After a successful career in the Australian Defence Force, Wayne joined Melbourne’s RMIT University and became head of the Department of Aerospace Technology in 1991. Wayne joined the Victorian Government in 1995 and was responsible for the Government’s investment attraction and business development programme for the aviation industry. In 2001, Wayne was appointed Director of ICT Investment & Business Development at Multimedia Victoria. During this time, Wayne worked closely with a number of India’s leading ICT companies including TCS, Infosys, and Birlasoft, facilitating the development of Melbourne as Australia’s preferred location for Indian ICT companies to invest and operate.
Wayne was appointed as the Victorian Government’s first Commissioner to India in November 2005. In early 2008, after two years living in India, Wayne returned to Australia to take up the new position of Director of Government Relations for Deakin University in Victoria. In this role he reported directly to the Vice-Chancellor on a wide range of State and Federal Government matters. At the end of 2008 Wayne returned to the Victorian Government to lead the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development’s Trade and Industry Division and was appointed Deputy Secretary, Industry and Trade and Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Government’s international investment agency, Invest Victoria.