Strategic plan

At Federation University Australia, we acknowledge the special place and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians.

This acknowledgement is made through the University's Statement on Reconciliation.

Federation University Australia acknowledges the traditional owners of the land where its campuses and centres are located. It has set in place measures to address the disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in education, employment and opportunity. It has formalised this commitment in the University's Compact with the Australian Government and in its policies, procedures and actions. The University seeks to provide a learning and working environment that promotes and values diversity and offers equality of access and opportunity to all. Just as this commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is embedded in policy and strategy, then so too is it seated in the practicalities of teaching, learning, research and community engagement that comprise the daily business of the University.

Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020

Download the Federation University Australia Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020 (pdf, 2.45mb)


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.

Strategic priorities

The Council has used the objectives of the University to identify strategic priorities that will best meet the 2020 commitments of the Council.

Objectives Strategic priorities
To be regional in focus, national in scope and international in reach
  • To grow HE student numbers through open access, targeted promotion, and by focusing on a set of high demand undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
  • To adopt a planned and structured growth strategy in international education.
To be comprehensive in its offerings, student-centred in its approach and providing access to effective and high quality learning
  • To maintain a strong commitment to vocational education and training, and to ensure the sustainability and viability of VET delivery in western Victoria.
  • To drive learning and teaching through the Blended On-Line and Digital (BOLD) learning strategy.
  • To become a national leader in student retention and success.
To be strategic in fostering world-class research
  • To position Federation University Australia as a 'Teaching Excellent, Research Focused University'
To be productive and effective in forming partnerships and engaging with its communities and regions
  • To become a national leader in university engagement.
  • To continue to develop strategic and mutually rewarding partnerships and engagement with community, industry and government.
Innovative, responsible, and transparent in outlook, performances and outcomes
  • To maintain financial sustainability based on operational efficiency and effectiveness, and by being flexible and responsive to changes in market conditions and funding sources.
  • To optimise the University's student services, assets and facilities.