Australia 21 is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organisation that builds networks of outstanding people from diverse backgrounds to develop a sustainable and flourishing future.


It was started in 2001 by a small group of people who wanted to make the world a better place for our grandchildren. It creates networks by drawing on outstanding researchers and experts from diverse institutions and disciplines, nationally and internationally, and from various sectors of society. It bring together in Roundtables and ongoing research, networks of the best minds available and provides them with opportunities to interact in ways that are not available through normal research and development processes.

It undertakes inclusive, integrated analyses in four thematic programs listed in the next section.

Its stakeholders are all Australians, including State and Federal governments, corporations, universities and community groups. It serves them by focusing on difficult and long term issues that enhance the links between science, business and policy.


1. Australians in society

  • Pathways to success and wellbeing for Australia’s young people
  • Pathways to the preferred futures of young Australians

2. Australians in the Landscape

  • A Sustainable Australia: Options for Australia’s energy futures
  • Productive and resilient ecosystems (PARE)

3. Australia in the World

  • Enhancing Australia’s Security and Prosperity in the 21st Century

4. Building Australia's Resilience

  • Tipping & Tripping points to a sustainable future

References Edit

  1. Canberra Times, 13 January 2003, Nine-month Canberra e-talkathon.
  2. Canberra Times, 21 January 2003, Research groups lose building, records.
  3. The Courier Mail, 4 April 2005, Farming revolution is urgent.
  4. CIAR Inspires Australian Counterpart, Reach Magazine, CIAR Canada, Spring 2005.