Dr Wendy Jarvie

Honorary Associate

Dean's Advisory Board Member, Faculty of Education and Social Work


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Professional biography

Wendy Jarvie has had a diverse career.  Most recently she spent seven years (2001-2008) as a Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth government  Departments of Education, Science and Training (DEST) and Education, Employment and Workplace relations (DEEWR).  In those positions she oversighted at different times  Indigenous education, International education, higher education, science policy, student income support,  the Budget process , and research and evaluation. Her most recent job was Director of Australia’s first Office of Early Childhood Education and Child Care.

Wendy started her career as a research assistant in signal detection in the Department of Mathematics at Newcastle University, and as a computer programmer at the Hunter Valley Research Foundation.  After completing a PhD in 1984, she joined the Bureau of Labour Market Research, part of the Australian Public Service.  Following its abolition she became a mainstream public servant, working in numerous  departments including Finance, Employment and Industrial Relations, Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Health and Ageing.  In addition she worked for three years in the World Bank in Washington (1998-2001), initially in the Operations Evaluation Department where she was a manager of corporate evaluations and evaluation methods, and later in Operations and Country Strategies where she worked on small states issues, and managed a taskforce on Bank strategies for middle income countries.

Wendy has three degrees from the University of Newcastle (BA (hons) in History, Diploma of Computer Science, and Masters of Engineering Science) , as well as a Ph D in Geography from Flinders University.  She has also completed an Executive Development Program at Harvard University.  Wendy’s research interest is  public policy in Australia, in particular sustainability in Indigenous development, the creation of national  early childhood policy, and Australia’s relationship with Latin America.

During her period with ADFA she will undertake a joint project with Prof Jenny Stewart on the outcomes of the COAG trial in Indigenous service delivery in Murdi Paaki (western NSW), and will give seminars on policy development in Australia. 

Professional and community roles

  • Active Member of the Faculty of Education and Social Work Dean's Advisory Board, The University of Sydney