Providing informed leadership by maximising the policy impact of UWA research in Western Australia, Australia and the Indo-Pacific region


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The UWA Public Policy Institute (UWAPPI) is a bridge between academic research and government, public and business needs, delivering real-world policy impact. Backed by a select team of academic experts, and with an Advisory Board of local and international leaders, UWAPPI provides solutions to local and global challenges, while also identifying and providing advice on unforeseen future policy issues.

UWAPPI works on State and national issues, and also draws on UWA’s distinct geographical advantage as Australia’s Indian Ocean capital city to collaborate with neighbouring countries and their institutions to deliver policy solutions for the Indian Ocean Rim and the broader Indo-Pacific region.


Big Issues for Western Australia Perth

Big Issues for Western Australia gets opinion formers to look at concerns that are vital for the future success of the state’s economy, communities, public services and social cohesion. Contributors are focused on old and new problems, fresh ideas and approaches, and crucially, the use of evidence and expertise to set policy choices, drawing on examples of what works elsewhere that can have traction in WA.

Big Issues for Western Australia (PDF 1.07MB)


Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity | UWA Capability StatementUWA Winthrop Hall

In February 2019, the WA Government published ‘Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity’. This contained the essential story of how government would seek to build better outcomes for the people of our state.

To achieve that goal requires knowledge, expertise and know-how. It requires better and timely use of the capabilities of The University of Western Australia. Making a genuine difference to the six pillars of ‘Our Priorities’ is of great importance to UWA, and we have created our response to the government's initial statement.

Our Priorities - UWA Capability Statement (PDF 0.6MB)


2019 Reid Oration

This year’s lecture was delivered by The Honourable Geoff Gallop, AC FIPAA, former Premier of Western Australia and Emeritus Professor of the University of Sydney. In his scintillating speech, Professor Gallop examined the case for political reform and the culture of political activism in Australia based on the radical agenda around constitutional change, and drew on the examples of the referendum on the Australian Republic, the campaigns for legally protected rights and liberties and, finally, indigenous recognition.

2019 Reid Oration (PDF 3.4MB)

Advisory Board

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

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