Annabel Brown

Expertise: Forced migration, aid and international development, governance, evaluation and performance assessment

Annabel is an experienced advisor and facilitator with more than 20 years experience supporting effective social and economic development in Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

Annabel has particular expertise leading research and evaluation projects focused on understanding policy influence, advocacy, leadership development, governance, accountability and empowerment.

Her work has a particular focus on service system reform, employment and economic participation, and place-based approaches to policy design, delivery and evaluation. Agencies and networks she has worked with include Transparency International, Oxfam, WaterAid, the Secretariat of Pacific Community, the Australian Public Service Commission and the Australian Aid Program.

Annabel has a Masters in International Development from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia, majoring in Philosophy. She is passionate about generating knowledge, through collaborative processes, and using that to improve policy and practice.


The Centre for Policy Development, together with The Brotherhood of St Laurence and the University
The Eighth Early Childhood Development Council meeting was held on 4 August 2023 in Sydney. The
Our Early Childhood Development Initiative made a submission to the Government’s Early Years Strategy, which
The Centre for Policy Development, together with The Brotherhood of St Laurence and the University
The submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Early Education & Care articulates the need
The seventh meeting of the Early Childhood Development Council was held in Canberra at Parliament

In the media

A damning 650-page review of Workforce Australia makes 75 recommendations to overhaul and rebuild the system.
The 30-year privatisation experiment with Australia’s $9.5 billion employment services system should come to an end
The report of the inquiry into Workforce Australia is a significant and timely recognition that our employment services system requires substantial reform. 
The employment white paper says out loud what some people in some parts of our country know all too well. We are yet to deliver the benefits of national prosperity to the people who need it most.
Job seekers will be able to work for longer while retaining social security concessions, and changes to allow pensioners to work more before payments are reduced will become permanent, under two major welfare law reforms.
The Australian government is currently looking at how to improve the country’s childcare system, and there are two broad reviews of the existing system being undertaken by the Productivity Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission