- What is the Centre for Independent Studies? What is CIS’s mission?
- What does the Centre for Independent Studies do?
- What are CIS’s research areas?
- When was CIS founded?
- Is CIS affiliated with the government or a political party?
- How does CIS get its funding?
- Why should I become a member of the CIS?
- Who is CIS’s president?
- Who serves on CIS’s Board of Trustees?
- Who are CIS’s scholars?
- Who are CIS’s officers?
- I am an CIS donor or member. Can I visit the institute in Sydney?
- I am an CIS donor or member and my contact information has changed. How can I update my contact information?
- How can I adjust the number of mailings that I receive from CIS?
- How can I recommend a friend who might be interested in learning more about CIS?
- I would like to discuss making a donation to CIS with a member of your staff. Whom should I contact?
- How can I obtain a copy of CIS’s annual report?
- How do I contact a specific scholar?
- What is CIS’s tax identification number?
- Are donations to CIS tax-exempt?
- What is CIS’s annual budget?
- How can I make a gift to CIS?
- Do you accept online contributions?
- Does CIS publicize the names of its donors and contributors?
- Can I designate my gift to CIS for a particular program or scholar?
- Can I make CIS a beneficiary of my will or estate?
- How can I contribute to CIS’s endowment?
- Can I make a gift in honour of a friend or family member?
- Where is CIS located?
- Who are the major points of contact in the development office?
The CIS is Australia’s foremost classical liberal policy research organisation ensuring civil discussion begins and ends with good policy that protects the liberties and freedoms of all Australians.
To promote free choice, individual liberty,
defend cultural freedom and the open exchange of ideas.
CIS conducts and publishes original research, books, and periodicals with the vision of a prosperous Australia achieved through free markets, free society, and limited government.
For over 40 years the CIS research has been pivotal in Federal and state refroms across Australia making the case for smaller government and capitalism. Our researchers work can be found in publications across Australia from The Australian, Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, Q&A, ABC, and many more. Alongside our media outreach, original video, audio, and publications from CIS’s Policy Analysts the CIS has a reputation of sound public policy proposals based evidence and goal of progressing human flourishing.
In 2019 the CIS is focussed on 4 key programs: Economics, Education, Culture & Prosperity, and Foreign Affairs. Over the years our research has encompassed economics, Liberty, Healthcare, Social Policy, Indigenous Affairs, Government & Politics, Foreign Policy, Education, Culture, Religion, and Welfare.
Most backyard sheds contain lawnmowers and the odd spider, not the seeds of Australasia’s leading think tank on public policy. Yet from these humble beginnings, the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) has developed into an organisation at the forefront of social and economic debate.
Founded in 1976 by Greg Lindsay, a young schoolteacher with an interest in classical liberal ideas, CIS was established in a period marked by much social and political discontent. The turmoil and controversy of the Whitlam years had given way to disappointment and stagnation under the Fraser government, yet the notion that governments were the solution to any problem prevailed, particularly in the media.
No. The Centre for Independent Studies has always been a Independent research organisation devoted to advancing Classical liberal philosophy. We are strictly non partisan, does not accept government funding, and relies entirely on the generous support of private individuals, foundations, and corporations.
CIS is a tax deductable not for profit think tank, Funding is derifved from the generosity of members, foundations, and private companies. To become a member or a generous supporter of the CIS, please click here.
Your generous contribution to the CIS makes you a part of our growing, tight- knit community of scholars and supporters. Your investment in the CIS ensures good ideas are advanced through good policy.
CIS has helped lead the effort to make Australia a better, freer place.
From the Keynesian mindset that delivered economic turmoil in the 1970s, Australia would move in to an era of sounder policy and more durable prosperity. We’ve enjoyed the longest boom in our history. The lesson: good policy really matters.
That was then. Today, alas, we face myriad daunting new challenges (as well as some old ones) that threaten our prosperity and freedom. Now more than ever, a counter-argument is needed.
Governments can’t create optimism, wealth and jobs; only the private sector can do it. Innovation and progress spring not from bureaucracy but from the brilliance of individuals. And our civil society should be vibrant enough to tolerate all people of whatever ethnic, gender or religious persuasion.
With your support, the CIS will continue to champion a free, open and prosperous future — one that we can bequeath to our children and grandchildren with great pride and confidence. To help back this ongoing work, click here.
CIS is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of leading business and financial executives. More information on the current composition of the Board can be found here.
CIS’s scholars are some of Australia’s leading public policy experts. Froma wide array of backgrounds ranging from education, government, private sector, universities, and medical profession. A list of CIS’s current scholars can be found here.
A complete listing of CIS’s officers and senior management can be found here.
CIS’s development staff is always delighted to meet with our donors or others interested in CIS at our headquarters in the CBD. We also host multiple events at our headquarters regularly. Please contact us any time or check out our upcoming events.
We would greatly appreciate having your most up-to-date contact information to ensure your publications are delivered properly.
Phone: 0294384377 –inform reception you would like to change your contact details.
Post: Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000
Drop By: Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000
The Centre for Independent Studies is always looking to expand its circle of friends and supporters. If you know someone who would be interested in our work, please contact Greg Puslcher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0294384377.
Contact information for all of CIS’s scholars and their research assistants can be found here.
CIS’s ABN is 15 001 495 012
Return to Top
Please see the financial page in our annual report for information on CIS’s budget.
Yes. To support the Institute with a secure online donation, please click here.
CIS absolutely does not sell or share donor information with the public or any other organization. Our donor information is held in strict confidence to respect the privacy of our donors.
Donors may choose to earmark their gift for any of CIS’s major policy areas or specific research projects. Please contact Greg Pulscher at email@example.com or 0294384377 to further discuss this option.
Yes. There are a variety of mechanisms for supporting CIS in your estate plans. For more information, please visit the planned giving section of our website or contact Greg Pulscher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0294384377.
Yes. Donating to CIS is a great way to honour a friend or family member who shares the Institute’s commitment to limited government, free markets, and free society values. Please contact Greg Pulscher at email@example.com or 0294384377.
Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000
CIS has a small development staff and spends just six percent of the Institute’s annual budget on fundraising—far less than other policy organizations. Please do not hesitate to contact our team with any questions you may have about supporting CIS at 0294384377
Greg Pulscher, Development Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Peta McGrath, Membership Manager email@example.com