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2023 John Menadue Oration

The fourth installment of CPD’s flagship event, named after our founding Chair John Menadue AO, was held on April 18, 2023, in person at The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne and online via live stream.

As Australia pursues wellbeing in economic decision-making, the 2023 John Menadue Oration provided an audience inaugural Future Generations Commissioner of Wales, Sophie Howe. Ms Howe was joined in conversation by eminent Australian child wellbeing researcher and advocate Professor Fiona Stanley AC, moderated by CPD Chair Sam Mostyn AO.

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.

Early Childhood Development Initiative

CPD’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Initiative aims to elevate children on the national policy agenda by developing a vision for a universal early childhood system that will make Australia the best place to a child, and to raise one.


G20 Transition Finance Event

In a G20 Seminar cohosted by the Centre for Policy Development, Climateworks and NGO partners across the region, expert panelists look at how we finance, manage and collaborate on energy transition across our region and the world.

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?'.


15 December 2022
CPD's Starting Better offers the evidence and the inspiration of a promise to our children and their families. There is no purpose more compelling than the development and wellbeing of our children and a better future for us all
Anne Hollonds
National Children's Commissioner
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


Finding Work - ABC 730

Centre for Policy Development deputy CEO Annabel Brown spoke to ABC 730 on making employment services work for people, communities and employers

LISTEN: What does wellbeing economics look like? ABC Mornings

The public already believe that improving the wellbeing of citizens is the primary role of government, and wellbeing improvements are more likely to lead to support for incumbent governments than GDP improvements, says CPD Senior Policy Advisor Cressida Gaukroger

Dipping the budget's toe in the waters of wellbeing

Neither the treasurer nor the Treasury has rushed into deciding or dictating what a wellbeing economy is or how to achieve one. This is a good thing. Measuring and managing what matters relies on knowing with some certainty what matters to who, and where.

Future Fund needs to be more transparent on climate

The Future Fund should disclose its exposure to climate change risks in line with global industry standards, according to a new report from the Centre for Policy Development.