Government, Policy and Strategy

Government policy impacts on all areas of Australian Catholic University’s operations, including teaching, research and graduate employment. As a public university, government is a major provider of funding, a key employer of graduates and the principal source of regulation for the University.

The University actively engages with government and contributes to the development of public policy in areas of relevance to the University, in line with its mission and strategic objectives.

Office of Government, Policy and Strategy

The Office of Government, Policy and Strategy (OGPS) is responsible for managing high level public policy issues and government relations on behalf of the University in a strategic and coordinated way.

The OGPS supports the University’s contributions to public policy debate to inform and shape the development of sound public policy in areas of relevance to the University, particularly the higher education sector and the regulation of the University’s key disciplines. The OGPS works collaboratively with functional units across the University and with external stakeholders, including Church stakeholders, to articulate and progress the University’s public policy position in line with its mission.

The OGPS helps the University to set the public policy agenda in areas of major interest to the University including in higher education, teacher education, health sciences, law, and business, consistent with our role as a Catholic university.

The OGPS maintains a watching brief on the external government and public policy environments as they may impact the University, to strengthen the University’s ability to predict and respond to proposed policy changes. The dynamic nature of the political and public policy environment requires the University to ensure that it maintains currency of knowledge by keeping abreast of the latest developments in these areas.

The OGPS provides policy advice and analysis, generates briefing papers, and prepares submissions to government for the University in the following core policy areas:

  • Higher Education Policy
  • Teacher Education Policy
  • Health Policy
  • Church Policy


Mr Ashley Midalia

Mr Ashley Midalia
Director - Government, Policy and Strategy

Dr Michael Casey

Dr Michael Casey
Director, Patrick McMahon Glynn Institute

Dr Andrew Dowling

Dr Andrew Dowling
Senior Policy Advisor

Ms Sashika Jayewardene

Ms Sashika Jayewardene
Higher Education Policy Advisor

Ms Marguerite De Sousa
Higher Education Policy Advisor

Ms Samantha Dunnicliff
Research Support Officer, Patrick McMahon Glynn Institute

Ms Catherine Lees
Executive Project Officer (Academic)

To be confirmed
Senior Advisor, Church Policy

Ms Fiona McKinnon
Executive Officer

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