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Why should I come to PowerUp?

For too long, self-serving corporations and right-wing power brokers have captured our democracy, making inequality worse and ravaging our environment. We need to build a new form of power that breaks this hold.

Securing a safe world for future generations is going to come down to us — and we’re going to have to step up now. At PowerUp, you will converge with a thousand passionate GetUp members for a weekend of shared values, practical skills workshops and strategy sessions. Then together we’ll launch a new national network of Action Groups that can take back power for everyday people.

If you want to get the skills, tools and connections to make a difference and you’re ready to take action, then we need you at PowerUp. Buy your ticket now.

What can I expect at PowerUp?

The PowerUp program has been built to maximise your opportunity to interact, connect and learn in engaging spaces. You can expect to spend about 80% of your time in small practical skills workshops, and 20% in all-in plenary spaces led by inspiring keynote speakers. There’s also plenty of breaks to stretch your legs, grab a coffee and get to know your fellow attendees outside of the formal program. Stay tuned for the full program in June.

What will I learn at PowerUp?

Your PowerUp experience will focus on practical skills building, campaign strategy and community organising fundamentals.

During workshops, you’ll learn about taking on leadership roles in your community, how to build and sustain effective groups, and other critical organising skills. At all-in plenaries, you’ll learn about GetUp’s strategy to scale up people-power in Australia, and how you can play a key role in it.

Perhaps most importantly, you’ll build meaningful connections with other attendees from your home electorate that could form the basis for a local Action Group.

Do I need any skills or experience to attend?

You don’t need any skills or experience to attend PowerUp. Whether you’ve been involved in a community group or activism for years, or you’re just getting involved for the first time, PowerUp is a unique opportunity you won’t have had before.

Who will be speaking at PowerUp?

Some of the most impactful community organisers are lining up to speak at PowerUp. These Australian and international change-makers will bring you exclusive insights into the state of the nation and the world, and share their strategies for building the people-power to win. Stay tuned for updates in June.

I’m passionate about attending PowerUp but can’t afford it. Does PowerUp offer any financial assistance?

As a Sydney-based conference, we recognise that the cost of a ticket, accommodation and travel can be especially prohibitive for interstate folk. We also acknowledge that the rising cost of living has put a strain on many households.

PowerUp has put aside a limited scholarship fund. If you're passionate about attending PowerUp but need some help, please fill out this confidential application form.

I’d like to chip in towards the PowerUp Scholarship Fund. Can I do this?

If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet then you can opt for a philanthropy ticket, which will give you one ticket to PowerUp plus provide a generous donation to the fund. Alternatively, you can click here to donate. Every dollar will go towards another attendee’s ticket, travel, accommodation and food. Thank you for your generosity.

Where can I go for more information about PowerUp?


What does my ticket include?

Your ticket covers you for the entire two-day conference, morning and afternoon tea, and an invite to the Saturday evening PowerUp Social.

What doesn’t my ticket include?

PowerUp aims to keep ticket prices as low as possible by not including lunch in the ticket price. Instead a variety of food vendors will be open on-site. Accommodation and travel is also not included in the ticket price.

Why are there limited tickets available in each electorate?

PowerUp has capped the number of tickets available for each electorate to ensure there’s an even spread of attendees. This will allow PowerUp to organise ticket-holders into evenly-sized workshop groups based upon their federal electorate. If you want to buy a ticket but they’ve sold out in your electorate, click here to go on the waiting list.

I need another ticket, but it says it’s sold out?

If you want to buy a ticket but they’ve sold out in your electorate, click here to go on the waiting list. It’s expected that there will be a few cancellations in each electorate so don’t lose hope!

My ticket isn’t in my inbox, can I have it resent?
Does the ticket need to match the name and details of the holder?
Can I give my ticket to someone else?
I’m no longer able to go, can I get a refund?
Can I purchase a ticket in-person at the event?

Unfortunately it is not possible to purchase a ticket on the day. That’s because a lot of planning goes into posting you a registration pack before the event and organising you into a workshop group. PowerUp is expected to be a sell-out event so if you’re keen, buy your ticket now!


Where is PowerUp?

PowerUp is located in Sydney at the University of New South Wales: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales, High Street, Kensington, NSW. The auditorium can be accessed through Gate 9 at the UNSW Kensington campus.

How do I reach PowerUp by public transport?

There are no train services to UNSW, but the venue is serviced by many bus routes. The easiest way to plan your trip is to use Transport NSW Trip Planner.

I plan to drive. Is parking available?

There is complimentary and unlimited weekend parking on campus just a short walk from Clancy Auditorium. Click here to view a map. You can also check out alternative campus parking on this map here.

I have mobility issues. Is the event accessible?

Travel & Accomodation

I’m travelling interstate. When should I book my flight and accommodation?

If you can, book your flights and accommodation as soon as possible. Footy finals will be on in Sydney on the 23-24 September weekend, so prices will likely go up the closer it gets to the date.

Where should I book accommodation?

If you’re only in town for PowerUp then it might suit you to book accommodation as close to UNSW as possible. Central Sydney is only a 5 km bus ride from UNSW and offers a wide range of affordable accommodation options. Alternatively, Coogee Beach is just 3km down the road and has a range of options too. To get some more ideas, explore and

WANTED / OFFERED: Free spare room in Sydney

Do you have a spare room in Sydney you’d be happy to offer an interstate PowerUp attendee? Alternatively, are you travelling interstate and looking for a free room in Sydney to keep down costs?

PowerUp is building a simple site that will connect spare rooms in Sydney with attendees looking for one.

If you’ve got a room to offer, all you’ll have to do is list the suburb, occupancy of the room and your contact details. Then all you have to do is wait for an introductory email from a fellow PowerUp attendee. It’s then up to you to offer them the room, and pass on more details. Register your interest here now to offer or take up a spare room and we’ll get back to you when the site is live.