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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 SydneyMichael Spence1,445,000
Australian Catholic UniversityGreg Craven1,245,000
University of New South WalesIan Jacobs1,215,000
University of QueenslandPeter Hoj1,160,000
University of MelbourneGlyn Davis1,145,000
University of AdelaideWarren Bebbington*1,083,000
Queensland University of TechnologyPeter Coaldrake1,080,000
Swinburne University of TechnologyLinda Kristjansen1,065,000
Flinders UniversityColin Stirling1,045,000
University of Western AustraliaPaul Johnson*1,035,000
Monash UniversityMargaret Gardner1,025,000
Griffith UniversityIan O’Connor1,020,000
Deakin UniversityJane den Hollander995,000
University of Technology SydneyAttila Brungs985,000
RMIT UniversityMartin Bean965,000
University of South AustraliaDavid Lloyd955,000
Macquarie UniversityBruce Dowton945,000
James Cook UniversitySandra Harding940,000
University of WollongongPaul Wellings905,000
University of TasmaniaPeter Rathjen878,000
Western Sydney UniversityBarney Glover875,000
Edith Cowan UniversitySteve Chapman865,000
La Trobe UniversityJohn Dewar848,000
University of NewcastleCaroline McMillen845,000
Curtin UniversityDeborah Terry815,000
University of CanberraStephen Parker*815,000
Victoria UniversityPeter Dawkins795,000
University of the Sunshine CoastGreg Hill735,000
Charles Sturt UniversityAndy Vann734,000
Federation UniversityDavid Battersby725,000
University of New EnglandAnnabelle Duncan724,000
Charles Darwin UniversitySimon Maddocks647,000
University of Southern QueenslandJan Thomas*640,000
Australian National UniversityBrian Schmidt618,000
Murdoch UniversityEeva Leinonen*585,000
CQUniversityScott Bowman548,000
Southern Cross UniversityPeter Lee*500,000
University of DivinityPeter Sherlock255,000

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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