Informa Australia is part of the Informa Connect Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

Register Your Interest


University Governance and Regulations Forum

Upholding standards and quality in Higher Education

Dates for 2022 TBA – register your interest to receive updates

Book Now Register Your Interest Buy • On-Demand Playback


The annual University Governance & Regulations Forum will provide a platform for knowledge sharing on current issues and challenges facing universities across Australia.

The Forum will consider how the Federal Government’s current Higher Education policy is impacting the sector, whilst considering future developments and ensuring the sustainability and competitiveness of Australian universities.

Leaders across Australia’s Higher Education sector will provide insight into current policy, regulations and best practice for good governance. Key ideas will be presented, discussed and shared to improve academic integrity, risk management, sustainability, overall governance, responsibility and accountability, taking a clear view at strategic developments and operational advances.

See below to review the 2020 conference agenda and speakers. On-demand playback of the 2020 event is also available to purchase.


Dr Omer Yezdani

Office of Planning and Strategic Management, Australian Catholic University & Chair, Australian Network of University Planners

Gary Brook

Director - Assurance Group, TEQSA

Professor Geraldine Mackenzie

Vice-Chancellor, University of Southern Queensland

Dr Scott Snyder

Chief Operating Officer, University of the Sunshine Coast

Professor Stephen Parker AO

Global Lead - Education & Skills, KPMG

A/Prof David Cohen

Chair of the Academic Board, UNSW

Prof Joan Leach

Chair - Academic Board, ANU

Tom Fletcher

Partner, MinterEllison

Kylie Diwell

Partner, MinterEllison

Michael Wells

Director, Wells Advisory

Emeritus Professor Hilary Winchester

Education Consultant, Hilary Winchester Pty Ltd & Chair of Academic Board, Australian Institute of Business

Matt Brett

Director – Academic Governance & Standards, Deakin University & Adjunct Fellow National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, Curtin University


Agenda timing is Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

9:25 am

OPENING | Opening Remarks from the Chair

Dr Omer Yezdani, Office of Planning and Strategic Management, Australian Catholic University & Chair, Australian Network of University Planners


9:30 am

  • Current challenges for universities
  • Implementing and meeting quality standards
  • Protecting reputation and ensuring excellence


9:55 am

  • Introducing and expanding online learning
  • Navigating risks and protecting reputation
  • Moving forward and returning to education as normal

10:20 am

10:45 am

Morning Break

11:40 am

Transform, optimise or do nothing? Choices for all Australian universities to make deliberately

Professor Stephen Parker AO, Global Lead - Education & Skills, KPMG


12:45 pm


1:30 pm

  • Hot topics: Admissions; Delivery; Transnational education & third party arrangements
  • Designing your governance to enable the right balance post-COVID19 recovery


2:40 pm

In the Uses of the University Clark Kerr remarked of the future: “We need the research universities more but may be able to afford them less”. Effective academic governance has proven its worth throughout the pandemic. However, as the collective resource base contracts, it is worth reflecting on the academic governance we need, and the academic governance can we afford.


3:05 pm

Closing Remarks and End of Conference

Dr Omer Yezdani, Office of Planning and Strategic Management, Australian Catholic University & Chair, Australian Network of University Planners


Packages Price
2020 On-Demand Access$395+GST

On-Demand Playback

Missed the live event?

To watch all the presentations and each session from the live event, access the On-Demand event here.

Purchase On-Demand

when & where

18 Nov 2022

Virtually Delivered Event


Still have a question?

Jamie Birch
Conference Producer
+61 2 9080 4360

Alex Cook
Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager
+61 2 9080 4425

Get all the latest on Informa news and events

Informa Connect Australia is the nation's leading event organiser. Our events comprise of large scale exhibitions, industry conferences and highly specialised corporate training.

Find out more

COVID-19  Cancellation  Policy
Read  Policy  Terms