Join us in setting the public policy agenda


Robust debate and considered public policy development help to create a roadmap for governments and the community to work in partnership and build a fairer and more prosperous community for the next generation.

The McKell Institute is a public policy institute dedicated to developing practical policy ideas and contributing to public debate.

The McKell Institute was officially launched in April 2012 following the release of our first policy report Homes for All.

Key areas of activity for the McKell Institute include producing regular policy research papers, hosting policy roundtable discussions and public lectures, as well as undertaking landmark longitudinal studies of community attitudes and aspirations.

The McKell Institute takes its name from New South Wales wartime Premier and Governor–General of Australia, William McKell. William McKell made a powerful contribution to both New South Wales and Australian society through progressive social, economic and environmental reforms.

A history on the life and times of William McKell written by renowned Parliamentary Historian David Clune can be found here.

The McKell Institute is an independent not for profit organisation, funded entirely by donations from supporters. You can support our work by making a donation here.

A list of the McKell Institute’s Board of Directors can be found here.