Until short-termism is fixed, we can’t create the future Australians actually want.
We won’t have meaningful tax reform, address Indigenous disadvantage, or prepare for our ageing population. We won’t have affordable housing, affordable childcare, or the skills for the jobs of the future. We won’t address climate change and the energy crisis, increase our engagement with Asia, or achieve equality for women. We won’t build adequate infrastructure, address the mental health crisis, or kick-start our stagnant productivity. The list goes on.
Australia’s decision making system has not kept up with a dramatically changed social, economic, environmental, and technological context.
This has made it hard for politicians and leaders in all sectors to set out clear and compelling visions that are relevant to the new context. It has made it hard for government and society as a whole to have the capability to tackle today’s big issues. And it has made it hard for individuals to hold leaders and institutions to account.
We’re fixing short-termism with three projects
An interactive tool based on what Australians want for the future, informed by postcode-by-postcode data and analysis of their values and aspirations. These findings will be available to inform leaders, the public, and other organisations and to fact-check and hold to account those misrepresenting the views of the majority.
Unlike other professions, politicians receive no training or ongoing professional development. Australian Futures Project has created a world-class professional development program designed exclusively for Australia’s best and brightest politicians. Our objective is to produce a new generation of politicians who govern well in office, hold the government of the day to account, and transform the political system itself.
It’s been 120 years since Federation. The world has changed dramatically and Australia’s system for making important decisions has not kept up. Federation 2.0 installs these updates, introducing one major catalytic reform to Australia’s decision-making system every three to five years, unleashing faster action on important individual long-term issues.
Our work shifts systems
The Future Fix
The Future Fix is a five-part collaboration between Australian Futures Project, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
We work with the system to improve the system
Foundation Academic Partner
The Australian Futures Project is a tax-exempt, non-profit company limited by guarantee and is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. Donations are fully tax-deductible through La Trobe University (DGR).