2019 recipients

Leadership and Transformational Change

Dr Sue Brown School of Science, Psychology and Sport
Acknowledging substantial leadership and performance with future benefits for the University through the successful partnership with the World Academy of Sport, to develop an innovative sports management program globally.

Leadership and Transformational Change (Certificate of Commendation)

Mr Anton Wray Facilities Services
Acknowledging extensive involvement in the establishment of the Berwick Campus facilities team, while maintaining his responsibilities at the Gippsland Campus. His passion for the University taking the lead on a number of significant projects in an operating environment requiring extensive coordination and communication, optimises leadership, community focus and agility.


Ms Katrina Beer Human Resources
Acknowledging leadership in consistently increasing the visibility and status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture at the University through the co-facilitation of Cultural Competency training to ensure a culturally safe and inclusive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, while doubling the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members at the University with a 97% retention rate.

Research Excellence

Professor Singarayer Florentine (Florry) School of Science, Psychology and Sport
Acknowledging an outstanding and sustained research reputation in restoration ecology and invasive species ecology and management. This includes an extensive publication record attracting competitive numbers of research grants and funding, presenting at conferences, and mentoring PhD students to completion.

Research Impact and/or Engagement

Dr Amanda McGraw School of Education
Acknowledging an outstanding sustained track record of evidence and considerable impact within Victoria with many schools and teachers in a number of state, catholic and independent schools on alternative approaches to teaching reading in secondary classrooms in an important area of education, and the outcomes of a research for lifelong learning.

Research Impact and/or Engagement (Certificate of Commendation)

Dr Fiona Hogan School of Science, Psychology and Sport
Acknowledging research leadership, where she has established robust methods for genetic analysis of koalas in Victoria using DNA isolated from faecal samples with a further extension of her and her teams studies into New South Wales and Queensland, where koalas are currently listed as threatened/endangered.

Research - Early Career Researcher

Dr Matthew Wallen  School of Science, Psychology and Sport
Acknowledging where he demonstrated early career research with a significant publications record, with relative citation impact at eight times the world standard for his discipline. His work is highly evidenced and attracted significant external funding for his work and widely recognised with external grants, collaborating with other universities, collaborators and industry.