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Katherine Oborne

Expertise: Public policy, early childhood development

Katherine Oborne is program director, early childhood at the Centre for Policy Development.

She has a strong background in Policy and Strategy. She has most recently led policy and advocacy at Beyond Blue and worked on their Be You initiative. Prior to this she worked as a strategy consultant helping non profit and government agencies be the best they could be. She also spent over 10 years in social policy roles in state and national government working in education, human services and justice. Outside of work, Kat enjoys travelling and running and you will find her every Saturday morning at her local parkrun!

Kat has a Bachelor of Arts, with First Class Honours in Politics and a Bachelor of Law (Hons) from the University of Adelaide. She is currently completing an Executive Masters in Public Administration at Syracuse University in New York as  Rotary Global Grant Scholar.


Growing Together is a report from the Centre for Policy Development that outlines a long-term
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 submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Early Education & Care articulates the need

In the media

A leading think-tank has put forward a plan suggesting all Australian families could have three days of childcare per week, at a cost of no more than $10 per day.
Parents could save hundreds of dollars a week if the government overhauled its early childhood education scheme by paying providers directly and capping out of pocket costs to $10 a day for half the week, a new report says.
A new report by the Centre for Policy Development has recommended three days of free child care for some families with a small fee for others.
CPD welcomes Productivity Commission report recommendations and highlights them as an important first step toward building a truly universal early childhood system