“This is a pivotal appointment at a pivotal moment for Australia and Australians.
“Professor Davis’ extensive and distinguished experience in public policy and deep understanding of the importance of a strong university sector to Australia’s future, is well proven.
“As we emerge from challenging times, we look forward to working with Professor Davis to deliver the productivity gains that highly-skilled people and technological and social advances provide to the economy.
“Universities are a foundational part of an optimistic, productive modern economy and society. Our students, staff and researchers work across every area of human endeavour – giving our nation the best chance to tackle the toughest challenges and identify and grasp the big opportunities.
“UA looks forward to working with Professor Davis so that we can play the fullest role in building back, taking advantage of the full spectrum of our national talent.
“I would also like to recognise and thank Philip Gaetjens for his service to Australia as Secretary of the Department in recent years.”