About 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 a New South Wales and federal level. In 2017, The McKell Institute Victoria, based in Melbourne, was launched by incumbent Victorian Premier, Hon Daniel Andrews MP; and in 2018, The McKell Institute Queensland, based in Brisbane was launched by Queensland Premier, Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP.

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.