Austra-Link is the monthly magazine for members of Al-Anon Family Groups in Australia.
The Melbourne metropolitan area and central business district (CBD), in particular, is in Stage 4 Lockdown until mid September at the earliest. Sadly this means it is not possible for us to print and post the September Austra-Link hard copy as we are unable to physically attend the office.
We hope to be able to resume normal production in time for the October issue. Meanwhile, don't hesitate to download a copy from this website (see below), or, if you would like to receive the electronic version of Austra-Link directly into your email inbox, send an email request to:
We also encourage you to forward electronic copies to your Al-Anon friends.
Welcome to the May Issue!
For me Al-Anon is special magic. I am amazed at the miraculous efforts that led to the development of this wonderful fellowship; the imagination and coursge of Bill W. and Lois W. and their peers; the cautious wisdom that went into formulating the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions and later the Twelve Concepts of Service and the egalitatian attitude fostered in the carefully crafted words of the Legacies and in our Guidelines.
As Austra-Link editor, I am a happy sponge, soaking up the wisdom of the past editors and editorial Committees. This "Meeting in a Pocket" has been companion to so many members since its inception in 1981. Austra-Link was also a "Between Meetings" lifeline to me very early on in my recovery and not only offered experience, strength and hope in its pages, but also was a gently introduction to the culture of Al-Anon fellowship.
I gratefully receive the generous and hope filled contributions from members in my inbox today and invite visitors to the site to take the opportunity to share the benefits by reading Austra-Link
Wendy E. Editor
Purposes of Austra-Link:
In this magazine, Al-Anon and Alateen members share their experience, strength and hope as they do in their meetings. Through this "Voice of the Fellowship" individual members and groups can be heard by many. Such sharing is vital in helping readers find growth and serenity through the Al-Anon program.
- share experience, strength and hope with each other
- discuss effective ways to cope with their problems
- encourage each other
- help one another understand the principles of the Al-Anon program
Contributing to Austra-Link:
Al-Anon and Alateen members are invited to contribute articles, sharing their recovery. Articles present members' personal views and experiences, and opinions expressed are not to be attributed to Al-Anon as a whol. Austra-Link does not print prayers or poetry. Full name and address (Home or Group) is required before any item can be accepted however these details are not published. Please indicate how you would like your article signed. First name only, First name and Area, Initials only, or 'Anon'.
Sharing sheet (3 quick questions)
Email your article to firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you seen the new design for the cover of Austra-Link?
Big thank you to Jackie G. for the beautiful new look Austra-Link cover following the call for new design ideas. It is quite a change from the much loved Austra-Link 'house of hope' we’ve become so familiar with, but you’ll notice the house is still referenced in the new Austra-Link cover title.
May it evoke the same hope and joy in readers that it does in me!
We welcome your feedback:
Subscribing to Austra-Link:
Notices of forthcoming events need to reach the Editor two months prior to publication.
In May 2019 the Australian Service Conference decided that each monthly copy of Austra-Link would be available electronically on the Al-Anon website for members to read. Electronic versions will be available, here, for you to read or download from now on.
Copies of Austra-Link through 2021: