The Centre for Policy Development is a leading independent policy institute. We develop long-term policies for shared prosperity and sustainable wellbeing.


We grow bold policies for the long-term as we Create, Connect and Convince on issues that matter for Australians over the long run.

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Our Impact

Who's buying?

Who’s buying? The impact of global decarbonisation on Australia’s regions is a report from the Centre For Policy Development’s sustainable economy initiative that models the impact of global decarbonisation commitments on employment and output at a Local Government Area (LGA) level in Australia.

Climate & Recovery Initiative (CRI)

The Centre for Policy Development's Climate and Recovery Initiative brings together leaders from government, business and civil society to align Australia’s economic recovery with a transition towards a net zero emissions economy.

Starting Better

Starting Better: A Guarantee for Young Children and Families, is a major report from the Centre For Policy Development that charts, costs and models a decade of reforms to make Australia the best place in the world to be a child, and to raise one.


John Menadue Oration

The John Menadue Oration is CPD's flagship event. The inaugural Oration 'Can Democracy Deliver?' was held in 2017 to celebrate CPD’s 10th anniversary. It was delivered by former Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa. In 2018, the Centre for Policy Development presented the second Oration featuring the Italian-American economist Professor Mariana Mazzucato who addressed the question, 'Can the State Deliver?'. The 2020 Oration was delivered by Professor Megan Davis who addressed the question, 'Can Australia Deliver?'.

ANU-CPD Policy Dialogues

Since 2016, the Centre for Policy Development has partnered with the Australian National University (ANU) for a renowned roundtable series—the ANU-CPD Policy Dialogues. The Dialogues are an opportunity for fresh thinking on Australia’s policy processes and strategies. They enable a wider variety of senior voices (business, professional and philanthropic community leaders) to contribute to a conversation on how to tackle the long-term opportunities and challenges facing Australia.


24 October 2017
“CPD is doing important work to position Australia for the long term. They have a clever model and an exciting team. I’m honoured to join their Board”
Sam Mostyn
Non-Executive Director & CPD Board Member
24 August 2017
"Policy institutes can convince governments and businesses to take a longer term view. They should have a clear understanding of the challenges ahead, and bring unusual suspects together to secure outcomes consistent with Australian values. CPD delivers onboth counts."
Janet Holmes à Court AC
Australian businesswoman
24 August 2017
"CPD brings the highest quality intellectual rigour to its work drawing on the expertise of Fellows with experience in a range of sectors and applying that to issues of high importance and complexity, to Australia and the region."
Kirsty Allen
Program Manager: Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation
24 August 2017
"What the public needs is a sufficient fact base and organisations that argue persuasively on behalf of the many, not just a few. I commend CPD’s commitment to fairness, wellbeing and sustainability and its contribution to research in the public rather than sectional interest"
The Hon Fred Chaney AO
Former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia

Our Programs

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Intergenerational Wellbeing

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Early Chlidhood Reform | Leslie Loble & Travers McLeod

Early childhood is a launchpad for life. Ninety per cent of brain growth happens before age five and children build a million neural connections a second.

Reshaping Australia’s trade | Toby Phillips

As countries cut emissions and demand for our key fossil fuel exports, we must make adroit shift and seize the big industrial opportunities of a post-carbon era.