Prefacing the work of Future Directions International
Major General the Hon. Michael Jeffery AC AO (Mil) CVO MC (Retd)
FDI Chairman (Former Governor-General of Australia)
Future Directions International (FDI) is an independent, not-for-profit Research Institute. It was established in 2000, by Major General (Retd) the Honourable Michael Jeffery (former Governor General of Australia) together with a small group of leading Australians, to conduct comprehensive research of important medium to long-term issues facing Australia.
FDI’s primary aim is to provide informed, balanced research, which ultimately will result in policy changes that will enhance the quality of strategic decisions at senior levels of the public and private sectors in Australia for the benefit of all Australians.
Its research is forward-looking, attempting to anticipate events and changes and, by so doing, identify the opportunities and challenges that Australia may face in the future. FDI produces a series of strategic reports and assessments together with Landmark Studies, that are distributed free of charge, largely by electronic means.
FDI is linked to Outcomes Australia (OA), a Sydney-based not-for-profit organisation, one of whose tasks is to examine ways to regenerate the Australian landscape. This linkage requires FDI to determine the possibility and extent of a global food and water crisis and how the results of OA’s research might help reduce it.
The research provided by FDI’s core base of Strategic Analysts together with a base of academically gifted interns is ably assisted by FDI Associates who have skills and experience relevant to the focus areas. It is an extensive network, many of whose members are in senior leadership, academic and policy development positions.
The Australian Government has endorsed FDI as an approved research institute with Deductible Gift Recipient status. Donations to FDI are tax deductible.
FDI is sincerely grateful to the many donors who contribute generously to its research activities. In particular, I should like to personally thank the following donors who have provided substantial donations over many years, and for their generous ongoing support The Glendonbrook Foundation, Tim and Sally Sims (PEP), The McCusker Foundation, Kerry Stokes AC (ACE), The Pratt Foundation and Minderoo.
Your consideration in donating to FDI is keenly sought and will assist FDI to continue in its focussed research on issues of vital importance to Australia and future generations of Australians.