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Strengthening Democracy Taskforce

​​​About the Taskforce

The Department of Home Affairs established the Strengthening Democracy Taskforce in January 2023, recognising that our democracy is a national asset that should be protected.

Democracies around the world are under threat from a range of anti-democratising forces, including foreign interference, rising disinformation and discord online, polarisation, and declining reserves of public trust.

Australian democracy is strong, but it is not immune to a range of emerging and evolving threats. Some threats are acute, others more chronic in nature; some emerge locally, others from abroad. Collectively, they challenge three historic strengths of Australian democracy:

  • Trusted institutions: the security, integrity, legitimacy, responsiveness, and performance of democratic institutions
  • Credible information: the accuracy, relevance, responsibility, accessibility, and civility of information flows within a deliberative public sphere
  • Social inclusion: a society that is connected, cohesive, participatory, engaged and respectful, reinforcing and reflecting a sense of common purpose and shared identity

Drawing on Australia’s tradition of democratic resilience and innovation, the Taskforce’s mission is to determine what can be done—practically—to strengthen Australian democracy.

How the Taskforce works

The Taskforce is engaging across the Australian government and with state and territory governments, as well as with research experts, civil society organisations, cultural institutions, business communities, and professional and community groups. Through this engagement, the Taskforce is exploring possibilities for safeguarding and sustaining Australia’s democratic resilience, in the near term and for the long term. Its ongoing work is informed by research, data and evidence, and by consultation and engagement.

In its current phase of work, the Taskforce is focused on foundational analysis to understand the challenges and opportunities facing Australian democracy over the coming decade.

About the Taskforce’s Expert Advisors

The Taskforce benefits from high-level advice from four independent Expert Advisors who bring diverse experience in academia and business, in Australia and internationally. Their role is to help guide, challenge, test and support the work of the Taskforce.

The Expert Advisors are:

Professor Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at Stanford University.

Professor Rod Sims AO, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

Ms Leila Smith, CEO of Aurora Education Foundation.

Professor Ngaire Woods (CBE), founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

More information and resources​

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