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                                              Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee
                                               the council of Australia’s university presidents

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and its members’ universities please visit:

                                                GPO Box 1142, Canberra ACT 2601
                                                       Board of Directors. The other seven Directors on         of scholarship, with academic staff in Australian        Excluding casual staff:
The organisation that ultimately became the            the Board are six elected members and the                universities recruited internationally, and many
                                                                                                                                                                         •   42% were academic;
Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee was formed      Immediate Past President. All positions are held for     students who come from overseas as well as from
at a conference in May 1920 of Australia’s then six    two years. The Board meets six to seven times per        across Australia.                                        •   62% of academic staff were men; and
universities. Current AVCC membership comprises        year.                                                                                                             •   40% of general staff were men.
the Vice-Chancellors of 38 Australian universities                                                              The AVCC maintains strong links with universities
(37 public universities and 1 private university).                                                              and education-related organisations throughout the
                                                       AVCC Activities                                          world.      It supports universities’ international
The AVCC seeks to advance higher education                                                                      activities by establishing a framework of multilateral   Secretariat Contact Details
through voluntary, cooperative and coordinated         The AVCC acts as a consultative and advisory body        and bilateral cooperation at the sector-wide level.
action. The Committee is non-partisan and              for all university affairs, preparing statements on                                                               General Enquiries
exists exclusively for education purposes. Its         major issues and making submissions to public            Through the AVCC universities are participants in a      Ph:      02 6285 8200
continuing aim is to serve the best interests of       inquiries of interest to the university sector.          number of international projects arising from            Fax:     02 6285 8211
the universities and, through them, the nation.                                                                 bilateral agreements between the Australian              Email:
                                                       The AVCC seeks to influence politicians and              Government and its agencies with counterparts            Address: 1 Geils Court
In fulfilment of this purpose, the AVCC:               opinion leaders in order to secure the best possible     overseas.                                                         DEAKIN ACT 2600
                                                       outcomes from Government funding and regulatory
•   assists Vice-Chancellors in the performance of     decisions. It also engages with other groups and
    their university responsibilities;                                                                                                                                   AVCC President
                                                       individuals related to higher education.                 Higher Education Statistics                              Professor Di Yerbury AO
•   provides a forum within which to discuss higher                                                                                                                      Vice-Chancellor – Macquarie University
    education issues, including teaching, research     The AVCC provides other services to assist               During 2003 there were 929,952 Australian and            Ph:    02 9850 7111
    and research training;                             university management, such as software                  international students enrolled in higher education      Email:
                                                       purchasing and negotiation of copyright and travel       courses throughout Australia, of which 77.4% were
•   develops policy positions and guidelines on        contacts.                                                domestic students.
    higher education matters;                                                                                                                                            AVCC Vice-President
                                                                                                                •   65.1% of students were studying full time.           Professor Gerard Sutton
•   promotes the needs, interests and purposes of      The Committee has representatives on many
    Australian universities and their communities to   external bodies related to higher education. These       •   71% were enrolled in undergraduate courses.          Vice-Chancellor – University of Wollongong
    government, industry and other groups;             include bodies such as the Australian Medical                                                                     Ph:    02 4221 3555
                                                                                                                •   38.9% commenced university study in 2002.            Email:
                                                       Council, the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering
•   encourages international cooperation;              and Innovation Council and the National Cultural         •   54.4% were women.
•   acts as a source of information about Australian   Heritage Committee.                                      •   4.9% were enrolled in Higher Degree (research)       Chief Executive Officer
    universities; and                                                                                               courses.                                             Mr John Mullarvey
•   administers programs involving Australian                                                                                                                            Ph:    02 6285 8203
                                                       International Links                                      •   22.6% of students are from overseas.
    universities.                                                                                                                                                        Fax: 02 6285 8213
                                                       Higher education in Australia enjoys a high              In 2003, there were 89,370 full-time equivalent staff
The Committee meets four times per year. It elects                                                              (including casuals) employed in universities.
a President and a Vice-President to head the AVCC      international reputation. Australia’s universities are
                                                       part of a clearly recognised international community

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