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Our Impact


Climate & Recovery Initiative (CRI)

The Climate and Recovery Initiative brings together prominent leaders from government, business and civil society to identify the best ideas for aligning Australia’s economic recovery with a transition towards a net zero emissions economy, and to get them into the right hands.

Partners in Crime

Partners in Crime: the relationship between disadvantage and Australia’s criminal justice systems shows why Australia cannot address disadvantage without extensive reform to our criminal justice systems, and proposes three drivers of change to address this challenge.

Cities and Settlement Initiative

In 2018 CPD launched our Cities and Settlement Initiative – a three-year program that aims to improve the economic participation of refugees in Australia. Below we chart the background, current evidence, the three pillars of the initiative, and our current work program. For more information, please contact CPD Program Director, Annabel Brown.

Events


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, CPD 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, CPD 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.

Endorsements


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."
Forbes
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


Sustainable Economy

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Effective Government

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Intergenerational Wellbeing

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Media


The public sector's pandemic | Travers McLeod

CPD CEO Travers McLeod spoke to Geraldine Doogue on ABC Saturday Extra about public sector capability.

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.