Terry Bailey

Terry has 30 years’ experience in public policy research, analysis and reform as well as program design and delivery with a predominant focus on environment, heritage, Indigenous land and sea management and economic development across Australia. With a Bachelor of Applied Science, Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy and Management, Terry has developed a strong multidisciplinary approach to problem solving and developing effective, lasting solutions.

Terry’s experience and knowledge has been built through roles with the Commonwealth, NSW and Victorian governments, as well as working closely with other state and territory governments and local government. Terry’s extensive public sector leadership and management experience includes being the Chief Executive of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Assistant Secretary responsible for heritage in the Commonwealth Government.

Terry has strong research, analytical and communication skills, developed through a career as law reformer, policy advisor and community educator, both at a State and Federal level. He is proficient at interpreting, critiquing and developing reform options for law, policy and programs across a range of policy areas and is committed to collaborating with communities and stakeholders at the ‘grass roots’.

Significant public policy reforms Terry has led, including coastal legislation, biodiversity conservation legislation and climate change policy for NSW. He also led the administration and reform of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1994 (Cth) and oversaw reforms to the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage provisions of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NSW), the Protection of Moveable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 (Cth), and the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 (Cth). In 2010, Terry led the Australian Government’s response to the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) and the development of the Australian Government’s Biodiversity Policy Framework.

Between 2004 and 2010 Terry was the preparer of World Heritage nominations for the Australian Government, overseeing the preparation of three World Heritage nominations, the Ningaloo Coast, the Australian Convict Sites and the Sydney Opera House. Terry continues to provide World Heritage advisory services.

Terry is a visiting Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, at the Australian National University, where he teaches and assesses in the areas of biodiversity, environment, heritage and public policy.

Terry has been a Senior Associate with Aither since May 2017.

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