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Government Relations

Political intelligence, Strategic advice and counsel, Analysis of government decision making, Analysis of public policy agenda, Political stakeholder mapping and audits, Lobbying and advocacy, Parliamentary and statutory inquiry submission preparation, Training for appearance before parliamentary and other statutory inquiries.

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Reputation Management

Brand image workshop, Stakeholder perception audit and analysis, Strategy and messaging development, Build corporate communications infrastructure, Corporate reputation strategy and campaign management, Campaign measurement and evaluation.

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Policy Development

Comprehensive policy research, Strategic advice, Targeted policy development, Stakeholder consultation, Monitoring implementation.

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Procurement and Tendering

Intelligence and analysis of tender opportunities, Stakeholder audits to ascertain potential for client products/services, Strategic product/service positioning during pre-tender phases, Market research, Preparation and development of tender documents and submissions.

About us

Cornerstone Group is a leading bi-partisan consultancy firm specialising in government relations, corporate and public affairs, issues and crisis management, procurement and tendering, foreign investment and market entry, public relations and corporate communications, reputation management, and litigation communications support.

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Cornerstone expands with the appointment of Nick Melas

Nick's deep knowledge of government processes, strong relationships with a broad and genuinely bipartisan network of decision makers and influencers, and a hands-on practical understanding of complex regulatory frameworks will enhance the already high level of service that Cornerstone clients have come to expect.

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It’s basically what we thought it would be a couple weeks out, ultimately lower debt and deficit than what they forecast previously, a massive budget improvement of over $100 billion.

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Cornerstone’s Insights Forum kicked off for 2021 with a successful in-person event

The Cornerstone Group held its first Insights Forum event for 2021 this week focussing on the importance of reaching ‘across the aisle’.

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James Cullen on Sky News: Pressure on vaccine and borders to ramp up ahead of federal election

Until we get those vaccine numbers out to that high number where the government and its health advisers are after... this is going to continue to happen.

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James Cullen on Sky News First Edition: COVID-19 and the economy

There’s quite a few things that need to happen here in terms of rebooting the economy and getting growth picking up next year, but obviously with an eye to paying down debt.

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James Cullen on Sky News First Edition: COVID-19

We’re starting to get conflicting health advice from the Commonwealth level and Victoria in particular about whether or not it's actually safe to have schools operating in that face-to-face learning.

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Cornerstone values

1. Responsible Business Practice

With leadership comes responsibility. We are meticulous in our approach to the ethical ethos and business practice of prospective clients because the trust we have earned across the entire Australian political landscape is an asset we value. Everything we do is designed to generate positive economic and societal outcomes that still meet commercial imperatives for government and our clients.

2. Trust and Transparency

Everyone on the Cornerstone team is passionate about the work they do for every client, on every project. Each and every one of us has backgrounds based in eclectic ambitions to change society for the better. Out of hours this is put into practice as we actively contribute to the communities we value being a part of.

3. Social Responsibility

We never lose sight of the fact that the achievements we help produce for our clients and the positive outcomes we strive for have direct flow-on effects, often for those who don’t have the political voice or capabilities to call for change. Better care of those in our society who need help the most means a better society for us all.

4. Professional Standards

Leaving the world a better place is not a platitude. It’s a fundamental requirement because the alternative is a stark reality. We fully comprehend the environmental and sustainability impacts of the outcomes our clients are looking to achieve and we factor that into the planning, directives and actions we instigate.

5. Teamwork

In local, state and federal arenas Cornerstone is at the forefront of helping organisations, enterprises, institutions and NFPs of all sizes achieve mutually beneficial legislative and public policy outcomes. This is a function of the broad experience, unique skill sets, track records and networking skills of the Cornerstone principals and the teams they lead.