Government relations & higher education policy

The University of Sydney, as a major publicly-funded institution, maintains important relationships with government.

In a complex and ever-changing regulatory environment it is vital that we have a strong capacity to anticipate and respond to changes in government policy.

The federal government has a comprehensive policy framework for education and research that provides the context for our core research and teaching activities. We also engage with the NSW government across a wide range of issues, as well as with local government in the communities that we serve.

This section of our website provides access to the University's submissions to government and parliamentary enquiries and policy reviews since January 2012. You can also find links to other sites that contain useful information about Australia's higher education sector.

Activities relating to government relations and higher education policy are led by members of the Vice-Chancellor's Office and the External Relations portfolio.

Government Relations

Kirsten Andrews (Head, Media and Government Relations) leads the development and implementation of the University’s media and government relations strategies, coordinates issues management on behalf of the University and supports the Vice-Chancellor in his role as chair of the Group of Eight (Go8).

Liz Hannan (Senior Advisor, Government Relations) provides advice on the University's government relations strategy and engages with government in a manner that advances the University's strategic interests.

Caitlin Maxwell (Government Relations Officer) provides support to the Director, Media and Government Relations and the Government Relations Manager; and conducts research and administrative tasks to support the advancement of the government relations strategy.

Higher Education Policy & Projects

Tim Payne (Director, Higher Education Policy & Projects) provides advice to members of the University’s senior management team and staff on developments in the external policy environment, coordinates policy input to government, and enhances levels of communication about external developments in policy and funding relevant to the University's operations. In addition, he leads the strategy and implementation of the initial stages of key projects directly arising from changes in the higher education policy environment.

Executive Officer, Higher Education Policy supports the Director, Higher Education Policy & Projects in providing policy advice to the University’s senior management team and in coordinating policy input to government and peak bodies. In addition, she provides strategic advice and operational support to the initial stages of key projects arising from changes in the higher education policy environment.

Sofia Zeritis (Project Officer, Higher Education Policy & Projects) supports the Director, Higher Education Policy & Projects in providing policy advice to the University’s senior management team and in coordinating policy input to government and peak bodies. She provides advice and engages with stakeholders on key projects in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

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