Professor, School of Government and International Relations; Director, Policy Innovation Hub, Griffith University

Professor Anne Tiernan is Director of the Policy Innovation Hub at Griffith University. She also holds a fractional appointment as a Professor of Australian Government and Politics at the University of Melbourne.

Prof Tiernan's research focuses on the work of governing. Her scholarly interests include: Australian politics and governance, policy advice, executive studies, policy capacity, federalism and intergovernmental coordination. She has written extensively on the political-administrative interface, caretaker conventions, governmental transitions and the work of policy advising.

Prof Tiernan is author of books including: Lessons in Governing: A Profile of Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff and The Gatekeepers: Lessons from Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff (both with R.A.W. Rhodes, Melbourne University Publishing, 2014), Learning to be a Minister: Heroic Expectations, Practical Realities (with Patrick Weller, Melbourne University Press, 2010) and Power Without Responsibility: Ministerial Staffers in Australian Governments from Whitlam to Howard (UNSW Press, 2007). With colleague Jennifer Menzies, she has recently published a second edition of Caretaker Conventions in Australasia: Minding the Shop for Government (ANU Press, 2014). With Professor Julianne Schultz, Professor Tiernan recently co-edited Griffith Review 51: Fixing the System, published in January 2016.

Prof Tiernan served as a Member of the Public Records Review Committee of the Queensland State Archives from 2012-16. Between 2008 and 2012 she was a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Queensland Public Service Commission.

Prof Tiernan consults regularly to Australian governments at all levels.


  • –present
    Professor, School of Government and International Relations


    ANU, BA
    Griffith University, B Commerce (Hons)
    QUT, Dip Teaching Secondary (Social Science)
    Griffith University, PhD