What will Australia be like in 2060?

The Australian National Outlook 2019

What kind of country Australia could be in 2060, economically, socially and environmentally? The Australian National Outlook 2019 investigates this question, building on the 2015 Australian National Outlook, which was CSIRO's first attempt to understand and analyse the connections in Australia’s physical economy many decades into the future.

For this project, people from more than 20 non-government organisations are meeting every three months to study and discuss new scientific data provided by CSIRO that models the future of Australia’s natural resources and energy, productivity and services, and cities and infrastructure.

CSIRO and NAB are leading the project, combining their scientific and business expertise,and the project is being jointly chaired by CSIRO Chairman David Thodey AO and NAB Chairman Ken Henry AC.

The project participants will publish a report outlining future scenarios facing Australia’s economy, environment and society and the levers we can pull to ensure Australia has a great future.

“Australian National Outlook brings together science, business, research and community leaders to collaborate and identify what will make the biggest difference to our country’s future prospects.” – David  Thodey, CSIRO Chairman

Image: NAB Chairman Ken Henry and CSIRO Chairman David Thodey


Many Australians are concerned that future generations may not have the opportunities that we’ve had.

The aim of the ANO is to help identify some of the challenges we face as a nation, and outline a path towards an Australia in 2060 that has inclusive communities, globally competitive industries, and sustainable foundations in our natural resources, environment and social capital.

The project aims to encourage a national conversation about Australia’s future, and to encourage people to take action to shape a strong and prosperous future for our nation.

We believe that non-government organisations have a role to play in shaping the nation’s future prosperity, and this project is a collective effort across the business and academic community to do just that.

A strong and prosperous future for all Australians

“By discovering what some of Australia’s future could look like, the Australian National Outlook has the capacity to guide all decision-makers – business, universities and other research institutions, community groups, and government – in developing actions today that will shape a strong and prosperous future for all Australians.” – Dr Ken Henry, NAB Chairman


The project draws on CSIRO’s world-leading integrated modelling and assessment capabilities to model possible future outcomes for Australia. The models will be combined with the business/academic expertise of 52 people from more than 20 Australian organisations to translate outcomes into scenarios for Australia’s natural resources and energy, productivity and services, and cities and infrastructure.

Who's involved?

  • Australian National University
  • ASX
  • Australia Post
  • Australian Ethical Investment
  • Australian Red Cross
  • Australian Unity
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Birchip Cropping Group
  • Climateworks Australia
  • Cochlear
  • Gilbert + Tobin
  • GrainCorp
  • Grattan Insitute
  • LendLease
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Monash University
  • NAB
  • PwC
  • Shared Value Project
  • Shell
  • UnitingCare Australia
  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists

Media contact

For more information, please contact Melina Gillespie at melina.gillespie@csiro.au.