Strategic Planning & Policy Development

Specialists in the tertiary education sector, we help our clients design and deliver targeted policies and quality programs and continuously improve their operations and research outcome as well as their learning and teaching. For example, we recently developed a sophisticated eLearning strategy for an Australian university. Our consultants have a strong history of providing strategic advice to Ministers, CEOs and community leaders.

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Projects, Reviews & Investigations

Our team has done everything from a strategic review for a US-based Fortune 500 multinational company with more than US$12 Billion in annual revenue to helping local volunteer organisations on a pro-bono basis. For governments, we have undertaken assignments such as a project examining ways of improving educational attainment in regional and remote Victoria. We are experienced in project management, data analysis, investigations and policy reviews. 

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Governance & Risk Management

Abingdon Advisory knows the importance of good governance. We work with our clients to minimise risk and ensure appropriate governance arrangements and cultures are in place. We help clients identify and take proactive steps to make the most of opportunities. As an example, we recently prepared a project reporting framework for the governing council of one of Australia's most prestigious universities.

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Government Relations & Grant Applications

Abingdon Advisory consultants have secured more than $50M in government funding for a range of important initiatives. These have included large building public projects and significant private sector equipment purchases. In many cases, these grants have allowed major organisational growth. All these projects have resulted and stronger, more resilient and more successful communities.

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Recent Case Studies  

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Future bleak at some campuses

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Following the shift to an uncapped system for university places in Australia, there is now very little unmet demand. This will make it a real challenge for Victoria’s new Andrews Government to “save TAFE”. In the...

TAFE – the best we can hope for is a soft landing.

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The Federal Government has announced that, in 2016, the availability of Commonwealth Supported Places will be extended beyond Higher Education providers to include vocational education and training providers. By 2018, an additional 80,000 Australian students,...


“With Abingdon Advisory by our side, we were able to develop and implement the optimum strategy to assist our organisation to make the best choices and bring about real change.”
Chief Executive Officer

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

An Australian University

Our senior advisors

Michael Thorne

Managing Director

With a strong background in leadership, policy and operations, Michael has undertaken a wide range of reviews and projects, providing strategic advice to Ministers and CEOs, across both the public and private sectors.

Tim Rath

Senior Advisor, Marketing

Tim has excellent analytical skills and long experience in stakeholder engagement, business development and marketing. Tim has developed brand strategies and stakeholder communications for a range of organisations.

Helen Vorrath

Senior Advisor, Operations

Helen is an experienced IT and management consultant whose broad range of skills derives from more than thirty years as an IT professional and from Helen’s management roles in small and large organisations.

Peter Thorne

Senior Advisor, Strategy

Peter Thorne, BSc, Dip Pub Pol, PhD, DEng (Hon), is a former senior academic at the University of Melbourne, where he was a Head of Department and Deputy Dean. In addition, Peter sat on a number of national committees.