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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Applications for the 2023 internship program now open

We're looking for up to four interns to join the team next year, working with us on policy research briefings, public in-person and virtual panel events, publications and more. An interest in public policy, social issues and evidence-based research is of benefit, but you need not have studied it as part of your degree.

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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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Public Policy Engagement Guide: A Tool for UWA researchers 

The only publicly-available guide of its kind in Australia, this publication upskills UWA researchers on how to engage potential government collaborators and funders, and how to make policy impact. 


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Upcoming events



Lobbying regulation in Australia: where are we now and options for reform

Blurry photo of people shaking handsWednesday 14 December, 5 – 6pm AWST, 8 – 9pm AEST 
Hybrid event: in person, livestreamed and recorded
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In collaboration with the Electoral Regulation Research Network and UWA Law School.

Associate Professor Yee-Fui Ng (Monash University) will unpack the history of Australian lobbying regulation and what changes are needed in this space to ensure a transparent and level-playing field. Chaired by Professor Sarah Murray, the seminar will provide a forum for interactive discussion about this important issue and how lobbying regulation can best ensure integrity in government.



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Our collaborators

Government, not-for-profit and industry bodies we work with include but are not limited to:

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UWA and UWA-affiliated entities we work with include:

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