Australian Council of Engineering Deans

Australian Council of Engineering Deans

The Australian Council of Engineering Deans Inc. (ACED) exists to promote and advance engineering education, research and scholarship on behalf of the Australian higher education system.

Australian Council of Engineering Deans [logo]


ACED's member universities are each represented by a senior staff member from its Engineering Faculty or School.   These provide 'formative' and advanced engineering qualifications, research, and consultancy services.  The formative Masters, Bachelor (Honours), Bachelor degrees, Associate Degrees and Advanced Diplomas, that are  accredited by Engineers Australia, qualify their graduates to enter practice as professional engineers, engineering technologists and engineering associates. 

In 2014, the ACED member Faculties and Schools graduated nearly 20,000 students, more than half with Bachelor and Bachelor (Honours) degrees. More details on student and staff numbers are provided here

ACED supports its members, and the development of Australian engineering more generally, by making submissions to government inquiries, and undertaking projects aimed at improving the quality of engineering courses and research.  Many of these activities are undertaken as collaborations of ACED members, and with other organisations, including Engineers Australia, the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE), and the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)

If you have any queries please contact us.

Position Statements

The Australian Council of Engineering Deans (ACED) will from time to time develop Position Statements that are meant to provide information on contemporary issues facing its membership. Find out more.

GEDC Airbus Diversity Award 2016

The GEDC Airbus Diversity Award recognises the people and projects worldwide which have encouraged students of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering.

Together, Airbus Group and the GEDC want to shine a light on good practice around the world and to inspire others to replicate successful initiatives in their own institutions. Inspiring diversity in engineering. Find out more.

About us

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.


The following institutions are members of ACED, and each is represented by the leader of their engineering faculty, school or program. This list is current for 11 July 2017.

  • Australian Maritime College
  • Central Queensland University
  • Charles Darwin University 
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Curtin University of Technology
  • Deakin University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Federation University
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • La Trobe University
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • Murdoch University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • Southern Cross University
  • Swinburne University
  • The Australian National University
  • The University of Adelaide
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Newcastle
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Southern Queensland
  • The University of South Australia
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Tasmania
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of Wollongong
  • University of Canberra
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • UNSW
  • UNSW Canberra – Australian Defence Force Academy
  • Victoria University
  • Western Sydney University
  • Associate Professor Michael Woodward
  • Professor Colin Greensill
  • Professor Friso De Boer
  • Professor Euan Lindsay
  • Professor Moses Tadé
  • Professor Trevor Day
  • Professor Daryoush Habibi
  • Dr Jason Giri
  • Professor John Roddick
  • Professor Geoff Tansley
  • Professor Marcus Lane
  • Professor Roger Lumley
  • Professor Barbara Messerle
  • Professor Jeffrey Walker
  • Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski
  • Professor Gordon Wyeth
  • Professor Adrian Mouritz
  • Professor Scott Smith
  • Professor John Wilson
  • Professor Elanor Hungtington
  • Professor Peter Ashman
  • Professor Iven Mareels
  • Professor Brett Ninness
  • Professor Simon Biggs
  • Professor Grant Daggard
  • Professor Simon Beecham
  • Professor Archie Johnston
  • Professor Andrew Chan
  • Professor John Dell
  • Professor Chris Cook
  • Associate Professor Elisa Martinez-Marroquin
  • Professor Mark Porter
  • Professor Ian Burnett
  • Professor Mark Hoffmann
  • Professor Scott Tyo
  • Professor Farzad Khosrowshahi
  • Professor Simeon Simoff


Click on the + to show the relevant resources.

ACED Response to Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) on Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) - 2016

ACED Response to Skilled Occupations List - November 2016

National Infrastructure Roadmap Capability Issues paper” (September 2016) –  submitted to the Office of the Chief Scientist

Mapping Professional Accreditation in the context of Higher Education regulatory and Standards Frameworks” (August 2016) – submitted to PhillipsKPA

Engagement and Impact Assessment Consultation (June 2016) – submitted to Australian Research Council

ACED submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment Inquiry into innovation and creativity: workforce for the new economy. (March 2016)

Review of Australia’s Research Training System (Aug 2015)

Vision for a Science Nation (July, 2015)

Government Draft Strategy on International Education (May, 2015)

Review of the CRC Programme (Nov, 2014)

Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency Review of Engineering Skills (March 2014)

A detailed list of Position Statements can be found below.

ACED Student and Staff Statistics

Since 2000, the number of Australian graduates in higher education engineering programs has increased by about 50% to more than 10,000, while the number of graduates from overseas quadrupled to nearly 8,000.

These and other student and graduate data, and some information on staffing mostly from the national Australian Government Higher Education Statistics collections are collated annually by ACED.

