Principal Policy Adviser, Queensland University of Technology

Dr John Byron has worked in higher education and research administration and policy for two decades in a variety of capacities, including: senior ministerial adviser and shadow ministerial chief of staff; dean of research and graduate studies at Curtin University; executive director of the Australian Academy of the Humanities; and president of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations.

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, and the Association for Medical Humanities (Australia and New Zealand). He currently sits on the advisory board of Monash University Publishing.


  • 2018–present
    Principal Policy Adviser, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2016–2017
    Chief of Staff, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
  • 2014–2016
    Honorary Fellow, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne
  • 2013–2013
    Senior adviser, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and Minister for Higher Education
  • 2012–2013
    Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University
  • 2010–2012
    Senior adviser, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
  • 2003–2010
    Executive Director, Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • 2002–2003
    Senior project officer, Australian Qualifications Framework Advisory Board
  • 2001–2001
    President, Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations
  • 2000–2000
    Research and policy officer, Wollongong University Postgraduate Association
  • 2000–2000
    Tutor, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong
  • 1999–1999
    Associate lecturer, English department, University of Sydney


  • 2005 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 1999 
    University of Sydney, Graduate Certificate Higher Education
  • 1998 
    University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Professional Memberships

  • Modern Language Association