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Centre for Policy Development Wellbeing Initiative


The Centre for Policy Development’s Wellbeing Initiative works on approaches to the economy that meet the needs of people, communities and the environment they depend on.

With world-leading research in wellbeing economics, government practice and public sector innovation, the CPD Wellbeing Initiative has become a leading research effort on Australia’s approach to wellbeing.

The initiative is a nexus for experts, practitioners, public officials and  researchers to equip Australia’s government and economy to chart a course to wellbeing for current and future generations.

Experts working in the Centre for Policy Development Wellbeing Initiative include lead Warwick Smith, strategic adviser Dr Katherine Trebeck, senior adviser Dr Cressida Gaukroger and economist Dr Akwasi Ampofo.

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Centre for Policy Development Wellbeing Experts


Akwasi Ampofo (Economist)

Expertise
Economics, public policy

Cressida Gaukroger (Senior Policy Adviser – Wellbeing)

Expertise
Wellbeing, sustainability, gender equality

Katherine Trebeck (Strategic Adviser – Wellbeing)

Expertise
Economics, wellbeing, sustainable prosperity

Toby Phillips (Program Director)

Expertise
Technology policy, climate change, economics, public policy

Warwick Smith (Program Director)

Expertise
Economics, ecology, public policy

Centre for Policy Development Wellbeing work


Principles for an effective wellbeing budget

Lachlan Williams - September 2022

Principles for an Effective Wellbeing Budget is a briefing paper by the Centre for Policy Development's Wellbeing Initiative. It builds on the research contained in the Redefining Progress report to articulate working principles for the October 2022 Federal Budget in the context of a broader Australian approach to wellbeing government...

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Media Release – Budget the start of wellbeing path, not the destination

Lachlan Williams - August 2022

Monday 29 August 2022 – An Australian approach to wellbeing should progress beyond quality-of-life measurement and budgeting, be embedded throughout government decision-making, and have independent oversight to ensure it remains on course, a new report has found.

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Redefining Progress: Global lessons for an Australian approach to wellbeing

Lachlan Williams - August 2022

Redefining Progress is a report from the Centre For Policy Development's Wellbeing Initiative. Looking at 21 global approaches to wellbeing over the past 50 years it identifies four key characteristics of advanced wellbeing approaches to guide an Australia's wellbeing journey.

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