Ms Lisa Schofield, First Assistant Secretary of the Health Economics and Research Division at the Australian Government Department of Health, where she has responsibility for the Medical Research Future Fund, the whole-of-government taskforce on a COVID-19 vaccine, and health economic and data analysis. Lisa has over fifteen years experience working in the Australian Government where she has held policy leadership roles in health, resources, innovation, and higher education sectors.
Lisa spent almost nine years in the Industry, Science and Resources portfolio where, among other things she managed Australia’s offshore oil and gas sector, led implementation of the Maritime Boundaries Treaty between Australia and Timor-Leste, and managed the Commercialisation Policy Branch, delivering the National Innovation and Science Agenda in 2015.
Previously, Lisa led the taskforce to develop the new quality assurance and regulatory framework for Australian higher education, including the successful establishment of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency and the development of the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Lisa was also the Higher Education Advisor to the Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations during the 2010 Australian federal election. Her other significant roles include Director of the Education Investment Fund in DEEWR, various roles in the Australian Government Department of Finance and Deregulation, and a key role in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor at Charles Sturt University.
Ms Schofield holds a Bachelor of Arts – Communications (Media and Cultural Studies). She has been serving on the board of Charles Sturt University since 2016, has been a local City Councillor and the Chair of a number of community organisations.