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National Press Club is a broad church of political power; ministerial, bureaucratic, corporate and media in Canberra and hosts the public debates that will shape Australia today and into the future.

As a profession, journalism comes with its own risk and can be a solitary endeavour.  The National Press Club is a place where the media’s work is celebrated, professional networks developed and the freedom to do that work, fiercely protected. We recognise the efforts and achievements of our members, who are making journalistic contributions that will change the course of history. 


The National Press Club of Australia recognises excellence in journalism with a range of awards and prizes.

In a world of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’, excellence in journalism matters more than ever before. Each year, the National Press Club honours members who make a truly significant contribution to the profession and public discourse. 

Become a member

Take your place amongst the investigators, storytellers and culture shapers of the nation, and make the National Press Club of Australia your home away from home.

As a vigorous champion of media freedom, we want your help in holding the world’s decision-makers to account. It can’t be all work and no play, however. In addition to a front-row seat at the national conversation, membership comes with access to social events, live music and the chance to relax with the people who shape our nation. 

Freedom of the Press

Press Freedom: On the Line

The Australian Federal Police raids on the home of News Corporation Australia journalist, Annika Smethurst and on the offices of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation raise serious concerns to press freedom and democracy in Australia.


The Australian Federal Police raids on the Sydney offices of the ABC and the home of a News Corporation journalist this week raise serious concerns about the freedom of the press.

National Press Club celebrates belated release of journalists in Myanmar

Leaders of the National Press Club expressed joy late today upon seeing news reports that two Reuters journalists who had spent more than a year in prison in Myanmar had been released.