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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 (Research Committee)

Economics; finance; IT

Nadine Flood (Board Member)

Economics; local government

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Separating Scholars | DISCUSSION PAPER | January 2019

communications - January 2019

In a Class of Their Own series – Part 3   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This discussion paper analyses how schools are changing over time, especially in terms of enrolment characteristics and...

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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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