Robert Griew

Associate Secretary Higher Education, Research and International, Department of Education and Training

Robert Griew is the Associate Secretary, Higher Education, Research and International at the Department of Education and Training. Robert has a distinguished career spanning the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Robert spent the first 28 years of his career focused on health and community services, including four years as Secretary of the Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services, and senior positions in New South Wales and Victoria. He spent more than 10 years managing Commonwealth health and community services, including running the Commonwealth aged care and Aboriginal health programmes. He has run his own consulting business doing both technical and organisational development work and held senior positions in the community health sector.

Robert moved to the education sector in 2008 and, prior to joining the department as part of the 2013 Machinery of Government changes, has been responsible for labour market strategy, tertiary education and Indigenous employment programmes.

He has previously chaired ministerial advisory councils including the National Public Health Partnership, and most recently the National Senior Officials’ Committee supporting tertiary education ministers. Past directorships include the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research, the National Health Advisory Council, the New South Wales Legal Aid Commission and Australian Hearing.

Robert has a bachelor’s degree in health science and education, a master’s degree in public health and a graduate economics degree from the Australian National University.