On Saturday 8 May the Prime Minister announced that the Commonwealth would commit $111.7 million to enable The Australian National University (ANU) to play a lead role in boosting Australia’s expertise through enhanced teaching and research in public policy.
The key elements of the funding package for a new public policy precinct are
- An Australian National Institute for Public Policy - established to highlight under one banner the public policy expertise available through ANU and its various specialist centres, including the recently announced Australian Centre on China in the World and the National Security College, and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
- $14 million to bolster public policy expertise at ANU, through enhancing capacity in The Crawford School of Economics and Government and establishing the H. C. Coombs Policy Forum, which will inform future policy development
- $7 million to support Sir Roland Wilson Foundation scholarships for public servants to study at ANU
- $17.3 million for National Security College operations
- A new $19.8 million building to house jointly the new National Security College and the enhanced presence of ANZSOG in the precinct
- The recently announced $53.1 million Australian Centre on China in the World (including a building)
- $0.5m to scope the need and nature of additional accommodation for officials and students in Canberra for courses.
Welcoming the package, ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Chubb said the ‘precinct’ would be a place where public servants and others working on policy for the nation could engage with leading researchers and educators from a wide range of disciplines.