Welcome to
The Sydney Institute

The Sydney Institute is a privately funded not-for-profit current affairs forum encouraging debate and discussion. The Institute is genuinely pluralist and a wide and diverse range of views are heard at its forums.

The Institute conducts about 60 policy forums a year on a wide range of issues – including economics, politics, international affairs, literature, history, film, social policy – along with a well attended annual dinner/lecture.

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The Sydney Institute offers a range of membership options which include access to over 50 seminars a year – free to Associates and subscription to The Sydney Papers Online and The Sydney Institute Review.

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“The Sydney Institute is in the forefront of public discussions and public debate.”

Julia Gillard AC, 27th Prime Minister of Australia

The Sydney Institute – a no-nonsense, downtown venue for all credible points of view on Australian politics, history and culture. It leaves ideology at the door, and its podcasts guarantee a hearing the length and breadth of the country.

Frank Brennan SJ AO, Prof. of Law - Australian Catholic University

It’s not every day that I’m invited by such a prestigious organisation as The Sydney Institute to talk about Australians and their behaviour. So I sincerely thank the Institute for this irresistible opportunity.

Ita Buttrose AC OBE, ABC Chair, journalist & businessperson

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