JMI co-hosted a roundtable on Digital ID with the UTS Human Technology Institute (HTI) in December 2023 as part of the JMI Policy Challenge Grants Program. The roundtable was informed by findings from Improving governance and training for the use of facial verification technology in NSW Digital ID, the result of the grant, and convened senior public servants and leading experts from across Australia to tackle pivotal issues in rolling out digital identity initiatives. The discussion centred on ensuring proper governance and accountability over digital IDs, and the importance of ongoing cooperation across jurisdictions in this rapidly evolving space.
Hosted at the State Library of New South Wales on 22 November 2023, JMI held its annual reception showcasing the seven research projects and teams who were awarded the 2023 JMI Policy Challenge Grants from the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, University of Technology Sydney, UNSW and Charles Sturt University. The event featured a keynote speech by The Hon. Anoulack Chanthivong, NSW Minister for Better Regulation and Fair Trading, Industry and Trade, Innovation, Science and Technology, Building, and Corrections.
JMI hosted an expert briefing on artificial intelligence and government at the Australian Computer Society on 9 August 2023. The briefing brought together leading AI experts and senior policymakers for a frank exchange on the latest developments in AI, including generative AI, and related challenges and opportunities for government. The event showcased JMI’s highly collaborative model, connecting policymakers with experts to tackle the most complex and pressing challenges.
The JMI Policymaker Summit brought together over 200 experts from across government, academia, civil society and industry. The program featured a keynote address by NSW Deputy Premier Prue Car, NSW Minister for Water, Housing and Homelessness Rose Jackson and contributions from leading experts and researchers. A Policy Impact Exhibition showcased the work of policy institutes that help shape the dial on many complex policy challenges facing Australia today.
JMI co-hosted the launch of the NSW Anti-slavery Commissioner’s first Strategic Plan, Working Together for Real Freedom, at an event at NSW Parliament House in Sydney. The event brought together over 200 participants from various sectors and industries, including many survivors of modern slavery. The Strategic Plan marks a significant milestone in the fight against modern slavery in NSW.
JMI hosted an interactive panel discussion at the University of Sydney about whether and how governments should be disclosing their sustainability impact. The event marked the public launch of the JMI Policy Insights Paper “Sovereign Sustainability Reporting – NSW and Beyond”, written by Dr Angela Cummine during her time as the inaugural JMI Senior Policy Fellow.
Between September and December 2022, JMI designed and facilitated four workshops that brought together more than 60 experts to explore the types of policies, programs and approaches that could shift the dial on modern slavery in NSW. Workshop participants brought and contributed expertise from multiple disciplines and sectors.
The JMI Policy Challenge Grant is an annual award program to support applied public policy research addressing some of NSW’s biggest policy challenges. The James Martin Institute was delighted to award six grants to outstanding research teams at the NSW Parliament from the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, and UTS at the NSW Parliament on 15 November 2022.
JMI’s inaugural Oration took place on 28 September 2022, hosted by Western Sydney University in Parramatta. The Oration was delivered by NSW Premier, The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP, who gave a Headland Speech on Education. The event brought together 150 senior policymakers, leaders from government, universities, business, and the community, as well as academic and education experts.
Can we reshape capitalism to save humanity from the climate catastrophe? We explored this question during our first Policymaker Live webinar on 21 July 2022 with Alessio Terzi, Author of ‘Growth for Good’ and Economist at the European Commission, Dr Anna Young-Ferris from the University of Sydney Business School, and Dr Kar Mei Tang, Chair of Women in Economics NSW and former Chief Circular Economist at NSW Circular.
JMI was delighted to host an interactive workshop on 23 June 2022 with policymakers, experts and school principals on how to boost resilience in rural and remote education in NSW. NSW Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning The Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC opened the workshop by highlighting the importance of learning from recent disasters.
JMI acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nationupon whose ancestral lands our Institute stands. We pay respect to Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands. We celebrate the diversity of Aboriginal peoples and their ongoing cultures and connections to the lands and waters of NSW.