Breaking Down Silos to Unlock Long-Term Progress

Good public policy takes an integrated approach that breaks down silos to create new ground. Our work connects policy areas to accelerate momentum and deepen impact.

Our Impact

Workforce Australia Inquiry provides an opportunity to reform the employment service system to be more people and place-centred

Australia and Indonesia cooperating on climate transition through enduring dialogue with key decision-makers from both countries

3 budget initiatives connecting government, NGO and philanthropic sectors targeting integrated systems change to better support people and communities experiencing disadvantage

Making Employment Work for People and Communities

Our advice to Treasury following the Jobs and Skills Summit drew on CPD’s expertise across early childhood, place-based systems reform, wellbeing governance and climate transition. This provided firm direction backed by specialist research for long-term, effective and connected policy solutions. 

This includes investing in the care economy to capture productivity gains, which the recent Federal Budget emphasised. 

We recommended the Net Zero Authority, announced in April, so people affected by industrial transition lead the pack for new jobs and opportunities.

We advised reform of Australia’s employment system to align incentives for providers with community capabilities to lift up people who are excluded from the labour market. This is now the subject of the Workforce Australia Inquiry. 

Accelerating the Indo-Pacific Climate Transition

We are building a sustainable economy beyond Australia’s borders.

In 2022 we led a G20 event on catalysing finance for sustainable climate transition infrastructure across the Indo-Pacific Region. This event featured addresses from the Indonesian Vice-President, Finance Minister and Energy Minister, and global leaders in climate science, sustainable finance, and international politics.  

Some of the recommendations of the event were included in the final Bali Compact endorsed by G20 leaders and also influenced aspects of the breakthrough $20 billion Just Energy Transition Plan for Indonesia.

This marked the commencement of an enduring policy dialogue between regulators, public officials, investors and leaders in both Australia and Indonesia. We have organised several subsequent roundtables bringing together key decision-makers from both countries. 

In 2023, as a formal ASEAN energy transition partner, CPD will work with Indonesia as Chair of ASEAN to maximise energy transition opportunities in the region.

Strengthening Communities with Policy Innovation

A people- and place-centred lens on government service systems supports wellbeing at a local level. This approach has been a strong focus on CPD’s work for many years. 

Renewed interest at a Commonwealth level provides the opportunity to scale these approaches and embed them in reforms to areas as diverse as employment, climate transition, early childhood and migration.

The 2023 Federal Budget announced three initiatives closely aligned with this approach – the  Investment Dialogue for Australia’s Children, the Stronger Places, Stronger People program and the Social Impact Outcomes Fund.

We will work closely with these initiatives, bringing rigorous cross-disciplinary analysis, urging ambition for enduring reforms, and providing supportive evidence-based guidance on best practice.