Ben Oquist, Executive Director

We barrack for ideas, not political parties.

Ben Oquist, Executive Director

Our Goal

The Australia Institute provides intellectual and policy leadership. We conduct research that drives the public debate and secures policy outcomes that make Australia better.

We are confident that we consistently deliver on the promise of our motto: research that matters.

We design work and research to influence and persuade policymakers, politicians and to shift the public debate. We are fiercely non-partisan but we don’t shy away from engaging in politics and political debates. We believe in democracy and our work is aimed at a better, more informed democratic debate.

The Australia Institute is independently funded by donations from philanthropic trusts and individuals, as well as grants and commissioned research from business, unions and non-government organisations. We do not accept donations or commissioned work from political parties. With no formal political or commercial ties, the Institute is in a position to maintain its independence while advancing a vision for a fairer Australia.

Our Impact

Our Research Programs

Our State Branches

Our Research Centres