Adam Graycar was a lecturer Social Policy at Flinders until his departure in 1980 to become the Foundation Director of the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. In the intervening decades he has held a wide range of academic and government posts. In 2015 he returned as strategic professor in public policy.

He acquired extensive policy experience over 22 years in the senior level posts he has held in government, both Federal and State. His most recent government position was Head, Cabinet Office, Government of South Australia (2003-2007). He also had nine years (1994-2003) as head of a Commonwealth Statutory Authority, the Australian Institute of Criminology a government agency whose task is to provide quality information and conduct policy oriented research. He was also the nation’s first Commissioner for the Ageing (1985-1990).

Before returning to Flinders his most recent academic posts were Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, and before that, Dean and Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

He has worked in many public policy domains and his current work is on integrity and corruption prevention in Australia and internationally. He is working closely with international agencies such as the United Nations (UNODC) and the World Bank, as well as teaching specialist courses in leading universities in Asia, Europe and North America.

Recent Submissions

  • Recognising plumbers 

    Graycar, Adam (2006-11)
    The Mutual Recognition Act 1992 is supposed to address the problem of skilled labour licenses being in isolation in each State, plumbing being one of them. The aim is to make it easier for skilled workers to move between ...
  • ID security 

    Graycar, Adam (2006-05)
    Slides of a presentation outlining the National Identity Security Strategy and working group structure of the South Australian Government in response to identity-related fraud and theft.
  • Demographic changes 

    Graycar, Adam (2006-06)
    Notes of a speech regarding demographic changes, age expectancies, improvements in health care, influences on public policies and services provided by the Government.
  • COAG National Reform Agenda: human capital 

    Graycar, Adam (2006-09)
    Challenges for the South Australian Government in the coming years include ageing population, skills shortages, changing international markets, national reform, policies for health and education.
  • Central agencies - do they lead or just tread on toes? Leadership or treading on toes? 

    Graycar, Adam (2007-05)
    Central agencies justify their existence by being both required and able to see the big picture, to rise above the constraints of agency boundaries and pursue a whole of government agenda. One would expect that the quality ...
  • Recognition of overseas skills 

    Graycar, Adam (2006-11)
    On 10 February 2006, COAG agreed to a new national approach to apprenticeships, training and skills recognition to help alleviate skill shortages currently evident in many parts of the country. COAG decided there was need ...
  • ID related fraud cases 

    Graycar, Adam (2006-05)
    A selection of identity-related fraud cases (mid 1990s - early 00s).
  • IPAA workshop: how to write Cabinet submissions 

    Graycar, Adam (2005-12)
    Gives an overview of the role of the South Australian Government, the role of Cabinet, the role of the public service, public policy development, policy-making.
  • Role of Governments, Cabinet and the Public Service 

    Graycar, Adam (2005-10)
    Gives an overview of the role of the South Australian Government, role of Cabinet, role of the Public Service, public policy development, Government budgets, population and demographics of South Australia.
  • How Cabinet 'really' works 

    Graycar, Adam (2005-05)
    Gives an overview of the role of the South Australian Government, role of Cabinet, role of the Public Service, public policy development, Government budgets, population and demographics of South Australia.
  • Whole of Government challenges for policy development: complex workings of state Government and the approach to policy development 

    Graycar, Adam (2005-04)
    Gives an overview of the role of Government, role of Cabinet, role of the Public Service, public policy development, population and demographics of South Australia.
  • A population policy for South Australia: policy update 

    Graycar, Adam (2005-06)
    An update of previous presentations titled 'A population policy for South Australia: prosperity through people'. Gives an overview of the role of Government, role of Cabinet, role of the Public Service, public policy ...
  • Drivers, risks and opportunities 

    Graycar, Adam (2005-04)
    Snapshot of the SA Government, role of Cabinet, Cabinet's workload, policy-making process, political issue drivers behind Government's policy agenda, and South Australia's strategic plan.
  • Launch of SA Policy Online 

    Graycar, Adam (2004-10)
    SA Policy Online was a new website featuring the latest public policy research on everything from education and health to water and the media. It was a collaboration between UniSA's Hawke Research Institute, the Flinders ...
  • The role of Governments, Cabinet and the Public Service 

    Graycar, Adam (2005-04)
    Speech explains how Government and Cabinet work, structure of the SA Government, what Governments do, role of Ministers, role of Cabinet, role of the Public Service, policy-making and Parliamentary processes.
  • A population policy for South Australia: prosperity through people 

    Graycar, Adam (2004-12)
    Speeches discuss demographic trends in South Australia, population projections, population policy objectives, key initiatives and longer term responses.
  • Launch of Flinders Institute of Public Policy and Management (FIPPM) 

    Graycar, Adam (2004-08)
    How do we develop and maintain the skills to deal with the hardest policy questions - about people and their lives and aspirations, about the industrial climate, about the sustainability of our national resources, about ...
  • Evidence-based decision making 

    Graycar, Adam (2004-05)
    Discusses the requirement for obtaining evidence for policy makers, collecting and analysing data, and (1) how is evidence assembled, and (2) how much does evidence impact on policy.
  • A population policy for South Australia 

    Graycar, Adam (2004-05)
    Current research is predicting South Australia's population will go into long-term decline within 25 years. Statistics of populations within South Australia are presented along with the reasons for this projection, such ...
  • Risk management strategies in Cabinet submissions: the new Cabinet guidelines achieving the requirements for the risk of management strategy 

    Graycar, Adam (2003-11)
    Summarises the new Cabinet structure and its guidelines to manage risks for South Australia. Covers health services, declining tax base, electricity privatisation, invasion of Iraq, Clean Air Abatement Policy, population, ...

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