Engagement with Policy Makers

As part of our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's), we engage with policy makers such as government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to form policies and provide policy advice aligned to SDG themes.

Our involvement with boards, professions and industry associations allows us to purposefully input into national government policy and strategy development aligned to SDG themes to actively identify problems and challenges.

What we did in 2019 & 2020

Industry Associations

Through our involvement and engagement with industry associations, we impact, provide advice for and inform policies aligned to SDG themes.

SDG 4: Quality Education

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) is a network of seven universities with headquarters in regional Australia and a shared commitment to playing a transformative role in their regions. Through their educational and research contributions to regional economics, social, cultural and environmental development, the RUN member universities play an important and distinctive role in advancing Australia's national prosperity, productivity and identity.

RUN was established in October 2011 and CQUniversity is one of the foundation members.
For further information visit the RUN website.

SDG 4: Quality Education

CQUniversity is a member of Universities Australia (UA), the peak body for the sector representing 39 member universities. UA provides policy advice, analysis, and media commentary on higher education matters. For more information about UA, view their strategic plan for 2017-2019.

SDG 14: Life Below Water

Andrew Irving, Amie Anastasi, Emma Jackson provide advice on the Port Curtis Integrated Monitoring Program technical sub-committee in relation to water, sediment and biological monitoring.

SDG 4: Quality Education and SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

CQUniversity is a member of many professional associations, represented by our Academic Leads including Deans or Head of Course for each discipline area. These organisations support Australian education and make submissions to government inquiries and implementing projects that improve the quality of education in Australia.

Boards, Associations and Committees

CQUniversity has input into policy development aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals via membership on a range of industry, professional and government-related boards, associations and committees. A sample of the memberships is provided below.

Hospital and Health Service Boards

CQUniversity academics fulfil roles on a number of Hospital and Health Service Boards. These Boards provide input into health policy from a local perspective. These boards include:

Other Board and Working Group Involvement by CQUniversity Staff
  • Advisory Committees of the Australian Institute of Criminology research projects (Brian Sullivan, Member)
  • ANMAC Midwifery Education Review Committee/Working Party (Bridget Ferguson, Member)
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (Moira Williamson, Member of the Professional Reference Group)
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) Strategic  Accreditation Advisory Committee (Moira Williamson, Member)
  • Breast and Prostate Cancer Association of QLD (Pammie Ellem, Board Director)
  • Cancer Nursing Society Australia (Pammie Ellem, National Board Director)
  • Central Queensland Clinical Council for the PHN (Primary Health Network) (Sonja Saluja, Member)
  • COMPACT Consortium (Colleen Johnston-Devin, Member)
  • Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (Australia & New Zealand) (CDNM), Executive Committee (Moira Williamson, Member)
  • Covid-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce (Bridget Ferguson, Member)
  • CRPS Awareness – The Purple Bucket Foundation, Our Recovery and Australian Pain Management Association (Colleen Johnston-Devin, Member)
  • Mater Hospital Community Consultative Committee (Pammi Ellem, Member)
  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India (Olasupo Owoeye, Resource Person)
  • Nursing in the Community COI, Australian College of Nursing (Pammi Ellem, Communication Director)
  • Parkinson’s Australia Carers Committee (Eileen Willis, Member)
  • Paramedicine Accreditation Committee, Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Authority (Eileen Willis, Member)
  • Queensland Statewide Persistent Pain Management Clinical Network Steering Committee (Colleen Johnston-Devin, Member)
  • Queensland Persistent Pain Education Working Group (Colleen Johnston-Devin, Member)
  • Queensland Nursing & Midwifery Executive Council (QNMExC) (Moira Williamson, Member)
  • Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network (Katrina Lane-Krebs, Advisory Member)
  • Qld Police Domestic and Family Violence Advisory Committee (Brian Sullivan, Member)
  • Qld Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (Brian Sullivan, Member)
  • Qld Health Working Party for the Development of the Maternal and Neonatal State-Wide Clinical Guidelines (Bridget Ferguson, Member)
  • Red Rose Foundation (Brian Sullivan, Member)
  • World Health Organisation (Olasupo Owoeye, Resource Person)
  • Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) working group on the Higher Education Research Commercialisation IP Framework (Amanda-Jane George, Member)
  • Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership -
  • Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) aims to foster a world-class teaching profession, where teachers are leaders in the learning of school students across Australia.  CQUniversity's Provost,  Professor Helen Huntley, is a Committee member of the Teacher Education Expert Steering Committee (TEESC). TEESC was formed to advise the AITSL Board on matters relating to initial teacher education programs including those that relate to implementation, maintenance and further development of the national approach. Refer to page 72 of the 2018-2019 AITSL Annual Report for more information about the role of TEESC.

  • Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Sub-Committee (Dr Gemma Mann, Member)
  • BreastScreen Queensland Rockhampton Service LGBTIQ+ Advisory Group (Dr Gemma Mann, Member)
  • Australian Government Department of Veterans Affairs Council for Women and Families United by Defence Service (Amy Johnson, Member)
  • Qld Gov Sub-Committee for Skills and Training for Hydrogen (Steve Hall, Member)

Dr Linda Colley is an Associate Professor in Human Resources/Industrial Relations at CQUniversity and is the Chair of the Work Health and Safety Board. This role works with the Board to provide recommendations on matters relating to work health and safety to the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations. The Work Health and Safety Board is an authority under the Queensland, Work Health and Safety Act and is a Queensland Government entity.

