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, the Institute for Integrated Economic Research Australia and Gravity iLabs brings together public and private sector thought leaders to develop an integrated national resilience framework for Australia. The group's latest report, A National Resilience Framework for Australia, was released today.


The new edition of BESS is out!

The third issue of BESS looks at the Second Track through the lens of neuroscience, outlines new methods in policy decision-making, crowd management and organisational learning, explores the concept of antifragility in relation to ‘black swan’ events, and argues that using science with urgency, at scale and in collaboration will help prevent catastrophic climate change.

GAP Summit for the Pacific and Small Island Nations announced

GAP Summit for the Pacific
and Small Island Nations 

On 18 June, Global Access Partners, in association with the OECD and International Centre for Democratic Partnerships (ICDP), hosted the inaugural Summit for the Pacific and Small Island Nations to consider environment, society and governance (ESG) issues in the Pacific and small island nations around the world.

2020 Summit

GAP hosts a virtual Summit on National Resilience

Our 2020 Vision for Australia Summit examined the issues of national resilience and sought ways to safeguard Australia against future threats. The Summit report offers 12 recommendations across three themes – Leadership, Governance and Resilience – headlined by the call for an independent National Resilience Institute.

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 2020, 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.