NATSEM is one of three centres in the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, the establishment of which has created exciting opportunities for the development of leading edge research in public policy analysis through combining expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods, evaluation, microsimulation and policy modelling.

NATSEM is acknowledged as one of Australia's leading centres for research into economic, social and health policy issues. This reputation is founded on research and consultancy services of the highest quality, underpinned by success in competitive grant capture, commercial and contract research, and a stream of publications in leading academic journals and research outlets. NATSEM's core strength lies in its breadth and flexibility of research expertise, combined with a highly collaborative research culture