Mr Terry Moran AC

Chancellor of Federation University Australia


Mr Moran has a distinguished career working in State and Federal governments, including Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the most senior position in the Australian Public Service. He was appointed by the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and continued in the position under Kevin Rudd’s successor, Julia Gillard.

In addition to his public sector leadership and policy development expertise, Mr Moran brings extensive knowledge of and experience in the education sector.

He is a former CEO of the Office of the State Training Board in Victoria, the first CEO of the Australian National Training Authority in Brisbane and in 1998 was appointed Queensland's Director-General of Education and has also conducted a review of the Southern Australian TAFE system on behalf of the South Australian government.

Mr Moran has a BA (Hons) from La Trobe University.

Mr Moran chairs the Melbourne Theatre Company, the NSW Barangaroo Delivery Authority and the Centre for Policy Development, an independent think tank. Mr Moran is a member of CEDA's Board of Governors, an advisory body.

In 2006, Mr Moran was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to public sector leadership in key policy areas and program implementation, including technical and further education at state and national levels. In 2012, Mr Moran was invested as a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to the community through public sector leadership, as a significant contributor to policy development, program delivery and effective governance, and to the implementation of contemporary government administration.


University Profile

Our Purpose

To transform lives and enhance communities.

Federation University Australia activities are guided by Our Priorities

Lifelong Learning – Provide future-focused, high-quality lifelong learning opportunities for students from all backgrounds.

Global Citizens - Empower students with the necessary knowledge, skills and aptitude for further study, to participate in workplaces and to be effective global citizens.

Partnerships - Use our network of campuses and partnerships to deliver our courses and programs.

Research to Impact – Conduct research with measurable impact on the communities in which we are located and wider society.

Sustainability – Ensure long-term financial sustainability.


By 2022 FedUni will:

1. Become a Popular Student Destination

  • Reach 20,000 higher education and 8,000 TAFE student enrolments.

  • Attract significant numbers of international students.

  • Engage students from a diverse range of backgrounds.

  • Be highly regarded for our range of offerings.

2. Offer a High-Quality Student Experience

  • Improve student retention rates and success results.

  • Achieve 5 Star rating by the Good Universities Guide for high-quality teaching.

  • Meet students’ needs using the latest pedagogy and technology.

  • Create connected alumni who provide industry links and channel future employees.

3. Make a Positive Impact

  • Be highly rated by employers for the quality of our graduates.

  • Be known for research that delivers societal impact and be ranked by Times Higher Education (THE), Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai) and QS World University Rankings (QS).

  • Lead the sector in best practice community and industry engagement.

4. Become a University Workplace of Choice

  • Demonstrate high levels of employee satisfaction.

  • Be in the top quartile of Australian Universities for the numbers of female staff in senior leadership roles.

  • Be an asset to regional communities and contribute to capacity building.

  • Be a preferred employer and higher education destination for Indigenous staff and students.

5. Build an Efficient Organisation

  • Demonstrate business efficiency in all our operations and be financially stable.

  • Invest for future growth and development.

To find out more, visit the Federation University Australia website 



Federation University Australia Council

The Council is the governing body of the University and has the general direction and superintendence of the University.

The primary responsibilities of the Council include:

(a) appointing and monitoring the performance of the Vice-Chancellor as the chief executive officer of the University;

(b) approving the mission and strategic direction of the University and its annual budget and business plan;

(c) overseeing and reviewing the management of the University and its performance;

(d) establishing policy and procedural principles for the operation of the University consistent with legal requirements and community expectations;

(e) approving and monitoring systems of control and accountability of the University, including those required to maintain a general overview of any entity over which the University has control within the meaning of section 3 of the Audit Act 1994 (VIC);

(f) overseeing and monitoring the assessment and management of risk across the University, including university commercial activities;

(g) overseeing and monitoring the academic activities of the University; and

(h) approving any significant university commercial activities.

Membership of Federation University Australia’s Council is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members

Mr Terry Moran AC – Chancellor (to 12 October 2020)
Professor Helen Bartlett – Vice-Chancellor
Associate Professor Kim Dowling – Chair of Academic Board (to 31 December 2018)
Associate Professor Elisa Backer – Chair of Academic Board (to 31 December 2020)

Appointed Members – Governor-in-Council

Mr Ian Nethercote AM (to 31 December 2019)
Mr Michael Ryan (to 31 December 2020)
Ms Rhonda Whitfield (to 31 December 2020)
Ms Mashelle Parrett (to 31 December 2018)

Appointed Members – Ministerial

Ms Pauline Buckland (to 31 December 2018)

Appointed Members – Council

Mr Steve Davies – Deputy Chancellor (to 31 December 2018)
Mr George Fong (to 31 December 2019)
Mr Tony Stone (to 31 December 2018)
Ms Jane Smith AM (to 31 December 2018)
Ms Stacey Grose (to 31 December 2018)

Elected Members

Mr Cameron Beyer – Staff Member (to 31 December 2018)
Ms Erin Morgan – Student Member (to 31 December 2019)


Other Governing Bodies

Other Governing bodies within the University include:

Standing Committees of Council:

Council Executive Committee

Chair – Mr Terry Moran AC, Chancellor

Audit & Risk Committee

Chair – Ms Mashelle Parrett

Finance Committee

Chair – Mr Michael Ryan

Infrastructure Committee

Chair – Mr George Fong

Senior Appointments & Remuneration Committee

Chair – Mr Terry Moran AC, Chancellor

Legislation Committee (reports to Council Executive Committee)

Chair – Mr Adrian Tinetti

Academic Board

Chair – Associate Professor Kim Dowling

Standing Committees of the Academic Board:

Academic Board Executive Committee

Chair – Associate Professor Kim Dowling

Higher Education Curriculum Committee

Chair – Associate Professor Jenene Burke

Learning and Teaching Committee

Chair – Associate Professor Barbie Panther

Research Higher Degree Committee

Chair – Vacant

Research Committee

Chair – Professor Fadi Charchar

VET Curriculum and Quality Committee

Chair – Professor Andy Smith