As the official think tank of the Australian Labor Party, our mission is to champion a Labor culture of ideas.
The words Ben Chifley applied to the Labor Party are a guiding principle of the Centre: “We must not only desire to win, but we must deserve to win”.
A rich program of progressive thinking
This diverse program of policy work and thought leadership is our distinctive contribution to the task of building a progressive Australia.
Chifley’s program of work is designed around a number of landmark activities, including:
Progressive Australia – an ideas conference held after each Federal election. This conference brings together the best progressive minds in Australia and abroad, to champion a long-term progressive vision for our country.
Chifley Ideas Circle and Chifley Conversations – showcasing the best ideas from both domestic and international thought leaders, these two event series’ are locked in to the diaries of both Labor supporters and Labor leaders.
Research and Publications – the starting point for good progressive policy is to understand change. To that end, we’re raising funds for research on significant policy challenges for Australia, including the future of jobs and the future of work. To get those debates on the agenda, we’ve also allocated prime home-page space to this conversation.
New Progressive Thinking – publishing hundreds of progressive ideas, opinions, commentary, and findings, New Progressive Thinking is the largest progressive blog in Australia.
Young Progressive Leaders Program – it is only through long-term investment in Australia’s future thought leaders that we can achieve a progressive vision for Australia. This program consists of a triennial intake of up to 15 thought leaders under the age of 25.
Labor History – dedicated to preserving the stories and achievements of Labor Government’s throughout history, this online museum holds hundreds of never-seen-before photographs and videos, including Australia’s greatest progressive Prime Ministers.
International engagement – as the only non-EU member of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), the Chifley Research Centre has an established and ongoing dialogue with its European think-tank counterparts. These relationships allow the Chifley Research Centre to engage in new thinking and new ideas on emerging challenges for social democracy around the world.
In addition to the above program of work, the Chifley Research Centre also provides strategic advice to the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, and works in conjunction with other research and intellectual bodies to promote better understanding of the Australian political and policy environment.
About the Centre’s governance
The activities of the Chifley Research Centre are overseen by a Board of Directors.
The day to day operations of the Chifley Research Centre are managed by a small staff who are passionate about the mission of the Centre.
About the Centre’s finance
The Chifley Research Centre is supported by the Commonwealth Government through a grant in aid administered by the Department of Finance. It has Deductible Gift Receipt status under the Income Tax Act 1997, making all donations to the Centre tax deductible. Almost all of the activities listed in our program of work above are funded by supporter donations and our funding partners.