Teaser text

The Public Leadership Research Group (PLRG) embodies the commitment to the principles and practice of public leadership through teaching, research and global engagement. The PLRG hosts the ‘Howard Library’, an apolitical and non-partisan research initiative created to support the study of national affairs.

Body Text


  • Committed to defining and exploring a vision of public leadership that promotes the common good and pursues the public interest.

Successful applications

  • Sponsoring the Howard Government Retrospective Series, drawing on nearly 12 years of unpublished documents from John Howard’s papers held at UNSW Canberra, which will inform future assessments of the Howard Government, its place in Australian history and future discussion of public policy objectives and outcomes
  • In conjunction with the Office of the NSW Ombudsman the PLRG is also exploring the philosophical and political challenges associated with the public interest and examines the legal, ethical and institutional strategies for its promotion. Who Defines the Public Interest?, released in 2019, is the first in a series of edited volumes that will inform debate and inspire new approaches to controversial policy issues

Capabilities and resources

  • The PLRG hosts the Doctorate in Public Leadership (DPL) degree program which prepares candidates for the highest level of professional practice
  • The thesis develops and hones the research skills necessary for an experienced practitioner to be able to make a significant contribution to the continuous improvement of their discipline’s professional practice
  • A Master of Public Leadership and Policy is also available to postgraduate students

Our partners

  • Australian Defence Force
  • Department of Defence
  • Museum of Australian Democracy
  • National Archives of Australia
  • National Museum of Australia
  • Raytheon Australia
  • NSW Ombudsman’s Office
  • Corrections NSW
  • Fortem