Resilient People and Places Program

Shaping government services to meet people's needs through local, community-focused solutions

The Resilient People and Places Program at the Centre for Policy Development supports government to be an active partner with communities, giving every individual in Australia the opportunity to thrive.

Through in-depth research and collaborations with diverse stakeholders the Resilient People and Places program is building a fairer, more resilient Australian society.

By facilitating dialogues and learning alongside initiatives that put people and community at the centre, the program is building a strong evidence base to support a more responsive, equitable and effective social services system.

We discover and promote best practice across government services including employment, settlement and migration, and early childhood development.

Through this work we are building a more inclusive and cohesive Australian society better able to withstand the economic, environmental and health shocks of the future.

Resilient People and Places program highlights

Settling Better header - Two men in hard hats on a construction site in Melbourne

Settling Better is a landmark report from the Centre for Policy Development which sets the course for new approach to refugee employment and settlement services

The Blueprint for Regional and Community Job Deals illustrates a pathway for implementing, governing and funding place-based initiatives at a national scale for long-lasting impact

The Resilient People & Places program guides policy reform across government service systems with thoughtful, constructive advice to policymakers

Resilient People and Places Program experts

Resilient People and Places Program recent work

The Centre for Policy Development, together with The Brotherhood of St Laurence and the University of Melbourne, made a submission to the Inquiry into Workforce Australia Employment Services that puts
The Centre for Policy Development, together with The Brotherhood of St Laurence and the University of Melbourne, made a submission to the Inquiry into Workforce Australia Employment Services that puts
Making our way from the Centre for Policy Development sustainable economy program provides a toolkit for policymakers to build a climate transition response with locals from the ground up in

Resilient People and Places Program in the media

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.
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.

Resilient People and Places Program related initiatives

Tackling long-term government policy challenges and instilling confidence in public institutions
Advancing the wellbeing of people, communities and the environment by enhancing government decision-making
Making Australia the best place to be a child and raise a family by building

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At the Centre for Policy Development, our team is at the forefront of policy research and innovation in Australia.

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