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Federation University Australia

Federation University Australia (FedUni) is a dual-sector university with multiple campuses in Victoria, Australia. The university is based in Ballarat, but there are also campuses in Ararat, Horsham, Stawell, Churchill, Berwick and online offering technical and further education (TAFE) and Horsham's Higher Education Nursing program. The Ballarat and Mount Helen campuses offer traditional university programmes, a few of which are Business, Information Technology, Engineering, Mining, Education, Nursing, and Art.

Federation University Australia
FedUni logo.svg
Motto Learn to Succeed
Type Public
Established 1870
2013 (as current University)
Chancellor Dr Paul Hemming AO
Vice-Chancellor Prof Helen Bartlett[1]
Administrative staff
558 (2012)
Students 20,912 (2016)
14,107 HE; 6,805 TAFE
Location Ballarat, Churchill, Berwick and Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Nickname FedUni
Affiliations Regional Universities Network

In 2013 the Federation University Australia came into being, after the University of Ballarat merged with Monash University, Gippsland campus.[2][3][4]



Heritage buildings and former Ballarat Gaol at the School of Mines and Industry. Lydiard Street, Ballarat CBD[5]

University of BallaratEdit

Tertiary education at Ballarat began in 1870, making it Australia's third oldest tertiary institution.[6]

The university merged with Monash University's Gippsland (Churchill) campus in 2013,[4][7] and the merged schools are now the Federation University Australia.[8][3] The name change was made as the result of the passage of the amended University of Ballarat Act 2010 bill through the state's parliament.[7][9]

Federation University AustraliaEdit

On September 6, 2013, the Victorian Parliament passed legislation to establish Federation University Australia,[10] comprising the University of Ballarat as well as the former Gippsland campus of Monash University.[11] Its name no longer carries the name of Ballarat, because the intention is not to be limiting geographically. It also wanted to reflect its intention to continue offering education to domestic and international students.[9] The name change went into effect on 1 January 2014.[7][12]

New students commencing their studies at the Gippsland campus from 2014 will study under Federation University Australia.[13] Current students at the campus will be able to complete their degree as a Monash University student.[14] Students of the University of Ballarat that were enrolled at the time of the merger and name change were allowed to choose which name they graduate under when the legislation is passed.[9]


University rankings
Australian rankings
ERA National[16] 37[15]

University of Ballarat achieved a maximum five-star rating for teaching quality in the Good Universities Guide consecutively from 2010–14. FedUni has been ranked four-stars for graduate placement by the Good Universities Guide, but no sign of clear ranking in the international university guide.[17] This placed the University in the top tier of Australian regional universities.

Monash University's Gippsland Campus also contributed to Monash University being ranked as sixth in the world for Education, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject. [1]

Student demographicsEdit

According to the university's records as of 2011, there were 23,101 students consisting of 11,651 higher education students and 12,773 Technical and Further Education students. The report states that 11,737 students study in Ballarat, but does not differentiate between campuses within the Ballarat area. In terms of higher degrees, there were 2,246 masters students, compared to 7,420 bachelor students. In terms of students who are not located on a campus of the university, there were 8,906 students with partnership institutions such as the Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT) and Australian Technical and Management College (ATMC).[18]



In addition to the following campuses, the university also had joint-degree programmes with international colleges, including PLK Vicwood KT Chong Sixth Form College in Hong Kong.


SMB campus is set among the heritage buildings of Lydiard Street Sth including the former School of Mines and Industry (left), former Supreme Court and former Ballarat Gaol (rear)
  • Camp Street Campus - located in central Ballarat, this campus houses the Arts Academy. The campus consists of the Old General Post Office Building, the Old Courthouse, and several newer buildings which were completed in 2002.
  • SMB Campus - located in central Ballarat and incorporates the original School of Mines Ballarat and the Old Ballarat Gaol. The campus offers training from Certificate level through to Advanced Diploma and Degree level study.

Online learning: Federation university offers many courses through online study. This consists of online reading materials, online virtual classes, online quizzes and weekly course activities.

Western Victorian CampusesEdit

  • Horsham Campus – offers TAFE courses and a Higher Education course in Nursing.

Mount Helen campusEdit

Located in Mount Helen, 15 km south of Ballarat. The university's largest campus, it has two residences, Peter Lalor Hall and Bella Guerin Hall. Its programs include the School of Education and Arts; School of Health Sciences; School of Science, Information Technology and Engineering; and the Business School.

Gippsland campusEdit

The Gippsland Campus is located in the township of Churchill in the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges. The campus is home to over 2,500 students and approximately 400 staff

The campus was formerly Monash University, Gippsland campus, but became part of Federation University Australia on 1 January 2014.

Gippsland campus has a childcare centre just like other campuses. The childcare centre was formally known as Pooh Corner childcare centre, but now FedUni Children Centre.

Berwick campusEdit

The Berwick Campus is located in Berwick and is the newest of Federation University's campuses. It was transitioning itself from the Monash University, Berwick campus in 2017 and completed its transition in early 2018. The exact location of the building is 100 Clyde Rd Berwick VIC 3806. The university has three buildings naming 901, 902 and 903.

Technology ParkEdit

The university has a technology park with the mission to facilitate the development of technology-based companies or companies that benefit from the technological resources of the university.[19] The following organisations operate in the park.

More than 1350 people are employed by tenants at the technology park and approximately half of those holding Federation University Australia qualifications. Recently IBM decided to expand its workforce with the construction of a new $10 million building on the park.[20]

Research Institutes and CentresEdit

  • Institute for Regional and Rural Research and Innovation
  • Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Engineering Research Group
  • Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ "Professor Helen Bartlett". Federation University Australia. Retrieved 2 March 2018. 
  2. ^ [citation needed]
  3. ^ a b "History". Federation University Australia. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Tim Cowier (27 June 2013). "University of Ballarat to become Federation University Australia". Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to Federation University Australia". Archived from the original on September 2, 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "University of Ballarat". University English Centers Australia. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c "Federation University Australia". Australian Universities. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Federation University Australia". Australian Universities. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c "University of Ballarat's name change explained". ABC Australia. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "University of Ballarat becomes Federation University Australia". ABC News. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Ballarat University set to take over Monash Gippsland". ABC News. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Federation University Australia". Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  13. ^ Frequently Asked Questions
  14. ^ Frequently Asked Questions - Gippsland Future
  15. ^ "All unis winners in research audit". The Australian. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Australian University Rankings". Australian Education Network. 
  17. ^ "Federation University Australia". Hobsons Course Finder. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  18. ^ UB Pocket Statistics
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  20. ^ Booming Ballarat aus
  21. ^ "Australian Olympic Committee: Phil Bellingham". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  22. ^ Ash Lieb, Funny Guy, (Black Shadow Books, 2013). ISBN 0987493108
  23. ^ "Welcome to Federation University Australia". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  24. ^ "R. W. Richards". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 

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