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).

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Old Parliament House. Credit Andrew Merry.

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21 October 2020

IPAA announces 2020 national fellows

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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20 July 2020

Is Australia still the lucky country?

Is Australia still the lucky country, finds that for the first time in over a decade, Australians are exhibiting high levels of political trust in federal government (54 per cent from 29 percent), and the Australian Public Service (54 per cent from 38 per cent).

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26 June 2020

Political Trust in Times of COVID-19

Mark Evans and Michelle Grattan explore differences in the management, experience and impact of the COVID-19 crisis in the company of three leading British academic thinkers and members of the Trustgov project at the University of Southampton.

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24 June 2020

How can we save democracy in a post COVID-19 world?

Have your say through a new international crowdsourced project calling for ideas on how to strengthen democratic practice and identify pathways to reform.

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3 June 2020

Why the ACT needs a participatory budget post-COVID

Open democracy is about explaining our political decisions and making them transparent.

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19 May 2020

Podcast: role of the APS in a post-COVID-19 world

In the latest Democratic Fundamentals, hosts Mark Evans and Michelle Grattan discuss the challenges and opportunities for the APS as the world eases restrictions. Featuring guests Renée Leon and Peter Shergold.


29 April 2020

Democracy Sausage podcast: Coronavirus crisis – there’s an app for that

Tracking trust in government

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3 April 2020

Political Trust and Coronavirus

Hear the latest “Democratic Conversations” podcast with Michelle Grattan AO, Ian Chubb AO and Professor Mark Evans.

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3 April 2020

How does Australia compare: What makes a leading democracy?

How does political and social trust in Australia compare?

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1 April 2020

The Isolated Political Class

Essay by Mark Evans and Michelle Grattan in the April edition of the Australian Quarterly

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13 December 2019

Don’t believe the stereotype: these 5 charts show our democracy is safe in the hands of future voters

A new, ongoing survey on how young Australians understand and imagine their democracy is already challenging long-held stereotypes.

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16 October 2019

How Australian federal politicians would like to reform their democracy

Watch Dr Helen Haines MP, Tanya Plibersek MP, David Sharma MP, Professor Mark Evans, Michelle Grattan and Professor Gerry Stoker discuss the findings from How Australian federal politicians would like to reform their democracy at Parliament House on 16 October. The video was produced by our digital partner, contentgroup.

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16 October 2019

The Conversation

Revealed: how Australian politicians would bridge the trust divide

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5 September 2019

Liberalism and Australian Democracy: Lessons from History – A talk by Dr David Kemp

In August, MoAD hosted a free public talk by the Hon. Dr David Kemp, Chairman of the MoAD Board, who reflected on the contribution of liberalism to Australia’s democratic story and asks what we can learn for the future.

The public talk is part of the Democracy 2025’s Future Democracy series, was held in the House of Representatives Chamber in the spiritual home of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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