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, delivering real-world policy impact at state, national and regional levels.

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.


What we do

  • Run a dynamic public events program
  • Produce and disseminate reports
  • Provide expertise to policymakers
  • Organise private roundtable discussions

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Public events program

Our events span a range of diverse and provocative topics, including mental health, environmental protection, and Aboriginal cultural heritage. Members of the community are warmly welcomed to attend, actively participate, and contribute to discussions.

Student event: Youth mental health in Western Australia 

Thursday 30 September, 10am - 12pm. Morning tea included.
Law Lecture Theatre (LAWS106)
Students and staff welcome

Young people on bridge, looking at sunsetWhat do we know about youth mental health in Western Australia? 
In this panel and Q&A event, our experts from academia, not-for-profit and government will unpack the opportunities and challenges facing the youth mental health sector. 
This ‘for students, by students’ event is being convened by UWA Public Policy Institute interns and is designed to allow fellow young people to be included in conversations about them.
Speakers include:

  • Dr Sophie Davison, Western Australia’s inaugural Chief Medical Officer of Mental Health within the Mental Health Commission
  • Dr Julie Ji, Forrest Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Western Australia working within UWA’s School of Psychological Science and the Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion (CARE)
  • Lachlan Brown, Chairperson and Executive Director of The Lachy Foundation - a charity supporting under 25s across mental health and crisis support


Breakfast by the Bay | Global economic outlook 2022: Implications for WA

Wednesday 1 December, 7am - 9am
Banquet Hall, The University Club of Western Australia
Members $55, Non-members $65, Table of 10 $600
Tickets on sale soon

The world economy is experiencing an unexpected and strange boom. This is most surprising because it was feared that COVID-19 would cause an extended recession comparable to the GFC. Global growth is now being reported at its highest since 2006, however, an examination of this upturn calls for caution. 

There are new factors that will all play a role in shaping a sustainable global economy in 2022 and beyond, including: 

  • varying vaccination-levels, 
  • fluctuations in open and closed economies based on pandemic management, and  
  • anticipated withdrawal of government stimulus packages. 

The rebound of the global giants, the US, China and the EU, will all depend on how capital markets access each of these factors. 

During this breakfast event we will take a closer look at the economic forecast for the coming year and how it will affect our state. How does WA fit into these new trends, what are its unique points of weakness and how can it capitalise on its strengths? 


Researcher training: How to work with government

February 2022 (TBC)
For UWA researchers

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Professor Shamit Saggar addressing UWA researchersHow 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 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.


Expert commentary

Australian Census 2021

Professor Loretta Baldassar and Dr Rita AfsarAs Census time rolls around again, we take a deep dive into what it is, what it's used for, and how it might be improved.


Tokyo Olympics

Dr Andrew BroertjesAre the Olympics still relevant? How can they remain viable in the current socio-political climate?


'Fortress Australia' and closed borders

Associate Professor Maggie Ying JiangHow long can we stay closed? What are the implications of keeping our borders shut, interstate and internationally?


2021 Intergenerational Report

Professor Peter RobertsonDownload the federal 2021 Intergenerational Report to view modelling projections on Australia's position in 2061 and hear responses to the report from our experts:



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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. 



The Preparedness Report - Climate change and the challenges facing universities and professions

This publication brings together 10 contributions from leading researchers and practitioners that look at the implications of climate change for academic disciplines and professional bodies: their responses to, as well as their responsibility to adapt in the face of its challenges. 


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