Tim Payne

Adjunct Senior Lecturer
+61 2 9351 4750
Michael Spence Building F23 / Level 4, North East Section
The University of Sydney

Tim Payne is Director, Higher Education Policy and Projects at The University of Sydney. He is an experienced policy analyst, advocacy and strategy adviser.

Tim has more than 20-years’ experience working at the highest levels of higher-education management in Australia, including eight 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 includes 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. 

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University Community, The University of Sydney

  • Director, Higher Education Policy and Projects, Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, The University of Sydney
  • Member, University of Sydney Quality Assurance and Compliance Working Group

Current higher-education sector committees 
  • Universities Australia Government Relations and Policy Advisers 
  • Group of Eight Government Relations and Policy Reference Group
  • NSWVCC Government Relations and Policy Advisers
  • Universities Australia Health Professions Education Standing Group

Tim prepares, or coordinating the preparation of, the University’s submissions to external public policy processes.

Pettigrew A., Payne T., Current state and future directions for Australian higher education and research policy, Australia and New Zealand Public Policy Network Conference, 1 February 2022. (Working Paper)