Mr Mark Warburton
Principal Analyst, Universities Australia, Australia

Mark Warburton has been the Principal Analyst for Universities Australia since February 2015. Prior to that he had over 30 years of experience in the Australian Public Service, including nine years working on higher education funding policy.  

From 2011 to 2014, he was responsible for implementing many aspects of the Transforming Australia’s Higher Education System policy statement, including the arrangements for ‘uncapping’ subsidies for students undertaking Bachelor degrees at universities.  He worked on many of the higher education 'savings' policies developed in response to the Budget pressures that emerged for the Australian Government from around 2012.   

From 2001 to 2005, he worked on the ‘Higher Education at the Crossroads’ Review and the implementation of the Government’s response to that Review, including the development of the current Higher Education Support Act 2003.   

Mark has worked extensively on policy, legislation and implementation of major Government social security programs.    

From 2008 to 2010, he helped develop and was responsible for leading the implementation of Australia’s first national paid parental leave scheme.    

From 2006 to 2009, he was responsible for the Australian Government’s family payments system and implemented major elements of the Government’s fiscal stimulus package in response to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.   

He developed the legal and policy framework for the social security ‘income management’ arrangements formulated during the National Emergency Response to the situation of Aboriginal communities in Australia’s Northern Territory.   

He was an adviser to Australian Government Ministers for nearly six years during the 1990s.