Centre for Policy Development

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Centre for Policy Development
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FounderJohn Menadue and Miriam Lyons
Terry Moran
Travers McLeod

Centre for Policy Development is a leading independent public policy think tank.[1] It was established in 2007 as an institute for long-term policy development, in an effort to counteract the focus on short-term fixes and political gains in Australian policy making. Its motto is to embrace ‘the long-term now’. CPD offers rigorous solutions to long-term challenges. In doing so, CPD seeks to change the nature of policy discussion and drive better public policy for Australia’s future.

CPD is independent and non-partisan. It is open about its values as well as its funding sources.[2] It is not an academic research unit, a lobby group or a campaign body. It is not affiliated with any political party. Its founders were John Menadue AC and Miriam Lyons, who were the inaugural Chairperson and Executive Director.


CPD works towards the following vision for Australia:[3]

  • a society that expands opportunity and social justice
  • an economy that is clean, innovative and productive
  • a government that is active and effective, and
  • a country respected for its leadership and cooperation.

Across each of these objectives, CPD combines the best domestic and international ideas and insights and helps build the dynamic, progressive policy agenda Australia needs to thrive over the long-term.


CPD aims to maximise its impact on the policy landscape in Australia with a threefold strategy to create, connect, and convince:[4]

  • Create viable ideas from rigorous, cross-disciplinary research at home and abroad
  • Connect coalitions of experts and stakeholders to develop these ideas into practical policy proposals
  • Convince government, business and civil society of the merits of implementing these proposals

Research programs[edit]

CPD has three core research programs, detailed below. Across each of these programs CPD develops, publishes, presents and tests papers and policy proposals on topical issues.[5]

Effective Government[6]

Within this program CPD explores the nature and role of a purposeful and proactive democratic government in the 21st century. Lines of enquiry include:

  • What are public expectations, and how can these best be met in a fiscally and carbon constrained environment?
  • How should decision-makers tell the story of long-term reform?
  • How do we understand these questions across generations, and can we build institutional capacity to respond?

Sustainable economy[7]

Within this program CPD identifies options for Australia to make a rapid transition to an environmentally and socially sustainable economy. Lines of enquiry include:

  • How can we leverage Australia's abundant natural resources and innovative skills to build a fair, sustainable and prosperous economy?
  • What is the role of the business community in working towards this sustainable and prosperous future?
  • How can we shift Australia to take a longer-term view of creating value in the economy and society?

Intergenerational Wellbeing[8]

This program is dedicated to research into policy challenges central to fostering social mobility and tackling disadvantage over the long term, both in Australia and further abroad across the Asia-Pacific. It explores questions such as:

  • How should wellbeing be measured?
  • How do we understand concepts like fairness, growth and justice across generations?
  • Can intergenerational equity be achieved in the Australian political context?
  • What is the relationship between security, trade and migration in fostering wellbeing and regional order?

Recent work has included reports on climate security, sustainable agriculture, measuring public sector efficiency, human services, the marine economy, and the state of Australia’s schools. CPD has also led the establishment of a second track dialogue on forced migration.


Central staff[edit]

  • Travers McLeod (CEO)
  • Sam Hurley (Policy Director)
  • Rob Sturrock (Policy Director)
  • Annabel Brown (Project & Research Manager)
  • Shivani Nadan (Admin & Research Officer)
  • Monica Logan (Engagement and Communications Coordinator)


  • Fiona Armstrong (Climate Change and Health)
  • James Arvanitakis (Sociology)
  • Chris Bonnor (Education)
  • Kate Charlesworth (Sustainable Health Systems)
  • Mark Davis (Australian Culture and Communications)
  • Jennifer Doggett (Health)
  • Ian Dunlop (Climate Change and Energy)
  • Peter Hughes (Immigration and Refugee Policy)
  • Ryan Goss (Constitutional and Human Rights Law)
  • Ray Ison (Public Service, Climate Change)
  • Arja Keski-Nummi (Immigration)
  • Anand Kulkarni (Innovation, Technology and STEM)
  • Miriam Lyons (Renewwable Energy, acroeconomics, Public Service)
  • Claire Molinari (Sustainable Investment)
  • John Menadue AO (Public Service, Immiration, Commonwealth and State Relations)
  • Ian McAuley (Economics, Public Service and Human Services)
  • Tony Moore (Media Reform, Education)
  • Bernie Shepherd (Education)
  • James Slezak (Climate Change, Sustainability)
  • Mark Triffitt (Democratic Renewal)
  • Peter Whiteford (Macroeconomics and Human Services)
  • John Wiseman (Sustainability and Climate Change)


  • Terry Moran AC (Chair)
  • Martin Stewart-Weeks
  • Vishal Beri
  • Wendy Field
  • Nadine Flood
  • Luke Green
  • Antoinette Le Marchant
  • Kate Miller
  • Rob Partos
  • Jeni Whalan


Past research fellows[edit]


CPD has been commended by eminent Australians for its research and the role it has occupies in public life. Examples include:

Professor The Hon. Gareth Evans, AC, QC lauding CPD’s “depth of research analysis… and [its] impressive work on irregular immigration, public sector efficiency, and the marine economy”.[citation needed]

The Hon. Fred Chaney, AO commended “CPD’s commitment to fairness, wellbeing and sustainability and its contribution to research in the public rather than sectional interest”.[citation needed]

Janet Holmes à Court, AO is quoted as saying that “policy institutes… should have a clear understanding of the challenges ahead, and bring the unusual suspects together to secure outcomes consistent with Australian values. CPD delivers on both counts”.[citation needed]


  1. ^ http://cpd.org.au/about/
  2. ^ "About CPD".
  3. ^ "About CPD".
  4. ^ "About CPD".
  5. ^ "About CPD".
  6. ^ "Effective Government Program".
  7. ^ "Sustainable Economy Program".
  8. ^ "Intergenerational Wellbeing Program".
  9. ^ a b c Statement on resignation from CPD and alternative: public statement by Mark Bahnisch, Eva Cox and John Quiggin, (24 April 2015), The New Social Democrat accessed 24 April 2015
  10. ^ Goodbye to CPD, (17 April 2015), John Quiggin: Commentary on Australian & world events from a social-democratic perspective

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