Clifford Eberly

Cliff Eberly

Expertise: Community and organisational leadership, place-based approaches

Clifford (Cliff) Eberly is a thoughtful and reflective people and culture leader who works across community organisations, business and government to help communities create a sense of place through community-led action.

With experience in community development, public policy and organisational leadership, he has spent the last 18 years developing and delivering community projects in the United States, South Africa, and Australia. An engaging facilitator and community development practitioner, Clifford uses these skills to foster active citizenship and grow partnerships between community and government.

Clifford holds a Masters in Organisational Development from Monash University that builds on a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from studies in the United States. He is an advocate for place-based, strengths-focused and community-led approaches to engagement, development and service delivery.


The Centre for Policy Development, together with The Brotherhood of St Laurence and the University
The Centre for Policy Development, together with The Brotherhood of St Laurence and the University
The Centre for Policy Development’s submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration’s inquiry into

In the media

As governments look to reform our social services systems, they must tap into the transformative power of relationships.
Rev Bill Crews talks to Cliff Eberly, program director from the Centre for Policy Development about how Australia's broken employment services system is failing jobseekers.
A damning 650-page review of Workforce Australia makes 75 recommendations to overhaul and rebuild the system.
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.
If our response to the royal commission’s findings is limited to punitive and technocratic measures we will miss a major opportunity. We must use it as a foundation for better government.
Refugees are already equipped with the key skills to succeed in business and their contribution can be worth billions of dollars