The Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University is a dynamic public policy institute that commemorates, and is inspired by, the life and work of one of Australia's most respected prime ministers, The Hon. Gough Whitlam AC QC. It pursues the causes he championed and is guided by the principles upon which his parliamentary career and years of service to the people of Australia were founded.

The Institute's work encompasses three areas of activity: the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection, under the stewardship of Western Sydney University Library, the Whitlam Institute Program of public policy activities as well as education and outreach work.