Providing informed leadership by maximising the policy impact of UWA research in Western Australia, Australia and the Indian Ocean region


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The UWA Public Policy Institute (UWA PPI) is a bridge between academic research and government, public and business needs, delivering real-world policy impact at state, national and regional levels.

UWA PPI helps to provide solutions to local and regional policy challenges, both current and future. Through our collaboration with UWA academics and research users and practitioners we support a healthy and effective policy-ecosystem in Perth and WA.

Drawing on UWA’s distinct geographical advantage as Australia’s Indian Ocean capital city, and by championing an evidence-based approach to policy-making, we also create fresh opportunities for UWA to collaborate with countries across the region.

We do all of this by 

  • translating current UWA research insights into private policy roundtables, public awareness events and report launches;
  • building capacity with UWA academic staff to enable successful policy engagement;
  • commissioning and publishing evidence-based reports to inform state government strategic priorities;
  • delivering programs that nourish leadership capabilities to meet the future challenges of the Indian Ocean region.



Let Every Stage Advance
Policy Ideas for Australia’s Fiftieth Parliament

Let Every Stage Advance: Policy Ideas for Australia’s Fiftieth Parliament contains 11 short essays from newly elected federal MPs and Senators, on the topic of a policy idea whose time is yet to come. The project has sought to engage with politicians, at the start of their parliamentary careers, on long-term public policy challenges that face our nation over the next 15 years.

Let Every Stage Advance (PDF 1MB)

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From workplace stress to workplace wellness: An assessment of the health and well-being of local government Chief Executive Officers in Western Australia

Local government Chief Executive Officers across the State of Western Australia are facing unprecedented levels of work-related stress. This report documents, for the first time ever, their previously hidden afflictions. Using a multi-method approach to data collection, researchers employed inductive focus groups, abductive in-depth qualitative interviews and deductive quantitative survey research to shine an important light not only on the extent of their distress, but also on the relevant antecedents and effects.

This report was prepared for Local Government Professionals Australia WA.

From workplace stress to workplace wellness (PDF 5.5MB)

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Advisory Board

UWA PPI’s Advisory Board is comprised of State, National, Regional and International leaders.

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