Wellbeing Government Initiative

Advancing the wellbeing of people, communities and the environment by enhancing government decision-making

The Wellbeing Government Initiative at the Centre for Policy Development promotes policy choices that meet the needs of people and planet.

We pursue approaches that are values-driven, holistic and preventative.

Wellbeing government leads to decisions that reflect community values, respect environmental bounds and deploy resources more effectively for the common good. 

The Wellbeing Government Initiative develops evidence and knowledge in our research, creates sound practices in collaborations, and connects people with leading ideas to those who need to hear them.

Wellbeing Government experts

Wellbeing Government recent work

The Fourth Wellbeing Initiative roundtable was held virtually on Monday 13 November 2023 and was attended by senior public servants from the Commonwealth and four states and territories.
Lessons from Australia’s Past National Wellbeing Approaches from the Centre for Policy Development examines Australia’s history in relation to wellbeing economics and government. It is written by Dr Cressida Gaukroger.
The Third Wellbeing Initiative roundtable was held in Canberra on Wednesday 26 April 2023 and attended by senior public servants from the Commonwealth and four states and territories.

Wellbeing Government in the media

Treasurer Jim Chalmers released the government’s new national wellbeing framework on Friday. The Measuring What Matters framework includes 50 indicators to improve the way bureaucrats monitor how the nation is tracking against social and economic outcomes.
The federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers has released Australia's first well-being framework. He says it's all about better aligning what we Australians want for our economy with what we want for our communities and broader society.
Today’s release of the Commonwealth Treasury’s Measuring What Matters statement is an important step towards better government decision-making and a shared vision for the Australia we want, but it’s only the first step.
Australia's first-ever 'wellbeing budget' was released today, showing we are living longer than ever, but the report is copping criticism as the data is a few years old. So, what's even the point of it?
Friday 21 July 2023 – Australia’s first wellbeing framework - Measuring What Matters - released today is an important component of a sustainable economy that works for people, a leading independent policy institute has said.
Australia needs a ‘wellbeing economy’ because traditional 20th-century approaches are not working, according to an expert in the field. Political economist Katherine Trebeck told The Mandarin while lessons can be learned from capitalism and socialism, issues of inequality and climate

Wellbeing Government related initiatives

Shaping government services to meet people’s needs through local, community-focused solutions
The Centre for Policy Development’s flagship public event
Tackling long-term government policy challenges and instilling confidence in public institutions

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