paul Templeton David Campbell (vacant) (vacant) Alexis Shaw
3rd 2011 David Campbell Brendan Molloy Rodney Serkowski Simon Frew David Haidon (vacant) Alexis Shaw
4th 2012 David Campbell Brendan Molloy Rodney Serkowski Simon Frew Mozart Olbrycht-Palmer Sam Kearns Glen Takkenberg

Pirate Congress 2013 voted to amend the Party Constitution to include two new "Councillor" positions on the National Council, and renamed Party Agent to Registered Officer to better reflect their responsibilities.

Term Time Period President Secretary Treasurer Deputy President Deputy Secretary Deputy Treasurer Registered Officer Councillor (1) Councillor (2)
5th 2013 Simon Frew Daniel Judge Ben McGinnes Melanie Thomas Mozart Olbrycht-Palmer Mark Gibbons Glen Takkenberg Brendan Molloy David Campbell
6th 2014 Brendan Molloy Daniel Judge Ben McGinnes Simon Frew Fletcher Boyd Mark Gibbons Michael Keating Melanie Thomas David Campbell
7th 2015 Simon Frew Daniel Judge Mark Gibbons Michael Keating Fletcher Boyd Ben McGinnes David Crafti Thomas Randle Adien Treleaven (resigned)
Peter Fulton (appointed)
8th 2016 Simon Frew Fletcher Boyd Mark Gibbons Michael Keating Thomas Randle Peter Fulton David Crafti Emily Sievers Andrew Downing
9th 2017 Emily Sievers Thomas Randle Mark Gibbons John Jeffery Simon Gnieslaw (resigned)
Peter Lawler (elected)
Simon Frew Alex Jago John August Miles Whiticker

Pirate Emergency Congress 2017 voted to amend the Party Constitution from the start of the 2018-2019 National Council term to have three "Councillor" positions and merge the Registered Officer's responsibilities into the Secretary's position.

Term Time Period President Secretary Treasurer Deputy President Deputy Secretary Deputy Treasurer Councillor (1) Councillor (2) Councillor (3)
10th 2018 - - - - - - - - -