About us

The James Martin Institute for Public Policy (JMI) is an independent, non-partisan policy institute. Our mission is to bring government, academic and other experts together to develop practical solutions that address societal challenges and improve lives. JMI was initially established in 2019, through a generous grant from the NSW Government in partnership with the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, and the University of Technology Sydney.

James Martin Kt QC (1820 – 1886) was three times premier of New South Wales and a leading reformer in the early days of self-government. He is the only person to have served as Premier, Chief Justice and Attorney-General of NSW. Born to humble Irish origins, Martin rose to become a distinguished figure in the law and politics. Across more than four decades in public life, he influenced almost every aspect of democratic governance. His legacy remains most prominent in public education and in helping establish self-government for NSW. The Institute is named in honour of Martin’s contribution to NSW and Australia and as a reflection of our commitment to reform and innovation in public policy for the betterment of society.

Answering the call of an increasingly complex society

We believe that for society to truly thrive, public policy should be informed by world-leading research.

We work toward this by bringing academic expertise into the early stages of policy making, working in partnership with government, to enable the contestability of ideas.

By partnering policy makers and academics into bespoke teams, collaborating with industry and community stakeholders in a neutral space outside government, we can overcome complex policy challenges and deliver long-lasting public good.

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Vision

Transforming public policy

Vision

An independent, enduring institute that will transform how governments and universities harness world-leading research capability through collaboration to address key public policy challenges.

Mission

Co-design, co-delivery, collaboration, communication

Mission

We bring government, universities, industry and communities together to deliver practical and relevant public policy outcomes through a process of co-design, co-delivery and collaboration that will harness leading academic research capability.

Purpose

Deliver practical and smart policy solutions

Purpose

To support governments to deliver pragmatic and smart policy solutions, informed by leading academic research, that will have far-reaching benefits for the people of NSW and beyond.

Values

Independent and non-partisan

Values

We are an independent, non-partisan organisation delivering public good. We provide a neutral space for collaboration to address complex issues. Our values include independence, academic excellence and partnership, boldness, pragmatism, and optimism.

Vision

Transforming public policy

Vision

An independent, enduring institute that will transform how governments and universities harness world-leading research capability through collaboration to address key public policy challenges.

Mission

Co-design, co-delivery, collaboration, communication

Mission

We bring government, universities, industry and communities together to deliver practical and relevant public policy outcomes through a process of co-design, co-delivery and collaboration that will harness leading academic research capability.

Purpose

Deliver practical and smart policy solutions

Purpose

To support governments to deliver pragmatic and smart policy solutions, informed by leading academic research, that will have far-reaching benefits for the people of NSW and beyond.

Values

Independent and non-partisan

Values

We are an independent, non-partisan organisation delivering public good. We provide a neutral space for collaboration to address complex issues. Our values include independence, academic excellence and partnership, boldness, pragmatism, and optimism.

Our Partners

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Our process makes us unique

1. COLLABORATE

We collaborate with government, universities, communities and industry to ensure we leverage the greatest amount of knowledge possible.

2. CO-DESIGN

We design solutions together – policy makers and academics come together in diverse teams to define the problem and collectively determine possible solutions.

3. CO-DELIVER

Collaboration continues throughout the whole process. We work together to deliver relevant policy solutions that are ready for the real world.

4. COMMUNICATE

We use innovative communication and engagement methods to ensure a diverse range of voices and experience shape our solutions.

GOVERNANCE

JMI is an independent body governed by a Board of directors.

The James Martin Institute for Public Policy (JMI) is a non-partisan, independent policy institute, governed by a Board of directors. The Board is responsible for the overall governance, management and strategic direction of JMI. The Board comprises seven directors, including an independent Chairperson.

Disclaimer

As a non-partisan, independent policy institute, JMI does not adopt an institutional view on specific policy issues. The findings and recommendations of any JMI publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute, its Board, funders, or other partners. 

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