Publica.org Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation that is Christian in motivation but secular in orientation, focusing on the common good of all people in Australia.
Publica has three goals. First, to propose public policy initiatives in its areas of focus. Secondly, to explore ways in which civil society, and in particular local churches, can partner with different levels of government and government funded NGOs to support safe, stable and nurturing families and support the socially isolated, particularly through releasing volunteer capacity. Thirdly, to disseminate to the community a research-based understanding of causes of family instability, relationship destroying behaviours, and social isolation, with a particular focus on reaching young people under 25.
Publica.org is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission as a charity. The board consists of people involved in various churches, with expertise in social policy, charity governance and finance.
Publica is led by the executive director, Prof. Patrick Parkinson AM, who is a professor of law at the University of Queensland. Patrick is an expert on family law and child protection. From 2004-2007 he was Chairperson of the Family Law Council, an advisory body to the federal government, and also chaired a review of the Child Support system in 2004-05 which led to the enactment of major changes to the Child Support Scheme. In 2004, he proposed the creation of Family Relationship Centres to the Prime Minister of the time, the Hon John Howard. This proposal was accepted by the government and led to the establishment of these government-funded centres all over the country. Patrick was President of the International Society of Family Law from 2011-14. He is also well-known for his work concerning child protection, particularly child sexual abuse.
The Board is chaired by the Rev. Dr Michael Jensen, the Rector of St Mark’s Darling Point in Sydney. He has previously lectured at Moore College in Sydney. Michael is the author of several books, including Is Forgiveness Really Free? He has written numerous articles in the Christian and secular press on issues of public theology.