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Effective Government

The Effective Government Program examines how Australia can best ensure that its public institutions deliver active and effective government in the 21st century.

Delivering an active and effective government means tackling long-term policy challenges, delivering high-quality services to the community, weathering existential shocks from abroad, and instilling in the public a shared confidence and respect in their public institutions, and in one another.


Terry Moran AC (Chair)

Australian public service; public sector reform; economic development

Allison Orr (Operations Director)

Democratic theory; governance; strategic communication; international relations

Chris Bonnor AM (Fellow)

Education; school funding; private and public schools

Don Russell (Board Member)

Economics; innovation; investment; energy; public sector; climate change

Kirsten Gray (Board Member)

Human rights; child protection; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Ian McAuley (Fellow)

Public policy; economic policy

Geoff Shuetrim (Research Committee)

Economics; finance; IT

Nadine Flood (Board Member)

Economics; local government

Latest Articles

Terry Moran and Travers McLeod opinion piece on the Thodey Review – Canberra Times

Travers McLeod - December 2019

Waiting for the release of David Thodey’s review of the Australian Public Service was a bit like Waiting for Godot. No one seemed to know when it would arrive, even...

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Terry Moran AC delivers John Cain Lecture on ‘Federalism — Commonwealth, State and Local Government Working Together’

Allison Orr - November 2019

Federalism, subsidiarity, respect for local government and public enthusiasm for helping places around Australia to thrive economically and socially is the key to repairing the democratic vessel from which trust...

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The Australian criminal justice system and deep disadvantage I ANU-CPD Policy Dialogue I November 2019

communications - November 2019

On 15 November, we hosted our fourth ANU-CPD Policy Dialogue for 2019. Our focus was the Australian criminal justice system and deep disadvantage. The roundtable discussion featured opening remarks from...

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Travers McLeod’s response to Rebecca Huntley’s Quarterly Essay, Australia Fair: Listening to the Nation

Luisa Boll - July 2019

In reply to Rebecca Huntley’s Quarterly Essay, Australia Fair: Listening to the Nation TRAVERS MCLEOD At the heart of Rebecca Huntley’s Australia Fair is the idea that we are a nation of democrats....

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Latest eNews

communications - June 2019

Dear CPD follower In the first half of 2019, CPD has worked hard to get results that are real and transformative. Our unique method — to create, connect and convince — has seen...

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Ensuring that newly arrived refugees settle effectively into their new local communities across Australia offers a range of great benefits to our society and economy.

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There is plenty of evidence to suggest democracy is in trouble. In Australia, more people are losing trust in our public institutions and processes. Business and civil society are viewed mistrustfully as well.

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Australia faces growing inequity and disadvantage in our schools. Our education system is separating into a hierarchy of advantaged and over-funded schools at the top end, and disadvantaged, under-funded schools at the bottom.

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Fundamental to an active and effective government that is fit for purpose in the 21st century is strengthening the capabilities of our public sector.

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