Dr Maria Maley

BA (Syd) PhD (ANU)
Senior Lecturer, School of Politics and International Relations
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 02 61253982

Areas of expertise

  • Australian Government And Politics 160601
  • Public Policy 160510
  • Public Administration 160509
  • Political Science 4408
  • Gender And Politics 440806
  • Policy And Administration 4407

Research interests

Research and teaching interests include: Australian politics, public administration, public policy as well as ministerial advisers, the public service and gender issues in staffing.


Member of the Editorial Board, Australian Journal of Public Administration

Winner of the Marian Simms Policy Engagement Award 2022 awarded by the Australian Political Studies Association: ‘Awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement, innovation and creativity in research impact and policy engagement in the discipline of Political Science.’

Finalist for the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Impact and Engagement November 2021

Nominated for Vice-Chancellor's Award for Influential Impact and Engagement 2023

Visiting Scholar, Public Governance Institute, KU Leuven, Belgium 2018

Institute of Public Administration Australia  Research Trust Fund Project title: Leaving the ministerial office: career steps following work as a ministerial adviser

Asia-Pacific Innovation Program Research Development Scheme (with Amanda Smullen) Project title: Australian Public Administration in Time

Consultant Report for the Australian Human Rights Commission Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces 2021

Research Partner, European COST Action Grant  Project title: ‘Comparative research on the executive triangle in Europe’ 2023

Selected media:

December 2022 Canberra Times ‘Cause for optimism in improving parliament’s culture’

October 2022 The Conversation  ‘Chance to reform the allocation of staff in federal parliament has been lost’ (with Marian Sawer)

June 2022 The Mandarin ‘Rules for appointing parliamentary staffers need a shake up’

Dec 2021 Crikey.com ‘The Jenkins Review provides two powerful tools for making parliament safer’

Dec 2021 Canberra Times  ‘Why the MOPS Act needs reform’ 

May 2021 ANU Reporter ‘A perilous place: Gender and power at play in problems plaguing parliament’

March 2021 Public Sector Informant: Canberra Times ‘There are ways to better protect staffers, but political will is needed’. 

 Feb 2021 The Guardian.com ‘When political parties put their reputations first, staffers like Brittany Higgins suffer’

Feb 2021 The Conversation ‘Why political staffers are vulnerable to sexual misconduct — and little is done to stop it’

December 2020 Sydney Morning Herald ‘The real story inside the Canberra bubble – it’s not the sex but the bullying and abuse of staffers’

February 2020 Canberra Times  ‘Ministerial advisers shrouded in secrecy’

February 2015  The Conversation ‘Why Credlin is seen to have gone too far as PM’s right-hand woman’


Researcher's projects

Working conditions in parliament, regulation of conduct of parliamentarians and political staff in Westminster countries, ministerial staff and political advisory institutions in Australia and comparatively, the working conditions of ministerial advisers, gender analysis of political staff, neutrality challenges of the public service, career paths of ministers and ministerial staff, political leadership, Australian public administration, policy theory

Current student projects

Monica Pfeffer '‘To MoG or not to MoG’: Understanding machinery of government decisions across Australian jurisdictions'

Catherine Petrass 'Ethics, control and (self-)discipline: the discourse of public service in Australia'

completed PhDs:

Garry Sturgess 'Barry Jones: In Search of Lost Time' 

Rick Umback  'Constituting the Airwaves: Political Dimensions of Early Australian Wireless' 

Yasmi Adriansyah 'The role of policy entrepreneurs in Indonesia's foreign policy' 

Isobel Crealy ‘Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Secondary Education’ 


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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