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Vice-Chancellor Salary Packages (Archive 2017)

Vice-Chancellor Salary Packages @ Australian Universities

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The select group of movers and shakers at the head of Australia’s education-industrial complex have tapped into a source of wealth far greater than what would have been available to them in the academic teaching backgrounds many of them have come from.

Vice-Chancellor Salary Packages (Archive 2017)
University VC Name Salary Package ($)
University of Sydney Michael Spence 1,445,000
Australian Catholic University Greg Craven 1,245,000
University of New South Wales Ian Jacobs 1,215,000
University of Queensland Peter Hoj 1,160,000
University of Melbourne Glyn Davis 1,145,000
University of Adelaide Warren Bebbington* 1,083,000
Queensland University of Technology Peter Coaldrake 1,080,000
Swinburne University of Technology Linda Kristjansen 1,065,000
Flinders University Colin Stirling 1,045,000
University of Western Australia Paul Johnson* 1,035,000
Monash University Margaret Gardner 1,025,000
Griffith University Ian O’Connor 1,020,000
Deakin University Jane den Hollander 995,000
University of Technology Sydney Attila Brungs 985,000
RMIT University Martin Bean 965,000
University of South Australia David Lloyd 955,000
Macquarie University Bruce Dowton 945,000
James Cook University Sandra Harding 940,000
University of Wollongong Paul Wellings 905,000
University of Tasmania Peter Rathjen 878,000
Western Sydney University Barney Glover 875,000
Edith Cowan University Steve Chapman 865,000
La Trobe University John Dewar 848,000
University of Newcastle Caroline McMillen 845,000
Curtin University Deborah Terry 815,000
University of Canberra Stephen Parker* 815,000
Victoria University Peter Dawkins 795,000
University of the Sunshine Coast Greg Hill 735,000
Charles Sturt University Andy Vann 734,000
Federation University David Battersby 725,000
University of New England Annabelle Duncan 724,000
Charles Darwin University Simon Maddocks 647,000
University of Southern Queensland Jan Thomas* 640,000
Australian National University Brian Schmidt 618,000
Murdoch University Eeva Leinonen* 585,000
CQUniversity Scott Bowman 548,000
Southern Cross University Peter Lee* 500,000
University of Divinity Peter Sherlock 255,000

Source: Julie Hare: ‘Uni vice-chancellors average salary package hits $890,000’ The Australian 5th August 2017 (opens in new window)

Key & Notes

* VC names with an asterix * are no longer working in that position.

Are They Worth It?

The University of Sydney is not able to compete with other Australian universities at the very top level of most of the ranking systems but they have come out well on top here with clearly the highest salary package of them all.

ACU is delivering the second highest salary package but there might be some justification for this given the complex nature of the multi-campus university spread throughout the eastern states and the ACT.

VC Power Couple

Also worth noting is that the listed vice-chancellors of Melbourne and Monash Universities are bound together through the vows of holy matrimony and their leadership of two of the top ranked Australian universities, far and away the top two universities in Victoria, is compensated with a combined household salary package of well over two million dollars. As an added bonus they get to travel together to industry conferences (although not all married couples would consider this to be a bonus).

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