University of Wollongong Chancellor Jillian Broadbent

Ms Jillian Broadbent AO

Chancellor of the University of Wollongong

Ms Jillian Broadbent AO became the University of Wollongong’s third Chancellor in October 2009.

After a 30 year career in banking in Australia and overseas, Ms Jillian Broadbent AO left her senior executive position at Bankers Trust Australia to become a non-executive director. She has held numerous Board positions, including those of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Coca-Cola Amatil Limited, ASX Limited, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), Woodside Petroleum Ltd and Qantas Airways Ltd, and was also Chairman of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), and Chairman of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

Ms Broadbent enjoys a strong engagement with the arts, having been on the Board of the Sydney Theatre Company, a founding director of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and a Trustee, Vice President and Treasurer of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Ms Broadbent has also been President of Chief Executive Women, a group of professional women leaders in 2005 and 2006.

Ms Broadbent was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2003 for service to economic and financial development in Australia and to the community through administrative support for cultural and charitable groups. Ms Broadbent was awarded the Qantas/Bulletin Businesswoman of the year in 1987 and was a recipient of the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001 in recognition of her contribution to the community.

University of Wollongong (UOW) is a research-intensive university with an outstanding reputation for its learning environments across a broad range of disciplines. Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide, UOW courses and research capacity are geared towards excellence at a global level.

With a belief that universities have an obligation to lead and contribute to society, the University of Wollongong makes a strong and connected presence in its communities. Established as a division of the then New South Wales University of Technology to train the engineers and metallurgists of the local steel industry, UOW was formally established in legislation as an independent university in 1975, supported by a community who could see a stronger future for their region. The University has since grown and evolved to be recognised as one of the best modern universities in the world, ranked 17th in the QS Top 50 Under 50 in 2015.

The University Of Wollongong (UOW) is an international network of campuses and regional learning centres. With the University of Wollongong in Dubai, the Community College of City University in Hong Kong, and with partnerships with INTI International University & Colleges in Malaysia, The Singapore Institute of Management and PSB Academy in Singapore, and IRI.HK Limited in Hong Kong, the University of Wollongong has extended its reach across the Asia Pacific region. UOW is also the Australasian member of the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) and is counted amongst the top 100 most international universities by Times Higher Education. Education centres in Southern Sydney, Moss Vale, Bega, Bateman’s Bay and the Shoalhaven region of  New South Wales are evidence of the University’s commitment to bringing tertiary education to regional centres.

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UOW is one of the world’s best modern universities, ranked
17th in the QS Top 50 under 50 in 2015.


With five study areas rated as the best in Australia (QILT 2016).


UOW delivers study programs in five countries and is amongst
the 100 most international universities (Times Higher Education).


UOW is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world for
the quality of graduates (QS World University Rankings).

The University’s commitment to their students is evident in their graduates, who are recognised for their capability, quality and success in the global workplace. The QS World University Graduate Employers Survey consistently rates UOW graduates amongst the top 1%, recognition of the high regard that employers have for UOW alumni, now numbered at more than 131,000.

The University Of Wollongong (UOW) is a young and vibrant university with undiminished ambitions. Outperforming all other universities in New South Wales in the 2016 QILT data, UOW is home to five study areas rated best in Australia – Computing & Information Systems, Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences, Law & Paralegal Studies, Agriculture & Environmental Studies, and Teacher Education. The University’s spirit of inquiry drives their research and learning environments and objective of earning a place in the top 1% of the world’s universities.

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University of Wollongong Council

The Council is the governing authority of the University.  One of the Council’s obligations is to ensure that the functions of the University, as set out in the University of Wollongong Act 1989 (NSW) (the Act) are met. The Council acts for and on behalf of the University and controls and manages the University’s affairs and concerns.

Council has approved the following Statement of Primary Responsibilities.

Council shall:

  1. Appoint a Vice-Chancellor as the Chief Executive Officer to manage the affairs of the University, within the strategic framework approved by Council;
  2. Approve guidelines for determining remuneration of the Vice-Chancellor;
  3. Monitor the performance of the Vice-Chancellor and approve guidelines for the evaluation of his or her performance;
  4. Approve the mission and strategic direction of the University and monitor performance in achieving goals;
  5. Approve budgets and review performance against budgets;
  6. Function as one body to use the powers conferred under section 16(1) of the University Act for the common good and in the interests of the University;
  7. Oversee and review the management of the University and its performance;
  8. Establish University policies and procedural principles consistent with legal requirements and community expectations;
  9. Oversee University policies and practices to ensure consistency with relevant legislation and community expectations;
  10. Approve significant commercial activities of the University;
  11. Approve major decisions that have not been delegated to executive management;
  12. Approve and monitor systems of control and accountability, including the general overview of controlled entities. A controlled entity is one that satisfies the test of control in s50AA of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth);
  13. Oversee and monitor the University’s risk management policies, practices and performance (including commercial undertakings and audit processes) and monitor regulatory compliance;
  14. Oversee and monitor the academic activities of the University;
  15. Foster and support links between the University and the community and network on behalf of the University to assist in achieving organisational goals;
  16. Oversee the development of the University’s physical environment;
  17. Oversee appropriate occupational health and safety policies;
  18. Manage the Council’s own affairs by:
  • Establishing procedures to ensure it is in a position to perform its responsibilities;
  • Monitoring and managing potential conflicts of interest;
  • Effectively monitoring and managing its own operations including proper execution by members of their fiduciary duties; and
  • Reviewing and assessing Council’s performance through discussion at a confidential session of Council on an annual basis.

Membership of the University of Wollongong’s Council is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members

Ms Jillian Broadbent AO – Chancellor (to 30 September 2019)
Professor Paul Wellings CBE – Vice-Chancellor
Professor Wilma Vialle – Chair of the Academic Senate

Appointed Members – Ministerial

Mr Noel Cornish – Deputy Chancellor (to 31 December 2017)
Dr Elizabeth Magassy (to 31 December 2019)

Appointed Members – Council

Ms Jane Bridge (to 31 December 2017)
Mr Dom Figliomeni (to 31 December 2017)
Mr Peter Fitzgerald (to 25 November 2017)
Mr David Groves (to 31 December 2020)
Ms Nieves Murray (to 31 December 2019)
Mr Robert Ryan (to 31 December 2017)

Elected Members

Mr Zachary Fitzpatrick – Undergraduate Student (to 31 December 2018)
Mrs Julie Gray – Professional Staff (to 31 December 2017)
Mr Yuxi Ruan – Postgraduate Student (to 31 December 2018)
Professor Nan Seuffert – Academic Staff (to 31 December 2017)
Professor Rodney Vickers – Academic Staff (to 31 December 2017)
Mr Michael Zelinsky – Graduate (to 31 December 2017)

Other Governing Bodies

Other Governing bodies within the University include:

Academic Senate

Chair – Professor Wilma Vialle

Finance and Resources Committee

Chair – Mr Noel Cornish, Deputy Chancellor

Risk, Audit and Compliance Committee

Chair – Mr Peter Fitzgerald

Honorary Awards Committee

Chair – Ms Jillian Broadbent AO, Chancellor

Performance and Remuneration Committee

Chair – Ms Jillian Broadbent AO, Chancellor

Council Nominations Committee

Chair – Ms Jillian Broadbent AO, Chancellor

Council Committee of Appeal

Chair – Mr Noel Cornish, Deputy Chancellor

Student Representative Forum

Chair – Rotating Student Representative

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