Federation University Australia

Federation University Australia
Latin: Foederatio University
Motto Learn to Succeed (Relinquat pro aliqua Iniquitas)
Type Public
Established 1870
2013 (as current University)
Chancellor Dr Paul Hemming
Vice-Chancellor Prof David Battersby
Administrative staff
558 (2012)
Students 23,187 (2012)
12,446 HE; 10,741 TAFE
Location Ballarat, Churchill and Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Affiliations Regional Universities Network
Website http://federation.edu.au/

Federation University Australia is a dual-sector university with multiple campuses in Victoria, Australia. The university is based in Ballarat, but there are also campuses in Ararat, Horsham, Stawell, Churchill and online offering technical and further education (TAFE) and Horsham's Higher Education Nursing program. The Ballarat and Mount Helen campuses offer traditional university programmes, a few of which are Business, Engineering, Mining, Education, Nursing, and Art.

In 2013 the Federation University Australia (FedUni) came into being, after the University of Ballarat merged with Monash University, Gippsland campus.[1][2][3]


Heritage buildings and former Ballarat Gaol at the School of Mines and Industry. Lydiard Street, Ballarat CBD[4]

University of Ballarat

Tertiary education at Ballarat began in 1870, making it Australia's third oldest tertiary institution.[5]

The university merged with Monash University's Gippsland (Churchill) campus in 2013,[3][6] and the merged schools are now the Federation University Australia.[7][8] The name change was made as the result of the passage of the amended University of Ballarat Act 2010 bill through the state's parliament.[6][9]

Federation University Australia

On September 6, 2013, the Victorian Parliament passed legislation to establish Federation University Australia,[10] comprising the University of Ballarat as well as the former Gippsland campus of Monash University.[11] Its name no longer carries the name of Ballarat, because the intention is not to be limiting geographically. It also wanted to reflect its intention to continue offering education to domestic and international students.[9] The name change went into effect on 1 January 2014.[6][12]

New students commencing their studies at the Gippsland campus from 2014 will study under Federation University Australia.[13] Current students at the campus will be able to complete their degree as a Monash University student.[14] Students of the University of Ballarat that were enrolled at the time of the merger and name change were allowed to choose which name they graduate under when the legislation is passed.[9]

Status and rankings

University of Ballarat achieved a maximum five-star rating for teaching quality in the Good Universities Guide consecutively from 2010-2014. FedUni has been ranked four-stars for graduate placement by the Good Universities Guide, but no sign of clear ranking in the international university guide.[15] This placed the University in the top tier of Australian regional universities.

Monash University's Gippsland Campus also contributed to Monash University being ranked as sixth in the world for Education, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Student demographics

According to the university's records as of 2011, there were 23,101 students consisting of 11,651 higher education students and 12,773 Technical and Further Education students. The report states that 11,737 students study in Ballarat, but does not differentiate between campuses within the Ballarat area. In terms of higher degrees, there were 2,246 masters students, compared to 7,420 bachelor students. In terms of students who are not located on a campus of the university, there were 8,906 students with partnership institutions such as the Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT) and Australian Technical and Management College (ATMC).[16]



In addition to the following campuses, the university also had joint-degree programmes with international colleges, including PLK Vicwood KT Chong Sixth Form College in Hong Kong.


SMB campus is set among the heritage buildings of Lydiard Street Sth including the former School of Mines and Industry (left), former Supreme Court and former Ballarat Gaol (rear)

Western Victorian Campuses

Mount Helen campus

Located in Mount Helen, 15 km south of Ballarat The university's largest campus, it has two residences, Peter Lalor Hall and Bella Guerin Hall. Its programs include the School of Education and Arts; School of Health Sciences; School of Science, Information Technology and Engineering; and the Business School.

Gippsland campus

The Gippsland Campus is located in the township of Churchill in the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges. The campus is home to over 2,500 students and approximately 400 sstaff

The campus was formerly Monash University, Gippsland campus, but became part of Federation University Australia on 1 January 2014.

Technology Park

The university has a technology park with the mission to facilitate the development of technology based companies or companies that benefit from the technological resources of the university. The following organisations operate in the park.

  • Ambulance Victoria
  • Conservation Volunteers
  • Country Fire Authority
  • Emergency Services Telecommunication
  • Global Innovation Centre
  • Greenhill Enterprise Centre
  • IBM South East Asia
  • IBM Regional Software Solutions Centre
  • ID Research
  • State Revenue Office

More than 1350 people are employed by tenants at the technology park and approximately half of those holding Federation University Australia qualifications. Recently IBM decided to expand its workforce with the construction of a new $10 million building on the park.[17]

Research Institutes and Centres

Notable alumni

See also



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    2. "History". Federation University Australia. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
    3. 1 2 Tim Cowier (27 June 2013). "University of Ballarat to become Federation University Australia". Retrieved 26 November 2016.
    4. "Welcome to Federation University Australia". Archived from the original on September 2, 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
    5. "University of Ballarat". University English Centers Australia. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
    6. 1 2 3 "Federation University Australia". Australian Universities. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
    7. "Federation University Australia". Australian Universities. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
    8. "History". Federation University Australia. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
    9. 1 2 3 "University of Ballarat's name change explained". ABC Australia. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
    10. "University of Ballarat becomes Federation University Australia". ABC News. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
    11. "Ballarat University set to take over Monash Gippsland". ABC News. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
    12. "Federation University Australia". www.feduni-syd.iibit.edu.au/. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
    13. Frequently Asked Questions
    14. Frequently Asked Questions - Gippsland Future
    15. "Federation University Australia". Hobsons Course Finder. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
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    19. Ash Lieb, Funny Guy, (Black Shadow Books, 2013). ISBN 0987493108
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    21. "R. W. Richards". Retrieved 17 July 2015.

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