Democracy 2025 is strengthening democratic practice in Australia through research, dialogue and innovation.

Established in the context of the lowest level recording of public trust and satisfaction with Australia’s democratic arrangements and set against the global rise of debased semi-democracies, Democracy 2025 audits the qualities of Australian democracy, investigates and experiments with what works in terms of renewing our representative system of government and facilitates non-partisan conversations on how to improve our democratic practice and be the best democracy that we can be.

We are igniting a national conversation about our democratic practice and building a new generation of democratically engaged Australians.

Democracy 2025’s six core programs will be delivered in partnership with national and international leaders in their fields.

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Democracy 2025 is an initiative of the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) and the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra (UC-IGPA).

Old Parliament House
Old Parliament House. Credit Andrew Merry.

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Mark Evans and Mark Kenny evaluate the prospects for democratic change

Mark Evans joins Mark Kenny on the Democracy Sausage podcast to discuss achieving change in Australia’s policy & political landscape, plus Keir Starmer’s struggles as British opposition leader.

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Senate Inquiry into Australian democracy accepts Democracy 2025’s recommendations

On 19th February the Senate Inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy tabled its final report. The Report accepts Democracy 2025’s recommendations for a permanent independent Democratic Audit of Australia and the revitalisation of civics education.

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Update on the State of Australian Democracy

Professor Mark Evans is interviewed by Oliver Yates and Charlie Caruso from “Independents Can” on what the latest evidence from Democracy 2025 tells us about the strengths and limits of Australian democracy.

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Public Engagement and its Impact on Parliament

On 26th March, Professor Mark Evans presented the opening and closing sessions of the International Parliamentary Engagement Network’s workshop on Public Engagement and its Impact on Parliament.

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How to rebuild trust in government

On 22nd April, Professor Mark Evans presented at the Mandarin Live/WPP conference Communicating to get the right outcomes on a panel discussion on How to rebuild trust in government.

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Health Expertise and Covid-19 – Managing the Fear Factor

Mark Evans and Michelle Grattan assess the role of experts in the Australian government’s effective response to the Covid-19.

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How can we clean up politics?

Mark Evans and Gerry Stoker map out an agenda for cleaning up politics.

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What role should the public service play in democratic governance?

Mark Evans and Gerry Stoker assess the role that a reformed public service could play in strengthening democratic practice. See: Improving the Public Service Experience: the search for public value.

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How can we better connect citizens with their democracy?

See Mark Evans and Gerry Stoker’s thoughts on Institutionalizing new forms of citizen voice through various participatory mechanisms.

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Why long-term thinking is key to democratic strengthening.

See Mark Evans and Gerry Stoker on Future proofing democracy.

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21 October 2020

D25 Director Mark Evans is awarded an IPAA national fellowship

Nine new National Fellows of the Institute of Public Administration Australia were today announced by National President, Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, at an event held at Parliament House, Canberra.

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