Professor Anne Tiernan — Ordinary Commissioner
Professor Anne Tiernan PhD (Griffith), Bachelor of Arts (ANU), Bachelor of Commerce (Hons, First Class, Griffith); Diploma of Teaching Secondary – Social Science (QUT)
Professor Anne Tiernan is the Director of the Policy Innovation Hub at Griffith University.
A political scientist, with earlier careers in government in the Commonwealth and Queensland public services, and in teaching and consultancy, Anne is respected for her independent, professional and research-informed analysis of national politics, public administration and public policy.
Professor Tiernan's research focuses on the work of governing. Her scholarly interests include: Australian politics and governance, policy advice, executive studies, policy capacity, federalism and intergovernmental coordination. She has written extensively on the political-administrative interface, caretaker conventions, governmental transitions and the work of policy advising.
Anne is author of books including: Lessons in Governing: A Profile of Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff and The Gatekeepers: Lessons from Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff (both with R.A.W. Rhodes, Melbourne University Publishing, 2014), Learning to be a Minister: Heroic Expectations, Practical Realities (with Patrick Weller, Melbourne University Press, 2010) and Power Without Responsibility: Ministerial Staffers in Australian Governments from Whitlam to Howard (UNSW Press, 2007). With colleague Jennifer Menzies, she published a second edition of Caretaker Conventions in Australasia: Minding the Shop for Government (ANU Press, 2014). With Julianne Schultz, Anne co-edited Griffith Review ‘Fixing the System’ published in January 2016.
Professor Tiernan is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). She was appointed a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) in 2010 for services to the ‘study and practice of public administration’. She served as a member of the Expert Roundtable on Integrity and Accountability in Queensland in 2009.
Professor Tiernan is Chair of the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal. She was a Member of the Public Records Review Committee of the Queensland State Archives from 2012 to 2016. Between 2008 and 2012 she was a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Queensland Public Service Commission and a Director of St Rita’s College Ltd. from 2013 to 2015.