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

  • Health and social policy 

    Graycar, Adam (1981-11)
    Problems in health care planning and delivery are part of the political economy of all modern industrial nations regardless of the financing mechanisms used, regardless of the degree of regulation attempted, regardless of ...
  • Public policy and the non-government welfare sector 

    Graycar, Adam; Yates, Ian (1981-08)
    This is a working paper for a larger report "Non-government welfare and the state". From the earliest days in colonial Australia 'charitable organisations' have been part of the social welfare system. Also from the ...
  • Ageing in Australia: a pointer to political dilemmas 

    Graycar, Adam (1981-00)
    The social consequence of ageing is cumulative exclusion of a significant number of people from income, jobs, and meaningful roles in society. The political consequence is determination of the legitimacy of claims made ...
  • An agenda for Australian social policy research 

    Graycar, Adam (1981-10)
    There are two ways of talking about research and how research fits into a policy agenda. First of all, we can talk about where research fits into policy generally, and secondly, how in the research centre where I work we ...
  • Changing needs of the Australian community 

    Graycar, Adam (1981-08)
    In Australia, as in other industrial nations, expenditure on social policy items consumes the largest single item of public expenditure. This has led to intense political debate about whether we can continue to afford ...
  • Non-Government welfare organisations 

    Graycar, Adam (1975-10)
    Government has a clear constituency, a reasonably well understood sense of responsibility and accountability, and sufficient resources to undertake the jobs it chooses to perform for the community. Voluntary agencies, on ...
  • Training 2000 

    Graycar, Adam (1992-11)
    This speech uses aspects of the Finn, Carmichael and A.D. Little Reports concerning the state of post secondary education, vocational training, apprenticeships, university, year 12, TAFE system and school retention rates ...
  • Address to Principal's Conference 

    Graycar, Adam (1993-12)
    As industry continues to restructure, there will be a change to the occupational and skills profile of the workforce. We are moving towards a smaller, multi-skilled workforce, able to undertake more complex activities and ...
  • Education reform 

    Graycar, Adam (1993-11)
    The education system is being restructured within the context of a changing economy, changing industry standards, and rapidly changing technology and delivery systems.
  • Training directions 

    Graycar, Adam (1991-12)
    The national training reform agenda is complex and multi-faceted. The Finn Review is one part of this particular agenda aimed at reshaping post-compulsory education in Australia and setting national participation targets ...
  • Post secondary education 

    Graycar, Adam (1992-10)
    This speech uses aspects of both the Finn and Carmichael Reports concerning the state of post secondary education, vocational training, apprenticeships, university, year 12, TAFE system and school retention rates.
  • General speech - Quality assurance in higher education 

    Graycar, Adam (1992-00)
    A State strategic plan is being developed for higher education, and this plan assumes a quality product. Universities do not prescribe to standards of quality. Complaints and anecdotal evidence are received regarding the ...
  • Graduation of students of Asian Commercial Cookery Certificate 

    Graycar, Adam (1992-06)
    Success doesn't come overnight. Cuisine evolves over a long period as skilled cooks experiment with flavour, texture, composition and environment. What you have learnt has taken a long time to develop, and with your ...
  • Community adult education 

    Graycar, Adam (1992-05)
    A national inquiry into adult and community education in Australia resulted in 30 recommendations. The report will alert policy makers to the need for changes in resource allocation, recognition and some redefinition of ...
  • Exporting university education 

    Graycar, Adam (1991-06)
    While full fee paying students are a boost to the local economy there are also long term trade and foreign policy benefits as we contribute to the education of the leaders of tomorrow. The State Government regards the ...
  • Opening address 

    Graycar, Adam (1991-07)
    Our research and advocacy should be oriented to a self-renewing society, ready to improvise solutions to problems it won't recognize until tomorrow. We need to lay foundations now and the SPRC has a crucial role to play ...
  • Asian Pacific Language & Culture 

    Graycar, Adam (1991-03)
    It is important that standards of language proficiency and knowledge of export marketing management be set and tested and World University can do it. This speech outlines the purpose and role of a proposed Export Language ...
  • Opening of "Sturt House" 

    Graycar, Adam (1990-12)
    Child care has always been politically controversial. Of all the States except Tasmania, South Australia has the highest proportion of mature age students commencing as undergraduates. Most (55%) of new mature age students ...
  • World University Consortium 

    Graycar, Adam (1990-11)
    The World University is a central component of the proposed Multifunction Polis in Adelaide. The World University will not be a fourth university campus in Adelaide or compete with other South Australian universities. ...
  • Violence in Australia 

    Graycar, Adam (1999-12)
    Slides illustrating Australian crime statistics regarding homicides, assaults, robberies and juvenile arrests, mostly from 1996.

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