The Sydney Alliance is an independent organisation funded by its member organisations. It receives no money from government and does not have a relationship with any political parties.
The Sydney Alliance is a non-profit organisation, registered as a company limited by guarantee. It has a board of directors, consisting of eight organisational leaders (including two representatives from each of a religious organisation, union and community organisation. It has a Leaders Council consisting of the leader from each of its funding partners who gather and meet periodically to set the strategic direction of the organisation. Various other structures – including the Action Council, Research Action teams and District teams plan and undertake the work of the Alliance, supported by part-time and full-time staff.