Issues central to the organisation's support of candidates are issues of equity, diversity, pro-choice, and the provision of equal pay and childcare.
There are currently 113 EMILY's List members in Australian Parliaments. The organisation has contributed over $600,000 to Labor women's campaigns since its founding in 1996.
The name EMILY comes from its United States equivalent and is an acronym for "Early Money Is Like Yeast from the political saying, "Early money is like yeast, because it helps to raise the dough".
In the 2004 Federal Election campaign EMILY's List donated a total of $100,000 to candidates. Research conducted by EMILY's List and submitted to the Labor Party's national executive stated that Labor women regarded then health spokeswoman Julia Gillard as the best performer during the campaign, with then Prime Minister John Howard in second place. Of Mark Latham their submission stated; "the most common themes were: perceived aggression, concern he had been watered down for the campaign, inexperience, constantly going on about background, glib answers, bully boy tactics of the past
Queensland Senator Claire Moore and Victorian Social Worker and political activist Hutch Hussein are currently the National Co-convenors.
Candidates which are currently supported are:
|Fiona McNamara||Dickson (Qld)||-8.9%|
|Mia Handshin||Sturt (SA)||-6.8%|
|Mary Brewerton||Mayo (SA)||-11%|
|Karen Lock||Barker (SA)||-20%|
|Sharryn Jackson||Hasluck (WA)||-1.9%|
|Sharon Thiel||Kalgoorlie (WA)||-6.4%|