  • Future of Aviation Reference Panel (Aruna Ranganathan, Doug Drury)
  • Australasian Railway Association Rail Industry Group Committee (Colin Cole, Member)
  • Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (Colin Cole, Member)
  • Australian Space Agency’s Technical Advisory Group (Steven Moore, Member).
  • Australian Standard Development Group (Dr Shah Neyamat Ullah, Member)
  • IEEE Standard Association committee - Critical Infrastructure Protection initiative (CIPi)” lead by IEEE & IoTSec Australia (Dr. Biplop Ray, Member)
  • Asset Management Council (Subhash Sharma, Australian Member)

The Queensland Productivity Commission (QPC) is a ministerial entity, that produces reports used by the Queensland Government to formulate policy and legislation.

Activity in 2019

During her time with CQUniversity as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), Professor Bronwyn Fredericks was a member of QPC in 2017-2019. Professor Fredericks is now employed by the University of Queensland.

    • Queensland Chapter of the Australian Meteorology and Oceanographic Society (Michael Hewson, Chairperson)

    Independent Science Panel (ISP)  (John Rolfe, Chairperson)

    Professor John Rolfe was appointed as the Chair of the Independent Science Panel (ISP). The Chair of the Independent Science Panel is responsible for championing the integrated and collaborative approach to research and monitoring.

    The role of the ISP is to provide independent scientific advice on the piloting and system testing of the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (GHHP) endorsed Gladstone Harbour Report Card. This includes:

  • the monitoring program to support the Gladstone Harbour Report Card;
  • overseeing the synthesis work required to ascertain report card grades to ensure the independence of the grades;
  • overseeing the continued development of the Gladstone Harbour Model that will be used by the GHHP to underpin advice to policy, management and regulatory agencies, industry and other stakeholders;
  • monitoring and implementing any improvements that may be needed to increase the efficiency and/or effectiveness of GHHP practices

Government-Created Working Parties

CQUniversity has input into Governmental policy development via membership on government-created working parties. These activities align to SDG themes such as SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG 15 Life on Land.

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

The following Local and National Working Parties address matters aligned to the themes of the United Nations SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities. Members of the CQUniversity team play an active role in these working parties.


Capricorn Enterprise (Narelle Pearse, Board Member)
Advance Cairns (Jodie Duigan-George, Director)
Advance Rockhampton Committee of Rockhampton Regional Council (Kim Harrington, Committee Member)


Advance Queensland Expert Panel (Professor Grant Stanley, Member)

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

Qld Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research was set up under an agreement between the Qld Government and the University, with the Centre to deliver research-informed practice which provides training and resources to practitioners in the domestic violence space

SDG 15: Life on Land

The following Local Working Parties address matters aligned to the themes of the United Nations SDG 15 Life on Land. Members of the CQUniversity team play an active role in these working parties.


Reef Catchments (Professor Pierre Viljoen, Board Member)

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

The National Cultural Heritage Committee addresses matters aligned to the themes of the United Nations SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities and CQUniversity's Associate Professor Henrietta Marrie is an appointed member of this Committee. The Committee assesses applications for export permits and funding applications from the National Cultural Heritage Account. As part of the 10-person committee, Associate Professor Marrie will also advise the Minister for the Arts about issues related to cultural heritage.

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Regional Development Australia is an Australian Government initiative that seeks local input into policy development of Regional Australia. Members of the CQUniversity team actively participate in the following Regional Development Australia Working Parties:

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research receives funding from the Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women to undertake research into domestic violence.

Professor John Rolfe is the project manager on Growing Central Queensland. John presents to the steering committee on the progress of the project, and the progress on agricultural innovation projects which the respective joint organisations fund.

Expert Commentary

As part of our purposeful involvement and engagement with policymakers, CQUniversity researchers and academics provide expert advice and commentary to external stakeholders and organisations on matters relating to the themes of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Explore the examples below of the expert commentary provided by our team.

Karena Menzie-Ballantyne discusses the recent climate strikes taking place and how she believes students are displaying admirable qualities that employers would find valuable.

Linda Colley discusses the increase of working from home during the pandemic and what the future holds.

Robin Price & Linda Colley discuss what your employer and your responsibilities are with working from home.

  • Olasupo Owoeye had work cited by the Australian Federal Parliament in the Explanatory Memorandum to the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill, Citing D Nicol & O Owoeye ‘Using TRIPS Flexibilities to Facilitate Access to Medicines’ (2013) 91(7) Bulletin of the World Health Organization 533-539). The work was cited as one of the academic works calling for some of the changes introduced by the bill.
  • Olasupo Owoeye was the lead Consultant/Resource person for African Regional Intellectual Property Organization’ Seminar on using TRIPS Flexibilities for public health (2019).

Dr Michael Cowling weighs in on Apple’s decision to ship the new iPhones without a charger.

Mahmoud Elkhodr discusses the shortcomings of the Covid contact-tracing applications.

Research Related Activity

Our academics and researchers.have undertaken a range of research-related activity in collaboration with government departments. Explore the examples of the policy-focussed research undertaken in 2019.

SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing
SDG 14: Life Below Water

Port Curtis Integrated Monitoring Program (PCIMP)

  • As part of the PCIMP,  CQUniversity is a member of the collaborative made up of industry, government and education specialist monitoring Port Curtis waterways, Gladstone Queensland. The PCIMP data and advice is utilised and considered by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection in the creation of Water Quality Objectives.

Fitzroy Partnership for River Health

Fitzroy Basin Authority

  • CQUniversity has participated in research via the Fitzroy Basin Authority (FPA). The FPA works closely with all levels of government to deliver environmental programs.

Gladstone Healthy Harbour

  • CQUniversity is a partner in the Gladstone Healthy Harbour monitoring organisation which includes Government and Industry stakeholders in the health of the Gladstone Harbour.
SDG 15: Life on Land
  • The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries fund the research position of Professor of Horticulture Science which is held by Professor Philip Brown.
  • The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries worked with CQUniversity to research water quality impacts on sugar cane.