Image Source: Prime Minister Julia Gillard Launching the Reform Agenda Series in 2010

The Reform Agenda Series

The Reform Agenda Series is a platform to foster debate around transformational economic policy change in Australia. We feel that the major challenges facing the country – managing natural resources, building national savings, designing markets for carbon and water – are not being addressed in a way that will secure long-term prosperity.

We live in interesting political times, but too often policy debate is reduced to sound-bites and sensationalism.

The Reform Agenda Series will allow for more in-depth debate, and a sharper consideration of policy options. It will go beyond the noise of the 24-hour news cycle and focus on long-term thinking and economic strategy, enabling a conversation which takes place outside the narrow confines of the partisan contest.


The benefits of the Hawke/Keating/Howard reforms have now worked their way through our economy and society, and Australia must address a new raft of challenges. Kickstarting productivity and reforming the tax system.

Pricing carbon and reinvesting the dividends of a mining boom. Delivering skills and managing population growth.

The tools governments need to achieve these goals differ from those used in earlier reform periods. Privatisation and trade liberalisation are no longer enough. Instead, we need to embrace concepts like market design, human capital formation, distributed energy, social innovation and behavioural policy.

To create a platform for debate around these issues, Per Capita established the Reform Agenda Series.

The inaugural event in this series was A Conversation with the Prime Minister in August 2011, and each year we continue this series, hosting top-level Australian leaders and thinkers to debate and discuss issues critical to our country’s future.

The Series is non-partisan and will seek contributions from across the spectrum of policy opinion. Its objective is not to arrive at a particular policy position, but to generate debate and stimulate the emergence of a range of alternative policy proposals.

The attendees at the seminars will be senior political advisors and public servants from Federal and State governments, the heads of government and regulatory affairs from major Australian companies, leading academics, journalists and policy thinkers.