University Program Approval Committee

Two university committees carry out the twin functions of program approval and strategic program planning for the University

University Program Approval Committee

The Terms of Reference for the UPAC include:

  1. To meet on an as needs basis to approve new proposals for HE programs and for VET additions to scope
  2. To assess the financial viability of initial HE program proposals and VET additions to scope.
  3. To approve or otherwise initial program proposals and to approve the development of full program proposals which will proceed to Curriculum Committee and thence to Academic Board for final approval
  4. To provide feedback to faculties on improvements that need to be made to the initial program proposals in the event of PAC not approving the program or addition to scope.

As part of its deliberations, faculty Executive Deans and/or Heads of School will be invited to present new programs in person to the PAC.

Program Profile Committee

The Terms of Reference for the PPC include:

  1. To meet at least twice a year
  2. To consider the long term development of the program (HE and VET) of the University
  3. To allow faculties the opportunity to develop and present program development plans for discussion at a strategic university level
  4. To consider marketing and other data on the external environment for the University and the demand for new and existing programs
  5. To consider the results of the annual Program Health Check and to receive the responses of faculties to this data.

Membership UPAC

Position Name
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) - Chair Professor Andy Smith
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Support and Services) Mr Darren Holland
Chair, Academic Board Dr Kim Dowling
Strategic Planning Mr Justin Gilbert
Chief Operating Officer Mr John Blair

Membership PPC

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) - ChairProfessor Andy Smith
Chief Operating OfficerMr John Blair
Strategic PlanningMr Justin Gilbert
Chair, Academic BoardDr Kim Dowling
Director Student ConnectMr Jeremie van Delft
Executive Deansas per Faculty
Executive Director, Federation CollegeAssoc Professor Shirley Fraser
Executive Director, FedUni TAFEAssoc Professor Barry Wright


Executive Officer - University Program Approval Committee (only)
Ms Sally Bedggood
Phone: (03) 5327 9242