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Our Impact

2023 Impact Report

As the Australian financial year draws to a close, the Centre for Policy Development (CPD) reflects on the seismic shift in the policy landscape in Australia and the region. This presents a vital opportunity for long-term, lasting change that advances the wellbeing of everyone.

We are delighted to share with you our 2023 Impact Report and our 2023 Impact website.
CPD is in a unique position to guide Australia and the region toward a fair, sustainable and inclusive future, and we would like your help. Please consider donating to our End of Financial Year Appeal so that CPD can continue the rigorous, independent work we do to tackle the biggest policy challenges facing our region. All donations are tax-deductible and help to keep CPD a leading, independent, not-for-profit organisation.

Climate & Recovery Initiative (CRI)

The Centre for Policy Development's Climate and Recovery Initiative brings together leaders from government, business and civil society to align Australia’s economic recovery with a transition towards a net zero emissions economy.

Early Childhood Development Initiative

CPD’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Initiative aims to elevate children on the national policy agenda by developing a vision for a universal early childhood system that will make Australia the best place to a child, and to raise one.


G20 Transition Finance Event

In a G20 Seminar cohosted by the Centre for Policy Development, Climateworks and NGO partners across the region, expert panelists look at how we finance, manage and collaborate on energy transition across our region and the world.

John Menadue Oration

The John Menadue Oration is CPD's flagship event. The inaugural Oration 'Can Democracy Deliver?' was held in 2017 to celebrate CPD’s 10th anniversary. It was delivered by former Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa. In 2018, the Centre for Policy Development presented the second Oration featuring the Italian-American economist Professor Mariana Mazzucato who addressed the question, 'Can the State Deliver?'. The 2020 Oration was delivered by Professor Megan Davis who addressed the question, 'Can Australia Deliver?'.


15 December 2022
CPD's Starting Better offers the evidence and the inspiration of a promise to our children and their families. There is no purpose more compelling than the development and wellbeing of our children and a better future for us all
Anne Hollonds
National Children's Commissioner
24 October 2017
“CPD is doing important work to position Australia for the long term. They have a clever model and an exciting team. I’m honoured to join their Board”
Sam Mostyn
Non-Executive Director & CPD Board Member
24 August 2017
"Policy institutes can convince governments and businesses to take a longer term view. They should have a clear understanding of the challenges ahead, and bring unusual suspects together to secure outcomes consistent with Australian values. CPD delivers onboth counts."
Janet Holmes à Court AC
Australian businesswoman
24 August 2017
"CPD brings the highest quality intellectual rigour to its work drawing on the expertise of Fellows with experience in a range of sectors and applying that to issues of high importance and complexity, to Australia and the region."
Kirsty Allen
Program Manager: Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation
24 August 2017
"What the public needs is a sufficient fact base and organisations that argue persuasively on behalf of the many, not just a few. I commend CPD’s commitment to fairness, wellbeing and sustainability and its contribution to research in the public rather than sectional interest"
The Hon Fred Chaney AO
Former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia


Australia-Indonesia climate cooperation

``Indonesia and Australia are the two largest global coal exporters – if we can decarbonise, anyone can.``

LISTEN: Coal communities look to diversify industries - ABC AM

A new report from the Centre for Policy Development has measured how ready some of the country's most exposed communities are to adapt and take on new industries.

How $10-a-day childcare became reality in Canada - and what Australia can learn from it

Centre for Policy Development Deputy CEO Annabel Brown said the Australian government was taking steps towards universal childcare

WATCH: Jokowi's final Australian visit in office: ABC Afternoon Briefing

Andrew Hudson speaks to Matthew Doran on Australia-Indonesia relations as Prime Ministers Widodo and Albanese meet to discuss climate transition, trade and regional stability