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Data Workshop: Good Policy Requires Good Data


Data Workshop:  Good Policy Requires Good Data
Co-hosted by CEPAR, CAMA and TTPI 

Date: Thursday, 22 February 2024   

Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm (AEDT)

Venue: Barton Theatre, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, Canberra/Ngunnawal

Co-hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA), and the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute (TTPI), this workshop will bring together leading scholars, policymakers, and data experts to explore how routinely collected data can be used to address policy‐relevant questions and where additional data is needed. 

The Data Workshop will draw on international experience and explore ways in which the use of Australian data for research purposes will enhance Australian policy-related research.


Register to secure your spot. Spots are limited. Registration closes midday, 15 February 2024.

Please contact the event organiser (cepar@unsw.edu.au or cama.admin@anu.edu.au) if you require accessibility accommodations or a visitor Personal Emergency Evacuation plan.

PROGRAM (subject to change)

Time (AEDT)  

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Registration and Arrival

9:00 – 9:10 AM


Professor Janine O’Flynn (Director, Crawford School of Public Policy)

9:10– 9:20 AM


  • Professor Warwick McKibbin, Director, ANU Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA), CEPAR Director of Policy Engagement
  • Professor Robert Breunig, Director, ANU Tax and Transfer Policy Institute (TTPI)
Chair: Professor Philip Clarke (University of Oxford)


The US Experience

Professor Matthew D. Shapiro (Survey Research Center, University of Michigan)


The New Zealand Experience

  • Associate Professor Nhung Nghiem (ANU)
  • Dr Driss Ait Ouakrim (University of Melbourne)

10:30 – 11:00 AM

Morning Tea

11:00 – 12:30 PM

Chair: Professor Bob Breunig (TTPI, ANU)

  • Dr Catherine de Fontenay (Productivity Commission)
  • Dr Michael Brennan (E61)
  • Professor A. Abigail Payne (Melbourne Institute)
  • Professor Philip Clarke (Oxford University, CEPAR)
  • Professor Ashley Craig (ANU)
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Chair:  Kristen Sobeck (TTPI, ANU)

  • Gayle Milnes (National Data Commissioner)
  • Dr David Gruen (Australian Statistician, ABS)

2:30 – 4:00 PM



Chair: Scientia Professor John Piggott (UNSW Sydney, CEPAR)


  • Dr James Horne (James Horne and Associates)
  • Dr Paul Wyrwoll (ANU)

Underrepresented Populations

Transgender and Gender Diverse Population
Dr Brooke Brady  (UNSW Sydney, CEPAR) 

Healthy Ageing
Dr Saman Khalatbari-Soltani (University of Sydney, CEPAR)

Health and Retirement
Professor Jeromey Temple (University of Melbourne, CEPAR)

4:00 PM


* To be confirmed


Venue details:

Barton Theatre, Level 1
JG Crawford Building (Crawford School of Public Policy)
132, Lennox Crossing
ANU, Canberra/Ngunnawal
Maps Directions

Registration opens from 8.30am, for a 9.00am commencement of proceedings.

Dietary Requirements - During catering breaks, please check for labels to match dietary requirements or ask the catering staff. Products may contain traces of nuts.

Access Requirements - Please contact us (cepar@unsw.edu.auor cama.admin@anu.edu.au) if you require accessibility accommodations or a visitor Personal Emergency Evacuation plan.

Visitor Safety Information - The health and safety of our patrons is our top priority. Do not come to the event/ANU campus on the day if you are unwell or have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. Read ANU's COVID-safe measures and advice at https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice.

Health and Safety Protocol:

  • Keep your distance from others where possible
  • Hand hygiene – use hand sanitiser or wash hands frequently
  • Masks are no longer required indoors at ANU except in clinical settings. Please be mindful of members in our community who are vulnerable. It is strongly encouraged that you keep a mask with you at all times, and be respectful of colleagues and visitors who may wish to continue to wear one, or if other COVID-19 safe behaviours are not practicable. 

Internet Access - Complimentary WiFi access will be available during the conference. 

ANU Campus Security - 02 6125 2249

Parking - Please refer to ANU's Designated Parking Areas. The nearest carpark is located opposite the Crawford School on 132 Lennox Crossing. Permit, 'pay as you go' or cash/eftpos parking is available at the Crawford School of Public Policy. For more information, please visit: CellOPark or call ANU Parking on 02 6125 0179.

Transport - If you require a taxi, please call a ride share or taxi. Typically, drivers collect customers from the roundabout. Please visit transport Canberra to plan your journey to Crawford School via bus. Route 53 stops in front of the Crawford School.


For event enquiries or to discuss your access requirements, please email cepar@unsw.edu.au.

Thursday, February 22, 2024 - 08:30
End date: 
Thursday, February 22, 2024 - 16:00
ANU, Canberra