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.

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Government, Policy and Strategy

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

The GPS 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 GPS 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 GPS 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 GPS 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 GPS 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


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