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Dr John Byron


  • Bio/Profile
  • Present
    QUT: Director, Government Relations & Policy (2019- ); Principal Policy Advisor (2018-19).
    Policy and government
    Chief of Staff for Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science & Research (2016-17);
    Writer and Policy consultant (2013-16);
    Senior Adviser to Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science & Research, and Minster for Higher Education (2013); 
    Senior Adviser to Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science & Research (2010-12).
    Other public sector engagement
    He has served on numerous sector and government bodies including: the Cooperative Research Centres Committee; the Australian e-Research Infrastructure Council; the Book Industry Collaborative Council; the Endeavour Awards Selection Committee; the program committee of the Canberra Writers’ Festival; and the management boards of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Manning Clark House, the Association for Medical Humanities (Australia and New Zealand), and the advisory boards of Sydney University Press and Monash University Publishing.
    Higher Education Sector
    University of Melbourne, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, Honorary Fellow, (2014–16)
    Curtin University, Dean of Research & Graduate Studies, Faculty of Humanities (2012-13)
    Australian Academy of the Humanities Executive Director (2003-10)
    Australian Qualifications Framework Advisory Board, Special Project Officer (2002-03)
    Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations, President (2000-02)
    Wollongong University Postgraduate Association  Research and policy officer, (2000)
    University of Wollongong, Faculty of Creative Arts tutor (2000) 
    University of Sydney English department, Associate lecturer (1999)
    The arts
    His novel, The Tribute, was shortlisted for the Victoria Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2019 and published by Affirm Press in 2021 
    Commentary in The AustralianThe Conversation; 
    creative writing and reviewing in MeanjinThe Australian Book Review, Time Out and Rip It Up.
    PhD (Sydney 2005), Grad Cert in Higher Ed (Sydney, 1999); BA (Hons) (Adelaide 1997), GAICD (2019)