What is advocacy?
By definition, advocacy is a method used by groups to influence Government policies and practise, and shift public opinion in hopes of advancing a particular cause. One of the most influential forms of advocacy is lobbying.
Lobbying most generally involves getting in front of Members of Parliament (Legislature), the Executive (Ministers) and Officials (Public Servants) to advocate for support on a kaupapa (issue) or matter.
Despite being highly effective, lobbying is not the only form of advocacy. Effective advocacy also involves building a public image, educating officials on the issues facing the industry, leveraging the media, and building relationships with a range of stakeholders in the private sector.
What does the Association aim to achieve through its advocacy?
- influence policy decisions and be part of policy discussions
- position ourselves as sector leaders
- be top of mind when decision-makers offer funding opportunities
- have a say on proposed regulatory changes
- provide feedback and educate officials on current challenges faced by the industry
RA responds to proposed regulatory changes by lobbying Government to:
- stop a proposed law change
- minimise the impact of proposed regulatory change
- improve the implementation of the proposed change
- strengthen the proposed regulatory change
- widen the scope of those captured by the proposed change
What kinds of issues has the Association advocated on?
The Association advocates on anything and everything that may impact the hospitality sector. From Covid-19 subsidies, to how much you get charged per credit card transaction, or even immigration policies – we’ve advocated on your behalf on it all.