Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
29 Mar 2017
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Contract Type
Full Time

About Universities Australia

Universities Australia (UA) is the national peak body collectively representing Australia’s 39 comprehensive universities.  Its key role is to assist in securing, through policy development and political advocacy, a policy, regulatory, and funding environment that supports the maintenance of a world class university system.

UA also promotes the role of university education and research in underpinning national economic, social and cultural wellbeing.  The organisation seeks to ensure that relevant policy discussion are as well informed as possible through the development and prosecution of whole-of-sector policy positions.  It also provides representation to relevant committees, advisory groups and working parties, pursues and implements agreements with international bodies that facilitate member engagement, and builds and executes issue specific campaigns. 

Universities Australia also assists its members by serving as a hub for the exchange of information, ideas and learning across the sector.

The Team

The Policy and Analysis team within Universities Australia establishes the basis for all sectoral policy positions that underpin and drive the organisation’s advocacy activities.  This team covers all aspects of higher education policy: academic, corporate, health and workforce, international, research and innovation and copyright.

Core responsibilities for all team members policy include re research, analysis and coordination of activities including management of standing and ad hoc committees and working groups. Team members produce policy documents such as: submissions, Board papers, discussion papers and issue briefs, sectoral guidelines, and briefings for Universities Australia members, senior staff, and for communication purposes. Copyright is a specialist section and is responsible for negotiating copyright licences for the use of educational resources and music on behalf of member universities.  Universities Australia provides a one-stop shop and has oversight of copyright arrangements for the higher education sector

The Role

Reporting to the Policy Director, International, the International Policy Analyst International and Programs is responsible for developing and coordinating policy in relation to international education, specifically student mobility, alumni engagement and international research collaboration, and other matters as they arise and impact on international education.

Responsible for supporting Universities Australia’s (UA) international relations including negotiating new agreements and managing existing relationships in order to facilitate improved cooperation between member universities and their international counterparts. 

Working with the Policy Director, Strategic Initiatives, will assist in the development of policy in relation to work-integrated learning (WIL) and employability and the implementation of the WIL strategy.

In addition to policy development, the Policy Analyst International and Programs will manage a range of programs to coordinate Universities Australia’s engagement in international collaboration on behalf of the university sector, including policy forums, shadowing programs and study tours. Tasks will involve project management, financial management and accountability, evaluation and reporting and stakeholder liaison to ensure efficient and effective delivery of program outcomes

Reports to                                                               Direct reports

Policy Director, International                                       None       

Policy Director, Strategic Initiatives

Key Responsibilities

Policy Development

  • Under the direction of the Policy Director, develop and coordinate policy in relation to the international education portfolio as outlined in the annual work plan.
  • Take leadership of specified policy areas and international relationships, including MOU negotiations, as determined by the Policy Director.
  • Under the direction of the Policy Director, Strategic Initiatives, develop and coordinate policy in relation to the work-integrated learning and employability portfolio.
  • Working with the Senior Economist, conduct the biennial international links data survey and prepare associated reports.
  • Prepare, and assist in preparation of, submissions and policy papers.
  • Provide secretariat support for:
  • P-DVC International Committee; and
  • Time-limited/ad hoc working groups as required.
  • Represent UA on external committees and reference groups and conduct presentations to external audiences as required.

Program Management

  • Develop and implement various global engagement initiatives, as agreed under the UA global engagement strategy, such as:
  • shadowing programs;
  • study tours; and
  • policy dialogues and forums.
  • Assist in the administration of various scholarship programs and schemes, such as the NSF and MITACS.
  • Under the direction of the Policy Director, assist in the coordination and response to the National Strategy for International Education and consider opportunities for UA engagement in the implementation of the strategy.

In doing so, the position would have responsibility for:

  • project management, including day-to-day activities and meeting project milestones;
  • communication and correspondence with senior university executives in both Australia and abroad;
  • financial management and accountability;
  • regular reporting on progress and issues; and
  • evaluation and reporting to funding bodies.

Selection Criteria


  • Experience in the analysis, development and preparation of policy advice in an applied public policy environment;
  • Demonstrated capacity to prepare high quality written advice, evaluations and reports for major projects;
  • Highly developed communication, liaison and negotiation skills to work effectively with a range of people and organisations, especially in a cross-cultural context and with senior executives;
  • Ability to work in small team, to organise work to meet deadlines, to work under pressure and to carry out a range of tasks quickly and with minimum supervision; and
  • Experience in managing and administering funded programs.


  • Understanding of the higher education sector, including international higher education;
  • Knowledge of government contracts; and
  • Willingness to travel where necessary.


Tertiary qualifications in social science or a related discipline and/or relevant professional experience and significant experience in program administration and project management.

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