The party as an organisation is building lots of communities, covering a huge array of activities and locations around Australia. This forum is but one of those. It’s great that you decided it was a good enough reason for you to join!
I always tell people the first thing I’ve learnt about politics when I decided to join a while ago, was a realisation about just how small politics in this country actually is. We’re living in a time when lots of people are switching off from politics, so any participation in the political process will have an even greater impact.
Some general advice for new members:
Find some quick wins to help improve the party. We always need more people helping out with the day-to-day tasks of running the Party. Tasks such as fixing a wiki page which is out of date, writing some social media messages about a recent news article which is relevant to our members etc. (https://pirateparty.org.au/wiki/Tasks_for_Pirates). Getting to know your fellow members is always the pre-requisite for them helping implement your ideas. They’ll have their own priorities as well which are just as valid as your own.
Don’t mess with the name or the brand on your ‘first’ day. I like to see people who understand there are probably some good reasons behind the way we’ve done things so far and a new member’s context will be very different from a founding member’s context. Hundreds of other people have built this party to where it is now over years and they’ve put in the effort, time and money to create the fundamentals that convinced others to sign up. I like to see a little respect for that (call me conservative if you like ). I don’t like to see people getting caught up on things they can’t quickly change or accomplish, especially when they’re a new member. That can lead to wasted energy.
Anyway, welcome @acenturyandabit, we have a programming team that is a bit empty at the moment which you might be interested in: https://pirateparty.org.au/wiki/Programming_Team