a city, state or society characterised by a sense of community.
Polis Partners is a team of senior advisors focusing on government investments that make the places we live better and the communities that live there stronger.
Who We Are
We are a small team of senior economists and policy experts with extensive experience at Big 4 professional services firms and within bureaucracy.
As the experts, we want to be the people working with clients on a day-to-day basis, delivering the work and securing the results. We don’t rely on teams of junior or less qualified staff. We only focus on the work where our experience and expertise can be directly applied to the problems our government clients face.
From the first meeting through to the final outcome, and every day in between, you will be dealing with our senior team.
If you are in Sydney or Canberra, please reach out for a coffee and a chat.
An economist with deep Commonwealth, State and Territory experience in strategy, evaluation and business case development.
A seasoned fiscal strategy, public sector and business case specialist with expertise across central agencies and the consulting industry.
Dr. Bill Dunbar
A strategic advisor with Polis Partners, Bill is an infrastructure expert with 20+ years executive experience in the public and private sector, both in Australia and across Asia.
An economist who has led the economics and business case analysis for some of Australia’s largest public infrastructure projects.
An economist who is focused on data analytics, reporting and analysis to support public infrastructure investment decision making processes.
Dr. Tim Williams
A strategic advisor with Polis Partners, Tim is an international expert in the fields of infrastructure and housing, urban economies, planning and renewal.
An economist who has supported Australian, New Zealand and Emirati governments implement policy and infrastructure projects.
An economist focusing on estimating the microeconomic impacts of policies and investments across a range of sectors.
An economist with an interest in the nexus between contracts, legislation and the behaviours of companies within the broader economy.
What We Do
We distil the strategic and policy imperatives of investments in places and communities, generating the economic, commercial and social evidence base required to fund them.
In addition to our technical economic and financial expertise, we look at all angles of policy and investment decisions to ensure the best outcomes for governments and communities. From providing strategic advice to ministers, boards, communities and investors, through to managing the day-to-day coordination of cost planners, engineers and technical peer review, we have you covered.
We have a focus on infrastructure investments and policies. Specific areas of expertise include transport, water, education, housing, precincts and innovation infrastructure.
Clarity in responding to uncertain strategic and policy environments, identifying funding pathways, crafting investment narratives, market testing, stakeholder consultation and acting as strategic advisors to major reform and transformation programs.
Economic & Financial Analysis
Analysing and communicating the economic and financial impact your investment or policy on a community, city or region (with industry leading expertise in economic cost benefit analysis).
Business Case Development
Developing the documentation and managing the process required to secure funding, including support through the relevant state and Commonwealth gateway and approval processes.
Undertaking large-scale project mobilisation, focused on establishing new agencies, branches or teams required to deliver the policy or investment. We also have experience developing benefits monitoring and realisation plans for future implementation.
Policy & Program Evaluation
Undertaking reviews to assess the efficiency, efficacy and equity of policies and investments.
Underpinning all our work is a sharp focus on stakeholder engagement. Our expertise covers large scale industry and community engagement, targeted commercial market soundings, inter-governmental relations and senior executive briefing.
Polis Partners believes in living its core values of building societies characterised by a sense of community. To meet this objective, Polis Partners has a goal of donating 1% of its income annually to charities and not-for-profit entities. Charities and not-for-profit entities that Polis Partners has either donated to or provided pro-bono services includes: