Federation University Australia Chancellor Paul Hemming

Dr Paul J H Hemming AO

Chancellor of Federation University Australia



Dr Paul Hemming commenced as Chancellor of Federation University Australia in June 2012, having been a Governor-in-Council appointee to the University Council since 2007.

Paul has been an experienced General Practitioner in Ballarat for more than 40 years, and has previously served as President of AMA (Victoria), President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and GP Consultant to the Health Insurance Commission. He was the inaugural Chairman of GP Divisions Victoria and was also a founding Director of “beyondblue” from 2000 to 2007. Paul has also held a number of advisory positions on federal and state government bodies, as well as key roles in medical education and training, and in accreditation and quality improvement. He has extensive experience in governance and leadership.

In 2001 Dr Hemming was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to the medical profession and the community, and in January 2018 he was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to higher education administration, to medicine and to the community of central Victoria as a general practitioner.

Federation University Australia was established on 1 January 2014. Formerly known as the University of Ballarat, its enabling legislation was the University of Ballarat Amendment (Federation University Australia) Act 2013 (VIC).

Although formerly created as a University in 1994, the University of Ballarat had a lineage back to 1870 with the establishment of the School of Mines Ballarat, making it the third institution of higher learning to be established in Australia and the first to be established in regional Australia. On 1 January 1994, Ballarat University College became the University of Ballarat and in 1998 the University merged with three TAFE Institutes to become a dual sector institution with multiple campuses.

On 1 January 2014, the University of Ballarat amalgamated with the Monash University Gippsland Campus to form Federation University Australia.

Federation University Australia, or FedUni, is headquartered in Ballarat, Victoria, and offers programs in Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training to regional Victoria and beyond.

The University’s regional character sets a framework for the University’s priorities but does not constrain it from serving wider community interests, nationally and internationally. With campuses from Horsham in the west of the state, to Churchill in the east, the name Federation University Australia was chosen to convey the scope and capacity of an expanded regional university with a federated network of campuses contributing to a new and different Australian university.

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As the nation’s first regional, multi-sector university, Federation
University Australia is committed to its regional communities
and students.


FedUni is consistently rated five stars for teaching quality.


FedUni’s graduates have enjoyed the highest employment
rating of any Victorian-based University.


FedUni promotes a ‘new era of education’ under its Federation
Generation promotional banner.

Federation University Australia is based on a federated network of campuses and partner-provider institutions across Australia and overseas, and national and international education and research collaborations. The core business of the University — higher education, vocational education and training, and research — is delivered across this federation.

Federation University Australia is an open access university. It welcomes all, provides high-quality teaching, extensive learning support, smooth pathways between the sectors, and work-ready qualifications. In so doing, it teaches students of all ages and backgrounds, to learn to succeed.

This endeavour is informed by the legacy and history of more than 140 years of regional education experience. It is also enriched by the many domestic and international alliances, partnerships and relationships formed by the University. It is driven by a close understanding of what it takes to navigate the digital age.

Federation University Australia activities are guided by five principles:

  1. Excellence – Our passion for teaching and research, student support and welfare, and staff development, drives our quest for excellence
  2. Responsibility – Ethical practice, student care and effective stewardship of our environment and resources are immutable qualities of Federation University Australia
  3. Access – We welcome and celebrate diversity and inclusion to create educational experiences that are equitable, inspirational and transformative
  4. Respect- Respect for our staff, our students and our communities provides an educational culture in which all realise their full potential
  5. Engagement – We are committed to local, national and international partnerships that are innovative, professional and mutually beneficial

The objectives of the University define enduring goals that encapsulate the character of Federation University Australia:

  • Regional in focus, national in scope and international in reach
  • Comprehensive in its offerings, student-centred in its approach, and providing access to effective and high quality learning
  • Strategic in fostering world-class Research
  • Productive and effective in forming partnerships and engaging with its communities and regions
  • Innovative, responsible and transparent in outlook, performance and outcomes

To find out more, visit the Federation University Australia website www.federation.edu.au opens-in-a-new-window

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

Dr Paul J H Hemming AO – Chancellor (to 30 June 2019)
Professor Helen Bartlett – Vice-Chancellor
Associate Professor Kim Dowling – Chair of Academic Board (to 31 December 2018)

Appointed Members – Governor-in-Council

Mr Ian Nethercote (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 (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 – Dr Paul J H Hemming AO, 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 – Dr Paul J H Hemming AO, 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

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