A selection of Australian think tanks arranged in a way to provide an understanding of their policy bent and political leanings.
- Chifley Research Centre: the official think tank of the Australian Labor Party.
- Menzies Research Centre: the official think tank of the Liberal Party.
- Page Research Centre: the official think tank of the National Party.
- Australia Institute: a progressive think tank based in Canberra, it conducts research on a broad range of economic, social and environmental issues in order to inform public debate and bring greater accountability to the democratic process.
- Australian Fabian Society: research and debate into progressive political ideas and public policy reform.
- Australian Institute of Employment Rights: seeks to ensure fair and decent workplace rights.
- Evatt Foundation: dedicated to upholding the highest ideals of the labour movement.
- Per Capita: a progressive think tank dedicated to building a new vision for Australia based on fairness, prosperity, community and social justice.
- Australian APEC Study Centre: a pro-free trade think tank run that supports APEC’s strategic, economic, social and educational objectives throughout the Asia-Pacific region through institutional capacity building and research.
- Centre for Independent Studies: is an economically liberal and socially conservative think tank.
- HR Nicholls Society: believes that in a modern society there is no intrinsic imbalance in bargaining power between employers and employees and the regulation of workplace relations should be minimal.
- Institute for Private Enterprise: promotes the cause of private enterprise and argues for a reduction in the role of government.
- Institute of Public Affairs: an independent, non-profit public policy think tank, dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of economic and political freedom.
- Sydney Institute: a privately funded not-for-profit current affairs forum encouraging debate and discussion.
- Australian Strategic Policy Institute: an independent, non-partisan think tank that produces expert and timely advice for Australia’s strategic and defence leaders.
- Grattan Institute: an independent think tank dedicated to developing high quality public policy for Australia’s future. [Founded in 2008 with a $15 million endowment from each of the Federal and Victorian Governments.]
- ANU Strategic and Defense Studies Centre (SDSC): dedicated to the analysis of the use of armed force in its political context.
- Australian Farm Institute: focuses on agricultural policy and is largely funded by farm groups and corporations.
- Australian Institute for International Affairs (AIIA): an independent, non-profit organisation seeking to promote interest in and understanding of international affairs in Australia.
- Committee for Economic Development of Australia: provides thought leadership and policy perspectives on the economic and social issues affecting Australia.
- Foundation for Development Co-operation: The FDC works to build prosperity and reduce disadvantage in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific by researching, piloting and promoting initiatives for development that are market-based and innovative.
- Lowy Institute for International Policy: an independent, nonpartisan international policy think tank.
The top four Australian think tanks as rated by the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI):