- Paul Bourke Lecture
- The Paul Bourke Lecture is named in honour of the late Paul Francis Bourke (1938–1999), President of the academy from 1993–1997. The lecture is presented each year by the recipient of the previous year’s Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research. The lecture is presented at the lecturer’s home university and is open to the public. It is usually held in the first half of the year.
- Cunningham Lecture
- The academy's flagship annual public lecture is named after Dr Kenneth Stewart Cunningham , the first chairman of the Social Science Research Committee (the academy's predecessor organisation). The Cunningham Lecture is presented by an eminent social scientist, is coupled with the academy's Annual Symposium and is open to the public.
- Fay Gale Lecture
- The Fay Gale Lecture is named in honour of the late Professor Gwendoline Fay Gale AO (1932–2008), the first female president of the academy (1997–2000) and an eminent human geographer well known for her contributions to academia, the advancement of women within academia, Indigenous studies and juvenile justice. The lecture was inaugurated in 2010, is presented each year by a distinguished female social scientist and is open to the public. As part of the academy's Outreach program the lecture is presented twice—first at the lecturer's home university and then at another venue usually in a different city.
- Keith Hancock Lecture
- The Keith Hancock Lecture is named in honour of Emeritus Professor Keith Hancock AO – a Fellow of the academy since 1968, academy President for the period 1981–1984 and one of two Australians who are Honorary Fellows of the London School of Economics. The annual lecture was inaugurated in 2009. The academy Fellows are invited each year to nominate distinguished social scientist to present the Keith Hancock Lecture.As part of the academy's Outreach program the lecture is presented twice—first at the lecturer's home university and then at another venue usually in a different city.
- Peter Karmel Lecture/Panel Discussion in Public Policy
- The Peter Karmel Lecture in Public Policy honours the late Professor Peter Karmel AC, CBE (1922–2008), who had a profound impact on higher education and public policy in Australia over many decades. Professor Karmel was President of the Academy from 1987–1990. The lecture, which was presented for the first time in 2013, is intended to provoke public discussion of a particular policy of an Australian government, the policy-making process itself, or comparisons of policies or policy processes found in Australia with those found in other jurisdiction. The Academy therefore welcomes attendance at the Peter Karmel Lecture by policy makers government agency staff and the general public.
The inaugural Peter Karmel Lecture in Public Policy was presented by Professor Gary Banks AO, FASSA, Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government on the theme 'Public inquiries and public policy: some reflections'.