Structure and Operation

The Council operated as an unincorporated association from 1993 to mid-2011. In June 2011 the Council incorporated in New South Wales, as the Australian Council of Engineering Deans Inc., under its Constitution.


To promote and advance engineering education, research and scholarship on behalf of Australian universities through a range of activities including engagement with relevant organisations. 

Priority Objectives (confirmed April 2015) 

(a) To provide a forum for Australian leaders of engineering education to discuss matters of mutual concern and national importance, thereby contributing to matters such as raising general community awareness on the need for and value of high-quality engineering education, research and research training in the higher education sector.

(b) To further the interests of engineering education and research in higher education through engagement and outreach with relevant national and international bodies, particularly Engineers Australia and the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE). The Council collaborates with the New Zealand Council of Engineering Deans.

(c) To develop positions and make statements on relevant issues in response to government inquiries and concerns of professional and industry bodies, and to the media and the general community.  

(d) To initiate and conduct reviews and projects consistent with its mission. This would include monitoring the state of engineering education and scholarship, and benchmarking programs, and resources and the quality of outcomes.

(e) To support the development of leaders of engineering education and research within the faculties and schools. 

Structure and Operation 

The Council operated as an unincorporated association from 1993 to mid-2011.  In June 2011 the Council incorporated in New South Wales, as the Australian Council of Engineering Deans Inc.  Under its Constitution:

  • ACED members are the Australian universities that operate degree programs accredited by Engineers Australia, each represented by the persons who has executive responsibility for those programs and related matters;
  • ACED members pay an annual subscription;
  • the full Council meets twice per year, with its AGM in Autumn;
  • the affairs of the Council are run by an Executive Committee of six elected members, chaired by the President, and supported by the part-time Executive Officer;
  • the President and Deputy President are elected to two-year terms, with the Deputy President normally succeeding to the President role;
  • the Committee of Associate Deans (Learning & Teaching) from the member universities undertakes specific projects in teaching and learning;
  • the Committee of Associate Deans (Research) from the member universities undertakes specific projects in research and research training;
  • ACED provides financial support to its members to undertake small collaborative projects on matters of importance.   

Partner Organisations

In addition to working with EA and AaeE, during recent years ACED has also worked with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and the Australian Council of Deans of ICT (ACDICT) on matters of mutual interest.  The Council is a Chapter Member of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC).

Definition of Engineering    

Engineering draws on scientific, mathematical and technological knowledge and methods to design and implement physical and information-based infrastructure, products, systems and services that address human needs, safely and reliably. Engineering takes into account economic, social, environmental, and aesthetic factors.