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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.


Dr Don Russell (Deputy Chair)

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

Chris Bonnor AM

Education; school funding; private and public schools

Allison Orr (COO)

Democratic theory; governance; strategic communication; international relations

Ian McAuley

Public policy; economic policy

Geoff Shuetrim (Research Committee)

Economics; finance; IT

Latest Articles

Annabel Brown at the Regional Refugee Settlement Forum

Georgia Wilkinson - October 2021

Program Director Annabel Brown’s closing remarks at the Regional Refugee Settlement Forum on October 12 2021. Thanks Margaret. It is a great pleasure to be here. I would like to...

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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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