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Pro Vice-Chancellor (First Nations Education and Research)

Professor Tony Dreise

Professor Tony Dreise joined the University of Southern Queensland on 27 September 2021 as our inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (First Nations Education and Research).

Tony is a proud descendent of the Guumilaroi and Euahlayi First Nations of north-west New South Wales and south-west Queensland, and is nationally and internationally recognised as a First Nations leader in policy, evaluation and research in the field of education.


Tony's first university experience, more than 30 years ago, was a short-term enrolment in a Bachelor of Journalism degree at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, the predecessor institution to UniSQ. Tony comes to UniSQ from the Australian National University where over the past several years he has served as the Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research and inaugural Professor of Indigenous Policy.

In his role as the Pro Vice-Chancellor (First Nations Education and Research), Tony gives voice to First Nations matters and works collaboratively with colleagues across the University to develop and implement a culturally appropriate and inclusive University-wide approach to communication and collaboration on Indigenous issues with staff, students, Traditional Custodians, Elders and the community.

Memberships and affiliations

Tony has had a long policy and research career in Queensland and nationally, having worked as a Principal Indigenous Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research. Tony's qualifications include a Bachelor of Teaching from Griffith University, a Master of Public Administration from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), and a PhD from ANU. Tony is the Chair of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, and a Member of the ANZSOG Research Committee.

Contact details

Phone: +61 7 4631 2828
Executive Assistant: Kate McIntosh