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
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 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.
- Australian Council of Engineering Deans
- Australian Council of Deans of Education
- Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery
- Australian Council of Deans of Science
- Australian Council of Deans of Health Science
- Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors
- Australian Universities International Directors Forum
- Australian Business Deans Council
- Victorian International Directors Forum
- National Association of Enabling Educators Australia
- National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium
- International Education Association of Australia
- Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council: this body is involved in matters pertaining to professional standards for Nursing and Midwifery. Moira Williamson, Dean of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences is a member of the Strategic Accreditation Advisory Agency Committee. Leeanne Heaton, Head of Course for the Bachelor of Nursing is a member of the Registered Nurse Accreditation Committee. Refer to pages 86 to 90 of the 2019-20 ANMAC Annual Report for more information.
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:
- Mackay Hospital and Health Service Board (Leeanne Heaton, Board Member)
- Mackay Hospital Foundation Board (Professor Pierre Viljoen, Board Member)
- North West Hospital and Health Service Board (Kari Arbouin, Board Member)
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)
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)
- 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
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:
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.
LOCAL WORKING PARTIES
NATIONAL WORKING PARTIES
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.
LOCAL WORKING PARTIES
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:
- Regional Development Australia – Sunshine Coast (Teressa Schmidt, Committee Member)
- Regional Development Australia – Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday (Professor Pierre Viljoen, Committee Member)
- Regional Development Australia – Far North Queensland and Torres Strait Inc (Jodie Duignan-George. Committee Member)
- Regional Development Australia – Fitzroy and Central West (John Abbott, Deputy Chair)
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.
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.
- Dr Alistair Melzer is the Research Program Leader for Koala Research - CQ, a community-funded research program hosted by CQUniversity. Dr Melzer provided expert advice on koala populations and climate change.
- Steve Turton provides expert advice on Australia's recent and unexpected severe weather events and what Australia’s future looks like. Steve also partnered with other Australian climate experts to provide commentary on what they believe needs to be done to reduce fire risk and meet Australia’s climate targets.
- Elizabeth Ellison & Donna Lee Brien provide useful strategies for how to succeed in the doctoral journey.
- Mary Frances O’Dowd explains what systematic racism is and why understanding systemic racism is important.
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.
- Dr Benjamin Jones discusses the Government's $50m plan to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Cook's landing and how he feels it may further divide the nation.
- Prof Adrian Miller weighs in on the importance of using genetics, geology and more to repatriate Aboriginal remains.
- Lisa Bricknell provides advice for how to protect yourself from COVID while in restaurants and cafes.
- Corneel Vandelanotte weighs in on the concept of aiming for 10,000 steps a day.
- Julian Teicher discusess the difficultly around employees not being able to stay home when they’re sick.
- Lisa Bricknell & Dale Trott discuss how coronavirus is spread and the ineffectiveness of spraying disinfectant in urban areas.
- Lisa Bricknell & Dale Trott give advice to workers to protect themselves and colleagues from coronavirus when heading back into the office.
- 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 Marika Guggisberg provides advice on how parents can teach their children to be safe online.
- Mahmoud Elkhodr discusses the Australian Privacy Principles and what businesses are required to do with your personal information.
- Dr Michael Cowling, a senior lecturer in education technology, weighs in on the current and future state of mixed reality.
Ritesh Chugh discusses the governments’ decision to persist with the COVIDSafe app rather than adopting to the Gapple model.
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.
Donna Lee Brien and Margaret McAllister provide expert commentary on the unrealistic portrayal of nurses’ in popular culture.
SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing
- 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.
- 10 000 Steps is a community health promotion initiative delivered by CQUniversity and funded by the Queensland Health Department.
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
- CQUniversity is a partner in and conducted research into ecosystem health for the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health a collective of government, agriculture, resources, industry bodies.
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.