UWA Public Policy Institute

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.

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



What we do

  • Run a dynamic public events program on a range of social, economic and political issues of the day.
  • Produce and disseminate reports for government policymakers and business stakeholders.
  • Provide UWA research expertise to policymakers.
  • Organise private roundtable discussions for closer exploration with key decision-makers and advisers.
  • Run training and workshops for UWA researchers on how to work with government, business and not-for-profits.

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Recent publications


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WA 2050: People, Place, Prosperity

What could Western Australia look like at mid-century and how do we get there? This report aims to stimulate progress, joining expertise from 50+ contributors across the state's sectors to expose future issues, their implications, the trade-offs involved, and the actions that can be taken now to drive positive change.

WA 2050: People, Place, Prosperity (PDF 12.5MB)

WA 2050: People, Place, Prosperity (RTF for screen readers 9MB)


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Going Further, Faster –
A Policy Agenda for WA 2021 

This report, published at the start of a new parliament, contains timely, evidence-based ideas and practical proposals to meet many of the most pressing current and emerging challenges for WA. 


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Upcoming events


Breakfast by the Bay: If Voting Wasn’t Compulsory, Would You? Civic Participation and Democracy

Empty microphone in front of crowdWednesday 31 August, 7 – 9am
The University Club of Western Australia
$55.00 Members | $65.00 Non Members | $600.00 table of 10 (Breakfast included)

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Australian democracy is under stress. Most Australians now think that government is run for a few big interest groups, rather than for all the people. Years of party infighting, together with long-standing inequities (e.g., the under-representation of women and Indigenous Australians) and mounting policy challenges (e.g., climate change, federal spending controls) have seen satisfaction with Australian democracy decline precipitously in recent times.

What has gone wrong? Is Australia democratically engaged in name only? What are the most promising reforms that can simultaneously reinvigorate Australians’ attachment to their democratic order, rebalance the lack of diverse representation in federal Parliament, and drive fresh policies to address emerging national policy challenges? Does compulsory voting improve our democracy? Are there trends afoot in the new 2022 federal Parliament that give cause for hope?

As the dust settles on the 2022 federal election, come to hear, and question this stellar panel of experts on the future of democracy:



Researcher training workshop: How to work with government

Wednesday 7 September, 12 – 2pm (lunch included)
UWA Crawley campus, TBC
For UWA staff and postgrad students
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How can you, as a UWA researcher, shape evidence-based policymaking? During this interactive lunchtime workshop, we'll demystify how government collaborates with researchers, and ways that you can work closely with government officials and policymakers. This training workshop is particularly designed around the needs of busy academics, like yourself, who wish to engage with policymakers to ensure their research has leads to real-world impact and feeds into policy design and decision-making processes within government.




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Expert commentary

Flooding and extreme weather events

With Queensland and New South Wales experiencing catastrophic floods, our researchers reflect on how climate change will increase the likelihood of extreme weather, and the importance of forward-thinking urban planning.


Professor Anas GhadouaniThe 26th annual UN Climate Change Conference, or 'Conference of the Parties', brought together almost every country for a global climate summit in Glasgow. Here are some comments on Australia's role in this uniquely urgent world event.

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