The Australian Strategic Policy Institute is a wholly owned Commonwealth company formed in 2001 as an independent, non-partisan think tank. ASPI receives funding from Australian and overseas governments, industry and civil society groups for sponsorship, research and project support. ASPI remains independent in the content of our research and in all editorial judgements and employs a rigorous internal and external peer review process.
ASPI’s sources of funding are identified in our annual report, online at www.aspi.org.au and in the ‘Acknowledgements’ section of individual publications.
For the 2019–20 financial year, this funding is broken down as shown in Table 14 and Figure 9.
Table 14: Revenue, 2019–20
% of total
Department of Defence core funding
Federal government agencies
State and territory government agencies
Overseas government agencies
Civil society and universities
* In addition, ASPI received a total of $148,218.00 from events and miscellaneous income.
Figure 9: Sources of revenue, 2019–20
2019–20 Funding breakdown, by sector
1: Australian Department of Defence
The Australian Department of Defence makes a single annual core funding payment of $4,000,000.
2: Other Australian federal government agencies
In addition to the core funding provided by the Department of Defence, the following Australian federal government departments and agencies provided funding, as shown in Table 15.
Table 15: Australian federal government funding (non-Defence), 2019–20
Department or agency
.au Domain Administration Ltd
.auDA test tool project
Counterterrorism and ICPC sponsorship
Australian Civil-Military Centre
Pacific Peacekeeping project
Department of Defence
Australian Mission to the UN
Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping project
Australian Office Taipei
Taiwan track dialogue sponsorship
Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre Limited
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
ASPI advisory service
Professional development: Symposium and Better Policy Program
NA Think Tank Symposium, IKAHAN Fellows
Sydney Quadrilateral Dialogue
Professional development: Senior Executive program