Publica is a research and public policy organisation devoted to partnering with Churches and organisations to strengthen family and community relationships throughout Australia.

Christian in motivation but secular in orientation, we are committed to being a positive voice in a post-christian society. Particularly surrounding issues of family instability, relationship breakdown and social isolation. 

We believe that many of these issues are missing from the public conversation and believe through strong research and advocacy we can partner with the local Church to make a difference in our nation.

"Christians in the public square are so often known for what we are against...we have a positive message, a message of love and care for the whole community, and that's not being heard in Australia very well."
Patrick Parkinson
Prof Patrick Parkinson AM
Executive Director, Publica



We provide in depth and high level research reports and findings related to the areas of families, communities and relationships.


We shine a light on public policy issues the media often neglects, and advocate for positive policy that reflects Christian values and has the best interest of communities in mind.


We partner with Churches and organisations, providing tools and resources, to support them in strengthening families and communities throughout Australia.

Our team

Patrick Parkinson

executive director - patrick parkinson

Prof. Patrick Parkinson AM 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 Prime Minister 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 - chaired by Rev dr Michael jensen

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.

Publica.org is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission as a charity.