Performance of the broad and diverse Lobby Groups and Political Parties industry has been mixed over the past five years. While some sectors of the industry have recorded declining income, the variety of organisations and groups that operate in the industry, from small and local clubs to large charities with international arms, has helped stabilise industry revenue. A steady rate of government funding has flowed through to the industry in the form of competitive grants and has enabled many organisations to provide vital services. However, the unstable economic climate in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2007-08 has made fundraising tough.
Lobby Groups and Political Parties are associations, clubs or organisations that promote community or other interests. These include formal political organisations, environmental groups, community groups, automobile clubs, ethnic social groups and youth groups. Falling outside the industry's definition are sporting clubs, religious groups, business and professional associations and professional interests of labour and union employees such as trade unions.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.