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Honorary Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne

Mark Warburton currently works part time as a consultant on projects involving public policy and research on tertiary education and social services.

Mark was the Principal Analyst for Universities Australia during 2015 and prior to that he had over 30 years of experience in the Australian Public Service.

He worked on higher education funding policy for around nine years, implementing many aspects of the Transforming Australia's Higher Education System policy statement and then modifying them in response to subsequent budget pressures. He worked on the earlier 'Higher Education at the Crossroads' Review and the Government's response to that review, including the development of the current Higher Education Support Act 2003.

Mark has worked extensively on policy, legislation and implementation of major Government social security programs and managing their budget implications. This has included:

- Leading the implementation of Australia's first national paid parental leave scheme.
- Managing the Australian Government's family payments system and its role in the Government's response to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.
- Developing the legal and policy framework for 'income management' arrangements during the Northern Territory Emergency Response.
- He was also an advisor to Australian Government Ministers for nearly six years during the 1990s.

Honours and double major in philosophy. Sub-majors in pure mathematics, history and psychology.


  • –present
    Honorary Senior Fellow, LH Martin Institute (expertise in Tertiary Education funding), University of Melbourne


  • 1982 
    ANU, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)