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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

Robert Sturrock (Policy Director)

Public sector capability; human service design & delivery; democratic reform; climate security

Nadine Flood (Board Member)

Economics; local government

Miriam Lyons

International relations; social change; media law; governance

Ian McAuley

Public policy; economic policy

Geoffrey Charles Shuetrim

Economics; finance; IT

Dr Mark Triffitt

Public policy; politics; strategic communication

Chris Bonnor AM

Education; school funding; private and public schools

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CPD Roundtable on Australia’s Democracy | PAST EVENT

Luisa Boll - November 2017

Key documents for the roundtable: Full agenda Participant list Participant profiles Speakers: Dr Nikolas Kirby (Research Fellow and Departmental Lecturer in Philosophy and Public Policy, University of Oxford, and Director of...

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“Can Democracy Deliver?” | John Menadue Oration by Marty Natalegawa | PAST EVENT | November 2017

communications - November 2017

CPD's Inaugural Annual John Menadue Oration - “Can Democracy Deliver?” Remarks by Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa[1] Melbourne, 2 November 2017 Listen to an audio recording of the full oration here. [playlist type="video"...

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John Menadue Oration by Marty Natalegawa | 2 November | Melbourne

communications - October 2017

If you can join this special event, please RSVP here.   WHEN:     Thursday, 2 November 2017, 5.30pm - 8.00 pm WHERE:  State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette 179 La Trobe St,...

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Vale Bernie Shepherd, 30 May 1944 – 23 June 2017

Travers McLeod - July 2017

   It is with great sadness that we say farewell to one of CPD's dearest fellows, Mr Bernie Shepherd AM FACE. Bernie Shepherd was a public educator, school leader, scientist,...

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Losing the Game: State of our schools in 2017 | REPORT | June 2017

communications - June 2017

Six years after the recommendations from the original Gonski Review into education were published, Australia is once again on the cusp of major education reform. In early May, the Turnbull Government...

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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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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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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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