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Indigenous policy analyst & researcher, Australian National University

Tony Dreise descends from the Guumilroi people of north-west New South Wales and south-west Queensland. He is an independent policy analyst and researcher. Tony is also an Indigenous Scholar at the Australian National University, where he is researching the relationship between Australian philanthropy and Indigenous education. He is a former Principal Research Fellow, Indigenous Education, at the Australian Council for Educational Research. Tony holds a Bachelor of Teaching degree and was one of the inaugural graduates of the Executive Masters of Public Administration with the Australian and New Zealand School of Government. He has 25 years high-level experience in public policy, research and education, having served as a Research Officer with Queensland’s Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council; National Equity Manager with the Australian National Training Authority; National Executive Officer of Australia’s Indigenous Training Advisory Council; Principal Education Officer within the NSW Education Department; Executive Director of Indigenous Policy in the Queensland Government; and Social Inclusion Director with TAFE NSW. Tony has served on a number of regional and national boards, including as a former President of the Northern Rivers Social Development Council; former Deputy Chair of the Northern Rivers Board of Regional Development Australia; and former Member of the National Vocational Equity Advisory Council and former Board Member of Adult Learning Australia.


  • –present
    Principal Research Fellow, Indigenous Education, Australian Council for Educational Research


  • 1992 
    Griffith University, Bachelor of Teaching