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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

Geoffrey Charles Shuetrim

Economics; finance; IT

Nadine Flood (Board Member)

Economics; local government

Latest Articles

Cities and Settlement Initiative

Travers McLeod - December 2018

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...

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‘Hubs of concentrated advantage’: selective schools need a rethink

Chris Bonnor - July 2018

Published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 16 July 2018. In the debate about selective schools, personal stories and beliefs can drown out evidence, especially when that evidence challenges the status quo....

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Institutionalised Separation | DISCUSSION PAPER | July 2018

communications - July 2018

In a Class of Their Own – July 2018 Institutionalised Separation looks at inequity within selective schools and their impact on other schools, focussing on NSW. It presents evidence of dramatic,...

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Post-budget review | ANU-CPD POLICY DIALOGUE | May 2018

communications - May 2018

On 10 May 2018, CPD and ANU invited leaders from government, business, civil society, academia and the media to reflect on the mid-term implications of the federal budget and to...

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Has Gonski stepped outside the square? I CHRIS BONNOR I Inside Story

communications - April 2018

CHRIS BONNOR, published in Inside Story on 20 APRIL 2018 The second Gonski report has been presented to the federal government, and will soon to be made public. Will it back...

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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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