Grattan Institute

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Grattan Institute is an Australian public policy think tank, established in 2008. The Melbourne-based institute is non-aligned, defining itself as contributing "to public policy in Australia as a liberal democracy in a globalised economy." It is partly funded by a $34 million endowment, with major contributions from the Federal Government, the Government of Victoria, the University of Melbourne and BHP.[1]

Grattan Institute currently focuses on six key policy areas: Budgets and Government, Transport and Cities, Energy and Climate Change, Health and Aged Care, Education, and Economic Policy.[2] These programs were chosen with the belief that research into these areas, in line with principles of evidence-based policy could make a demonstrable difference to Australia’s public policy. Grattan Institute also makes provision for experts in other fields to work under its umbrella.[2]


Grattan Institute began with pressure from senior figures in the Victorian Public Service, academic institutions, and broader business and non-government leaders, who believed that Australian political life lacked a heavyweight independent think tank. Through the course of 2005 this idea was fleshed out by several people in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, including discussions with a number of Australia’s corporate leaders. At the end of 2005 the Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks, met with the Federal Treasurer Peter Costello to define the theme for the think tank: Australia as a liberal democracy in a globalised economy. The phrase has since been enshrined in the Constitution of Grattan Institute.[3]

Links between the University of Melbourne, Victorian Government and corporate Australia, along with a supportive report from McKinsey & Company, were the basis for then Victorian Premier Bracks and Treasurer John Brumby in early 2007 to promise significant Victorian Government funding for the idea. Melbourne University was also asked to assist.[citation needed]

In April 2008, Commonwealth and Victorian Governments announced matching funding, along with support in kind from the University of Melbourne. Commitments followed soon after from BHP and National Australia Bank. Grattan receives money from its endowment supporters and affiliates, which include The Myer Foundation, National Australia Bank, Susan McKinnon Foundation, Medibank Private, Google, Maddocks, PricewaterhouseCoopers, McKinsey & Company, The Scanlon Foundation, Wesfarmers, Ashurst, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Deloitte, General Electric, ANZ, Jemena, Urbis, Westpac and Woodside Petroleum. The Higher Education Program was established with funding from the Myer Foundation.[4]

Grattan Institute was incorporated in November 2008, and its founding Chief Executive, John Daley, commenced in January 2009.[5]


  • CEO - Danielle Wood
Tony Wood speaks at the University of Adelaide, November 2014
Program Heads
  • Health and Aged Care - Stephen Duckett
  • Energy and Climate Change - Tony Wood
  • Education - Jordana Hunter
  • Transport - Marion Terrill
  • Budgets and Government - Danielle Wood
  • Economic Policy - Brendan Coates

Board of directors[edit]


  1. ^ Well-heeled think tank vows to be ideology free The Age 10 November 2008
  2. ^ a b "Grattan Programs" Archived 27 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "New International Think Tank for Victoria". The Premier of Victoria. Press Release. 1 May 2008.
  4. ^ "Our supporters".
  5. ^ "Inaugural Director/CEO of the Grattan Institute Appointed" Archived 6 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Melbourne University Staff and Student News. 19 November 2008.

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