The Knowledge Hub

A collection of think tanks and research institutes in the forefront of public affairs in the United Kingdom, the United States, and in Australia


The reason behind development of The Knowledge Hub is to allow ready access to knowledge resources for our members. It gives you the capacity to further develop your knowledge and understanding, to

  • access details of research and comments on which news reports are based
  • access a site to further research a topic
  • develop confidence in seeking and accessing research and comment on current issues.

However, another reason for this set of resources is to help members who because of health and other reasons could not attend classes in person but wish to remain involved.


A multi-platform media operation and a public broadcaster of international renown, delivering Australian stories and conversations across the nation and to the region.

Accountability Round Table
Dedicated to improving standards of accountability, transparency, ethical behaviour and democratic practice in Commonwealth and State parliaments and governments across Australia.

Australian Human Resources Institute
AHRI is the professional body for Human Resources in Australia.

Australian Multicutural Foundation
To cultivate in all Australians a strong commitment to Australia as one people drawn from many cultures and by so doing to advance its social and economic well-being.

Analysis and Policy Observatory
A growing repository of policy information including tools, best practice methodologies, processes and ways to connect with policy experts and networks, from across the APS and beyond.

Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
Established in 1971 to recognise and champion excellence in the social sciences and to provide evidence-based advice on a range of social policy issues.

The Australia Institute
“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.”

Business Council of Australia
“We work to ensure Australia is economically strong to support a fair, free and inclusive society for all Australians.”

Centre for Independent Studies
Promotes free choice and individual liberty, and defends cultural freedom and the open exchange of ideas.

CEDA – Committee for Economic Development of Australia
“We identify policy issues that matter for Australia’s future and pursue solutions that deliver better economic and social outcomes for the greater good.”

Committee for Melbourne
An apolitical, not-for-profit, member-based organisation of over 150 organisations who have a passion for shaping Melbourne as a leading global city in the world’s fastest-growing region, the Asia-Pacific.


The Conversation
A unique collaboration between academics and journalists that in just 10 years has become the world’s leading publisher of research-based news and analysis.

Deloittee Access Economics
“Driven to create an impact that matters.”

The Drum
ABC news program of lively thought provoking commentary and diverse and robust opinion from leading thinkers and writers.

Future Directions International
Independent not for profit strategic research institute.

Govt: Parliament of Australia
Federal members and all aspects of our federal parliament

Govt: Parliament of Australia – Bills and Legislation
All Commonwealth bills and legislation

Govt: Parliament of Australia – Parliamentary Library
Research papers of Senate and House committees and officers of the library

Govt: Parliament of Victoria
Individual members and all aspects of our State parliament

Govt: Parliament of Victoria – Legislation and Bills
Access to all Victorian Acts

Grattan Institute
“Dedicated to developing high quality public policy for Australia’s future. We are independent, taking the perspective of the Australian public interest rather than any interest group “

H R Nicholls Society
“A fair go for every Australian, where Freedom, Prosperity and Opportunity can flourish free from coercion.”

Institute of Public Affairs
“An independent, non-profit public policy think tank, dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of economic and political freedom.”

Lowy Institute
“We host distinguished speakers from around the globe on foreign policy, defence, politics, aid and development, journalism, sport, science and the arts.”

The Mandarin
“Made for public sector leaders and executives and reaches 1.5 million public sector readers and the many stakeholders interested in their work each year. Put simply, we deliver the news and analysis that the public sector reads every day.”

The McKell Institute
“A progressive research institute dedicated to providing practical and innovative solutions to contemporary policy challenges.”


Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
“Undertakes high quality, independent and impartial applied research, and contributes to the development of public policy in Australia.”

Per Capita
An independent, progressive think tank, dedicated to fighting inequality in Australia, to build a new vision for Australia based on fairness, shared prosperity, community, and social justice.

Regional Australia Institute
“We work with regional leaders around the nation to understand their challenges and help them identify opportunities for future development that they can implement. We also talk to governments at all levels and provide independent, evidence based advice about the options they have to make regions even greater.”

Scanlon Foundation
“Aspires to see Australia advance as a welcoming, prosperous and cohesive nation particularly related to the transition of migrants into Australian Society. The Foundation supports ongoing longitudinal research into the indicators of social cohesion and the results of this research inform the Foundation’s activities. The Foundation makes grants to improve social cohesion in areas of greatest need within Australia.”

Wheeler Centre
Melbourne’s home for smart, passionate and entertaining public talks on every topic.

Whitlam Institute
“Guided by the ‘three great aims’ that drove the Whitlam Program of 1972; to promote equality; to involve the people of Australia in the decision-making processes of our land; and to liberate the talents and uplift the horizons of the Australian people.”

United Kingdom

“We strive to benefit public debate through independent research, reasoned argument, lucid explanation and open discussion.”

Institute for Fiscal Studies
With the principal aim of better informing public debate on economics to promote development of effective fiscal policy, through establishment of rigorous independent research.

International Institute of Strategic Studies
“For 60 years, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has helped to shape the strategic agenda for governments, businesses, the media and experts across the world.”

United States

American Enterprise Institute
A public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world.

Brennan Center for Justice
A nonpartisan law and policy institute upholding values of democracy.

A nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC to conduct in-depth research for solving problems facing society at local, national and global levels.

Council on Foreign Relations
“Our goal is to start a conversation in this country about the need for Americans to better understand the world”

The Nation
“Home to tenacious muckraking, provocative commentary, and spirited debate about politics and culture, The Nation empowers readers to fight for justice and equality for all.”

The New Yorker
The New Yorker is considered by many to be the most influential magazine in the world, renowned for its in-depth reporting, political and cultural commentary, fiction, poetry, and humor.”

PEW Research Center
A nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world.

Political Research Associates
A social justice think tank studying the entire spectrum of the U.S. Right.

Project Syndicate
Produces and delivers commentaries featuring exclusive contributions by prominent political leaders, policymakers, scholars, business leaders, and civic activists from around the world.

RealClear Politics
Dedicated to providing readers with better, more insightful analysis of the most important news and policy issues of the day.

The nation’s leading libertarian magazine, producing hard-hitting independent journalism on civil liberties, politics, technology, culture, policy, and commerce.

Sovereign Wealth Funds Institute
Providing must-have intelligence and content on global institutional investors.

Washington Post
An organization that values and is committed to building a stronger culture of diversity and equity.