Our Structure and Governance
The Melbourne School of Government is an interdisciplinary school focused on the teaching and research of topics related to public policy and governance.
- The foundation disciplines for the Melbourne School of Government are political science, economics and law
- The Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Economics and Melbourne Law School are core partner academic divisions supporting the development and delivery of School's mission, on and beyond teaching, research and engagement
- The School’s work is supported by an advisory board comprised of leading experts from government, industry and the not-for-profit sectors
- The School has a multi-academic division management group overseeing its activities
- The School also provides opportunities for staff from across the University to participate in research and teaching, and to better influence public policy.
The Hon John Brumby (Chair)
The Hon John Brumby was the former Premier of Victoria (2007 – 2010) and has immense experience in public life serving for more than 10 years as Treasurer and then Premier of Victoria, 6 years as Leader of the Victorian Opposition and 7 years as Federal MHR for Bendigo during the period of the Hawke Government.
Since retiring from politics, Mr Brumby has accepted a number of appointments in both the business and not-for-profit sectors, including:
- Chair of the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) Superannuation Fund;
- Chair of Citywide Service Solutions Pty Ltd;
- Chair of BioCurate Pty Ltd;
- Chairperson of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust; and
- Chair of the Fred Hollows Foundation.
Mr Brumby was installed as Chancellor of La Trobe University in March 2019 and is also an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne.
In 2017 Mr Brumby was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to medical biotechnology innovation and rural and regional Victoria, and in October 2015 released his book titled 'The Long Haul - Lessons from Public Life'.
Dr Pradeep Philip
Former Director of Policy in the Office of the Prime Minister of Australia between 2007 and 2009, Secretary of the Victorian Department of Health between 2012 and 2015 (currently Department of Health and Human Services). In September this year Dr Philip has been appointed by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to lead LaunchVic, the new entity constituting the Government's priority start-up initiative established to foster, develop and accelerate entrepreneurship in the Victorian economy.
Former Chief of Staff to Australia's Prime Minister (2011-2013), Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (2007-2009) and Principal Adviser to the Victorian Premier (1999-2002 and 2004-2007). Ben was also Chief Executive Officer of the Victoria Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, the Government agency coordinating the recovery of communities affected by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
Anna Cronin is Victoria's first Commissioner for Better Regulation, appointed by the Victorian Government in 2015. In June 2018, the Victorian Government appointed her as Red Tape Commissioner as well. Anna has considerable experience in regulatory issues across many policy areas, including in agricultural and mining regulatory and approvals frameworks. She has also held a number of board positions in the government and not-for-profit sectors, including on the Australian Landcare Council and Rural Skills Australia. Anna was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for services to rural leadership. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne. Anna graduated from the Australian National University in economics and econometrics and started her career as an economist in the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, and (what is now) the Productivity Commission. She has been closely involved in policy development for 25 years from diverse perspectives, including as CEO of the National Farmers’ Federation, as the senior bureaucrat responsible for major project approvals in the Western Australian Government’s State Development department and as Chief of Staff to two Premiers in the Victorian Government.
Dr Helen Szoke AO
Former Chief Executive of Oxfam Australia, a human rights advocate who has worked for many years to stop race discrimination in Australia. Dr Szoke served as Australia's Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner, following seven years as the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.
Judith Troeth AM
Liberal Senator for Victoria in the Federal Government for 18 years, the first female Member of Parliament in the Agricultural portfolio, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Foresty from 1997 to 2004. She has also been Chair and Deputy Chair of a number of Senate Committees. Currently Chair of the Austin Health Board.
Former Australian diplomat, with extensive experience both overseas and in Canberra. He was High Commissioner to Malaysia (2010-2014) and Singapore (2005-2008). He was Ambassador to Iraq, the Philippines and Thailand, and also had postings in Egypt, France and Indonesia (as deputy head of mission). In Canberra he held a range of senior positions: as head of the Foreign Affairs Branch in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; as head of the Foreign Minister's Office; and in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade including as Deputy Secretary. He concluded his foreign service career in 2014, and is now a part-time consultant.
Dr Ian Watt AO
Former Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet between 2011 and 2014 and head of the Australian Public Service from 2011 until he resigned late 2014. Prior to that, he was Secretary of the Departments of Defence; Finance; and Communications, Information Technology and the Arts between 2001 and 2011. Dr Watt serves on the Boards of Smartgroup Corporation, the Grattan Institute (The University of Melbourne) and O'Connell Street Associates Pty Ltd.
Founder of Neota Logic where he leads the pack of innovators. John has been instrumental in providing vision and building platforms that advance the law. For example, Neota's been engaged to develop an interactive portal for New Mexico legal aid in a project funded by the Legal Services Corporation; and has collaborated with Georgetown University Law Center on three semester-long courses in which students build Neota Logic applications serving the public interest; partnered with the Australian law firm Plexus. Neota's collaborated with the world's largest employment and labor law firm, Littler Mendelson. In July 2014 John was honoured as a top innovator in the legal industry - "the most interesting, proactive and courageous leader in the world of law, scholarship, and legal technology".
Professor Craig Jeffrey
Director of the Australia India Institute, Professor of Human Geography at The University of Melbourne. He is former Professor of Development Geography at the University of Oxford and Official Fellow of St. John's College. He is a leading authority on South Asian youth and also writes on Indian democracy, educational transformation, globalization, and the 'social revolution' that he sees occurring across India in the Twenty-First Century. Professor Jeffrey is currently leading a large project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council on educated unemployed youth in South Asia. Craig Jeffrey was recently elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and, in addition to his academic work, is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4, Times Literary Supplement, and The Guardian.