Policy and Research

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Cape York Institute undertakes short-to-medium-term policy and research projects across a wide range of economic and social policy areas. We work closely with the Cape York leaders.


Our aim is to develop rigorous yet practical policy solutions that have a decisive impact on Indigenous disadvantage.

Our focus is on:

  • Welfare reform
  • Home ownership
  • Economic development
  • Constitutional reform
  • Native Title and land reform
  • Environment and natural resource management
  • Social responsibility and wellbeing

While we focus on Cape York issues, our work has a broader impact guiding state and federal policy.

Our design approach

We believe individuals and families are the main agents of change and are important to the policy and program design process. Involving Cape York people in developing solutions to the challenges they face produces better invention, and more powerful and effective tools for change.

From design to implementation, review and improvement, Cape York families are involved in mapping issues, sharing stories and ideas, prototyping new initiatives and reviewing existing programs.


Cape York Welfare Reform aims to end passive welfare, restore communal and family harmony, and create more vibrant and prosperous communities.

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Cape York Institute undertakes short-to-medium-term policy and research projects across a wide range of economic and social policy areas.

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Cape York Institute’s flagship leadership program is the Cape York Leaders Program which seeks to create, grow and nurture natural leadership qualities in its members.

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