The McKell Institute


The McKell Institute is a progressive research institute dedicated to providing practical and innovative solutions to contemporary policy challenges.

We produce regular policy reports and host events with thought leaders from business, government and civil society.

We engage across a wide range of policy issues, including

  • infrastructure funding and financing;
  • superannuation;
  • health and hospitals;
  • industrial relations and workers’ entitlements;
  • economic analysis and modelling;
  • productivity and innovation policy;
  • housing affordability; and
  • social service delivery.

Leading academics and experienced industry experts contribute to the McKell Institute’s studies. We’ve collaborated with the UTS Business School, the University of Sydney Business School, the University of Adelaide Law School, Macquarie University’s Centre for Workforce Futures, UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre, and many others to deliver a groundbreaking suite of research.

Our reports feature heavily in the media and engage leading policymakers, business people and civil society leaders.

Following its establishment in Sydney, in 2011, the Institute has played an important role in shaping the public policy agenda at both state and federal level.

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

The McKell Institute Victoria

Launched in February 2017 by Victorian Premier The Hon. Dan Andrews MP, The McKell Institute Victoria brings our progressive approach to tackling issues relevant to the state, as well as bringing a Victorian perspective to the national debate.

This initiative is overseen by a local board that shapes the direction of the Victorian research agenda and events program, and former Premier of Victoria The Hon. Steve Bracks MP serves as Patron. The McKell Institute Victoria is led by Executive Director Ryan Batchelor.

The McKell Institute Queensland

Launched in August 2018 by the Queensland Premier The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk, the McKell Institute Queensland will bring an independent, outside voice to public policy discussion in Queensland and ensure the Queensland perspective is well represented in national public policy debate.

McKell Queensland engages business, academia and community leaders in the contest of ideas and host events with decision makers on public policy issues.

This initiative is overseen by a local advisory committee that shapes the direction of the Queensland research agenda and events program. The McKell Institute Queensland is led by Executive Director, Hon. Rachel Nolan.

For more about The McKell Institute check out the Annual Review 2020.