Australia and New Zealand Public Policy Network Conference 2022

Better Governance and Policy at Monash University hosted the 2022 Australia and New Zealand Public Policy Network Conference from 31 January 2022 to 2 February 2022. Thank you to all attendees and speakers who joined us for this exceptional event.

The Public Policy Network is an informal collective of Australian and New Zealand scholars of public policy and public administration. The annual conference provides an opportunity for scholars at all career levels, real-world practitioners, and decision makers to meet and showcase current research, discuss policy issues, and connect through a community of research and practice.

The 2022 conference was Monash University's first time hosting this event. Originally planned as a hybrid event, the entire conference was shifted to an online format due to the uncertainty brought about by the Omicron surge of COVID-19. However, the online format proved to be beneficial as it provided participants with a more flexible method of attendance. The presentations ranged from early-stage research ideas to completed papers that addressed a wide variety of policy research areas.

Monday 31st January, 2022Graduate Research WorkshopPhD Students from various stages of their degree were provided the opportunity to present their research and receive research training from guest senior researchers.
Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd February, 2022Main Conference

Over 30 presentations were delivered by nearly 60 researchers. Presentations covered a range of vital research topics in public policy and public administration. The following research areas were explored:

  • Indigenous governance
  • Higher education policy
  • Sustainable development
  • Corruption
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Health care
  • Arts and culture
  • Biodiversity
  • Renewable energy

As part of the main conference event, we were joined by esteemed guests Adam Fennessy (Victorian Public Sector Commissioner), Sandy Pitcher (Secretary of Department of Families, Fairness and Housing), and Danielle Wood (CEO of Grattan Institute) for a keynote roundtable discussion entitled 'Winding Down the Pandemic Response: How will Public Policy and Administration in Australia be different in 2022 and beyond?'.

To watch the recording of the roundtable panel discussion, click here.

The 2022 Australia and New Zealand Public Policy Network was a platform for academics and real-world practitioners to come together to exchange knowledge and to discuss policy research and impact. In alignment with Better Governance and Policy's strategic research focus and Monash University's Strategic Plan 2021-2030: Impact 2030, the themes of climate change, geopolitical security, and thriving communities were successfully addressed through the curation of speakers for this event.


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The Policy Studies Research Group

The Policy Studies Research Group is a specialist research group of the Australian Political Studies Association. Its role is to promote and advocate for research on public policy and administration across Australia and internationally. The Group accommodates allied and intersecting research interests from Public Administration, Political Science, Geography, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and beyond. It embraces diversity in participation from all career levels; from PhD students and early-career researchers to mid-career and senior scholars. It also welcomes those engaged in policy as practitioners in local, state and federal government.

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