Academic Board of Governance

The NIODA Academic Board of Governance (ABG) is the entity entrusted with academic leadership and governance at NIODA.

The Academic Board of Governance responsibilities include:

Teaching & Learning

Development and oversight of a teaching and learning plan, or similar, providing a road map for scholarship and pedagogical approaches across NIODA.


Academic Quality Assurance

Development and oversight of strong academic quality assurance processes which support NIODA’s teaching, learning and research activities, including those required to meet external requirements such as professional standards, Higher Education Standards Framework – Threshold Standards and the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Postgraduate Courses

Building relationships with postgraduate courses in related fields in Australian and overseas Universities for cross fertilisation and benchmarking purposes towards the maintenance of academic excellence.

Tertiary Education

Keeping informed and up-to-date with trends in tertiary education and higher education regulation in Australia, including maintaining links to TEQSA.

Course Design

Ensuring effective course design and approval processes are in place and that established courses are monitored, reviewed and updated on a regular basis.


Scholarly Activities

Development and oversight of scholarly activities to support staff scholarship.


Academic Policies

Development and oversight of academic policies and procedures that are regularly reviewed for consistency, currency and adequacy.

Academic Standards

Ensuring appropriate academic standards are set and upheld.


Academic Risk

Oversight and reporting of academic risk to the Board of Governance.


Support Services

Oversight of appropriate academic and student support services.


Professional Development

Development and oversight of a timely and relevant professional development strategy.

Monitor Performance

Regular monitoring of student performance and learning outcomes and reporting to the Board of Governance.

Professional Bodies

Building relationships with relevant industry and professional bodies to ensure industry relevance of the course.

Dr Jan Allen

Dr Jan Allen

Academic Board of Governance Chair

Mr Rob Ryan

Mr Rob Ryan

Academic Board of Governance

Dr Richard Bassed

Board of Governance member

Dr Cath McKinney

Dr Cath McKinney

Academic Board of Governance

Dr Peter Frost

Dr Peter Frost

Board of Governance member, Academic Board Representative

Mr Stefan Bramble

Student Representative

Ms Amelia La Spada

Candidate Representative

Ms Jennifer Burrows

Ms Jennifer Burrows

Education Quality Assurance and Enhancement Lead

Professor Wendy Harding

Professor Wendy Harding


Ms Michelle Schipano

Ms Michelle Schipano

Board Secretary

Ms Sally Mussared

Ms Sally Mussared

CEO & Administration Lead

Entrusted Academic Leadership

The NIODA Academic Board of Governance (ABG) is the entity entrusted with academic leadership and governance at NIODA. Academic leadership and governance is concerned with guiding and steering all matters relating to the integrity and quality of teaching and learning activities, scholarship and research. The ABG is a permanent standing committee of the NIODA Board of Governance. The Board’s Academic Governance portfolio holder is an ex-officio member of the ABG.

The Academic Board of Governance delegates authority to committees and individuals to assist in its work. A committee or individual operating under such delegation must report on its activities to the ABG at the times and in the manner the ABG directs.

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Melbourne  8007  Australia
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NIODA acknowledges the Kulin Nations, and respective Traditional Custodians of the lands we work on.
We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and recognise their enduring sovereignty which has, and continues to, care for Country.
NIODA welcomes the Uluru Statement from the Heart’s invitation to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a collective movement for a better future.

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