This data and a commentary on national trends from information available up to November 2015 can be accessed here.

Engineering statistics - 31 January 2017

Education Projects led by ACED

Since 2008, ACED has led, with partners, several projects aimed at improving the quality of Australian engineering education.  These include:

Enhancing Industry Engagement in Engineering Degrees (2012-14)

Funded by the Department of Industry, under its National Resources Sector Workforce Strategy this project explored the principles of improving the quality and provision of students' industry engagement in formative qualifications, the BEngTech, BEng, BEng (Hons) and MEng degrees that prepare graduates for entry to practice as engineering technologists and professional engineers.

Twelve ACED member faculties and schools participated. The project also supported  academics from seven ACED members to develop and trial 'industry-inspired' projects within their engineering curriculum. Outputs included Guidelines and Recommendations for improved practice, a Reflection Tool to assist engineering academics to identify gaps in their own practices, and material on the projects trialled.

A workshop and paper on the project were presented at AAEE conferences in 2013 and 2014.  During 2015, further workshops for all ACED members were presented in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. 

Australian Engineering and ICT Academic Support Network (2009-2013)

Funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), and working with ACDICT, this project aimed to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Engineering and ICT through nationwide workshops and symposiums on best-practice pedagogy and the creation of an educational resource, the Academic Resource Network for Engineering and ICT, Australia (ARNEIA).

Curriculum Specification and Support for Engineering Education (2009-11)

This ALTC funded project, covered four themes:  understanding attrition from engineering by means cohort studies in several ACED member universities; trialling pedagogy workshops (later developed in the network project describer above); revising the learning outcomes of engineering qualifications together with the external accreditation body, Engineers Australia; and exploring access and pathways into engineering degrees, with a particular focus on participation by women and indigenous students. The project reports are available from the national Office of Learning and Teaching.

Engineers for the Future (2007-8)

This was a national review of engineering educatoin, with a view to addressing the supply and quality of Australian engineering graduates for the 21st century.  The work was funded as an ALTC discipline scoping study, and was supported by Engineers Australia, ATSE and AAEE. The original ALTC report was republished by ACED in full text and summary forms.

Other Engineering Education Projects

In 2013, ACED compiled a summary of national engineering education projects undertaken by ACED members since 2007. Many of these addressed recommendations in the Engineers for the Future review.

Other Publications

ACED works closely with Engineers Australia and AAEE to improve the quality of engineering education and the effectiveness and value of program accreditation. This collaboraiton has been described in a paper presented to the 2015 FIEAP Convention in Taipei.

A paper on the scope of international benchmarking, through accreditation and the OECD international feasibility study on assessment of higher education learning outcomes (AHELO) was presented at the 2013 Annual AAEE Conference.

Annual Reports

ACED Annual Report 2015

Other Reports

EngineeringUK 2016: The state of engineering

  • Download report (to be added)

Institution of Mechanical Engineers: A Vision for Engineering in Scotland - Improving the world through engineering

Institute for the Future for the University of Phoenix Research Institute: Future Work Skills 2020

  • Download report (to be added)



Australian Engineering Education Factsheet - April 2017: An update on the status and trends in Australia’s higher education system for engineering

Position Statements

The Australian Council of Engineering Deans (ACED) will from time to time develop Position Statements that are meant to provide information on contemporary issues facing its membership.

These Statements will generally provide some context to the issue together with challenges and some recommendations / suggestions for future work and/or research.


Contact us

Queries about the Council may be addressed to the contacts below:


Professor John Wilson
Pro-Vice Chancellor Academic Strategy
Swinburne University of Technology
T: +61 3 9214 4820
E: [email protected]

Deputy President

Prof Ian Burnett
University of Technology, Sydney.
T: +61 2 9514 4442
E: [email protected]

Executive Officer (part-time)

Em Professor Doug Hargreaves AM,
Queensland University of Technology
T: +61 417 163 629
E: [email protected]

ACED Postal address: 3 Earlsfield Court, Carindale, QLD 4152

Consultant (part-time)

Em Professor Robin King FTSE
University of Technology, Sydney
T: +61 2 9514 7604
M: 0418 823 415
E: [email protected]

Executive Committee

  • Prof John Wilson (Swinburne University of Technology), President
  • Prof Ian Burnett (University of Technology, Sydney), Deputy President
  • Prof Moses Tade (Curtin University of Technology), Immediate Past President
  • Prof Elisa Martinez-Marroquin (University of Canberra)
  • Prof Friso de Boer (Charles Darwin University)
  • Prof Scott Smith (Southern Cross University)
  • Prof David Lowe (University of Sydney), ADTL Group
  • Prof Roger Lewis (University of Wollongong), ADR Group