Tim Payne is director of higher education policy and projects at The University of Sydney. He is an experienced policy analyst, advocacy and strategy adviser.
Tim has more than 15 years’ experience working at the highest levels of higher-education management in Australia, including seven years' in his current role in which he reports directly to the University's Vice-Chancellor. Previously, he has been deputy executive director of the Group of Eight, the peak body serving Australia’s research-intensive universities and chief of staff for Independent Federal MP for Calare, Peter Andren.
Tim's current role involves being project lead for identifying and establishing major strategic multidisciplinary and cross-industry initiatives .
Co-located with Government Relations within the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Tim's team provides advice to University staff as well as the University’s senior management team regarding developments in the external policy and funding relevant to University operations.
The team works closely with departments across the University to coordinate its policy advice to government and other organisations. It also manages the early stages of projects arising from changes in government policy and funding.