School of Arts

Jane Smith

Position: Honorary Research Fellow
Study area: Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH)
Location: SMB Campus E building


Graduate Diploma Criminology – University of Melbourne 1985
Bachelor of Arts (History and Psychology) – Flinders University - 1978


Jane is the inaugural director of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E). M.A.D.E is designed to be a museum of the future, using immersive and interactive content to bring history alive and be a catalyst for visitors to link the importance of the Eureka Stockade to contemporary issues. M.A.D.E won a 2015 Museums and Galleries National Award for Innovation.
Jane has over 25 years experience dealing with technology change, content generation and the changing behaviour of consumers. Jane's senior roles include being corporate Strategist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Chief Executive of the NSW Film & TV Office for nine years, Vice-President of Seed Australia – actor Hugh Jackman's production company. Jane has held a number of board positions including the Australian Children's Television Foundation, Chair of the Mobile Premium Services Review and a Member of the national Classification Review Board. She is currently on the board of the Melbourne Writer's Festival.

Jane was also the inaugural Head of the Centre for Screenwriting at the Australian Film.TV and Radio School. She also did a major project with the Australian School of Business at the University of NSW. Jane sat on the steering committee that created CRCAH.

Areas of expertise

Jane has a strong background in strategy and innovation across various sectors including content creation and financing, information and communications technology, education and museums and galleries. She has worked in industry reform, changing regulatory structures and the impact of technology change.

Research interests

  • Making history relevant to contemporary audiences
  • Facilitating debate about what democracy means in the 21st century


Book chapters

Sykes, H, ed. 2014 A Love of Ideas, Sydney NSW Future Leaders, 2014, "Is democracy safe in the hands of the under 30s?"

Journal articles

Melbourne Review, 2013 "Are the Gen Ys lazy and irresponsible?"


  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Committee for Ballarat, Brand Ballarat
  • Board member Melbourne Writers' Festival