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Academic Governance

Academic Governance


Structures, policies and processes upon which decisions are informed and authorised in pursuit of quality academic outcomes for students and lecturers

The Academic Board has been established pursuant to article 8.10(c) of the Constitution.

The Board of Governors has delegated certain matters concerning the academic functions and policies of the College, including the approval and review of Academic Programs.

The College of Law is authorised to self-accredit its own programs at levels 8 and 9 of the Australian Qualifications Framework by the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Quality & Standards Agency (TEQSA).   

Academic Board Terms of Reference


The College's Academic Board Members and Biographies


Academic Board Subcommittee Terms of Reference


Academic Board Subcommittee Members

The Higher Education Standards


Australian Qualifications Framework


Corporate & Academic Committee Structure Diagram


Corporate Governance


Our Academic Board consists of internal and external members with appropriate levels of skill, knowledge, experience and independence 

Its main accountabilities are detailed in the Academic Board Charter.

 Academic Board Profiles

Academic Board Subcommittees 
Academic Board subcommittees are established in accordance with the Academic Board’s Terms of Reference. Subcommittees have specific oversight responsibilities and are responsible for considering detailed issues and making recommendations to the Academic Board for approval.

The Academic Board has approved Terms of Reference for each subcommittee within its own Terms of Reference.




Group Course Committee    

Lewis Patrick (Chair)

Ann-Maree David  (Program Director, Qld) 

Catherine Stokes (Executive Director, WA)

Morton Herschderfer (Director, NSW PLT)

Graham Jobling (Executive Director SA)

Fiona Turner (Executive Director VIC)

Jenna Ash (Chief Academic Officer, NZ)

John McGill (Director, Practitioner Education)

Tatiana Rabaeva (Assistant Director, Practitioner Education (Postgraduate Specialisation))

Marco Piazza (Assistant Director, PLT NSW)

Simone Dixon (Content Maintenance Manager)

Michael Jones (Chief Marketing Officer)

Glenn Swain (Manager, Student Services)

Jayne Watt (Manager, Client Services)

Adrian Deans (Director, Academic Policy & Quality)


Group Course Committee Terms of Reference (PDF) 

Research & Scholarship Committee  

Deborah Ankor, Director Research and Scholarship, (Chair)

Terri Mottershead, Assistant Director, Research and Scholarship

Lewis Patrick, Chief Academic Officer (ex officio)

Adrian Deans, Academic Secretary (ex officio)

Tatiana Rabaeva (Assistant Director, Practitioner Education (Postgraduate Specialisation))

One PLT Director or Assistant Director (currently vacant)

Kathryn Kearley, Anita Hall, Maria Corbisiero (staff nominees)


Research & Scholarship Committee Terms of Reference (PDF)

Work Experience Committee

Jane Boyd (Board of Governors appointee)

Glenn Swain (Manager, Student Services)

Glenn Brissenden (Manager, Client Services)

Program Director from relevant Stream


Work Experience Committee Terms of Reference (PDF)

Assessment Review Committee 

Program Director from relevant Stream

Tony Jackson (Head of Course, PLT NSW)

Paul Mead (Assistant Director, PLT NSW)

Michael Joyce (Assistant Director, PLT NSW,On Campus Courses)

Adrian Deans (Director, Academic Policy & Quality)

Glenn Swain (Secretary)

Assessment Review Committee Terms of Reference (PDF)

Curriculum Advisory Committees  

PLT (in each Stream) a senior internal academic 

At least three externals being industry representives or academics

ALP (in each discipline) an external chair

A senior internal academic

At least two more externals being industry representatives or academics

Curriculum Advisory Committees Terms of Reference (PDF)

Course Approval Panel

Lewis Patrick (Chair)

Adrian Deans (Secretary)

An internal academic not associated with the program

An external industry representative 

An external academic

Course Approval Panel Terms of Reference (PDF)

Course Review Panel

Lewis Patrick (Chair)

Adrian Deans (Secretary)

An internal academic not associated with the program

An external industry representative 

An external academic

Course Review Panel Terms of Reference (PDF)

Appeals Committee  

The CEO or his nominee

An external member appointed by the Chair of the Board of Governors

A senior academic appointed by the Chair of the Academic Board

The Academic Secretary (currently Adrian Deans) is secretary to the process

Appeals Committee Terms of Reference (PDF)

External Appeals Panel 

Any of three Board of Governors appointments (Prof Gino Dal Pont, The Hon Keith Mason AM QC, The Hon Peter Rose AM QC)

The Academic Secretary (currently Adrian Deans) is secretary to the process

External Appeals Panel Terms of Service (PDF) 

The Higher Education Standards 

The Higher Education Standards is published by the Tertiary Education Quality & Standards Agency to prescribe and regulate the various activities of higher education providers in Australia. 

Compliance with all standards is mandatory and is the responsibility of both the Academic Board and the College executive.


Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) 

The AQF is a compendium of descriptors that articulates the way each award qualification is construed in Australia. It aims to provide consistency across different institutions. 

The College is most concerned with level 8 (Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas) and level 9 (Masters Degrees).