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Our Impact

Directors’ Duties and Climate Risks

When CPD set out on this work in early 2016, we began with the premise that performance and leadership on sustainability-related risks in the Australian corporate sector were lagging – but that the time...

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Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration

Established in August 2015, the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM) is a ‘second track’ process pursuing more effective, durable and dignified approaches to forced migration in the Asia-Pacific. It has fast become a leading...


John Menadue Oration 2018 with Mariana Mazzucato | 11 December Sydney

Professor Mariana Mazzucato will deliver CPD’s second annual John Menadue Oration on 11 December 2018 in Sydney. Mariana is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value and is an advisor to governments and institutions around the world...

John Menadue Oration by Marty Natalegawa | PAST EVENT

Thanks to all of you who made it to CPD's inaugural John Menadue Oration on November 2 in Melbourne. For all of you who missed it, there is an audio recording of the full oration.


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

News and Media

CPD climate work featured in 4Corners ‘Weather Alert’ report

CPD’s Sustainable Economy Program has been making the case for business leaders and regulators to seize the initiative on responding to climate change, rather than be paralysed by the inaction of policymakers. ‘Weather Alert‘ showcased some of the highlights of CPD’s research and advocacy, and how this work is contributing to a major shift in corporate and regulatory leadership on climate change.

Indonesia and Australia can nurture democracy together

Can democracy deliver? This is the question being asked in all corners of the globe. As one who has traversed Indonesia's transformative democratic journey – it is today the world's third-largest democracy – the reply can only be resoundingly affirmative: yes. More importantly, democracy must deliver.