Professor Matthew Gray

PhD, Economics (ANU)
Director, ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Public Policy 160510
  • Labour Economics 140211
  • Studies Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Society 169902
  • Social Policy 160512
  • Applied Economics 1402


Professor Matthew Gray is Director of the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods.  Previous positions include Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Director of Research for the College of Arts and Social Sciences and Deputy Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies (2005–2010). He has published research on a wide range of social and economic policy issues including those related to Indigenous Australians. He has particular expertise in work and family issues, labour economics, social capital and social inclusion, measuring wellbeing, the economic consequences of divorce, child support, and social and economic policy development. He has undertaken extensive work on economic policy issues involving Indigenous Australians, including health status, labour market outcomes, poverty and the CDEP scheme.

Professor Gray has extensive experience in evaluating major government policies and programs having led the Australian Institute of Family Studies evaluation of the 2006 changes to the family law system and having been heavily involved in evaluating the Government’s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy.

Professor Gray has undertaken consultancies for a wide range of organisations including the Attorney-General's Department, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations, the former Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, OECD, and the New South Wales Department of Environment and Conservation.

During 2004-05 Professor Gray was a member of the Ministerial Taskforce on Child Support.

Researcher's projects

The Economic and Social Impacts of Drought

New forms of conditionality in the social security system

Economic and social consequences of relationship breakdown

Evaluation of Income Management in the Northern Territory

Evaluation of the Department of Human Services Case Coordination Trial

Determininants of Indingeous Labour Market Outcomes

Parental Jobless and Child Wellbeing



Projects and Grants

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