Government Relations at Fifty Acres

Fifty Acres understands how governments work – and how to effectively engage with them. As well as a distinguished career in the communications and media industry, Fifty Acres Managing Director Jo Scard has more than a decade of experience working as a senior adviser in the Australian Federal Government. As a result, Jo has invaluable insight into government relations, making Fifty Acres uniquely placed to assist your organisation in building lasting relationships with key government stakeholders.

Fifty Acres is built to assist your organisation with strategic government relations in a myriad of ways. And our expertise doesn’t just rest with federal government relations – we are also experienced and able to assist with your local and state government engagement and campaigns. For clients in the past we have organised meetings and intimate lunches with politicians at Parliament House as well as arranged for politicians to give keynote speeches at clients’ events.

The team at Fifty Acres has the knowledge, contacts and experience to support your organisation through every aspect of government relations. This includes the initial stages of identifying individuals engaged with your organisation’s key issue areas and preparation of a stakeholder list encompassing the government, opposition, cross-bench, advisers and departments. It also includes assistance in effectively framing your message, reaching out to government stakeholders to arrange meetings or request their involvement at events and establishing long-lasting relationships.

Fifty Acres has extensive experience and an exceptional record in government relations and has been engaged by a number of corporates and Not-For-Profits in this area, including: Kellogg’s, Act For Kids, the Australian Drug Foundation and the McGrath Foundation.

Our government relations services provide clients with the necessary strategies and tactics to be successful in engaging with government while considering the policy, budgetary and procedures of policy-makers.

Our services include: 

  • Policy reviews
  • Engagement and advocacy strategies
  • Stakeholder identification
  • Briefings at both the ministerial and departmental level
  • Budget and inquiry submissions
  • Policy and lobbying meetings 

"Jo Scard and the dynamic team at Fifty Acres helped us tailor a fit for purpose government relations strategy that made sure we maximised every opportunity we created. It was great to have its team working for us in Canberra when we needed it most."
Maree Sidey, Head of Community Programs and General Manager - Good Sports
Australian Drug Foundation

“Jo Scard and her team are professional, passionate, and incredibly well versed in federal and state politics with extensive experience in the communications industry. We would recommend Fifty Acres to any organisation or business looking to significantly raise their profile among their key stakeholder groups.”
Helen Paynter -
 Program Director, McGrath Foundation

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