Looking back over the last 12 months, I am incredibly proud of the impact our small team has made on the policy agenda across a wide range of domains.
Australia and the region are experiencing a seismic shift in the policy landscape, and this presents a tremendous opportunity for transformative, enduring systemic change.
The Federal Government is committed to an expansive policy change agenda. The private sector and civil society are also reimagining central societal compacts.
In this environment CPD is in a unique position to guide Australia to a fair, sustainable and inclusive future:
CPD’s cross-program work is truly distinctive, for example, our work on energy transition in Indonesia and Australia has helped to influence the G20 and ASEAN agenda.
The success of this innovative model powered by trust has been a key catalyst in CPD’s substantial growth. In just two years CPD’s income has grown from $1.9 million to $3.5 million, our team has more than doubled to 25, and we now have a presence in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, and Jakarta.
In this impact report, you’ll see a snapshot of CPD’s collaborative approach, our expertise, and our unwavering commitment to our core values. I want to thank everyone that has supported CPD over the last year. The steps our country and region have taken towards a better future belong to you.
Driving reform across climate, social policy, economic policy and diplomacy
Uniting more than 150 decision-makers, Ministers, CEOs and experts
With Cabinet Ministers, industry leaders, diplomats and public officials
Defining the narrative on Australia and the region
New public investment in key reforms across states and Commonwealth
G20 and ASEAN engage CPD as an energy transition partner
CPD’s programs and initiatives are focused on our core mission, to solve the biggest policy challenges facing Australia and the region, and to illuminate paths toward long-term, systemic change that benefits current and future generations.
The policy landscape in Australia and its region is undergoing a significant shift, presenting an excellent chance for lasting systemic change. We are seeing government, private sector, and civil society more dedicated to comprehensive policy reform than in years past.
CPD plays a crucial role in steering Australia towards an equitable, sustainable, and inclusive future, and below you will see some of the impact we have had in just the last 12 months.
Our Australia & the Indo-Pacific Program’s work on forced migration and energy transition is solving the most urgent challenges facing our region.
Through the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration we developed and activated an emergency response to the Myanmar crisis this year. Alongside this CPD’s work connecting Australia with the Indo-Pacific has made us official partners of both G20 and ASEAN.
CPD and our partners are redefining how government supports people, strengthens communities and paves the way for system transformation.
Through the Resilient People and Places Program we are scaling innovative people- and place-centered approaches to critical services to the state and national level.
Inaugural Future Generations Commissioner of Wales, Sophie Howe, is the first public official in the world appointed to guard the interests of future generations.
On Tuesday 18 April she delivered the fourth John Menadue Oration, CPD’s flagship event, for a sold-out Wheeler Centre audience that included leaders across government, philanthropy and the private sector.
Our Wellbeing Initiative builds wellbeing into decision-making in Australian institutions. This year we have made significant progress and interest in wellbeing approaches is surging across the country.
We have driven ambition for better ways to set goals and measure progress for Australia, with key impact on the Federal Budget, close collaboration with Treasury, and an international reach that provides direction and ambition from global best practice.
CPD’s work is driven by values, empowered by our method, and guided by evidence – including from the participation of people affected by policies.
At the centre of our work is the principle that public policy should advance the wellbeing of current and future generations.
These beliefs shape our strategic goals and ways of working. We work and walk with organisations and individuals, large and small, who share these values and have an interest in crafting solutions to our most pressing challenges.
CPD’s Early Childhood Development Initiative has built consensus across business, academia, government and civil society on a universal Guarantee for Young Children and Families to give all children in Australia the best start to life.
Our work has helped secure State and Federal investments totalling more than $50 billion in the wellbeing of children, their families and the nation.
Our Sustainable Economy Program has laid the foundation for the creation of the Net Zero Authority, the climate risk reporting regime. Now it’s developing the bold targets for 2035 needed to keep warming below 1.5 degrees.
Our impact extends from local Australian communities, across major institutions, to key diplomatic partners.
Good public policy takes an integrated approach that breaks down silos to break new ground. Our work connects policy domains to accelerate momentum and deepen impact.
We’re focused on bringing rigorous cross-disciplinary analysis, urging ambition for enduring reforms, challenging outdated orthodoxies and providing supportive evidence-based guidance on best practice.