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The best policy solutions are created together
All of our work is done in partnership with institutions who seek to put new ideas into practice. If you’re interested in building a partnership, joining our research teams, or participating in training and events, get in touch

The Sydney Policy Lab only works if it's everyone's Lab. We welcome big ideas and questions from people across all walks of life. You can get in touch with the team for advice about your collaborative project. 

Meet our partners

Working alongside colleagues from our University and from across the Group of Eight in the Roadmap to Recovery Taskforce, Lab researchers contributed to a national taskforce on how Australia could best plan for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

A collection of NSW community sector peak organisations commissioned the Lab to support the creation of a shared agenda and vision of commissioning as a way to design and deliver human services. Together, Lab researchers and peak leaders reshaped understandings of commissioning away from a search for policy blueprints that could be transplanted directly from other places and towards a framework for commissioning ‘experiments’ committed to putting relationships first, letting communities lead, embedding learning and investing in people.

The Lab was commissioned by the City of Sydney to design a wholly new set of inequality indicators to help the City direct its policy and programs in advance of its new 2050 strategy. We worked with researchers from across the University, as well as with world-leading researchers in New York and London. We developed measures across a host of domains – from public participation to employment – and demographics – from age to income group. Download the report here (pdf, 4.1MB).

The Lab partnered with Wayside to bring the flagship conference, Side by Side, to the University of Sydney. Open to people from all walks of life, the conference brought together researchers, practitioners and those with lived experience of daily inequalities to answer the question: how can we create a fair and equitable society? Keynote speakers included former Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull and Harvard Professor Danielle Allen.

The Lab worked with Guardian Australia and their spokespeople living at the sharp end of inequality in Australia. Lab researchers worked with five spokespeople living below the poverty line to frame the questions they really wanted politicians from all parties to answer ahead of Australia’s Federal Election in 2019.

The Lab partnered with Multicultural NSW and the NSW Coordinator General for Refugee Resettlement to support them with their efforts to seeks to include young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in the process of decision making about settlement services policy in NSW.

Past and current partners include

Addison Road Community Organisation

Australia New-Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)

Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research

Australian Council of Social Services

Australian Department of Social Services 

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union Geelong

Australian Progress

Belmont Scouts

Benevolent Society

Brotherhood of St Laurence

Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals

Carers NSW

Centre for Public Impact

City of Sydney

Climate Justice Union

Cloverdale Community Centre

Collaborate for Impact

Committee for Sydney

Domestic Violence NSW

Dusseldorp Forum

Electrical Trades Union Queensland


Geelong Sustainability

Geelong Trades Hall


Guardian Australia

Herbert Smith Freehills

Homelessness NSW

Jesuit Social Services

Just Reinvest NSW

Law Society of NSW

Local Community Services Association

Maranguka Community Hub

Mission Australia

Multicultural NSW Coordinator General for Settlement

Museum of Contemporary Art

Muslim Women Australia

Norlane Community Centre

NSW Council of Social Services

NSW Department of Education and Training

NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

Oz International Student Hub

Paul Ramsay Foundation

Public Purpose

Purpose Asia Pacific

Queensland Community Alliance

Queensland Conservation Council

Queensland Unions

Rail Tram and Bus Union (Gladstone)

Reset Australia

Rosewall Community Centre

Settlement Services International

Shelter NSW

Shine for Kids

St Bernard’s Catholic Church

Sweltering Cities

Sydney Alliance

Sydney Community Forum

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

The Australian Conservation Foundation

The Centre for Volunteering

The Constellation project

Tomorrow movement

United Workers Union

Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Victoria and Tasmania

Victorian Trades Hall Council

Wayside Chapel

Wesley Mission

Y Foundations

Youth Action