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Higher Education and Tertiary Policy

The Higher Education and Tertiary Policy directorate provides high-level advice and develops NSW positions on higher education issues for State and national forums. The directorate liaises with other states, territories and the Commonwealth on tertiary policy and implementation issues, coordinates advice to support NSW strategic priorities for higher education, and manages strategic tertiary education projects and initiatives. The directorate also manages consultation with the NSW Vice-Chancellors’ Committee and other stakeholders, and is responsible for administering the legislative responsibilities of the Minister for Education for NSW universities.

Rebecca Allen(Higher Education and Tertiary Policy)

Rebecca Allen is Director of Higher Education and Tertiary Policy. Rebecca leads the division's work in providing tertiary education policy advice to government, in initiating and driving strategic initiatives aimed at widening access to tertiary education and in liaising with tertiary sector stakeholders and managing regulatory and legislative reform in the sector. Rebecca has over a decade of experience working in social policy development and advisory roles across Education and Government. Rebecca has worked to develop and implement funding and resource models for early childhood education sector, advised on Commonwealth-State schooling reform and supported the development of NSW first Social Impact Bonds. Rebecca has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Advanced Arts with first class honours also from the University of Sydney.