Global Access Partners is an independent non-profit institute for active policy that initiates strategic debate on the most pressing social, economic and structural issues facing Australia and the world today. It acts as a catalyst for policy implementation and new economic opportunities.


GAP looks beyond the “what”
and “why” of policy discussion, focusing instead on the “how”
and “who” of policy delivery. Established in 1997, GAP is a member of
TCG Group — a diverse and growing network of Australian-owned companies founded over forty-six years ago.


Through our pioneering 'Second Track' programme, we foster links between community, government and business and promote innovative, cross-disciplinary approaches to problem-solving. Our alumni network comprises over 3,500 members.

We run multidisciplinary taskforces, forums, workshops, consultative committees, research and feasibility studies, online collaboration, executive consultancy, joint ventures and business missions, both in Australia and internationally.

For every project, GAP contributes one third of the budget and raises two thirds in sponsorship. Learn more about our funding model.

More than 600 people are actively engaged in various GAP projects on a regular basis, and close to 100 sponsors fund various GAP projects.

We work with federal and state governments, major corporate enterprises, peak industry and community bodies, universities and research institutes.

National Resilience

Protecting Australia’s Sovereignty in a COVID World

The joint National Resilience project by GAP and the Institute for Integrated Economic Research Australia brings together public and private sector thought leaders to discuss a national resilience framework to safeguard Australia against future emergencies. Their first report, released on 7 October, addresses Australia's research sovereignty.

2020 Summit

GAP Annual Economic Summit Goes Virtual!

This year, our Vision for Australia Summit will be hosted online due to COVID-19 restrictions. Focusing on Resilience, it will build on the recommendations of the GAP Taskforce on National Resilience and associated workshops, developed over nine months of intense stakeholder consultations and research. See our flyer for details.


The new edition of BESS is out!

The second issue of BESS explores the potential of Second Track processes to tackle wicked problems by focusing on several specific examples, from mergers and acquisitions, responses to the pandemic and university-industry collaborations to Pacific development, disruptive technologies and workforce transformation.

First 5000 consultation

First 5000: Have your say

How does your business support mature workers? First 5000, GAP's business development alliance for Australia's most significant medium-sized businesses, is inviting you to share thoughts and ideas on how age diversity in the workplace could be better promoted and encouraged. Post a comment on First 5000 LinkedIn – Have your Say today or email us with your story.

Building back better

'Building back better': Post-COVID age diversity agenda

On 4 June, Global Access Partners, in association with the NSW Department of Communities and Justice and the GAP Standing Committee on Productive Ageing, hosted a virtual business roundtable to consider the post-COVID future of Australian workplaces. Read its final report and recommendations.

GAP Summit on Lifelong Learning

GAP Summit calls for better career education in schools

Beyond Education: Lifelong Learning for Australia's Future, held on 19-20 September in NSW Parliament House, discussed ways to prepare new generations of Australians for a future characterised by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Read the Summit's final report.